Couple of updates for you

Our IP ignore/filtering system has been updated a bit. You can now attach description to each IP address, so you can remember who each one is or why it is being ignored.

This is also a new option to set a cookie to permanently ignore visitors from your computer to your web site, no matter what its IP address is. To do this, go to the IP ignore page for that web site and click the "cookie" link. If you have more than one web site, or want this enabled on more than one computer or web browser, you must do this step for each individual site/computer/browser. I can't tell you how many times this feature has been requested, so go and enjoy it! :)

The user homepage has also been updated a little bit, to make better use of space - it was getting a bit cluttered. Expect some more updates to it soon as well. MyBlogLog has been disabled for the moment but it will be back.

Our help section has been completely revamped, and includes a number of new questions and answers, including a lot more details on our affiliate program. It's also now organized into different sections via the tabs at the top, so it's not just one huge wall of text anymore.

What's in the pipeline? Currently we're working on outbound click tracking, export to CSV, and an API to track custom data, which will be especially well suited for AJAX sites. We are hoping to have all of these features available within a few weeks, so stay tuned.
6 comments |   Mar 10 2007 2:38pm

You want an easy $5? Read this post.

Our affiliate system is finally ready for everyone to start using. You can earn a free premium account, or cash, or both!

Your affiliate link is now shown on your user homepage. Every user who arrives at our site via your link will be assigned a cookie with your referal ID, good for 60 days. If that user signs up for a Clicky account and eventually becomes a paying premium member (no time limit), you will earn 20% of the money that that user pays us, forever. Example: If they sign up for a yearly account at $14.99/year, you will earn $3/year. It can add up fast, and get you free premium service forever. There's also a second tier system that earns you 5% of your referal's referals.

We will be paying everyone via Paypal near the beginning of each month for the money earned from the previous month. There is a minimum payout of $10, so if you're below that amount, your balance will carry over until you are at $10 or higher. Look for a lot more details about our system in our help section within a few days. We are currently working on revamping it, as it is a bit outdated.

Super kick off bonus! You want an easy $5?

Of course you do! Just write an article about Clicky on your web site and send us a link to it (post a comment here, or email us), and we'll put $5 into your affiliate account. The only requirements are that it needs to be original, at least a few paragraphs long, and have at least one screenshot. You also need to link to us in the post - be sure to use your affiliate link so you can get credit for any new customers that we get!
16 comments |   Mar 08 2007 3:59pm

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6 comments |   Mar 07 2007 12:35pm

REMINDER: Premium free trials start expiring TOMORROW!

We gave all of our beta testers a free trial of our premium service after we officially "launched" a few weeks ago. This is just a reminder to everyone that the free trials are going to start expiring TOMORROW, March 1. The expiration was originally February 28, but it took us a bit longer than expected to get some automated processes setup and tested to make all of this a lot easier on our end. Note that if you registered AFTER Feb 15, you still have more time. New users are given two weeks of free premium service upon registration, your expiration date should be shown prominently on your user homepage.

Click here to upgrade to a permanent premium account now. The price is very reasonable - just $1.25/month (USD) if you pay on a yearly basis, and it's only more if you have more than one site, or have a site with very high traffic.

Remember, you do NOT have to upgrade to Premium, but your support is appreciated. The free service does has some limitations: No RSS feeds, no Spy, and only 7 days of detailed history.

Also, only sites with less than 1,000 average daily page views are eligible for the free service, but that's the vast majority of you. If you have a site with more than 1,000 average daily page views, you'll need to upgrade to premium service, or the tracking on that site will be disabled. Sorry, but we can't afford to support high traffic sites for free!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has paid for a premium account already. We very much appreciate your support, it has been wonderful. :)
6 comments |   Feb 28 2007 1:52pm

Visualize your visitors with Google Maps

Our new geolocation database is in full effect, and as mentioned earlier this gives us a lot more information than we had before, including the latitude and longitude of just about every IP address out there. That information lets us display your visitors with Google Maps. Play with a map of visitors to getclicky.com here, or go to your visitors section and click the new 'map' link to see it for your own site.

Here's a screenshot:




This is also implemented when you click on an IP address in the standard visitors view. Here is a screenshot of what it currently looks like:




Our filtering system is integrated into the maps page, so you can narrow down what you're looking at based on a multitude of factors, including country, web browser, language, etc. Some examples from getclicky.com stats:

Last 20 visitors from the US:



Last 20 visitors who speak French:




The filters can be combined together, so if you wanted to see your visitors from Thailand who speak Spanish and use Firefox on Linux, you can do that. There is one limitation though. This only searches your data from the last 72 hours, otherwise it's too intensive. So very specific filters such as the one just mentioned may not return any results, or just a few.

Why are we limiting the map to the last 20 visitors? It's not that we want to, believe me. The problem is that unless we pay Google $10,000 per year, we are limited to 50,000 lookups per day. Each one of those markers counts as a lookup, so every time someone views a map of their stats, that's 20 lookups. You can imagine how fast those add up, especially when used with the filtering system. Creating the screenshots above was 100 lookups alone. When we're rich and famous, we will glady pay Google their $10K/year, but until then we have to limit you to a reasonable amount of data. This is also the reasoning behind the decision to open a new window when you click "View session" for a visitor, so that it doesn't have to reload the page again (and count 20 more hits towards our limit) when you hit "back". So, have fun with this page, I know I am, but please don't sit there and hit refresh all day or Google won't be happy with us. Enjoy!

Update: Seems I misunderstood the Google terms of service. That 50,000 limit is for geocode requests - meaning when you are requesting the Lat/Long from a physical address. But our database already gives us the geocode data - so there are actually no limits on the amount of data we can display within a map throughout each day. The map does get clutttered real fast once you pass 50 or so markers, so for now I'm limiting it to your last 50 visitors. Eventually there will be an option to display all visitors for a given date - if you have a high traffic site, that might get ugly!
15 comments |   Feb 26 2007 8:40am

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