November 13, 2014

Whatever happened to SiteMeter?

I've enjoyed SiteMeter over the years. It's the traffic counter I've used since beginning this blog in 2004. It's where I watched this blog reach various milestones (like the millionth visitor) and where I have looked daily to get a picture of who was linking and what search terms were bringing people here. It's so much a part of my blogworld. Yes, I have a "stats" page within Blogger, but it's not the same presentation and it's not as much information.

But right now, I'm not getting any service. SiteMeter has been down for days. A click on the "Who's on your site?" page gets: "The statistics for visitors from the last 2968 minutes are not yet available." I've emailed for help and got no answer.

Any ideas? Are you out there SiteMeter?

IN THE COMMENTS: People are giving me reasons to break my dependent relationship with SiteMeter, so maybe I should see this malfunction in a positive light. Finally, I will let go. I must. But I'll be better off. 

22 comments:

Doug said...

It may just be a hiccup on the server your counter is located on. That's happened occasionally and it takes some time for the system to catch up.

Works fine right now for the sites that I'm using it for.

But, yes, it has find of fallen behind the times and I'm sometimes surprised that whomever actually runs it hasn't just pulled the plug as has happened with so many of the "free" sites bloggers were using back in the old days

KLDAVIS said...

They started adding hidden audio ads in their code. Lots of blogs dropped them. Just now I got asked if MySpace.com could access my location data when going to that page of your blog to find my earlier comment. So, clearly they're still at it.

mikeski said...

Another blog I follow linked to this as the reason he pulled Sitemeter off his site (and suggested the rest of the world do the same.)

They've turned evil.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

I don't know about sitemeter, but as of today my company is blocking Instapundit as Political Extreme/Hate/Discrimination. I don't know if that is a specific determination my company has made, or if their filtering software relies on site ratings provided by a third party.

Guess that means I'll have to spend some time actually working...

rhhardin said...

I don't like it because it slows the page loading. You can see what the page is hanging on, and often it's sitemeter.

chickelit said...

rhhardin said...
You can see what the page is hanging on, and often it's sitemeter.

Heisenberg, call your office please.

Ann Althouse said...

"But, yes, it has find of fallen behind the times and I'm sometimes surprised that whomever actually runs it hasn't just pulled the plug as has happened with so many of the "free" sites bloggers were using back in the old days."

I pay for the premium service! I pay something like $30 a month. So, you'd think they'd at least answer my email.

Ann Althouse said...

I didn't even get a we-got-you-email response.

Ann Althouse said...

"They've turned evil."

I've got a 10-year dependency relationship with SiteMeter, but this will be helpful in making the break.

It's actually hard to figure out how to cancel the service (short of canceling my credit card).

Badger Catholic said...

Google Analytics is superior to SiteMeter

rhhardin said...

Use virtual credit card numbers and you can cancel a single account.

Virtual numbers can be used by only one merchant, giving you security if they reveal the number; but also you can cancel it.

It's sometimes a hassle (amazon charges from 3 different merchant names, so you need 3 numbers and a way to give them the right one for the transaction) but an advantage otherwise.

campy said...

"It's actually hard to figure out how to cancel the service (short of canceling my credit card)."

Dispute the charge for a few months?

Don Surber said...
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Mary Beth said...

You have to contact them with an email that has your codename and removed the code from your site.

This isn't very helpful if they aren't acknowledging emails. Good luck.

EDH said...

More importantly, what ever happened to SPLICD, the YouTube video cue editor?

SteveR said...

The first million was fun. I am glad to have been around for it. There were some interesting commenters back then.

EDH said...

I suspect Splicd's ability not only to cue and edit, but to bypass the YouTube leading advertisements which have since just proliferated led to its demise.

Expat(ish) said...

If you're going to move from SiteMeter ($30/month!) then look at Disqus for commenting. It allows threads, moderation, filtering, a centralized spammer registry, the ability to follow someone to other content, etc.

Good stuff. Probably free for your volume.

_XC

Ann Althouse said...

"If you're going to move from SiteMeter ($30/month!) then look at Disqus for commenting. It allows threads, moderation, filtering, a centralized spammer registry, the ability to follow someone to other content, etc."

No. That would obliterate the huge archive of comments that are already here, plus I dislike how Disqus comments look. I think thrreaded comments are really bad too.

Geral Sosbee said...

Sitemeter denies me service at direction of fbi and prevents all tracking information to my site at

http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/


I used the sitemeter images to identify fbi cybercriminals online who threatened and harassed me by sending sitemeter images to me. I sometimes filed police reports against the fbi's operatives & supporters and I usewd the images from site meter as evidence; now sitemeter prevents me from my work.

See alternate links:

http://sosbeevfbi.ning.com/profiles/blogs/sitemeter-apparently-controlled-by-fbi


http://www.newciv.org/nl/newslog.php/_v194/__show_article/_a000194-000846.htm

Mike aka Proof said...

They must have fixed whatever glitchy they had in 2014, because I've been using it for the past year. Unfortunately, they seem to have gone down again. They haven't update my stats in about three weeks, and there was no notification of any kind on their site, so I started Googling to see if anyone else was having problems and found this post.

Ann Althouse said...

@Mike

Thanks.

I think when this happened to me Site Meter wasn't down for everyone, just down specifically for this blog. It never came back.