What is a Log File?

A log file is a record that a web server keeps for every website. It documents all requests made to its server and contains information about what, how, and when site content was accessed.

More About Log Files

Log files are relevant in search engine optimization because website owners can analyze them to learn how bots are crawling their content.

In addition to timestamps, user agents, and specific page URLs, a log file entry can contain the IP address of the request server, the status code of the page requested, and more. Depending on a website’s hosting provider, its log files may contain further information like bytes downloaded and page loading times.

Typically, website owners can access their site’s log files from their host’s control panel, the File Manager, or a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client.

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