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TRACK   ADSBOT-GOOGLE   SPIDER

Use trackAdsBot.cgi to track hits from the Google AdWords landing page quality score bot. This free, open source software will examine an Apache web server log and will display visits from AdsBot-Google.

Output:
Each hit from AdsBot-Google will be displayed in a row with these columns:
  • Time (timestamp of the bot visit)
  • IP Address (remote ip address of the bot)
  • Status (http error code)
  • Page Crawled (url of the page visited)

Demo:
trackAdsBot.cgi - Uses a demo log with excerpts from our log files. Data was collecting when running various Google AdWords experiments. Some were mentioned in Wired. Note the use of keyword insertion in destination URLs in the demo.

Instructions:
Download script [UNIX] [Windows] to your machine.
Edit the line that reads:
LOG_FILE="/var/log/httpd/access_log"
so the CGI script will know where your Apache web server log file resides. Upload trackAdsBot.cgi to a directory on your web server where you can run CGI scripts. Change permissions to make the file executable (chmod +x or chmod 755). If any of these instructions do not make sense, ask your webmaster or web hosting company to handle this for you. Or, ask a question on this blog post: Tracking AdWords Landing Page Quality Score Bot.

Notes:
This free CGI script only works on web sites using the Apache web server on a UNIX platform. It will parse a web server log that is in Apache combined log format. The script is open source code.


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