How does this WordPress plugin know what people are searching for on my site on Google?

Question by Webappuniverse: How does this WordPress plugin know what people are searching for on my site on Google?
A wordpress plugin called Statpress can show you the last 10 results of a Google search–the cool thing is that these searches are directly related to my site–in other words, Statpress can tell me that someone was searching for “why is the sky blue” and then it figures out that our example search brought them to our site. How and where is it getting this Google search data? We don’t use analytics, so it’s not that I don’t think.

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Answer by j k
It’s simple really. Every webhost offers log files. You should have access to them yourself via your control panel – both in raw form and compiled form. The log files have all kinds of info in them (providing the server is configured correctly) and tells what or who hit your site, what kind of browser, ip address, type of OS, search engines, words searched and pages hit. Other stuff too.

Statpress knows where the raw logs are and compiles them into a readable format. And walla! You have your info.

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