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    SitePoint Enthusiast joe1275's Avatar
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    Can anyone give some tips about spying on competitors? are there softwares? free spying services? What I mean by spying is knowing things like where their visitors are coming from, when their pages get updated,...
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    I don't recommend spying on your competitors that way...I can't think of any ETHICAL way of finding out where their visitors are coming from with any high amount of reliability.

    As for their updated pages...Internet Explorer allows you to bookmark pages and receive notification when a certain page is updated...give that a try.

    Overall if you want the upper hand, then just offer more content.




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    Admittedly this is quite unethical, but:

    Visit their site and if they're on a domain try the following URLs. Hopefully one of them will get you to one of their stats pages.

    domain.com/stats
    domain.com/logs
    domain.com/analog
    stats.domain.com
    stats.domain.com:2000
    stats.domain.com:4000
    stats.domain.com:8000
    logs.domain.com:2000
    logs.domain.com:4000
    logs.domain.com:8000

    However some people have their logs PW-protected. http://fourthdev.com/logs

    DISCLAIMER I do NOT recommend doing any of these, as they are extremely unethical!! I meant these to expand your knowledge, not to uncover trade secrets or the like...

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    My stats are double password protected. First you need a password to get into the port then a second password to get into the stats.

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    OK I'm not into *stats stealing*, but one of THE most useful resources for competitive intelligence can be found here:

    http//www.spyonit.com

    They notify you by email when a website changes.

    They will tell you if your name or a competitors name appears in a newsgroup.

    You can even be notified when someone posts a message from a specific email address.

    You can be notified when a specific keyword appears in news headlines.

    Well...do I need to go on. Check it out. A superb resource! I use it every single day.

    Hint: Own your own ezine? Want up-to-date news articles etc. Use Spyonit!

    Boy I wish I was paid for recommending this company :-)
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    To me, it doesnt make sense why everyone is so afraid of others looking at their stats. Are we all embarrassed? If it was a decent site, then it would seem more like they would brag about the stats instead of hide them from all.

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    It might show say 10.160.31.2 (my IP) visiting /admin/login.php with POST data user=jimbo&password=iSn4jDj4j2F9 and well, then, let's just say it'd be bad.

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    Very true.

    How many sites have passwords inside of the URL anyway? Not too many. They should be the ones worried about spying on logs, but what about the rest of the web?

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    POST data is actually the data that is not in the querystring. It's in the STDIN input stream...that basically means it's included with the request but the requested URL is login.php.

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    Hmmm...I'll have to take your word on that one

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    You could type in the competitor's domain into linkpopularity.com to see who is linking to them......

    Or you could just type in the domain name into a search engine to see what kind of doorway-pages they have indexed...(spidering search engines only)


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