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Presuming I can download the raw log files to my Linux box: What's my best option?
I'm noticing inexcusable descrepencys between my raw files and my stats. My site gets a hit a few times an hour for one phrase and it does not show in my webalizer stats at all!
Apart from that, I just need more informaion ;)
Webaliser needs you to tell it the preceeding code before the search term for each search engine - in its configuration - for it to correctly identify the key word from the search / referral string. If you dont check that for every engine then you may not get correct key terms results.
After all its not as if all the engines keep the same referrer information over time. Compare to your raw logs and adjust accordingly.
imho for free you dont get much better value for money than webaliser :-)
Example from a standard config ... (may not be up to date)
# The SearchEngine keywords allow specification of search engines and
# their query strings on the URL. These are used to locate and report
# what search strings are used to find your site. The first word is
# a substring to match in the referrer field that identifies the search
# engine, and the second is the URL variable used by that search engine
# to define it's search terms.
Hope this helps
fwiw I hated analog the one time I had to look at it.
The online one I like the best is urchin .. allows quick easy deep drill down into individual search engine referrals etc etc all online .. the only negative I could see was that the version I get to play with does not provide paper reports which some larger clients would rather have than online access ..
It is excellent at what it does once you realise its limitation.
If you modify the config files wou can get a lot more out of it than the default settings - which frankly are poor.
However the big 'down' is that it won't show key phrases by engine - ie you get key phrases and you get search engines - but you can't see which came from where.
For this I use 'Relax' - its a free perl script which I run locally on downloaded files. It specialises in Search Engine referral analysis and is better than anything else I have tried - very detailed and covers loads of engines.
Personally I use AWStats [awstats.sourceforge.net] which is available at Source Forge. It is driven by Perl so it is a bit slower than Webalizer. However it provides a lot more information regarding to bots, search engine referrals, browser/OS identification, etc. Most importantly, it is in active development, whereas webalizer has not had a serious update for ages...