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Posted 12 January 2004 - 06:36 AM
I was wondering how you can tell if someone has added your site to his/her Favorites list (and which page) by looking at the log files.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 07:04 AM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 07:47 AM
You could also tie that bookmarking link to another script to record data about who is clicking on it I suppose. Or you could set / pull cookie information to get more details.
I've never tried to track those folks when they come back. I doubt you could do it strictly from scripting however as I don't believe (off the top of my head) that anything special is added to the log files when someone visits your site via a bookmark. It would look like a direct request I think, though I'd have to look to be sure. And their IP number alone wouldn't be enough to track returning visitors
You could of course check for this type of detailed info from a cookie if you set one. I believe that Urchin does something like this, as do many other stats programs. I'm not sure how useful this information would be if you get too detailed though. I use it do a comparison of how many new unique visitors you get as opposed to how many returning visitors. But I don't get into any more detail than that.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 10:39 AM
Then when you analyze your logs, look for requests for that file. Each of these are people that have presumably added your site to their favorites.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 10:51 AM
Posted 12 January 2004 - 10:55 AM
I am currently using a favicon so I will start to look for that in my logs.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 11:19 AM
So that would mean what is recorded in logs would be people just using IE, so no way of knowing about other browser users adding you to favorites (bookmarks) list...doh
Any other thoughts?
Posted 12 January 2004 - 11:26 AM
It's still a pretty good approximation.
I like to use the "number of users bookmarking the site" in my sales literature for the sites that sell ads. If someone likes it enough to bookmark it, it demonstrates the site's value and "stickiness".
Posted 12 January 2004 - 11:31 AM
I've never seen anything about how much they increase repeat visits to a site but a favicon does help a site stand out in your favourites lists, hence making them easier to identify and possibly make people use the link more often.
If you don't have a favicon then you could check the error log for favicon entries
Posted 12 January 2004 - 11:48 AM
I've found bookmarking to be a huge issue in some cases. I have one client selling a single, impulse-type item who gets 25% of sales coming in via bookmarks -- often bookmarking pages in the middle of the buying process. You bet we added a "bookmark this page" function in there once we saw this.
Posted 12 January 2004 - 11:59 AM
Got this from my logs (removed my IP), what do you think this is telling us?
Someone with Mozilla browser adding address to favorites?
Posted 12 January 2004 - 07:31 PM
At the top of your log file you should see a line that indentifies what each thing is, but in this case it looks fairly easy to deduce:
File Requested (favicon.ico)
Browser Type- (Mozilla Emulation?)
OS and Version (NT 5.1)
Language (US English)
Browser Version (0.7)
FWIW Firebird is a hot new Mozilla based browser, and you should check it out if you haven't yet. Lots of cool extensions, and its way faster than IE.
Posted 13 January 2004 - 12:09 PM
2003-12-25 00:07:14 IP Removed /favicon.ico - 15 Mozilla/5.0+(Windows;+U;+Windows+NT+5.1;+en-US;+rv:1.5)+Gecko/20031007+Firebird/0.7 -
Firebird browser also uses favicon by the looks of it.
Any other browsers do we know?
ADDITIONAL: Has Highrankings.com been playing with there favicon? As it appears different, or is it just my eyes?
Edited by badboybart, 13 January 2004 - 12:19 PM.
Posted 13 January 2004 - 01:28 PM
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