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Did SiteMeter Commit Suicide?
UPDATE: It’s Working Again, But Unfortunately, My Traffic Sucks

Posted on | April 5, 2013 | 26 Comments

As of right now, it’s dead. Donald Douglas at American Power and Doug Ross at Director Blue both report that the best, easiest-to-use traffic analytics site failed to renew its domain registration, an error that would require a special kind of stupidity.

Let’s all say a prayer that they can get it fixed, because without SiteMeter, I feel like I’m blogging blind.

People talk about other analytic software as being technologically superior, but here’s the thing: SiteMeter allowed sites to make their traffic data public in real-time. This permitted apples-to-apples comparisons between sites, which was especially helpful information for entry-level bloggers trying to figure out how to grow their traffic.

You could not only know what your own site traffic was at any time, but you could also see who had more or less traffic, and whose links were driving traffic to other sites. Some bloggers (foolishly, IMO) set their SiteMeters to private, as if they were embarrassed to reveal their traffic data, or as if they failed to understand the value of transparency. “No shame in my game” has always been my attitude, and I simply can’t understand why anyone would attempt to conceal their traffic data as if it were a proprietary trade secret.

Constantly checking SiteMeter is a deeply ingrained habit for many of us, an addiction classified as a symptom of Blogger Mood Disorder by Professor William Jacobson,  (See also “Site Meter Envy” and “Sitemeterenfreude.”)

There was a time when Technorati was also useful as an analytic tool for bloggers, but they “improved” it until they ruined it,  and if SiteMeter has now managed to commit online seppuku, this would represent a real loss to the blogging community.

UPDATE: Linked by Ed Driscoll and Charles G. Hill and now — without explanation — SiteMeter is working again, which is depressing, because my traffic sucks so far today.

Ignorance is truly bliss sometimes . . .



  • crosspatch

    Wow, thanks for publishing this. I had a domain that expired a week ago and forgot all about it. Just called Network Solutions and fixed that.

  • Russ Emerson

    And of course now it’s up.

    Figures it would be down on the day I get a link retweeted by Ace.

  • Don Surber

    I am a huge fan of site meter (still get weekly reports 11 months after cashing in my chips as a blogger) and a bigger fan of people who made their site meter stats public. Like Mister McCain (and Smitty too)

  • Dana

    It’s working again, but could they install an app that forces more people to read The First Street Journal? 🙂

  • Finrod Felagund

    This is why I have my domains set up to auto-renew.

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  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I live with the clunky blogger data. Better than nothing but not as good as Site Meter.

  • Charles G Hill

    It’s still not working for me, but I tend to assume that I’m always at the far end of DNS propagation.

  • John LaRosa

    In the interim, you could always post more cleavage photos. #ProTip #MoreHitsWithT*ts

  • Zilla of the Resistance

    I stopped obsessively checking mine when I got too sick to blog much, but I just checked and mine is working so I guess they fixed it. The #s are a little different and the stats tell you more about where your traffic is coming from than the stuff in the wordpress dashboard.

  • Zilla of the Resistance

    You can add sitemeter to a Blogger blog, I did before I moved to my own server. I still get stats from it too!

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  • Libertarian Advocate

    I just checked mine. It’s working.

  • K-Bob

    I expected this was a failure of the auto-renew function. They can’t have been that stupid, can they?

  • SDN

    Dilbert is an operations manual.

    This may be the closest we ever get to universal truth.

  • Bruce Webster

    Thank you. I thought I was going nuts earlier this afternoon, particularly with the strange page that was coming up.

  • jsn2

    Mr. Gores’ invention is getting old, it’s the first case of obvious internet dementia. Everyone, check your zipper before going out.

  • Rich Vail

    If I had 1% of your traffic…I could actually make money from advertisements…

  • lonely conservative

    I finally gave up on sitemeter. 🙁

  • Susan Nunes

    I still don’t have mine back.

  • Allen Reinertsen

    “Constantly checking SiteMeter is a deeply ingrained habit for many of us, an addiction”

    yeah, been that some thought these last two days.

    High! my name is Goodstuff and I am a blogging addict

  • Vishal Panchal

    Sitemeter not working from last 3 days. Now can login but it doesnt show any stats at all… Their customer care doesnt revert too

  • Elaine Reel Life Photos

    My sitemeter is still dead, so am having serious withdrawal symptoms! Any ideas when it will be back on again in the UK?

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