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    So I noticed a Keyword Spy reference in my server logs today. On one hand it's flattering, and on another, it's infuriating. (I'm assuming it meant someone deliberately looked at what was working for me).

    Their service claims to use "uncompressed log files from Internet service providers" from which they extract keyword data. I suppose that the data in question is in some way the ISPs to give, but that bothers me a little.

    Second, is there any way we can prevent ourselves from being "harvested" in this regard? An IP ban would work if they were spidering, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

    And some of the data was very accurate, which makes it even worse.

    However, the question than becomes, are they REALLY getting that as traffic data, or are they doing some sort of a guesstimate based on what categories, tags, etc are prevalant on my site?
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    What does a keyword spy reference in the log look like?



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    noth is really just referer log spam to try and get you to use their service, they make you think someone looked you up.

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    That's all well and good, Mike, thanks.

    Still though, what about the rest of it? Are ISPs really providing that data to them, or is it, as it's often said around here, Horse Hockey?
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    I think ISPs would get themselves in deep weeds if they are providing outside services with members' log files. I don't know what that means, because that is not the same as a hosting company providing server logs. ISPs do track some member activities, but I don't know what they track.

    I suspect that "uncompressed log files from Internet service providers" is a misleading statement.
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    Boom, this was in my referrers log (which is what makes Mike exactly right):

    # http:// www. keywordspy. com/keyword-research/fmywebsite.com(3)

    (Spaces added to break link.)
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    Kevin, I get the same things in several of my logs. I'm under the impression that it is a marketing ploy. I can't image ISPs allowing access to data like that.
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    Can't they just look at your meta tags to find out which keywords you target?

    I hate it when they spam my server logs and hate it even more if it's a porn site. I just deny them access then in my .htaccess

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