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Data Mining - Query Strings

What query strings were passed to this file?

This query allows you to view the various query strings that are passed to a particular page of your website.

A typical example is the SmarterStats Help system. Whenever anyone clicks on the "Help" graphic or a "What is this?" link within a specific Report Item in the Web Interface, a query string is passed from the SmarterStats application to the SmarterTools online help. This query string relates to the particular page or Report Item the user is seeking help with. This report shows what query string was passed to generate the page.

This query differs from the Query Items query in that it does not separate query string items. For example, assuming you have a hit that looks like /help/default.aspx?section=Administrator&page=Getting+Started. The Query Items report will show two lines: One for section=Administrator and one for page=Getting+Started. Conversely, the Query Strings report will show one line that looks like section=Administrator&page=Getting+Started.

Terms Used

Hits - A hit represents a request to your web site for a file such as an image, a web page, or a CGI script. One web page may contain several related resources, and as a result, a visitor viewing one web page may trigger several hits. Hits generated as a result of an error (either a 400 or 500 level error) are not counted as actual hits to your site, and are kept separate from successful hits.

Query String - Query strings are parameters that are passed to web pages in the URL string, commonly scripted pages.