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Friday, April 29th, 2005

Who’s Looking at My Site?

So I’m checking my site statistics, which are currently open to the public. Looking at the listing of IP addresses that have looked at me, I see only a few that have more than a couple of requests. My work and home IP are there, along with Web’s work.

But one other stands out – It accounts for 18.5% of all requests for my unpublicized website, which has only sporadically shown up even in Google. Using “City from IP” at DNS Stuff I find that it’s in Chicago. Using nslookup, I see that it’s a static IP from Charter Communications, making it likely to be a business or a serious techy. Who found me, how, and why the interest? I’ll have to keep an eye on it and see if he comes back – the number of hits has sat at 316 since I noticed it.

If you do come back, and see this post, can you step up and identify yourself? I’m really intrigued. As far as I know, I am not acquainted with anyone in Chicago.


For all my MySpace visitors who are trying to figure out how to tell who’s been looking at their pages (yes, there have been a lot of you recently) – as far as I can tell, you’re hosed. I keep track of my visitors in two ways:

  1. Through the tracking reports provided by my (not free) web host, which are pretty lame. They’re basically just a few statistics and graphs pulled from the logs of the computer in Arizona where my site is physically located. I paid extra for better reports, but they were lame, too, so I stopped.
  2. Through free, but temporary, online sites like SiteMeter and StatCounter. These sites give me a snippet of Java script that I put into every one of the pages I want included in the tracking. They actually give better reports, because they don’t count the spiders and bots that come crawling through – those things just make copies of everything, and they don’t run the Java that tells the tracking site that somebody is looking. The tracking sites also take note of the oodles of information about ourselves that we spread whenever we surf – down to the screen settings. On top of that, they run the ip address through databases and make a guess at where the visitor is coming from and put pins on pretty maps.

You don’t actually make the webpages at MySpace, you’re just filling out forms, and MySpace controls what can go into them. Last I heard, you can’t put Java in any more, so Option 2 is out. Better start begging MySpace for visitor logs!

Posted by Greg in My Website


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2 Responses to “Who’s Looking at My Site?”

  1. Spiffy Name says:

    I would have thought that you’d put a secret wormhole to the semi-private stuff that you no doubt have on here, but I have yet to find it. I’ll keep searching, though, in case you just can’t help yourself, which, knowing you, you can’t!

  2. Greg says:

    Then you’re not trying hard enough.