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    Anyone know that is up with this in my logs?
    http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI...&ed=1004649794

    I have a slew of them, and all for the steam buggy. Is ebay using one of the ppc engine listings? I don't rank well in them at all for any of the terms for the steam buggy.

    I guess I should look at the raw logs and see what they called, if it was just my images or what. Already put a .htaccess in the free backgrounds, buttons, bullets, and lines directories.

    Anyone else seeing ebay referrals?

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    it's the image at images/steambug1.jpg on your site.
    http://www.affxxxxxxxxxxxxx.net

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    Thanks Pete, I searched code for the wrong site. Should stop trying to get through the day on four hours of sleep.

    Sigh, what scum, I hate hot linkers. Guess that .htaccess file will go into every darned image directory on every site.

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    What is an .htaccess file?

    Thanks!
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    a .htaccess file allows you to do stuff on your server (if you are allowed to)

    eg. tell which page to go to in a page not found error (404, or any other code for that matter)

    tell it to parse SSI as a html file (and not .shtml, which the search engines don't like)

    password protect directories

    only allow certain referrers (eg, only allow images to be loaded from your sites, this stops other sites linking to your images on your server).. this can be spoofed though..(see "how to hack porn sites" for more details)

    they do heaps of other stuff, but this is about the extent of my knowledge on them

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    Pete,

    You said search engines don't like shtml? Do you suppose they would object to an ordinary html file that just happened to have the shtml extension?


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    hmmm. google has changed its pages.

    Not too long ago it stated on their site that they do not index .shtml files..

    Now they state that they do, but this is from their site http://www.google.com/webmasters/2. html
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>1. Reasons your site may not be included.

    Your pages are dynamically generated. We are able to index dynamically generated pages. However, because our web crawler can easily overwhelm and crash sites serving dynamic content, we limit the amount of dynamic pages we index. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    any pages with the extension .shtml are considered dynamic, thus are limited..

    Google (or any other user) does not know which areas of a .shtml file are created with by using SSI, and which are static.

    On my sites, I add one line to my .htaccess file which make the server read all .html files as .shtml.

    This means that I can use SSI (i use for my page counter, header & footer templates) in a .html file (which google likes), but have the added functionality of using SSI (.shtml)

    I can not really see any bonus to having a .html file named with .shtml file extensions (it would probably hinder you with google anyway)

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    Great tip, Pete. I'd asked a long time ago on CJU whether that would make for any security problems (can't think of any, but why are some servers so tight wad about letting you do SSI). I think it's time to brush up on everything I can do with that little file. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] A lot of my new pages I'd left as .shtml extensions.

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    There is extra drain on the server when it has to parse the .shtml file for SSI.
    When you are parsing every .html file as SSI also, some of the crappier servers will crack the shits.
    I've been on two different hosts, and neither of them has had a problem with me doing it. (I've always just done it, neither has every complained about me hogging resources or the like)
    I hope everything I have posted is correct, 'cause I'm no tech-head..
    I can do the perl/php thing, but when it comes to a lot of server stuff, I'm in over my head.
    All that I've learnt about .htaccess has been from typing that into google, along with what I want to do.. there are a lot of good tutorials out there.

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    LOL, Pete, and how do you think I've learned anything I know about web publishing? The web is a great lesson in self replicating systems. Yeah, sure I had some brief exposure to Unix in college some tsssssssssss...crackle...tsssssss years ago. Other than that, the web is a great place to learn about the web!

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    Hi Pete!

    Thanks for the info. The reason I use shtml, is that my host has some kind of problem and scripts only seem to work for pages with shtml extensions. Rather than try to sort this out, I thought I'd wait till I knew what I was doing [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    The Google spider has been very busy on my site today and did summon a dozen or so shtml pages that have been around at least a month. I wonder if Google has an upper limit on the number of shtml files it wants, or if it limits things some other way?



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    OK, for those that don't know.

    This is what you add to your .htaccess file.

    **this line will redirect the user to a specified page whenever a page is not found (404-error)

    ErrorDocument 404 /pagemissingerror.html


    ** this line will allow SSI to be included in .html and .htm files (no more need for .shtml, allowing you to put dynamic data on pages, and the surfer (and google) has absolutely no idea about it when done correctly)

    AddHandler server-parsed .html .htm

    NOTE: Do NOT enter the lines starting with "**" [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

    There are heaps others (ie restrict where a file is called from, etc).. try google.

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    Just what are we looking for to see if google spidered your site? I use site meter and as yet I have not seen anything that would make me think it was spidered.
    Thanks
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