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Cache in Access Logs



5:52 pm on Dec 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have had the following site visit my website.

cache-dk05.proxy.aol.com looked at one of my thumnail .jpg's

The next site was
cache-dq01.proxy.aol.com which looked at the next thumbnail on the same page.

There was 10 different 'sites' just to look at my home page (one for the homepage, one for the background, one for the logo and seven for the seven thumbnails).

My questions are:-

1. What does the 'cache' and the 'proxy' mean in the above sites?
2. My log files stats show that I had 10 visitors where in fact in imagine I just had one? Is there anyway that I can show the more accurate visior number in my data? I am using Webalizer?




6:07 pm on Dec 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

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AOL uses proxy servers to deliver results.

You may be confusing hits with visitors. Hits is every time a file associated with a particular page (i.e. graphics files on your home page) actually load. You could get 10 hits with only 1 page loading and 1 visitor visiting.


2:09 pm on Dec 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi James,

Yup, I think I used the wrong terminology between hits and visitors/sites.

But, my stats show that one visitor was

and another visitor

I get this reasonably often and my stats show that I have many different sites visiting my website whereas it is a lot fewer because this is only one search but it is shown as 10 or more visits because of the slight change in the site address (dk05 then dqo1, etc etc).

I hope I have explained it a bit better this time?



2:23 pm on Dec 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It's not unusual for an AOLer to change IPs while surfing your site in the same visit due to their ISP using proxies. AOL also caches webpages to save them (and you) bandwidth should another customer request the same ones unless of course you've added no caching into your site.


6:06 pm on Dec 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Bluesky,

I don't have any caching on my site although it has a link to another property related website that does cache.

I guess there is no way stop stop the differnt IPs from showing up in my stats if aol uses many of these for each visit?




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