- Exclude your own hits from stats
- Where are the search engine keywords?
- Understanding the Path Analysis Page
- How to Add a Robot?
Exclude Your Own Hits from Stats
To let TraceWatch mark you as administrator and don't include your own hits in the stats go to Administrate > Admin Cookie and click "set admin cookie in my browser".
Where are the Search Engine Keywords?
There is a small triangle near most data in the stats pages, this is called the Options Button clicking on it shows you a list of options/information available for that data. including the keywords list for a search engine and url list for a referrer domain.
Using the Path Analysis Page
The path analysis page may seem complicated at first but it becomes easy to understand if you get the concept.
- Make a path by subsequently clicking on pages in columns to get information about visitors who have moved along that path. (where they come from, where they go to, ...)
- First Column is for referrers, second column is for entry pages, other columns are free columns.
- Selection in adjacent columns means going directly from left page to right page. When there is space between columns it means there may be any path between those pages.
See the examples below, Assume we have referrer X and three pages A, B and C (dash means nothing selected in the column):
|Column 1||Column 2||Column 3||Column 4||Column 5||Meaning|
|X||-||-||-||-||Visitors referred by X|
|X||A||-||-||-||Visitors referred by X and start with page A|
|X||-||A||-||-||Visitors referred by X and get to page A from any path (to make such path you need to deselect the selection in column 2 after clicking on A in column 3)|
|-||A||-||-||-||Visitors starting with page A|
|-||-||A||-||-||Visitors who get to A from any path.|
|-||-||-||A||-||Has the same meaning as above|
|X||A||B||-||-||Visitors Referred by X, start from A and go directly to B|
|X||A||-||B||-||Visitors Referred by X, start from A and then get to B from any path.|
|-||A||-||B||-||Visitors who start from A and get to B from any path.|
|-||-||A||B||-||Visitors who get to A from any path and go directly to B.|
|-||-||A||-||B||Visitors who get to A from any path then get to B from any path.|
|-||A||B||C||-||Visitors who start with A, go directly to B and then directly to C.|
|-||-||A||B||C||Visitors who get to A from any path, go directly to B and then directly to C.|
|And so on...|
Well! you need to play with this page to get used to it ;)
How to Add a Robot?
To quickly add a robot you can add its user agent string to the identifiers of the robot visitor type in the Administrate > Visitor Types page.
But it's better to define a user agent for that robot in the Administrate > User Agents page with a user agent string pattern then add that user agent to robot visitor type identifiers. This way you don't have to add a new ua string every time that robot comes with a new one.
Also don't forget to post the new robot to the Robots Forum so that it can be officially added to TraceWatch in future releases.