Log monitoring data is available by day, by week, or by month in the Log Monitoring Report. You can switch between these levels of detail, or modify the period shown on the charts. Here's how it works.
What data is available?
Log monitoring data is available:
- Per day for the past 90 days.
Days cannot be split. For example, you can look at a 24- or 48-hour period, but not a 36-hour one. Today's data will be available after the day is complete.
- Per calendar week for the past 56 weeks (13 months).
Weeks cannot be split. For example, you can look at a 7- or a 14-day period, running from the start of a calendar week to the end of a calendar week, but not the period from Wednesday to the following Monday. This week's data will be available after the week is complete.
- Per calendar month for as long as data can be found.
A month runs from the start of a calendar month to the end of a calendar month, which means you can look at the period for March and April, but not from March 1st to April 15th. This month's data will be available after the month is complete.
Imagine that today is June 12th, 2019. I want to find information about the period from January 4th to February 7th, 2019. This period is between 125 and 159 days ago, so the daily information will no longer be available.
This information will be available in the following aggregates:
- Weekly: the weeks 1 to 6 in 2019 (December 31st, 2018 to February 10th, 2019)
- Monthly: the month of January (January 1st to January 31st)
OnCrawl will automatically enlarge the requested period to cover full weeks or full months.
In the example above, the monthly period will be automatically adjusted to January and February, but you can always choose to look at a different period--like in the example--if it's closer to your original intentions.
Checking the available ranges
From the Log Monitoring reports, click on the round information (i) button at the top right of the screen to check the dates that correspond to the different indexes (days, weeks, months) as of today.
Choosing a period
By default, when you open the Log Monitoring Report or the Data explorer, data is shown per day for the past 45 days.
Modifying the date range
- You can modify this period at any time by clicking on the calendar drop-down menu at the top right of the report.
- Choose the level of detail you want (days, weeks, or months), then use the calendar selector to pick the start and end dates of the period you are interested in.
- If you are looking at a period that cannot be provided in the current level of detail, a message will appear at the bottom of the calendar selector prompting you to switch levels.
- If you had previously selected a range that is now unavailable, it is also shown in light blue.
- Alternatively, you can select a pre-set period from the list on the left.
Using the crawl logs period
If you choose to use the crawl logs period, this will give you data for the 45-day period before the crawl date.
This corresponds to the static the period used in the SEO Impact Report and in the URL details.
You can check the dates of the log monitoring period used for the crawl in the "Logs period" block at the top of the "SEO impact report" tab in the URL details.
Best practices for log monitoring date ranges
- Remember that data for the current month and the current week are not available yet.
- To view month-to-date data, use days, or weeks as you near the end of the month.
- To view week-to-date data, use days.
- When unarchiving a crawl, remember that the per-day level of detail may have expired.
- Even if you have years and years of log monitoring data, consult data for as far back as you want using months.