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Where'd They Come From?: Recording Referrals in ASP


In this article, Chris shows us how to find out where our visitors are coming from and store this information in our database.

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By: Christopher Duell
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February 02, 2003
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Where'd They Come From?: Recording Referrals in ASP
  2. · What's Involved?
  3. · How Do The URLs Get In The Table?
  4. · Conclusion

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Now you know where your users have come from, and how often, this is very handy if you are placing adds all over the internet and want to know what’s working and what’s not. This can save you a lot of money and time.

Possibly the only drawback on this is that the file records ALL referrals, even those from your own site. Say someone found your site on yahoo.com, fine, that would go into your database, and everyone would be happy, but say this user went to another page on your site then decided to come back to the homepage again, the URL of this page would also be recorded, e.g., www.mysite.com/anotherpage.asp would still go into the database. Through a little tweaking though this can be avoided…by checking that the referring URL does not have www.mysite.com in front of it; if it does then it is not to be recorded.

Apart from that it’s all smooth sailing. Now comes the fun part, you can go back to your files and make them look neater. I recommend though that only Administrators have access to these files, unless you’re fine with letting users know where everyone else is coming from. Enjoy.

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