using your own server space access logs as ip tracker

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using your own server space access logs as ip tracker

i don't know if this has been discussed here or not already.  i perused through a lot of the other threads on ip trackers and haven't seen anything, so i apologize ahead of time if it has been.

i just wanted to point out that if you happen to have a personal website or some kind of personal server space that you use for anything, you can use the access logs generated by your server to get the ip addresses of every single visitor to your myspace profile.  that's what i use.  of course, it doesn't say who the visitor is or show their pics or things that specific, but from what i'm reading about most of the trackers out there, they don't either unless the visitor is also a member of that tracker's service.

anyway, all you have to do is upload some kind of graphic or photograph or even just a 1x1-pixel spacer .jpg or .gif to your server space to host it and then put that graphic/photograph or whatever it is on your profile.  then every time someone visits, an entry is made in your access logs.  i host all of my own graphics that i use on my page on my personal server space, and that's how i figured out i could do this.  it was quite by accident actually, but it was a nice little surprise.  ** evil grin **  you can also do the same thing on your pics page to see who's looking at your pics by placing the url in the caption of one of them.  for this i simply use the 1x1-pixel spacer .jpg because it's white, and it's invisible to the viewer.  i don't do the blog thing, but i'm sure it can be used there as well. 

this works particularly well if you have your profile set to private because it totally narrows down who most ip addresses belong to since only your friends can view your profile.  but you can still even go a step further than that and track those people who aren't on your friends list who are trying to see your profile by placing a graphic or spacer .jpg into your headline because whatever is in your headline is visible to all viewers whether they're on your friends list or not.  and as far as it goes, you can even track who visits your friends' profiles if you're so inclined to do so just by virtue of placing a comment on their page, one that links back to your server space.  i personally could care less who visits anyone else's page.  i'm just aware it's possible because my access logs are pretty lengthy due to me leaving comments.

this is an example of an entry in my access logs of a visit to my profile:

XX.XXX.XXX.XXX - - [29/Nov/2006:16:22:30 -0800] "GET /myspace/graphics/racing/ch3no2.jpg HTTP/1.1" 200 12199 "" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; FunWebProducts; .NET CLR 1.0.3705; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; Media Center PC 4.0)" 

(i'm sure most people understand what all of that is, but for those who don't, this is a brief description of what each part is:) 

the info in red is the visitor's ip address

the info in green is the date and time of the visit

the info in orange is the url for whatever graphic/photograph is on my profile

the info in blue tells what page the viewer was looking at, whether it be my profile or pics page, blog page, etc. and the MyToken info of the visitor

the purple info tells what browser the visitor is using



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