Sitemeter Dead


[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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100 000

At some point today, my Sitemeter will kick over the 100 000 mark.

Yes, I’m fully aware that Sitemeter may not be the most reliable way to collect statistics and that my visitor count may well be considerably higher.

Yes, I know that many of the hits that have been recorded are probably just me checking in on my own blog and so my visitor count may well be considerably lower.

I’m also fully aware that many serious bloggers will get 100 000 hits before breakfast each day and that it’s taken me over four years to get to this point.

Keeping all that in mind, it’s my 100 000 and I’m going to celebrate it. To mark the occasion I’d like to give one lucky blog reader $100 000. I’d really like to … but I can’t even afford to give away $100 so you’ll just have to be happy with my very sincere thanks.

Thanks for dropping in, even if it’s only been for a few seconds. Special thanks to the regulars who not only drop in faithfully to read whatever I happen to write but also add to the conversation by commenting.

Thank you to everyone who’s ever visited. You’ve made all the time that I put into keeping this blog worthwhile.

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