Log Files On Server and IN SEO

Log files are generally stored on a web server and contain a history of each and every access by a person or crawler to your website.

A server log file is a destination for a webmaster to view the data is correct and what is happening with the website. Note the requested URL and indicated the HTTP status code.

Log File Contains:

  1. The server IP address/hostname

  2. The timestamp of the request

  3. The method of the request (usually Get / Post)

  4. The requested URL

  5. The HTTP status code (Everything is fine for 200 or 301 redirects)

  6. The size in bytes for the response is always depending on if it has been set up to store this information or not.

  7. Also, log files store the user agent. The user agent helps you to understand if the request actually came from the crawler or not.
Note: Logfile data can be very different from Google Analytics data. The log file is server-side information while Google Analytics uses client-side code.

The log file can help you to see if the new URL has been crawled at all. If relevant URL hasn’t been discovered/crawled, your Internal linking is to week, and those tags need more additional internal links.

From an SEO point of view, I am going to tell you some interesting matrics.

Log File Has Following
  • Crawling budget analysis. 

  • Accessibility error with crawl.

  • Where crawling is lacking

  • Most active pages.

  • Pages that are not known to Google yet.
Actually, the log file is a record of hits on the server each day.

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