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    Also, keep in mind that if the link is actually being used, and therefore of value, then it will show up in your referral logs.

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    I know there's a way to find out all of the pages to which my own site is linked--but I've forgotten how to do it! Can anybody help me out? Thanks.

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    You mean how to find out who links to your site? If so, check out Danny Sullivan's list of instructions at:
    http://www.searchenginewatch.com/web...opularity.html

    Danny covers the commands you can use at the search engines, and lists free services that will do the checking for you.

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    You can also use www.linkpopularity.com

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    thanks to everyone for your replies! I used LinkPopularity and got a lot of sites as those linking to mine, though I know there are others not included in these lists (??).

    Richard, I hate to show my ignorance, but what are my referral logs? I take it I should have these but don't... argh....
    Can you enlighten me? Thanks!

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote/font><HR>Originally posted by richjb:
    Also, keep in mind that if the link is actually being used, and therefore of value, then it will show up in your referral logs.

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    A referral log is similar to an access_log. What these logs do is everytime your website has a request, whether it be an image, zip file, or a HTML document, a new line is stored in your access_log describing when the access was made, who made it, what they accessed, and how. Depending upon your hosts configurations, the access_log can also tell you what operating system the user is using, and what website they came to from your, which is your referral.

    When your host has the referrals listed by the access, then they usually don't have a referral log. However, sometimes they keep them seperate. In that case, this is a file usually called something like referral_log where each line is a access that was made by a visitor that came from outside of your website.

    For example, if someone was at thisgenericname.com and saw your link, then clicked on it, you would get a new line stating that this user came from thisgenericname.com

    These two things can be very useful in marketing, as you see where your visitors are comming from, and thus know to be nice to the website that sends you 1,000 visitors a month, and that you don't have to be as nice to the other who only sends you 1 (although you should be nice to everyone, and the more sites you have linking to you, the higher in a search engine you will usually be placed).

    By checking your referral log, or using some statistics program to figure it out, you will be able to see the links that are being used, which point to your site.

    If you do not have these logs, a nice statistics program such as http://www.hitbox.com will keep track of your referrals, pageviews, visitors, etc. I highly recommend that you might use this. Only badside: You have to place a button on all of your page. But you can get rid of that for $19.xx/mo.

    I hope I answered your question withought completely confusing you.

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