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Happened to me several times today, I wear a glove at all times, there are no trojans, viruses, bho's or any other unwanted software on my pc.
Thankfully, firefox also has Y in their search bar and with 1 click I was getting the searches I wanted.
So drive the power users away, let us find and become comfortable with something else and we will start reccomending it.
>Page rank info is not available in the logs but you can see what keywords people are using that find you in given search engines.
>What communitynews said. I'd avoid getting obsessed about backlinks/PR and concentrate on useful content/services you can add to your site that will attract links naturally. Server logs give you a great picture of what words/phrases people are using to find your site. Usually looking through those logs will give you ideas about other pages would be good to add to your site, for example.
Excellent, thanks communitynews and GoogleGuy! Is there any thing else besides the above that one can mine from the server logs?
For broad terms, it is interesting to check the start= parameter in the referer. You can track a lot of upcoming and under-utilized kwds that way. If you are getting a lot of searches with start=30 or more, you may want to focus some content on it.
I'm on a Mac, it's clean and I can do searches for just about anyghing else.
So this is clearly a residue from the worm that was used for finding and infecting phpBB forums.
A crude, however probably effective method for finding a specific kind of queary. But hey. For some searches one go is enough to generate the screen.
After looking at it page one is start=08 page two is start=108. The only way you can get start=08 is if you go to another page ln the same search like page 2 or 3 and go back to page one. If somebody searches and clicks on your site before going to another page you get htt*://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=my+search. Google changes the order of the h1= and the q= depending on what page you go to. Hitting a number and next does not seem to matter. This is all very interesting.Are you sure you don't mean start=0& and not start=08? All the start variable is, is a pagination variable that tells where the results will start at on that page.
One little caveat you should also check the num= parameter as start=0 could mean the result was anywhere in the first 100 results if the searchers preferences are set to show 100 results/page.
I'm not sure all the cases when it is set, and it doesn't have to be set to show alternative number of results per page - it definitely dirties the data slightly, but not much. (looks like num is set about 2% of the time)
One case it is set is when a user with an alternate number of results set goes to the second page of the results. That is, if the user has the number of results set to 100, you will see num=100 variable when they are coming from the 2nd or 3rd page or when they click 'previous' from page 2.
There are two things that this can be useful for:
1) A statistics package can utilise these variables to work out what search engine result page number a visitor found your site on. Which combined with the keyword they typed in can be very useful. This can never be 100% accurate due to some instances when these values are not set but in 90% of cases/users it is accurate.
2) You can manually modify these values to increase the number of search results you see. Which I am sure is what many rank checkers use and set the count to 100 instead of requesting 10 pages of 10 results and if they don't then that's what they should be doing. If I remember rightly some search engines let you increase the value to 300 results per page! (maybe msn cant remember though)