100 free premium accounts, 50% affiliate commissions

Sorry everyone, our original "July Insanity" post was just too complicated and confusing, so we're making it much simpler. We want you to help us promote Clicky, and in exchange, we're giving away 100 free 1 year premium accounts, and also 50% affiliate commissions for the entire month of July.

50% affiliate commissions

Anyone who creates an account in the month of July through your affiliate link, if they ever sign up for paid service you will receive a 50% commission on their first payment, no matter when that actually happens (tomorrow, or next year). This is up to a $50 commission per person! There are no requirements here, just promote Clicky however you want and give out your affiliate link.

100 free premium accounts

The first 100 people who post a full review of Clicky on their blog or web site in the month of July will win a free 1 year premium account. The review must meet the requirements below, and don't forget to include your affiliate link in it as well. If you're willing to do a 3+ minute video review (instead of a written review), we'll throw in an extra $25 cash to the first 10 that do this (we just really want to see a few of these).

If your site gets at least 100 daily visitors on average, you will get a free 1 year Pro account, worth $60. Otherwise, you will get a free 1 year Blogger account, worth $24. Features of the different accounts are listed here.

Review requirements:
  • 300 or more words
  • 1 or more screenshots
  • The review must be new and original
  • The review must be displayed on your front page
  • To win a Pro account, you must have Clicky tracking on the site, so we can verify traffic levels.
  • Email a LINK to your review to Sean, with "Clicky Review" in the subject.
17 comments |   Jul 04 2008 9:57am

Browser and OS versioning is here

Clicky will now break down the various families of web browsers and OS' into seperate versions. We've added support for a number of new platforms, including mobile and video game consoles. On the dedicated browser/OS pages, everything is grouped together as shown below. On the dashboard, there is no grouping, items are only sorted by popularity. I think there will probably be a preference to change this for both areas of the stats, but for now it works well.



This has been in high demand so we hope you like it. :)
12 comments |   Jul 01 2008 11:20pm

New weekly and monthly views for all data. Yay!

When we introduced the new line graphs, one key feature of Clicky was removed because it was quite challenging to implement in this new flash software, and we didn't want major differences between the two different views. Also, I was feeling lazy.

This feature was that if you selected "last week" (for example), it wouldn't just show you the individual days from that week, but instead summed up the total and showed you that number, and went back 11 more periods of the same amount of time and showed you the sum for each of those periods as well. People were using this to easily view monthly and weekly summaries of visitors and actions.

I stupidly assumed no one was using this, but based on the complaints received, I was completely wrong. We hear you loud and clear: you want this back. Well, it's back. Sort of. Different, but vastly improved.

Previously you didn't have the option to view the individual dates from a date range, but could only view the sums. Now, it will always default to showing the individual days, but the date drop down menu within each dashboard module now has two new options: weekly, and monthly. Choosing either of these will show you weekly totals or monthly totals for the previous 12 weeks or months. Shown below is the monthly view for visitors to Clicky:



This date drop down menu was not available before if you had line graphs disabled. This new update fixes that so no matter your preference, you have access to it, as shown below! (However, please note that the date drop down menu for either preference is only available to premium members, since free members only have access to 30 days of history anyways).



You can apply weekly or monthly view to the trend data for individual items as well. For example here is the monthly total of visitors to Clicky that came from netvibes.com:



One other change for line graphs is that before when you compared two pieces of data, they used the same Y scale, which made it hard to compare the different data if one was in the thousands and the other in the tens or hundreds. So now when you compare two pieces of data, they each have their own Y scale, which makes it much easier to compare them. Here is monthly visitors vs actions for Clicky. In this case it does scrunch the data quite a bit since it's in the millions, but for most people, for most views, this will never be the case.




Well, hope you like it! As seems usual for me these days, I don't realize how useful something is until I can actually use it. Why didn't I implement this earlier? Other than not enough time in the day, this seems like just one of those obvious oversights. Glad to have it in, finally. Seeing data summed up monthly for an entire year for any type of data (visitors, actions, or any individual search, page, etc) brings the service to a new level for me, and I hope for you too.
9 comments |   Jun 24 2008 2:22pm

New popular data filters are incredibly useful

Anywhere you are shown popular data (except the dashboard - coming soon!), you now also have the option of filtering that down so you can quickly find items you are looking for. It's been on my list for a while but I guess I didn't realize quite how useful this type of filtering would be until I was actually able to use it on my own data. So how useful is that? Very. Here's what it looks like (top right corner in red):




So anything you type in this box, the list will be narrowed down to only items that contain exactly what you typed in, whether that match is the whole string, or just the start, middle, or end of it. If the data you are viewing is "content" related, which means there is both a name and a URL, then the filter is applied to both the name and the URL.

