SiteMeter Bleg

My SiteMeter statistics have suddenly become much less useful. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

Like many bloggers, I’ve been using SiteMeter for site stats since my earliest days blogging.  (I started OTB January 31, 2003 and started using SiteMeter’s counter on February 4.)

While it’s not nearly as accurate as the stats packages provided by my hosting company or even Google Analytics, it has two huge advantages:

  • It allows a reasonably consistent way to compare the traffic patterns of one blog to another and to a blog’s historical performance.
  • It provides the best real-time picture of spikes in traffic and where they’re coming from.

Lately, though, the second has been rendered largely useless to me because, rather than pointing to OTB’s clean URL, it appends information from Google Reader, Twitter, and other sources and masks the entry:

Until a couple of weeks ago, the URLs all looked like the first one, making it easy to see which pages people were visiting.  Now, they’re mostly giving me crap.  I can mouse over the URLs and get the entry pages but it’s obviously much less convenient.

Any clues why this is happening all of a sudden?

Any way to tweak my site settings so that everyone comes in to the canonical URL?

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

Comments

  1. I’ve noticed that happening at BtB and The Liberty Papers too.

    I think it might be related to the fact that when people open a link while reading an article inside Google Reader it appends info from Google Reader to the URL for some reason. I’ve noticed the same thing with links from Twitter, too, which leads me to believe it’s got something to do with the way Sitemeter is reading the URLs.

    Not sure if there’s a fix.

  2. Ken C. says:

    Hm…have you checked with your IT support?  When I mouse-over the title of a post in Google Reader, the URL at the bottom of my browser is unadorned for a site such as Marginal Revolution, but points to feedproxy for OTB.  Basically, it appears to be feedproxy that is adorning the URLs.  Here is a link to something about some of that extra info:
     
    http://www.google.com/support/analytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=55578
     
    So, why weren’t you getting that stuff before in SiteMeter?  Well, a couple possibilities:
     
    1.  Feedproxy wasn’t adding it before, it’s adding it now, though. If you aren’t using feedproxy for anything, stop using it.
     
    2.  Sitemeter was nice enough to strip it out, but that stripping was either intentionally disabled or is no longer working due to a bug.

  3. Paul says:

    Say it with me… Piwik
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