Re: [webalizer] How exactly are "Search Strings" determined?
- If you look at your logs, it will show a referrer page, which is the URL of
the page which the user came from, if the user was at a search engine then
the searched string is usually in the URL as few search engines use post for
search submissions (it prevents users from saving searches).
Therefore, what webalizer does is examine this referrer for tell tale signs
of search engine origination, such as URL and it strips out the query by
using a lookup table (in webalizer.conf), for example google uses
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=webalizer+search+string webalizer takes
the query then adds it to the list in the results page. Very rarely do you
have to update webalizer to handle new search engines or strings but it is
useful to know how it is done.
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From: "plasticisforever" <plasticisforever@...>
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2002 4:06 AM
Subject: [webalizer] How exactly are "Search Strings" determined?
> I'm new to analysing webalizer results and I understand the
> concept of search strings. What I haven't learned yet is how
> webalizer generates those results. All the other stats like
> referrers, entry/exit pages, user agents, etc I can see as
> information available on the server. How does webalizer know
> what someone typed as a search string at, say, Google?
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