Auditing Server Logs
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can’t I just get this data from Google Search Console?
This question comes up a lot when I am speaking at conferences, Google Search Console offers some “basic” crawl data – but the data isn’t 100% accurate and its not that useful. You can’t get any real analysis off it.
Should Audit logs be maintained?
We don’t recommend you keep you logs on the server over time they can slow down your server, especially for large websites as it can quickly take up a lot of storage space. We recommend taking the files off regularly and storing else where, we like to keep around 14 months worth of log data to do trend analysis, but for us to do a decent audit we like to get hold of at least the last three months worth of data?
How long should you keep log files?
How much data do you need to do an in-depth log file audit?
How often show logs be reviewed?
I would reply with a question back, how often do you crawl your site looking for on page technical issues, the answer is the same. For our own sites and for clients we have on retainer we do them both together, if they have signed up for weekly audits, we audit the logs weekly. If they are daily or monthly clients we do the same.
What is the use of log files?
The log file is a file which stores every time someone (human) or something (bot) requests a page from your website. It stores quite basic information like date, response, size, referrer information and a bit more. Each day a new file is created with the data.
If you have any other questions around log file analysis either email me, or join our Facebook group and I will answer them for you.