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determining Search Volume

1:49 pm on Feb 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Before we exploit brains cells towards this; I would to know how many users have actually attempted to browse our site via a mobile device.
How can we do?
3:22 pm on Feb 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Mobile devices send user agent strings which can be easily identified. If you are using Apache as webserver, the user agent strings are stored in the file agent_log, which is probably stored in the /var/log/httpd directory, depending on your Linux flavor.

Counting the number of matching lines would give a good indication of the current number of mobile visitors. Although not perfect, the following Linux command line should provide you with most of the user agents matching a mobile device:

grep "Opera Mini\|Mobile\|SymbianOS\|SymbOS\|webOS\|BlackBerry" agent_log | wc -l
gives the number of hits on your site by mobile browers.

wc -l agent_log
gives the total number of hits on your site.
4:11 pm on Feb 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It's in Google Analytics under Visitors->Operating Systems.

It doesn't differentiate between Windows and Windows Mobile, but few people use Windows Mobile for browsing compared to IPhone or Android.

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