I don't want to block hot-linking on my site; it's not that big a deal. However, Google Analytics doesn't show me referrers to png/gif/jpg content; I don't have any statistics on the load generated from external sites due to hotlinking. Is there a way I can have Google Analytics track those files? If not, are there any alternative software that can make this task easier than manually parsing through IIS7 logs?

  • I don't know of any ready-made software for this task. But it shouldn't be too complicated to write a little script that counts the requests for this images files in the IIS7 logs and produces some kind of statistics from it. – Henning Kockerbeck Aug 18 '13 at 0:17

I'm not a master of IIS7 so my response will be pretty limited, through it'll use some logic based on what I do.

I don't use Google to track hotlinking, I use various of other applications such as:


  1. Google Analytics
  2. Woopra
  3. Mint
  4. Clicky
  5. StatCounter
  6. Reinvigorate
  7. PiWiki
  8. Open Web Analytics
  9. Chart Beat
  10. Mix Panel
  11. Kiss Metrics
  12. Fox Metrics
  13. Going Up
  14. Engine Ready

I'm not sure how many if any of these will work on the IIS platform. However another way of tracking hotlinks is using backlink trackers, embedding a image of any type or any file for that matter is a backlink, you're be able to track your links using good backlink firms such as:

  1. Majestic Seo (free for site owners, just verify your site).
  2. SEO Profiler
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  • Stuffed Tracker seems to have been abandoned; no updates since 2006 and their domain name has expired. You sure you use it? – Mr. Smith Aug 18 '13 at 16:06
  • That was just a quote from an answer in another thread, I'll delete that entry thanks. – Simon Hayter Aug 18 '13 at 21:21

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