We're looking for testimonials for our new landing page

Hi everyone, we're working on a new landing page for getclicky.com, and we're looking for your personal testimonials to showcase to new/potential users. We'll be putting our favorite 5 or so on the new front page, and there will also be a link to view more of them on another page.

If you want to participate, please post a comment here about why you like Clicky, and/or why you pay for it when there are so many other free options available. Be sure to include your name and web site! 2-3 sentences is best, but feel free to say however much you want. We may make minor grammar changes to some of them, but otherwise they will be posted word for word.

Thanks for your time, we love all of you dearly.
58 comments |   Apr 14 2009 4:09pm

Microsoft's spam bot has been blocked

We've been getting more and more complaints of how annoying Microsoft's crawler for search.live.com is. In case you haven't seen it yourself, what it does is pretend that it's a person and spams your sites with tons of hits and fake searches. Check out the screenshot below to see the kind of traffic we see in our own stats every single day.

But no more. Anytime we see a referrer from serach.live.com, we check if the IP is in the range of known IP addresses for their crawler, and if so, we just ignore it.

Microsoft ought to be ashamed of themselves for this type of behavior. This has been going on for a long time (just search Google about it) but it seems to have gotten a lot worse recently. I don't know if they're trying to falsely inflate their market share when people view their stats or what, but whatever the reason, one thing is certain - I'll never use search.live.com for anything, ever.

17 comments |   Apr 09 2009 12:27pm

Mega spy out of beta + new features for free accounts

Mega spy has come out of beta. It is now just "Spy", and the old Spy is now called "Spy basic". This also means the new Spy is now only available to Pro members, as was originally announced.

We didn't have time to make as many improvements as we wanted but don't worry, we will be visiting this again in the near future. We did manage to squeeze in the top 2 most requested features though - linking to external searches, and showing the visitor's location in a tool tip when you hover over their flag in the right hand side.

For consistency we've been trying to make it so ALL external links in your stats are accessed via that little grey arrow you all know so well, and all other links (in your stats) are generally for navigation or to apply visitor filters. Spy's new layout was too cramped we felt to do this all with, so now all external links in the action stream (to your own pages, or to referrers/searches) just link directly to those external pages.

New features for free users

We've been wanting to offer some more features to our free users for a while now. We really wanted to offer the basic version of Spy to all of you - but it just sucks up a ridiculous amount of resources supporting that, so we can't do it. The load averages on our tracking serveres were averaging more than 4x their typical load during the last 2 weeks when all sites had access to both versions of Spy. So we can't give you that, I'm sorry.

But we did give you 2 more features: Bounce rates, and IP tags and filters (but you are limited to 10 max). Also "most active visitors" was for some reason a pay-only feature, which I don't ever remember deciding on, and it's not like it's the most amazing feature in the world that will get everyone to sign up for paid service. So that, along with bounces and ip tags/filters, are now available to free members.
17 comments |   Apr 01 2009 6:06pm

Mega Spy now in public beta

Mega Spy is now in public beta, which means all users have access to it.

Go to your Spy page, then click the "test the mega spy beta" link to check it out. It still has some issues and is not yet feature complete, but we've drastically increased the performance since the original beta was released on Friday. It now runs very fast on all browsers, including MSIE. This will also really help you out if you have a slow computer.

By this coming weekend we plan to add in support for goals and campaigns, and maybe organizations and hostnames, if the performance hit on the server end isn't too bad. We'll also be trying to add a nice highlight effect on the popular data view, so you can more easily tell which data is actually changing when it refreshes.

Free accounts also have access to both versions of Spy during the beta period. Once you get a taste, we think you'll have a hard time resisting that upgrade. Mega Spy will be a Pro-only feature when the final version comes out. Blogger accounts will only have access to the old Spy. Sorry, but all the new stuff that the new Spy is doing is quite intensive on the server end. If we could offer Clicky for free to everyone - we would!

Please leave all feedback as a comment on this post. Enjoy!

28 comments |   Mar 16 2009 11:53pm

Mega Spy preview + private beta

Mega Spy has taken longer than planned to develop but I promise the wait will be worth it. We're still not quite done, but we know how eager you are, so we're releasing a beta version to get feedback before we finalize the 1.0 release.

Mega Spy will be a Pro-only feature, but during beta it is open to all users. To be eligible for the private beta (we'll open it up to everyone else in the next 3-5 days), all you need is an existing Twitter account with at least 10 followers. To apply, simply tweet the following message:

http://getclicky.com is the best web analytics service on the planet!

Or, make up your own tweet, and tag it with #megaspy. For example:

http://getclicky.com - live web analytics FTW! #megaspy

We will be monitoring for these tweets via Twitter's search engine, and will send a direct message (tonight or tomorrow) to the first 50 eligible participants with instructions for accessing the beta.

UPDATE - private beta is now closed, invites have been sent out to everyone.

Mega Spy still has some bugs, and it needs some speed optimizations, so keep that in mind! It has been tested with Firefox 3, IE7, Opera 9.5, Safari 4, and Chrome 1.0, and works in all of them. Any lesser version may or may not work. A lot more things are going on in the background compared to the old Spy, so a browser with stellar Javascript performance will enrich the experience. MSIE is pretty bad, Firefox and Opera are decent, Safari and Chrome fly. Once Firefox 3.1 comes out though it should fly as well.

Here's a couple screenies to whet thy appetite. The second screenshot shows my absolute favorite feature of Mega Spy - seeing what pages on your web site people are looking at RIGHT NOW. As people move around your site, the values update on the fly. It's a blast to watch. You'll also notice that you can filter the data you want to see by many different criteria. When filters are applied, the entire view is relative to those filters. You can also filter down to a single visitor to watch just them navigate your site, but that's not shown here.

31 comments |   Mar 12 2009 2:14pm

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