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

API contest deadline extended to August 12

We are extending the deadline for our API contest to Sunday, August 12, for several reasons. One is that we have a few developers who are promising to deliver something amazing, but they couldn't meet the July 31 deadline. For this, we are willing to wait an extra 12 days.

We are also extremely busy trying to make the service faster. You may have noticed that we are typically running almost an hour behind real time during peak usage times (USA). This is not acceptable to us. We plan to add additional servers within a few weeks, but there are also some optimizations we can do now to help alleviate the problem sooner rather than later, and this is priority #1 at the moment.
5 comments |   Aug 01 2007 1:47pm

Updates to the new dashboard

Some great updates to the new dashboard have just been released! New features include being able to set a few preferences for how trends are calculated, being able to pick and choose only the modules you want displayed, and being able to choose how much data is shown within each module. We also released some new modules, one for FeedBurner, and some others that are designed to closely mimic the functionality of the "old" dashboard, for those of you who liked that. Google Maps will be coming soon.

Now, we have decided to create a new page for all the customizing you want to do, rather than have the "live" dashboard be customizable. I know that it may be handy to be able to change the dashboard as you are using it, but realistically most people will set it once and leave it be. Having it on a seperate page also saves us from forcing you to download an 80KB JavaScript file when you load the dashboard. That speeds up loading time for you, and saves a bit of bandwidth for us.

So just click the pencil icon in the top right corner to access this new screen. At the top is a preference box to customize trend calculations, which includes if you want Today's trend to take into account the time of day, as well as being able to choose if you're single day trends should be compared vs the day before, or vs the same day last week (e.g. this Monday vs last Monday). There is also a preference to permanently choose the "old dashboard" as your dashboard of choice. But before doing that, please keep reading to learn how you can make the new dashboard look like the old one. Screenshot

Below that is all of your currently active modules, shown in a simplified form, and a new third column called "disabled". You can drag modules into there to remove them from your dashboard, or take them out of there to make them live again. Each module also has its own drop down box that allows you to choose how many results you want to see within that module. Screenshot

Unfortunately, we had to wipe everyone's dashboard layout, because it was incompatible with the new one. But don't worry, we're positive you would have wanted to use the new customization screen anyways, so no hard feelings! Plus, we added the ability to copy any site's preferences and layout to all of your other sites, so that will end up saying you a lot of time with any new changes you make!

The new default layout only displays "the basics", links, searches, and content, which is what most people care about. "Locale" and "Computer" are interesting, but relatively stable, so by default they are no longer shown.

There is also a new "layout presets" area that includes "old school dashboard", which closely mimics the layout and functionality of the old dashboard. Everyone who dislikes the new dashboard, we encourage you try this layout and see if it works better for you!
19 comments |   Jul 25 2007 2:16pm

Interview on Center Networks

Allen Stern from Center Networks just posted his interview that he did with me. If you are interested in learning more about us and our history, it's a good read. Thanks Allen!
1 comment |   Jul 20 2007 5:58pm

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