Thursday, June 25, 2015

So Much For Site Meter

It's time to remove Site Meter from my blog. It was down there all the way at the bottom. What it did was kept track of how many visits my blog got from others in the USA and around the world and also let me know things like which posts got the most hits and such. It was nice to know how many people visited and which posts attracted the most visits and was fun using their world map to see the locations of the last 50 hits on my site but all that is worthless when Site Meter is for some reason no longer recording, or at least no longer notifying me, of how many visits there have been to the blog. That has been ongoing since sometime on June 22 when the last hit was recorded by Site Meter.

On the other hand, Blogger also supplies statistics for my blog. According to Blogger, I have received somewhat more than 400 visits a day. Blogger calls them page views and to be quite frank I am not sure about the difference but believe that a visit is when an individual views my site for the first time in the day with subsequent visits from that same individual not being counted and a page view is the number of views counting both the first view by an individual and all subsequent views by the same person. At least that was how I think Site Meter did it, I have no clue if page views are thought of the same way on Blogger. Anyway, the way I am thinking of it is that if you view my site at 10AM, then again at 3PM and again at 9PM - Blogger would count that as three page views whereas Site Meter would have counted it as one visit. Whatever, Site Meter was saying I had about 140 or so visits a day and Blogger is saying I have had over 400 page views a day. Funny though that Site Meter never showed anywhere near that many page views (yes they also tracked them); they usually showed I had 200 plus and Blogger is showing more than 2x that amount. Regardless of how they do it, or whose is more accurate, Site Meter is just not doing it anymore. So I may have to depend on Blogger keeping track of my blog stats.

Now, I wouldn't have minded keeping Site Meter. In fact, I prefer some things the way they do it - like their world map that shows the location of the last 50 visitors. Their free application was supposed to show up to the last 100 visits but in truth it never showed more than 50, at least for me. I have not figured out if I can do that ion the map from Blogger but it does not look like it. I also liked being able to pull up viits by entry page. Blogger's stats seem much less interactive than were Site Meter's. The trouble with Site Meter though is not just that it is not showing visits to my blog any longer but that when I tried to visit their Knowledge Center and when I also tried to use their Submit Support Request link all I got was this:

"Internet Explorer cannot display the web page"

There was one more link below them, Upgrade Account. Me being the cynic that I am, I tried that link too, figuring it would be the only one of the three to actually work in as much as I thought the one giving them money for a paid subscription would be most important to them. This is what I got then:

"The page cannot be found"

I am guess that maybe Site Meter has gone belly up or is otherwise having problems that has brought their operations to a halt. Since I can still view old statistics on Site Meter, I am guessing they have pulled the plug and called it quits and just left everything in place that was already there. That's all just guesswork because I have no way of checking via the links they supply.

Just an aside here, the last person recorded by Site Meter as visiting my blog was from Maine. Here is the info that Site Meter supplied about that visit:

Domain Name ? (Network)
IP Address 65.175.253.# (Metrocast Communications)
ISP MetroCast Cablevision
Continent : North America
Country : United States  (Facts)
State : Maine
City : Shapleigh
Lat/Long : 43.5489, -70.8444 (Map)
Language English (U.S.)
Operating System Microsoft WinNT
Browser Mozilla 6.3
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; WOW64; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko
Javascript version 1.5
Resolution : 1366 x 768
Color Depth : 24 bits
Time of Visit Jun 22 2015 7:32:15 pm
Last Page View Jun 22 2015 7:32:15 pm
Visit Length 0 seconds
Page Views 14
Referring URL
Visit Entry Page
Visit Exit Page
Out Click  
Time Zone UTC-5:00
Visitor's Time Jun 22 2015 4:32:15 pm
Visit Number 304,339

Sadly, I am pretty sure that Blogger does not supply any info as detailed did Site Meter. Site Meter's free app supplied lots more information than Blogger as well. Since they are not currently doing it though, it's adios Site Meter. Hopefully they will fix the problems and I can return to them later on. If not, then maybe I'll be able to find another site that supplies pretty detailed statistics for blog visits to amuse me.

All the best,
Glenn B


B said...


Glenn B said...

I tried StatCounter. I followed their very explicit directions, step by step by step. It then said I successfully loaded StatCounter on my sight but the StatCounter button did not show as a gadget; all it showed was the word StatCounter. I may try again but have to say that was a bit convoluted to how SiteMeter had one do it as best I can recall. For now I will just settle for blogger tracking it until I feel like trying StatCounter again, since I just tried 4 times without success. Thanks anyway.

Glenn B said...

I finally got StatCounter to work, at least as good as I guess I will get it to work. Started the hit counter at what I recalled was the number of hits I had on SiteMeter. SiteMeter has apparently locked me out; whether intentionally or unintentionally I do not know but I can not access my account once I sign on. It tells my my account is unavailable now and to try again later. Have tried several times with zero success. My thanks to "B" for giving me the tip about StatCounter.

All the best,