Saturday, April 21, 2007

Why I Dropped Sitemeter

Not that you have been checking the graphics on my sidebar, but if you have, you will not longer see Sitemeter's little rainbow square.

As this article from Geek News Central states, Sitemeter started planting spyware/third-party cookies on visitors' computers.

I already had an account with StatCounter for a commercial Web project, so I have added my blogs to it. They say they won't use third-party cookies. And StatCounter has a free counter and visitor-tracking service too.

When I am at home with a dial-up connection, I can see the difference: this blog loads more quickly now that the Sitemeter code is removed.

And, speaking of banners, I added one to the definitive Pagan blogs list.



Anonymous developer said...

HOw does statscounter compare with google analytics ?

9:34 AM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

I cannot say, because I have not used Google Analytics, whereas I already had a Statcounter account for another Web project, and I just added my blogs to it.

I had the impression that Google Analytics was geared toward people participating in their AdWords scheme, but I see that they offer a free level of service as well.

1:48 PM  

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