11-26-2005, 08:43 AM
Hello everyone, l just had a question or wish to stir up a discussion.
Recently when checking out my websites statistics (via awestats) it has an attribute for "estimated bookmarks"
and shows a percentage of users that bookmark my site.
I was just curious if there is a php, or perl script that can record how many people bookmark my page.
any help would be greatly appreciated!
11-26-2005, 12:22 PM
I'm guessing awstats looks at the logs and counts how many times favicon.ico is downloaded, but I think this method is outdated as most browsers these days download this to display in the address bar. I think it's impossible to calculate this as it's all done with on the client side without any information being sent to the server
11-26-2005, 04:23 PM
Yea not possible I'm afraid.
Perhaps (although not really a good idea) you could add a simple poll to the page asking users if they've bookmarked?
I realise you are starting a discussion not asking how to do it though, and I have no idea how the stats page can estimate bookmarkings!
11-27-2005, 04:10 AM
Thanks for kicking around your ideas with me guys.
11-27-2005, 01:03 PM
There was an exploit if I remember correctly, yes; but it's patched now I suspect.
Favicon is downloaded whenever a person views the page anyway so it wouldn't be able to tell you how many people bookmark the page. :)
11-28-2005, 08:14 PM
I'd have thought the easiest way of finding this out is to view your "Referrals", it shows where people have come from. Of course, it'll also show people that appear to have come from no-where, those are the people that have bookmarked you, and also those coming from links in emails, irc etc. But it's probably the best estimate possible.
11-28-2005, 08:53 PM
Referrals from nowhere also include anyone with the referrer field turned off in their browser or firewall. It also includes anyone using IE who comes from a secure page. Also anyone who types the address of the page into their address bar.
11-29-2005, 04:06 PM
11-29-2005, 04:15 PM
How many people do you know who actually bookmark pages like that? :)
...As said, there's little ways to see who possibly bookmarks, but none of them are fail-proof.