AWStats 6.5

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Posted on August 27, 2005 10:10 AM in Blogging
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In this day and age of web syndication, bloggers like myself are becoming just as concerned (if not more) about our news reader readership as we are about our actual site visitors (the web designer in me cares about the latter quite a bit more, of course).

I've recently been tailing my web server's access log to try and get a feel for how many people are subscribed to my various feeds and what clients they are using. Then I thought, "I wonder if I could create a Perl script for analyzing this data and creating a report every week or so?"

Only a few days later I received an email from the AWStats mailing list letting me know that the beta of version 6.5 has support for "RSS catcher/readers in robot database." Granted, they could have been a bit more specific with their description, but I could only take this to mean that when 6.5 goes stable I will be able to see syndication statistics alongside my site visitor statistics.

I guess I should have seen this coming. Afterall, you couldn't ask for a better analysis tool than AWStats.


Janine on August 27, 2005 at 12:51 PM:

goodness, too much information with this program :)
Although I do understand why someone might have a need/desire for a program like AWStats.
I subscribe to your blog through Bloglines. It shows (Bloglines) as having 36 members subscribed to your blog. Although I'm sure a ton of people subscribe to it, they just all don't use Bloglines. :)
I'm not sure exactly how I found your blog but probably when I installed the GrayModern theme (or is that grEy?) JK :)


Bernie Zimmermann on August 27, 2005 at 5:07 PM:


AWStats is great. Yes, there's a lot of information but it's actually interesting to see the kinds of trends that happen from month-to-month. It's also a nice tool for tracking where the spammers are hitting you hardest, so you can eradicate the problem before it gets out of hand.

Bloglines is the only news reader I'm really aware of my subscriber count in, simply because I'm a blog narcissist and subscribe to my own feeds ;)

It will be nice to see some numbers on Firefox (Live Bookmarks), Thunderbird, and some of the other more popular news readers out there, though.

Oh, and yes, it's "grey." :)


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