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    Statistics for TODAY
    When will the ”TODAY” function in the ”Show Statistics for” drop down menu be returned in the dashboard?


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    The "today" feature was temporarily removed to enhance overall performance for PopShops users. When it was first implemented we had no idea that some customers would create thousands and thousands of shops.

    To compensate, we are retooling stats. I can't give you a final time. I can tell you that very few networks or analytic tools give real-time stats (as we had been doing)...even Google has a 4-hour delay.

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    Personally I'd do just fine without the TODAY stats. Most everyone else makes me wait till the next day for details. I'd rather have the improved performance.

    "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

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    I happen to love the TODAY function. I can see at a glance how my shops are doing throughout the day. I’m sure both improved performance and TODAYs stats are achievable.

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    I also prefer the today stats and have no problems if they lag in reporting time. I use today stats for various reasons and they also help me caught bad bots that go about clicking on every product in a shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boningroup
    I also prefer the today stats and have no problems if they lag in reporting time. I use today stats for various reasons and they also help me caught bad bots that go about clicking on every product in a shop.
    I see that the Today option is showing in stats but I notice that they don't change at all during the day. Yesterday I had a bot click over 280 times on one of my shops. If we had a delayed "today stats" I could have checked my logs and found what IP the bot was coming from and banned it from my site. Can't do that today as my host logs are for the current day.

    My stats for "today" are 50 but the same stats for those popshops show the same number of clicks for yesterday. I asked this months ago in a post and never got a response. What is the time from for these stats - i.e. 12:00 PST to 23:59 PST?
    Danny W Bonin Jr
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    Have you tried StatCounter? This free service is what I use to give me the visibility on visits and click-throughs - it also helps me hone in on click bot IPs.
    http://www.statcounter.com/
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    I have used statcounter for years and it does not count a fraction of the bots that show up on your website. The bot that generated 280 clicks earlier this week did not show up on statcounter. I wish it was that easy.

    When we use to have daily stats and I would see a large amount of clicks coming through on a page, I first check statcounter and if nothing showed up there I was able to go to my server logs and track it down. I would then go to a site called Project Honey Pot http://www.projecthoneypot.org and look up the IP address. If it was a spammer or on their black list, I ban it from my website. Now I can't do that as day old stats don't help when my host delete the server logs after midnight for the day before.

    I also have spider traps on all of my pages from a script I picked up here on ABW - http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=113030.
    Danny W Bonin Jr
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    Yeah, there are a number of scripts that will allow you to blacklist bots, thanks for sharing that Danny. I'm contacting some tech folks I know for additional recommendations that may be easy for those of us not terribly technical. (For example, you don't need users from the Ukraine who have no chance of purchasing, so you can "time out" any users from certain regions who visit and revisit your site or spend over a certain amount of time or visit more than a certain number of pages).

    Jessie

    Stats are being overhauled. I'll let you know when we have the final pattern of caching so you can know what the delay is in the "today" filter.

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    This is from a colleague of mine. For many of us, we are creating content to sell to a specific market (US, UK, etc) so it might be relevant. FWIW.

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    We were getting huge numbers of hits from Czech republic so we blocked the country for a while. (...as much as I love Prague).

    Now we have a system that does the following:

    *Monitors each IP address and adds a number of points to a total every time an IP address does something naughty. The points vary depending on the naughtiness. e.g. XSS injection attack is very naughty so gets 100 points. Fetching a page with a blank user-agent header is suspicious so it gets 1 point. That kind of thing.
    * If the points exceed a threshold we do a reverse lookup on the IP address. If it doesn't belong to Google or another friendly crawler, the IP address goes into a table called blockedIPs. We also cache the result of the reverse lookup.
    * Every 1 minute our firewall machine fetches addresses from that table and adds a rule for new addresses that simply drops packets. So to those addresses we look like we've fallen off the internet. It's a very simple 10 line perl script that uses iptables to do the blocking.
    * Every week or so we delete everything in the table and flush the rules on the firewall.
    It's not perfect:
    * Reverse lookups can be faked, so if you're determined you could defeat this, but it catches 99% of offenders.
    * We have had a few false positives - mainly proxy servers with 1000's of users (in malaysia on a wireless broadband network) that got blocked for a while. But updating the naughty rules fixes this.

    I was hit really hard a few times with malicious bots that were ignoring robots and sending more than 10 requests per second on resource intensive pages. This fixed that. So now I'll see the load average on our servers spike for up to 60 seconds and then it drops back down as the bot gets blocked.

    And as an aside: These bots really make me angry - especially when I do a reverse lookup and you know it's some guy on a broadband connection who's got his linux box sucking down your content to add to his spammy site. I guess you could do the most damage if you pretend to continue to serve real content but instead serve up pages stuffed with spammy terms like viagra/poker/etc so the guy's spammy site gets blacklisted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JessieJ
    And as an aside: These bots really make me angry - especially when I do a reverse lookup and you know it's some guy on a broadband connection who's got his linux box sucking down your content to add to his spammy site.
    Jessie,

    That is why I am constantly fighting the bots. On CJ before I started banning bots and certain countries, my 3 Month EPC was way below $1 and my 7 day EPC was just less than $1. Now that I actively fight these bots, my 3 Month EPC is $8 and my 7 day EPC runs in double digits today at $17. I get turned down less often by merchants and now have merchants coming to me.
    Danny W Bonin Jr
    Bonin Group, Inc.

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