SitePoint Sponsor

User Tag List

Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    SitePoint Zealot
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Sheffield, England
    Posts
    112
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Anyone understand how AOL works ?

    Maybe the wrong forum, I don't know.

    Problem: when I look at my logging software I can trace someone coming from Google, say - there'll be one I.P address, and then a list of the pages that they visit.

    However, when someone on AOL uses Google (or any other search engine), every single page that they go to is registered under a separate I.P. So at first sight I think I have 'X' visitors - but a lot of them might be just one AOL person visiting lots of pages, producing lots of I.Ps on my logs.

    Related to this problem is that it appears that AOL has a limited pool of I.Ps that it uses. I might be wrong here. But one I.P will show that an exceptional number of visits have been made .....when I analyse these visits, they don't seem to add up.....I don't believe for one moment that AOL users find my site more interesting than any other users, but that's how it appears.

    Any light on this ?

    (Have I explained it coherently ?)
    All the world's a stage......

  2. #2
    Serial Publisher silver trophy aspen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1999
    Location
    East Lansing, MI USA
    Posts
    12,937
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    AOL uses proxy servers.

    In other words they might have hundreds or thousands of users sharing the same IP address.
    Chris Beasley - I publish content and ecommerce sites.
    Featured Article: Free Comprehensive SEO Guide
    My Guide to Building a Successful Website
    My Blog|My Webmaster Forums

  3. #3
    Prolific Blogger silver trophy Technosailor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Before These Crowded Streets
    Posts
    9,446
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    ...which incidentally is why iut is so easy for everyone on AOL to get the same spam....and hacked for that matter

    Sketch
    Aaron Brazell
    Technosailor



  4. #4
    Non-Member jigga's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Chesterfield, mi, USA
    Posts
    342
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    proxy servers suck so bad! This makes it really hard to link bad stuff back to aol users as well... it is still possible, it's just that much more difficult... However, the good thing is that any self respecting programmer wouldn't use AOL anyway, so I doubt the bad guys would use AOL, even to 'hide out' in a sense.

  5. #5
    SitePoint Zealot
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Sheffield, England
    Posts
    112
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thought so.

    Thanks.
    All the world's a stage......

  6. #6
    Not a post-script error?!! guysmy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Underneath the Earth w/ Krom (Canada)
    Posts
    787
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    AOL sucks period.

  7. #7
    Non-Member jigga's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Chesterfield, mi, USA
    Posts
    342
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    AOL is like that guy that got beat up on the school bus... he had a lot of potential to be cool, but he was just out of the loop, because he wasn't fast enough, wasn't cute enough, whatever... AOL just isn't good enoug, period!

  8. #8
    Serial Publisher silver trophy aspen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1999
    Location
    East Lansing, MI USA
    Posts
    12,937
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    AOL doesn't suck. I use it.

    Most of you probably weren't online back when you had to pay hourly to get online. I was. So when AOL offered flat rate service me and millions of others switched, and thats why it is so popular today, because it was first.

    I still use it simply because I don't want to have to change my email address, plus it is convenient. On one screen I get my buddy list, news, mail, etc.

    I don't use AOL's dialup lines, I have a cable modem, and I don't use their web browser (which incidentially is just a proprietary version of IE) but I still use them.

    AOL is easy to use and thats a comfort to millions of people, millions of people who visit your site and provide you with sales or advertising revenue. Without services like AOL people who would otherwise be intimidated by the Internet are instead using it.

    So instead of cursing AOL you should be praising it. They allow millions of people to be online who otherwise probably wouldn't be.

    Oh ya... another reason I still use it is business trips. I can't take my cable modem with me but AOL has dialup nodes everywhere. Although some nicer hotels are not including dataports in rooms.
    Chris Beasley - I publish content and ecommerce sites.
    Featured Article: Free Comprehensive SEO Guide
    My Guide to Building a Successful Website
    My Blog|My Webmaster Forums

  9. #9
    Non-Member jigga's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Chesterfield, mi, USA
    Posts
    342
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    AOL SUCKS SO BAD! I used AOL for about 3 years and I still think it sucks... Their features are getting better and better... and I was with them during the hourly thing... that was really horrible... I had to have had one of the largest bills ever and it was horrible trying to make sure everyone got enough time to use it without spending a fortune just for some stupid downloads.. hehehe

  10. #10
    Non-Member jigga's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Chesterfield, mi, USA
    Posts
    342
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How come AOL Time Warner owns Netscape, but uses MSIE? Does that make any sense to anyone?

  11. #11
    Serial Publisher silver trophy aspen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1999
    Location
    East Lansing, MI USA
    Posts
    12,937
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    MSIE is superior. Plus they've used MSIE for longer than they've owned netscape, its probably too integrated with their software at this point.
    Chris Beasley - I publish content and ecommerce sites.
    Featured Article: Free Comprehensive SEO Guide
    My Guide to Building a Successful Website
    My Blog|My Webmaster Forums

  12. #12
    Mlle. Ledoyen silver trophy seanf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    7,168
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    They are still under license to use it

    Sean
    Harry Potter

    -- You lived inside my world so softly
    -- Protected only by the kindness of your nature

  13. #13
    Non-Member jigga's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Chesterfield, mi, USA
    Posts
    342
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just seems so stupid... I mean, as a consumer, I normally don't go after products that not even the parent company will use.


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •