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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    DIY Comment
    Gregory Morris, 7/27/04 10:52:32 am
    Well, since everyone else seems to have cool things like lists of searches and referers and stuff (because someone else went through the trouble of coding it up) Beth decided we needed that to. I never bothered getting around to it until yesterday. It didn't seem interesting or relevant to me. Now that I've done it, its a whole world of information about who's finding our site. Pretty neat stuff.

    Lately, most of our hits have been coming from the HOPE Website since we are linked there, and lotsa people wanna see some pictures from the con. Plus, its only 2 clicks from the slashdot article about the con, which bumps up traffic a bit. Not really a "slashdot effect" (our sysadmin would shoot me) but a one-off-slashdot effect.

    Anyway, it seems most of the searches that have found our sites deal with weddings (the orthodox wedding as well) and places we went on our honeymoon (xpu-ha, xcaret, aventura spa palace, etc.)

    We've had a handful of searches for morgantown-related stuff. Some scuba stuff. Some "silly monkey" stuff. Searches for our names, and friend's names. Assateague. Baklava. Mostly pictures really.

    Some Highlights:
  • girls shower pictures -- looking for porn?
  • table dance+pictures -- same thing, i figure
  • mitnick mullet -- *grin*
  • image monkey wedding -- ummm... ok.
  • baklava machine -- i know, i want one too...
  • jessica simpson wedding pictures -- heheh. Wrong Jessica. Wrong Wedding.

    Anyway, fun.

  • [Comments are closed after a month.]

    Re: DIY
    name, 7/27/04 1:12:46 pm
    Search referals can be pretty insane...
    Some of my favorites:

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=pics+of+george+bush+in+the+game+halo
    That would be cool.

    http://www.alltheweb.com/search?q=cia+conspiracy+luciferian+secret+teachings
    Yes, I concur.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=ninja+bingo+party
    Is this like a game? Because I'd really like to hope it is.
    Re: DIY
    todd., 7/27/04 9:47:44 pm
    Funny you say that. I was just trying to decide whether I'd rather code my own script to do this or put the ugly-ass sitemeter thing back on my page.

    The rainbow square makes me feel like a tool. But the idea of writing log-parsing perl doesn't exactly bake my cookies, either.
    Re: DIY
    Gregory Morris, 7/27/04 10:37:03 pm
    well todd. i did it in about 30 minutes with php, plus a little extra time later on making it prettier, and adding support for just about goddamn every search engine in existance. It doesn't have to support search engines, mind you, but i like that i have it seperated into "search engines" and "other referers". That way you can just look quickly and see what text people have used to find your site. then in the other section, you can see who is actually linking to you. i dunno if the sitemeter does it that way or not.

    anyway, if you want some php code, lemme know.... in fact, i'm gonna post in in a comment here in a second. its pretty big, and not that well written, but it works ;) the hardest part was researching how each search engine parameterizes its searches, and then parsing it out. most of them just say "q=searchterms" or "query=searchterms", but there are about 15 varients on that, including some that don't actually pass the search terms as variables.

    anyway, yeah.... big switch statement ;) Sorry if the blog doesn't indent code right ;)
    Re: DIY
    Gregory Morris, 7/27/04 10:46:21 pm
    $aList = file("/var/log/httpd/referer_log");
    foreach($aList as $sUrl){
    $query = ""; //zero out the query
    $aUrl = parse_url( $sUrl); //parse the url, gotta love php ;)
    $a = explode('&', $aUrl['query']); //break up the arguments
    foreach($a as $item){ //split them into var and val
    $x = split('=', $item);
    $b[$x[0]] = $x[1];
    }

    switch($aUrl['host']){
    case "www.gigablast.com":
    case "s.teoma.com":
    case "www.alltheweb.com":
    case "www.google.de":
    case "www.google.co.uk":
    case "www.google.co.in":
    case "www.google.ca":
    case "www.google.com":
    case "search.msn.com":
    case "web.ask.com":
    case "www.search.com":
    case "www.altavista.com":
    case "freshmeat.net":
    case "search.bay.webtv.net":
    $query = urldecode($b['q']);
    break;
    case "zapmeta.com":
    case "web.curryguide.com":
    case "aolsearch.aol.com":
    case "vivisimo.com":
    case "search.netscape.com":
    case "search.lycos.com":
    case "www.mamma.com":
    case "mamma.com":
    case "www.hotbot.com":
    case "www.ithaki.net":
    case "www.infonetware.com":
    case "ixquick.com":
    $query = urldecode($b['query']);
    break;
    case "uk.search.yahoo.com":
    case "ca.search.yahoo.com":
    case "search.yahoo.com":
    $query = urldecode($b['p']);
    break;
    case "rds.yahoo.com":
    $query = $aUrl['path'];
    $query = substr($query,strpos($query,'/K=')+3);
    $query = urldecode($query);
    $query = substr($query,0,strpos($query,'/'));
    break;
    case "search.looksmart.com":
    $query = urldecode($b['query']);
    break;
    case "www.surfwax.com":
    $query = urldecode($b['search']);
    break;
    case "gimenei.com":
    $query = urldecode($b['qry_str']);
    break;
    case "scan.infogrid.com":
    $query = urldecode($b['qry_str']);
    break;
    case "search.viewpoint.com":
    $query = urldecode($b['k']);
    break;
    case "www.meceoo.com":
    $query = urldecode($b['kw']);
    break;
    case "www.metaeureka.com":
    $query = urldecode($b['terms']);
    break;
    case "ps5.profusion.com":
    $query = urldecode($b['queryterm']);
    break;
    case "msxml.excite.com":
    case "www.dogpile.com":
    case "www.metacrawler.com":
    case "www.webcrawler.com":
    case "msxml.webcrawler.com":
    case "webcrawler.com": //this should be a regexp... lazy greg
    $query = urldecode(substr($aUrl['path'],strpos($aUrl['path'],'web/')+4));
    $query = substr($query,0,strpos($query,'/'));
    $query = str_replace("+"," ",$query);
    break;
    default:
    break;
    }

    /*
    Then just say query isn't null, this must be a search
    so display :
    <a rel="nofollow" href="{$sUrl}">{$query}</a>
    If query is null, then it isn't,
    so display :
    <a rel="nofollow" href="{$sUrl}">{$sUrl}</a>

    Easy as pie.
    */

    }
    Re: DIY
    monica, 7/28/04 5:49:23 am
    wait, they have baklava machines? awesome!
    Re: DIY
    Gregory Morris, 7/28/04 8:30:25 am
    no monica, i don't really think they do. how can a machine handle that many layers filo and make a decent peice of baklava? answer: it can't. baklava has to be made by the loving hands of an old greek lady ;) actually, baklava is a turkish word... which is funny because as much as a lot of greeks dislike turks (which is arguably understandable) they still take a lot from the turkish culture. But apparently most greek shops won't take turkish currency. They'll take drachmas, dollars, yen, pounds, etc.... but no turkish money.

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