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visits from gsa.gov

personal visit? or "business" visit?

     
6:01 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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One of my small sites has gotten quite a few visits during the past month from the same IP address in the gsa.gov block (159.142.x.x)

Since the content on that site is static (and very limited) I am curious if it's a personal visit by someone in their free time, or if it's some kind of "business" visit. What exactly do they do? Do they enforce anything?

UA is always "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)"

(note this seems different than their bot: [webmasterworld.com...] )

1:53 pm on July 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Visits from gsa and also the military domains are generally for business. But there is no way to be certain. Also you do not know if they are browsing or buying. Many times they buy from somewhere else, but they need to list 3 quotes on their purchase order so they will visit your site.
2:14 pm on July 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Very interesting insight that I did not know.
However this site does not sell anything!
Really makes me wonder why the repeat visits...
2:21 pm on July 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I sell quite a lot of stuff though one site to people who give me email addys in these areas ( Iv'e seen them 1st in my logs )...I think there is a lot of "goofin off" ...suits me fine ;)
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We sell web development and web app developmment services and have quite a lot of .gov traffic (also military).

I have often wondered about .gov visits and their interest in "our" services. To bid on government contracts, you have to be a vendor. We are listed and participate in regional state contracts but not on the Federal level but there are obvious federal .govs visiting according to our logs.

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Visits from gsa and also the military domains are generally for business. But there is no way to be certain.

you got that right... one of the pages on my site contains (or used to contain) the text "fine females"... those pics are everyday family type pictures of some of my eldest son's female friends... its not all that uncommon to see .mil and .gov sites coming in directly from a search engine to that page :o in the past week, there have been some 50+ hits from various af.mil sites... all of them come from google images with the same search string of "fine females"... wonder what they are interested in buying? ;)

you should have seen all the hits some months back all looking at/for the kayla pic in that same area... a little research turned up that there is/was some pr0nstar that goes by kayla... seems that most of these hits were looking for pics of her instead of what they found :)

3:31 am on July 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Heh I figured out what they do today because of an annoucement they made.

The General Services Administration (GSA) today announced it will start charging agencies $125 a year for .gov domains. There are more than 3,400 sites using .gov

What I want to know is why it costs that much to manage the domain when the private sector does it for $8-$15 in general.

Since it's all government agencies paying the $125, guess who REALLY pays the half million dollars they just charged!