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Spiders

In order for your website to be included in a Search Engine, it first has to be visited and read (commonly referred to as "indexed") by the Search Engine. Search Engines use specially created software (called "robots" or "spiders") to traverse the internet and index web pages. This report lists the various Search Engine spiders that have visited, and indexed, your website, based on the number of visits the spider has made.

Terms Used

Bandwidth - Bandwidth represents the total number of kilobytes that were sent to people visiting your site. Bandwidth includes all resources requested by the users.

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.

Page Views - A page view is a successful request for a file on your web site that is considered to be a page. These usually mean files with extensions such as .txt, .asp, .aspx, .php, etc. Views generated as a result of an error (either a 400 or 500 level error) are not counted as actual views for your site, and are kept separate from successful views.

Spider - A spider is an automated program that searches and indexes web sites, usually with the intent of providing information for search engines.

Visits - Visits represent the total number of times people have visited your web site. A visit is counted whenever a web site user requests one or more files from the web server. If the user becomes idle for more than a certain amount of time (usually 20 minutes), a new visit is generated when they come back.