Thank you

Thank you to all of our sponsors we have acquired over the past two months. These people and/or companies have helped us pay the bills, and allow us to offer our free service to some of you and our cheaper-than-we'd-like-to-charge premium service to the rest of you. So a big thank you to everyone listed here!

We previously announced that we would no longer have any graphic sponsors as of May 1, to help clean up the site a bit and keep that clean feel. But Gary Vaynerchuk, an avid Clicky user for several months now, made us a very generous offer. Already being a fan of his show, we couldn't refuse. Gary is the man behind Wine Library TV, a near daily video podcast about wine. He is very enthusiastic about what he does, and his show is both interesting and funny. If you like wine, check it out! He is also behind WiiTube, a social networking and video site for Nintendo Wii fanatics. He asked me to mention his brother, AJ Vaynerchuk as well.

PayPerPost is an easy way to make some money with your blog. You can "get paid to blog about the things you love," as the slogan goes.

Spania Sommer is a Dutch site about renting property in Spain.

Help Desk Software Central provides solutions for support and help desks for any organization.

The Sports Trader is "The Diary of a Betdaq Trader". Ray chronicles his daily "bet exchanges" and his wins and losses for all to see.

App-O-Rama provides "a strategy of completing multiple [credit card] applications at the same time. The goal is to get as many bonus offers and new credit lines as one desires, in a quick and convenient way."

Richard Butler, The Success Coach helps his clients "discover, achieve and surpass their potential." Some of his clients his clients include individuals from Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, Kerry Foods, and Aib.

Click2Map is the easiest way to build your Google Maps online. Their innovative rich internet application helps anyone create Google Maps with customized points of interest without writing a single line of code.

Charlotte Web Design will not only build a professional website for you, but will also help your website to be noticed. Their marketing services will ensure that you hit the search engines with flying colors.

Marketing Land is a Dutch B2B Marketing and Sales Blog.

We never expected to reach this many sponsors so quickly, so we have decided to stop taking new sponsors at this time, until some of these expire. We have three links that are set to expire in June, and any of those spots that are not renewed will be up for grabs at that time.
7 comments |   May 21 2007 4:53pm

Maintenance today

Sorry about the necessary maintenance today. We will be down for a good 4 or 5 hours probably. Your data is still being logged, so don't worry about that. Although when we come back online, it will take a while for your stats to catch back up with real time.

With the recent redesign, a few big sites in China wrote about us, and in turn a few days later a few big english sites wrote about us, so we have had a LOT of new traffic, both from people using the site and also logging their sites' traffic.

There have been a few database optimizations I've been wanting to do for a while, and all this new traffic hit home that it couldn't wait any longer. Unfortunately when you have a database as big as ours (over 200 million rows and 10GB data including indexes), changes take a LONG time. Right now it's already been 2 hours since I took the site down, and things are going a bit slower than I had hoped. The updates are about half way done, so I expect it will be another few hours and the site will be back.

Sorry about any inconvenience!

Update 1:45PM - All done! I'm giving the database another 20-30 minutes to catch up on your data before I let you all back in again though :) It will still be several hours behind real time but it will eventually be caught up!
5 comments |   May 18 2007 10:49am

Account changes, rewards for the early birds

Changes to premium accounts!

We have recently added a new level of premium that we are calling "Pro", which is now an option alongside the existing premium account, that we are now calling "Blogger". The Pro account includes support for up to 10 web sites and 50,000 daily page views (total), as well as some additional features (SSL, API, Data export, and no sponsors - note that API and Export are not yet available though - works in progess!). The Blogger account has been changed to allow up to 3 sites included in the base price, instead of charging on a per site basis.

As a huge "THANK YOU WE LOVE YOU!" to all the early birds who showed their support for us before May 11 (when this new account became available), you have all been given free upgrades to either "true" Pro accounts, or a special account we have created just for you that includes all of the Pro features except for the "10 sites" part (you get 3 instead). Which one you got depends on how much you originally paid. We had to make this distinction because everyone has paid different amounts depending on how many sites they had, and we want the higher spenders to feel they're getting their money's worth. Either way, everyone is getting more than they originally paid for. Can't complain about that!

Changes to free accounts!

We recently sent out an email to all our 'free' account holders about some important changes that take effect Thursday, May 17. Most of you are unaffected, but everyone else will need to react accordingly before the 17th!

