Sitemeter Dead

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[UPDATE: It would seem that Sitemeter is back but with all the issues it has had in the last few years I won’t be relying on it any more. I’ll be noting down my stats to this point and looking at alternatives.]

I guess that’s what you get with a free service. Of course there was the premium service but I never paid for that. Maybe that was the problem. Most of us stuck with the free version.

Sitemeter was a web tracking service that allowed bloggers and web site owners to see a range of statistics about the traffic to their sites. Tens of thousands of bloggers relied on the service to see how visitors arrived on their sites and where they clicked within the sites. Now all of that seems to have disappeared.

Site Meter’s comprehensive real time website tracking and counter tools give you instant access to vital information and data about your sites audience. With our detailed reporting you’ll have a clear picture of who is visiting your site, how they found you, where they came from, what interests them and much more.

Their domain was due for renewal yesterday and while some are saying they forgot to renew, I reckon they just decided to let it die. I only wish they’d let us know it was going to happen so those of us still using the service could have grabbed a few stats before saying goodbye.

Sitemeter has been a bit flaky for years and even in the last few months there has been some concerning downtime from their site, but I was hoping that they’d keep limping along. I’ve been blogging for about nine and a half years and for almost all of that time I’ve relied on Sitemeter to keep an eye on how many people were reading what I was writing.

I suppose I’ll now rely on my WordPress site stats and maybe even Google Analytics.

Thanks for all the good years, Sitememter. You’ll be missed.



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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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8 Comments

  • This morning I briefly got actual Sitemeter pages (but with reports unavailable). It’s back to what it was yesterday, but I wonder if someone’s half-trying to restore it.

    • I’m now getting my reports again. I wonder how long it will continue to limp along. I’m glad it’s back but I’ll be looking for alternatives.

    • It’s great to have them back but I’m not sure how far I can trust a business that forgets to renew its domain. I reckon I’ll grab my stats and run. 🙂

          • And what does it matter if they’ve renewed or not when I’ve been submitting tickets to cancel and they haven’t even responded to one in months. Not even a reply and I filed a complaint with the BBB that will now stay on file for 3 years. I thought they’d at least respond to that and all the letters I wrote, as they had previously. Oh well. Good riddance.

  • I bit the bullet and installed the paid version of StatCounter. Different but seemingly effective. The thing I’ll lose for a couple of years (at least) are long-term comparisons. I’ve got a WP site but also some legacy and non-WP pages that will need to be updated with StatCounter code.

    This is all very sad and frustrating. Just robotic responses when I seek tech support. Like losing an old friend.

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