We also support "negative" filters, which can be even more useful if you use them right. To do a negative filter, just a put an exclamation point in front of it, for example, "!bad filter". A negative filter means that only items that do NOT match the filter will get through.

Looking back at that first screenshot, you can see our top 5 searches for today all have the word "clicky" in them. Well, I want to find the most popular searches that DON'T have the word "clicky" in them, because these will generally be people who were not looking for us in particular, but just something in general. It's important to monitor this type of data so you can optimize based on it. So I just type is "!clicky" in the filter box, and here's what we have:




As another example, people obviously come to Clicky to view their data, and all of these pages are in the "/stats/" sub-directory. So other than our few VERY high traffic pages (front page, login, and user home page), basically all our popular pages are always individuals looking at their stats. What if I would like to know what our most popular content is, OTHER THAN people viewing their stats? Before, I was SOL :( But now, I am not! I can just type in "!/stats" to the filter box, and all those pages are removed from the results. Now I only see the popular content outside of the stats directory!




Another unexpected benefit from this is you can use the filters to narrow down your most popular cities based on country or state, which can be really useful to learn more about visitors in a certain locale. We've had a lot of requests from users in the US to add a "popular states", or be able to filter down visitors based on state. We plan to add both of these in the future, but in the meantime, there's something new you can do. If you look at your popular cities, you will see that the country is included in the name, and so is the two-letter abbreviated state name for US cities. So if you wanted to just view the most popular cities in Oregon for example, you could do type in "OR, USA" and you get this:




Or if you run an Oregon centric site, and want to see where you get the most traffic from other than your target market, you specifiy NOT Oregon with "!OR, USA":




To top it all off, all of this can be used with the stats API as well, although it has not been added to the docs yet. Since everything is built on the same core, any new features the site gets like this, the API gets automatically - that's always nice. For you programmers out there, when you apply this filter in our web interface, you will see the GET parameter is named "filter". Just pass in that same parameter to the API with your request. For example, here is an API call to get Clicky's most popular searches from the last 30 days that don't contain the word "clicky".

As usual I've written a novel and I'm sorry. I just like to give examples and cover everything in detail so you can understand how it all works and take advantage of it. Hope you like it!
11 comments |   Jun 20 2008 4:05pm

Now accepting direct credit card payments

We've wanted this since we launched but adding new features and making Clicky more solid all around has always been more fun and satisfying. Then PayPal completely broke for 10 days and we lost a bunch of money, which made me rethink my priorities. It took longer than expected but I'm happy to finally launch it. If you've been waiting for this feature before upgrading, you can upgrade here!

Paypal subscriptions were working pretty well for us, except for three things. One is that a lot of people hate Paypal - understandable. Another is that Paypal loves to cancel people's subscriptions randomly and without notice. For example if you sign up for a sub with your credit card, and then you card expires a few months later, Paypal will just cancel the subscription without notice, and there's no way to re-enable a subscription - you must sign up for a new one. That's just bad design.

But perhaps the biggest problem is that PayPal subscriptions are set in stone. If a user wants to upgrade from one of our plans to another one, or add more sites or traffic, things like that, there is no way to modify they're recurring payments to reflect that. This has been a major PITA more times than I'd care to remember. What we have been doing is just asking for a 1 year payment for these types of changes, which is ok, but then a year rolls around and that extra revenue doesn't recur, and we must remember to send another invoice.

With credit card payments, we're able to modify subscription values on the fly, and also do extra one time billings as needed. This adds so much flexibility to our service, we're very excited about it. We're eventually going to add a "build your own plan" [update: this is now live], and the ability to modify your plan on the fly without us having to get involved. Neither of these would be possible with PayPal. But we're still keeping PayPal as an option for people who don't have a credit card or don't want to pay with a credit card.
5 comments |   Jun 18 2008 3:20pm

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