Understanding Web Logs and Why it Matters

Written by S. Housley

General web statistics give pertinent information about website visitors. Webmasters analyzing these statistics have a better understanding of who their website visitors are and how they perceiverepparttar website. A lot can be learned by evaluating navigation patterns, most-viewed pages and exit pages. Deciphering web logs could easily become a full-time job. The information that can be gleaned from close log scrutiny is extremely valuable.

When a visitor comes to a website,repparttar 118445 site has just a few seconds to grabrepparttar 118446 visitor's interest. Slow-loading pages or broken graphics will send visitors and potential customers looking elsewhere. In order to make sense of web statistics, consider using a log analysis program. These programs tend to formatrepparttar 118447 information in an easy-to-understand way, often providing graphs or visual representations that make understanding and seeing patterns that much easier. The downside to using software for web log analysis is that webmasters can easily be confused about whatrepparttar 118448 actual results mean and which results matterrepparttar 118449 most. The information contained inrepparttar 118450 log file should be analyzed in conjunction with other information.

Let's take a look at some ofrepparttar 118451 critical areas. How many unique visitors visitrepparttar 118452 site each day? This statistic, by itself, is not terribly important, but when compared to a previous week's or month's logs, patterns will generally emerge. Sudden declines in site visitors might be indicative of downtime or dropped links, while sudden increases might be indicative of a successful ad campaign or improved search engine ranking. This assumption can only be made if sales forrepparttar 118453 corresponding time period have increased as well. Traffic alone is notrepparttar 118454 goal; qualified website traffic that converts a visitor into a buyer is generallyrepparttar 118455 goal of most webmasters. Web statistics on their own do not always paint a true picture. Webmasters need to use logs to validate advertising campaigns and track where traffic is coming from. While details in a log file alone are not conclusive proof of an ad campaign's success or failure, general assumptions can be made based onrepparttar 118456 patterns. General statistics will help determine who your visitors are and what habits they have.

Specific areas to take a close look at:

How long are users staying onrepparttar 118457 website or a specific page? This question addresses a website's "stickiness". Stickiness gives webmasters an indication of how important their content is. If users return on a regular basis or remain on a specific page for an extended period of time, generallyrepparttar 118458 content is considered valuable.

Art Imitates LiveCamNetwork

Written by Greg Jones

(Montreal) January 25, 2005 - Performers from live video chat site LiveCamNetwork.com will be featured in an upcoming exhibit by Montreal photographer Mia Donovan.

The exhibit, called "Stripped", will present a series of "lush, large-scale photographs of women who provide their body torepparttar adult entertainment industry". Among those featured are Laurelle and 2much.net poster girl Deja, as well as women from other facets ofrepparttar 118444 sex business, from strippers to porn stars.

Donovan, whose work has been onrepparttar 118445 web as well as independant newspapers and print advertising, seeks to provide more than behind-the-scenes peeks intorepparttar 118446 trade by setting a counterpoint torepparttar 118447 stereotyped images normally associated withrepparttar 118448 business by documentingrepparttar 118449 day-to-day reality.

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