Nofollow the Leader

Following the lead of SixApart, Google and the suggestion of Mark Nichols, I’m releasing a quick update to ShortStat that adds rel="nofollow" to all external links. This update is available as a standalone installer or functions.php can be downloaded separately and swapped with the file of the same name in your existing v0.35b install.

Download:

(Beta testers will be receiving an update via email later tonight)

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Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
January 20th, 2005 at 8:35 am
Categories
ShortStat
Web
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019 Comments

001

cheers shaun! kudos to you and your fantastic stats package.

Author
zac
Posted
Jan 20th, 2005 5:21 am
002

I’m definitely all over this. It wasn’t until I heard it from one forum and I thought, oh, ok, that’s nice google is doing that…oh wait, yahoo and msn too? oh wait…then I checked my email to find that the SP Tech Times wrote about it, then all the sudden it appeared on everyone and their mothers blog.

Definitely a step in the right direction. Just for kicks I put up a link to some Poker website on my Home Page just to taunt ‘em (Yes, I know it’s script generated).

Author
Dustin Diaz
Posted
Jan 20th, 2005 7:00 am
003

When I first read about the rel=”nofollow” tag I was pretty excited and figured it was a huge step in the right direction. But the more I thought about it the more my views became parallel to Michael’s over at Binary Bonsai

Author
Brad
Posted
Jan 20th, 2005 11:49 am
004

I don’t disagree with Michael. I don’t think it’s going to solve the comment spam problem and like DRM only hurts legitimate users but ShortStat is only interested in the effect it will have on referrer spammers. It’s not going to eliminate the problem single-handedly but it goes a long way to removing the incentive (increased PageRank) from referrer spamming.

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Jan 20th, 2005 11:55 am
005

Thanks for the darn quick update.

Author
Indranil
Posted
Jan 21st, 2005 6:09 am
006

On a similar thread I put together a very short PHP script that ‘de-spams’ ShortStat using Jay Allen’s MT-Blacklist master list. It seems that most - if not all - of the comment spammer domains are the same as those who are doing referer spamming, so the technique seems fairly effective. Hope someone finds it of use (and feel free to expand upon it…).

Author
Mark McLaughlin
Posted
Jan 22nd, 2005 8:46 am
007

ooo, this is so much better than those stats apps that reside on other servers that are down all the time. plus i can hack the css to make it look more me-like. woo!

Author
paul
Posted
Jan 23rd, 2005 9:59 am
008

Would it be possible to add a function to ad IP addresses into the config file that you don’t want to get logged? I find myself testing out pages quite often and would rather that it didn’t log how often I refresh the pages.

Author
Paul Armstrong
Posted
Jan 24th, 2005 5:52 pm
009

Your stats package is fabulous. Thanks for all your hard work. Keep rockin’ bro.

Author
Rob
Posted
Jan 27th, 2005 6:18 am
010

I downloaded ShortStat tonight and I have to say…THANK YOU! What a great package!

Author
Brook
Posted
Jan 28th, 2005 8:12 pm
011

Where can I report problems? I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks and I’m pretty certain that I configured everything correctly, but I get no results for search strings and country. I see visits from google and yahoo, but still no search strings. The whole IP to country thing is in my database also.

Author
Paul Armstrong
Posted
Jan 30th, 2005 7:24 am
012

Trying out the shortstat now, and so far I like it. If I was to add anything, I would have to agree with Paul that a IP blokker of som sort would be nice. That way if I access my site from work, I can block the IP, so that this does not get added to the statistics.

If i was to be really picky, I would like to see a future version with a IP list (I know it is in the database), and possible even a dns lookup. However those probably should be restricted to localhost view only by default.

But overall, a great tool! Keep up the good work!

Author
Ivar Hagen
Posted
Feb 1st, 2005 5:41 am
013

Such a great device you have created there Shaun - Thank you very much.

Is it necessary to have .php pages in order for this to work or can I add the tracking line to a normal .html page?

Also, when working with several domains on one server, it is possible to track the different domains, or only pages from under one domain?

Cheers, Tom

Author
Tom
Posted
Feb 1st, 2005 9:04 am
014

Installed shortstat in my site. Very easy to install and configure for static pages but I’m yet to make it work with TXP. Jon Hick’s explanation does not help non php savvy users. I hope v1 (which I am very much looking forward to) comes with some documentation for popular cms and blog systems. I disagree with some of the posts here as far as the ‘blocking IPs’. A cookie (similar to that provided by thecounter.com) might be better as it allows users with non static IPs to use the program efficiently.

Great tool!

Author
neme
Posted
Feb 6th, 2005 12:38 am
015

Thanks Neme.

I’ve already built a cookie-based means of ignoring your own hits into v2.0.

I don’t have any experience with TXP (or CMS outside of MT) so at the moment all I have to offer is what the community feels like sharing. One method to look into that should work with most any CMS is using .htaccess and php_value auto_prepend_file to include ShortStat in every page (unless, that is, you are running PHP as CGI which breaks that value). This will also allow you to track html pages by adding the following line to the .htaccess file:

AddType application/x-httpd-php .html .htm

That will force any page with an .html or .htm extension to be parsed as PHP.

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Feb 6th, 2005 5:37 am
016

Shaun - great app. I have just installed it on my site. Perhaps setting an admin cookie from the stats page and not counting browsers with that cookie would help with self referals. This technique is used on the ‘jolly good but not updated for an age’ pphlogger stats app.

Author
Simon Cox
Posted
Feb 26th, 2005 6:16 am
017

Oh right thicky me - you have it already in V 2…

Author
Simon Cox
Posted
Feb 26th, 2005 6:18 am
018

Hi.. Is it possible to put a link to your most current shortstat program somewhere so we don’t have to do a ‘search’ to find the most recent one?

also.. how does one sign up for the beta? please add me.

TIA Ian

Author
Ian Holsman
Posted
Mar 7th, 2005 1:08 pm
019

Hmm maybe I should have posted here instead of the original ShortStat thread because this one is newer. Anyway, I made some improvements you all might find useful. Check the original thread for details.

Author
Marco
Posted
Apr 5th, 2005 2:20 pm