First, we will be limiting free accounts to a maximum of three registered web sites. If you have more than 3 sites and wish to continue monitoring traffic for all of them, we ask that you please upgrade to our premium service. If you do not wish to pay, please send us an email telling us which three web sites you would like to keep and we will remove the others. Also, remember that free sites are limited to 1,000 page views / day average. We have been pretty lax about this but we will be a bit more strict about it come the 17th!

Second, support for secure sites (SSL) will become a premium only feature. Very few hosted analyzers offer support for SSL. It is a very valuable feature, but it also requires a lot more processing power on our end. For this reason, it will be premium only.

Finally, if any of your web sites are business related, or you make money on your site from something other than ads (e.g. you sell goods or services), it is now a requirement to upgrade to our premium service.

You can upgrade to premium service here.
6 comments |   May 14 2007 12:22pm

New site, new Google

Hope you're all enjoying the new site. I just wanted to clarify that this is NOT the "big update" that is coming down the pipeline. Yesterday's update is purely cosmetic. Other than the logo and the color of the graphs, nothing much has changed other than some backend code, but that's not very exciting for you.

I am much happier with the new look. I did like our old logo, but it had started to feel a bit gloomy, and I wanted the site to feel much more 2.0 style. The graphs are also much easier on the eye now, much easier to read, in my opinion. Especially now that the weekend days are colored slightly differently - that really helps out.

There was a bug that was affecting Safari and causing it to ignore our style sheet, which basically is what tells your browser what to make the site look like. Thanks to a few astute readers, I was notified of the problem fairly quickly and able to solve it without too much effort. Sorry about that! Unfortunately, I don't have easy access to a Mac, so I was unaware of the problem until it was affecting all of you. If you are using Safari and the site looks weird still, try emptying your cache and refreshing.

Seems like lots of news in the analytics arena recently. Google came out with version 2 of their Analytics offering a few days ago. I haven't gotten a chance to use it yet, but I will be honest and say it's an impressive update. Much cleaner interface and all that, although it still looks plenty complicated to get the data you want out of it. I wonder how many engineering hours went into this update, and what Clicky could do if we had the same man power. :)

Here's the thing though. GA is still VERY geared towards business and high traffic sites. You'll notice that our comparison chart hasn't changed one bit. Clicky still has TONS of features that GA doesn't offer (RSS, Spy, outbound links, download tracking, real time stats, FeedBurner, Google maps, API [coming soon], real referal backlinks, etc), and that gap will continue to widen as we introduce more and more features.

Our target market is bloggers and low traffic sites because they are so neglected in the stats area. If you have a small blog that gets maybe 20 or 30 people a day, and you view your traffic with GA, you will have no idea what's happening on your site, as it just reports overall trends. I'm not saying trends aren't useful, but you need a good sample size before they're worth anything. Clicky is amazing for low traffic sites, as you can see your individual visitors and what each one of them is doing. As well, it's so easy to see all your visitors that are from a certain country, or came from a certain site, or searched for a certain word, and from there see what each of them have done.

Point being, we're not worried about the Big Bad Google. :) I love Google and use a lot of their products for day to day stuff - but it is a bit daunting to compete with a company of their size and respect. Luckily, however, our target markets are completely opposite. Like I said, we're not worried. We have lots of Aces up our sleeves, stay tuned.
15 comments |   May 11 2007 3:45pm

FeedBurner statistics integration with Clicky

You should be seeing a new yet familiar icon in the Clicky tab bar. We have just released a new module that lets you access your FeedBurner stats from within our service. We had thought about providing our own tracking service for feeds initially, but FeedBurner provides such an amazing service already that we just don't see any reason to. Luckily they do provide an API to access statistics very easily - something that Clicky will be providing to premium members as well in the near future.

This new module requires you to be running your site feed through FeedBurner, obviously. You'll also need to enable the Awareness API on your FeedBurner feed (screenshot), and give Clicky your FeedBurner URI (screenshot) on your site management page, which you can access from your user homepage.

You can see it in action for our own blog RSS stats, here, although we just started using FeedBurner a few days ago so our stats are a bit boring. As well, we don't have a premium FeedBurner account, so you won't be able to play with the "Views" and "Clickthroughs" sections. But here is a screenshot with some dummy data to give you the gist of it. Enjoy!
9 comments |   Apr 30 2007 4:58pm

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