I’ve been reading what some people have been thinking and doing about referers and backlinking:
(Leslie has been doing stuff too, but his main site is suffering an outage at the moment and I can’t get to the right link – get well soon, 0xDECAFBAD!). While reading, I’ve been playing around a bit too, and have a little script which is fed a ‘tail’ed access_log and looks for referers, grabbing the titles of their pages if possible (using an Orcish maneuver-like mechanism to cache page titles and be a good HTTP citizen).
I run this script in the background:
|nohup tail -f access_log||perl lpwc >refer.list 2>refer.log &|
and then periodically pull the last ten unique referers and create a nice list that I can then SSInclude in this weblog:
|uniq refer.list||tail||perl referers.pl > referers.incl|
If nothing else, it reminds me of how powerful *nix command line tools and the humble pipe can be.