5 million clicks and counting

We are just minutes away from crossing the 5 million click mark, and that's from just 15 days of traffic collection. WOW! Thanks to everyone for using and enjoying Clicky. People seem to be loving the service and that makes us feel awesome!

I thought some general stats might be fun. There are about 800 sites using Clicky right now, in pretty much every country and demographic you can imagine. While a lot of them are blogs, we also have a lot that aren't: forums, online stores, schools, graphic artists, general information, advertising, and yes, even a few porn sites. Overall a decent representation of the internet as a whole. Although don't take this to mean anything, it's far from scientific, but it's still fun :)

1,193,346 total unique people tracked so far!

Average visitor to any site has ~4 pageviews per visit.

Operating systems:
Windows: 1,030,762 (86.4%)
Mac: 63,073 (5.3%)
Linux: 24,209 (2.0%)

Web browsers:
MSIE: 741,142 (62.1%)
Firefox: 375,284 (31.4%)
Safari: 37,229 (3.1%)
Opera: 17,446 (1.5%)

Top 10 countries (only 416,033 of our IP's have known locations so far)
United States 85,494
France 50,080
Spain 46,018
Venezuela 43,368
Argentina 14,074
Czech Republic 13,826
Germany 11,286
Singapore 11,157
United Kingdom 10,823
Japan 10,504
1 comment |   Dec 15 2006 1:02pm

The new visitors page

The new visitors page was starting to become more and more like the sessions page with each change, but it has transformed into the most useful page by far in our opinion, so we decided to replace the old sessions page with it instead. The only thing it doesn't show anymore is the entrance and exit pages, because that would take more than one line to show for each session. But we are considering adding a checkbox in the filter area to "show entrance/exit pages" which would then add an additional row below each entry, showing the entrance and exit pages. Let us know if you want that feature, otherwise we might not do it, at least for a while.

However, we are definitely going to add a new section called "entrance/exit" or something along those lines, that shows the most popular entrance and exit pages for each date, this will also be on the dashboard below the top 10 referals and searches (which will probably become top 5 so we can squeeze in a bit more info without making the page too long).
0 comments |   Dec 14 2006 10:55am


Geolocation is currently rolling out. That means you will see the country where each of your visitors is located! Currently it's only in your visitors section but it should be in Clicks and Sessions as well by the end of the day. If you don't know what country a flag represents, just hover your mouse over the flag and the country name will appear.

Originally we were looking up all the countries of your old visitors information as well, but there are so many IP addresses already and it's more intensive than I'd like to look this information up. So instead you'll just see the geolocation of your visitors from this point forward. There was a cron job running for about 24 hours that was looking up 1000 new IP's every 10 minutes, but it was draining too many resources. But because of that cron job, we do have geolocation of all your visitors from about Dec 12 5pm US Pacific time going forward.

We'd like to say "THANKS!" to the fine folks at FamFamFam.com for the amazing flag icons, and to ip-to-country.webhosting.info for providing the IP country lookup database. Both of these are FREE resources so check them out if you're interested in adding similar functionality to your own web application. I've attached a picture below of what all the flags look like, hopefully you agree they look really nice! :)
3 comments |   Dec 13 2006 2:35pm

We're having some speed issues [updated]

The Clicky interface has started to go pretty slow recently. I'm working on some database optimizations today that should make a big difference. Normalization is good, but we may have too much of it. Having some redundant data in a few key places will speed things up dramatically, so I'm hoping by the end of the day things will be moving quickly again!

Update: About 5 hours of work today has resulted in a HUGE increase in page load speed. Some pages were taking over 2 minutes to load, now they're averaging just a few seconds each. Can you tell the difference?
0 comments |   Dec 12 2006 9:41am

Woot insanity causes problems

One of woot's mirror sites is using Clicky, and today is what's known as a woot off, where one product after another is sold until they're all out. Normally there's not a whole lot of traffic, but the woot off's cause insanity in users who sit and click refresh every 3 seconds, waiting for a new product to be released at insane prices.

All our users combined, we are tracking 10-20 clicks per second right now. And just this site alone added an additional 20 per second to that value. Clicky hasn't gone down at all but we're getting some bad timeouts just trying to use it, as I'm sure you are too. We've contacted them in hopes they will will remove Clicky from their page for the time being until we have more resources, which should be within a few weeks. We disabled tracking on their account, which helps also, but unless they remove the code from their site as well, we will be getting all these extras hits per second that we can't take right now!
3 comments |   Dec 07 2006 7:20am

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