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Using a SSI to check for Googlebot

I haven't got access to my log file, how do I see if Googlebot spiders me

9:15 pm on Mar 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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How can I use a server side include (eg. Apache XSSI, PHP or ASP) to embed or call a script that checks for:
"Googlebot/2.1 (+http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html)" as the USER_AGENT or "crawl*.googlebot.com" or "crawler*.googlebot.com" as the HOST.
9:50 pm on Mar 4, 2003 (gmt 0)


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just include a script that looks at $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT [php.net]']

if it finds your matches it could write it to a text file.

9:52 pm on Mar 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Predefined values:

Remote name (may not work on your server):

10:12 pm on Mar 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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10:28 pm on Mar 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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User Agent: Request.ServerVariables("HTTP_USER_AGENT")
IP Addy: Request.ServerVariables("REMOTE_ADDR")

weteo is correct, the host name may not be available on your server - many hosting companies turn this "off" because it places an extra load on the server. But if you are looking to use it to identify Googlebot, it is redundant, as you can do that with the User Agent. IP Address, which you did not mention, is also useful, as it will allow you to distinguish between deep crawler and Freshbot!

If you don't wish to track every access to your web pages, but just those from Googlebot, you can also do this -

If InStr(Request.ServerVariables("HTTP_USER_AGENT"),"Googlebot") > 0 then ...

(log code here)

End If