Three free Pro accounts

Smashing Magazine is a great resource for web developers and designers the world round. If you read digg you probably see them on the front page at least once a week. They're also a Clicky customer! They're celebrating their first year anniversary by giving away all sorts of goodies, including three 1-year Clicky Pro accounts (worth $50 each)!

To enter, you just need to leave a comment answering this question: "What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear 'Smashing Magazine'?", and indicate which prize number you want (Clicky is #13). Of course, there may be something else you want more instead, so choose whichever prize you want. But if you want a free Pro account, choose lucky number 13! Contest is open through September 13.
2 comments |   Sep 05 2007 1:13pm

New servers

Our new database servers are good to go and the you may notice the service is flying again. That's because we emptied our entire bank account on these things, and they're awesome in every sense of the word.

After a month+ of pain, we now have a lot of breathing room, and I can finally get back to working on the web site itself. Yay! First up are some updates to the dashboard, API version 2, and some updates to the RSS feeds... coming soon!
9 comments |   Sep 04 2007 9:39am

Update to sponsored links

To add even more value to our link program, we are now also showing one text link at the top of all stat pages, chosen randomly and changing every 10 minutes. These are shown to 'free' users only, although that is a majority of our users. Screenshot.

Links are going fast. We've already sold 6 more text links and 1 graphic link in less than 48 hours, which means we only have 2 more graphic and 10 more text links to sell before they're gone gone gone!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, click here.
7 comments |   Aug 19 2007 1:44pm

Sponsored links are re-opened

I'm happy to announce the re-opening of our sponsored link program. We have made some big changes, all of which are detailed on the sponsor page.

We now will sell more links than we display, which means links are shown on a rotating basis, and not all of them will be shown at all times. Every 10 minutes, the links are regenerated randomly.

We believe this will help increase clickthroughs while also allowing us to sell more links without cluttering up the site. People get used to things being in the same place all the time, and filter that stuff out. By making the links move around on a constant basis, they will stand out a lot more, which can only increase clickthroughs. This also gives everyone a chance to be "on top" once in a while.

There is now also the ability to "highlight" a text link (red text instead of blue), for an extra $10 a month. This makes your link stand out from the crowd. Free of charge, new text links will also have a star next to them for the first two days they are live, to highlight your new link.

A maximum of 3 graphical links, and 10 text links, are displayed at any one time - EXCEPT for our front page, which always shows ALL links for search engine purposes. We plan to have a maximum of 6 graphical links and 25 text links in our inventory (currently we have 3 and 9, respectively). So if we sold out, on average a given graphical link would be displayed 50% of the time, and a given text link would be displayed 40% of the time.

I have already talked to most of our existing sponsors and everyone so far is fine with this change. However, if I haven't talked to you yet, and you are unhappy about these changes, please contact me to see what I can do for you, including a refund of your remaining term if you desire. But I truly believe this will do nothing but increase your clickthroughs - no joke!

Also, current sponsors, contact me if you are interested in getting a red highlight for your existing link(s).

To get your link on Clicky, head over here to get started.
7 comments |   Aug 17 2007 12:44pm

API/Widget contest winners

We have winners! Sorry these weren't announced sooner, we've obviously had a few pressing issues to deal with. ;) Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry.

There are a lot of map entries - apparently, this is what people wanted to create. While we do have a map already on our own service, these go well beyond what ours does, and they can also be embedded onto your own site, or (in one case) on iGoogle.

First prize

$250 cash, a free Pro account, and a $50 amazon.com gift certificate goes to Mr. Ernesto Quezada, who submitted two widgets of outstanding quality. One of them is for displaying any "popular" data from your site, the other is a hybrid between that and Google maps. Demos are shown below (note that those are two seperate widgets). We don't have an official page yet for you to grab this for your own site, but sneaky readers should be able to figure out how to do this by viewing the HTML of this page. However, do note that this could be a bit more secure, as your sitekey is embedded in the HTML. I plan to find a workaround for this.




Second prize

$100 cash, a free Pro account, and a $50 amazon.com gift certificate goes to Bonstio, who created this Google maps widget that can either be embedded on your own web site, or within iGoogle. When you a click a visitor, not only do you see all their details, it also grabs images from their location via Yahoo Images, which adds a nice touch. Note that you will need a (free) Google Maps API key to use this on your own web site.

Third prize

$50 cash and a free Pro account goes to Felix Shnir, for ClickyVision, a 3D globe that shows your last 100 visitors in a fun way. This one as well isn't ready for you to use yet, as I'll need to integrate this into our site first. Coming soon...

Honorable mention

A free Pro account for Winston Ford and Doug Mathews, who created Clicky Quicky, a widget for both NetVibes and iGoogle that displays more or less "the basics", styled after Clicky.

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If you are one of the winners, you should have received an email, which includes the question of which email address you want your winnings to be sent to (via Paypal). Please respond to that, so we can get you paid! Your amazon.com gift cert will also be sent to that email address (it's an electronic one).

We've decided to make one other big change too, regarding the API. Rather than limiting lower tier users to a few basic functions of the API, we've decided to instead open up the full API to all users, so that everyone can use our widgets. There is one caveat, however - only full "Pro" users have the ability to choose the date. This means that everyone else can only grab data for "today". The full API with date selection capabilities is still currently open to everyone at the moment, though. But that will be changing soon!
1 comment |   Aug 16 2007 9:28am

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