DB1 experiencing slowdowns

About an hour ago, DB1 (our first database server) started acting up and going REAL slow, and we ended up rebooting it. It ran a self-check on the database which delayed it another 45 minutes, but now it is done and processing traffic normally. However, it will take a while to catch back up with real time.

All site IDs below 15,000 or so are on this server. For future reference, to find out what server any of your sites are on (each one could theoretically be on a unique server), hit your site preferences page. It's one of the items listed on that page.
11 comments |   Feb 12 2008 10:23am

Advertise on Clicky with Project Wonderful

We are testing a new advertising company called Project Wonderful. They have a very unique ad system and I hope it works well for us. We create spots on our site where we want ads and tell PW how many ads we want in those spots, and how big. Then people bid on those spots to have their ad there. Whoever is the highest bidder for any of the 3 spots will have their ad shown until they are outbid.

You bid in terms of how much you want to spend per day, e.g. you want to spend $5/day for an ad on our site. You can also limit how much you spend daily. So you could bid say $240/day but limit your daily spending to $10 - in this case, your ad would be shown for 1 hour per day, unless somoene was bidding more than $240/day. I also really like how the ads can be text or graphical. We want to go the text link only route but will see how this works for now with a mix.

The ads will shown on all stats pages to all free users, on both getclicky.com and freewebs.getclicky.com (which is a dedicated version of Clicky for the 17 million Freewebs users). Combined, these two sites get almost 20,000 visitors and 150,000 page views per day. To see a screenshot of where the ads are located, click here.

Click here to bid for a spot on our site!
Bidding starts at $0 (aka, free).
12 comments |   Feb 04 2008 3:04pm

Can anyone recommend a good advertising service? Google Adsense doesn't count

In January we moved to a third party ad system instead of selling own own text ads, but we're not happy at all with the company we signed up for - The Rubicon Project. They are like a middle man and serve ads from various other advertising companies like Google, Yahoo, Active Response Group, CPX Interactive, etc, and theoretically optimize them over time based on each network's performance to earn us the most money. That optimization is a fairy tale unfortunately, and doesn't so jack diddly. Plus we've had two major problems with the service, including them not paying us for our first month even though we had earned WAY above the minimum threshold, and both times their customer service sucked big time. And the ads are extremely irritating anyways, and that's not at all what we want.

This company has a raised $18 million in funding which is just unbelievable. There's no way they're using any more bandwidth or resources than Clicky is (they're still in private beta), and we started on essentially zero dollars from our own pockets and have taken zero funding and have zero debt.

So we're looking for a new service. We don't want Google Adsense because it doesn't work well at all with our type of site, since there isn't any good content for them to spider. We have Adsense activated with Rubicon right now and all it does is advertise other analytics products, in particular Google Analytics. Gee, thanks :P

Between getclicky.com and our Freewebs partnership site, we have close to 20,000 visitors and 150,000 page views per day, so I think that makes us eligible for pretty much anything. We'd prefer to do text ads, and have them CPM based rather than CPC/CPA. We'd be ok with graphic banners too as long as they aren't super annoying, but we definitely like text better. It would be really sweet to be able to pick our own keywords for the ads to be based on, or very specific categories (not "Technology" which is the only thing even remotely close to us with Rubicon). We have a VERY targeted user base (people who run web sites, mainly blogs or business-related) so I know there's something out there waiting for us that will surely bring in billions, it's just a matter of finding it. Any recommendations would be very appreciated.
39 comments |   Feb 01 2008 6:49am

Reminder - some new features expire Sunday for free users - save 33% if you upgrade in the next 24 hours

Some of the features of the new Clicky are for premium members only, but we let everyone have access to them for seven days to play around and see everything that's new. This is just a reminder that the features listed below expire after Sunday for all free users.

- Hostnames
- Organizations
- Bounce rate
- Most active visitors
- Visitor analysis when you have filters applied.
- Visitor comparison analysis (comparing two subsets of visitors ("Pro" only))

We're having a sale!

From now until ~8pm Sunday night USA PST, all premium upgrades are 33% off your first payment, including yearly payments. That means you can save up to $33. You can upgrade your account here.

Update Sale's over! Thanks to everyone who signed up :)
0 comments |   Jan 26 2008 4:31pm

The Clicky API and documentation have been updated with the new data types and filters

We have a much bigger API release coming relatively soon, but in the meantime we wanted to get all the new data types from the new Clicky integrated into the API so you can immediately start using them. The person who originally developed our awesome widget (the first one on that page) is already hard at work on updating it to include these new features. Update: The new widget has been released! It may take a few hours before you see it though because of caching reasons...

I just activated the new API so it's good to go as of now. The API documentation has been updated to reflect all the new data types that are available, as well as the filters that you can use with visitors-list and actions-list types (there are a lot of them!). The new data types available are below. Enjoy!

* bounce-rate
* searches-recent
* searches-unique
* links-recent
* links-unique
* visitors-most-active
* clicks
0 comments |   Jan 24 2008 6:45pm

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