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July ’17 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

SiteMeter “permanently retired.” Image credit: David Melin.

Well, Sitemeter seems to have finally died.

According the CurrentlyDown.com it has been down since July 5 and the image above taken from Twitter indicates it has been permanently retired. This follows many problems in the past so it appears unlikely to appear again.

My advice to those who have been using Sitemeter is to consider replacing it with Statcounter or a similar counter. Have a look at the NZ Blog Rankings FAQ. for advice on this. This is particularly helpful to those wondering how to set up sitemeters. Please note, the system is automatic and relies on blogs having sitemeters which allow public access to the stats.

So this month’s list is greatly reduced. At last count, there were about 45 NZ blogs on the ranking list using Sitemeter.

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for July 2017. Ranking is by visit numbers. I have listed the blogs in the table below, together with monthly visits and page view numbers. Meanwhile, I am still keen to hear of any other blogs with publicly available sitemeter or visitor stats that I have missed. Contact me if you know of any or wish help adding publicly available stats to your bog.

You can see data for previous months at Blog Ranks

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December ’16 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

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Image Credit: Happy New year Images

There are about 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake or get your stats wrong).

Every month I get queries from people wanting their own blog included. I encourage and am happy to respond to queries but have prepared a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) people can check out. Have a look at NZ Blog Rankings FAQ. This is particularly helpful to those wondering how to set up sitemeters. Please note, the system is automatic and relies on blogs having sitemeters which allow public access to the stats.

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for December 2016. Ranking is by visit numbers. I have listed the blogs in the table below, together with monthly visits and page view numbers. Meanwhile, I am still keen to hear of any other blogs with publicly available sitemeter or visitor stats that I have missed. Contact me if you know of any or wish help adding publicly available stats to your bog.

You can see data for previous months at Blog Ranks

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Time to give up on Sitemeter

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Bizarro Cartoon 5-26-2011  from Some visitors unknowingly redirected to ads! (Finding vindicosuite.com on outclicks).

This cartoon from Lola Jane’s World will resonate with many bloggers – especially those who using Sitemeter to collect their visitor stats.

New Zealand bloggers who take part in the monthly NZ Blog ranking will know what I mean. In recent months, many bloggers using Sitemeter have not had any visitor stats available and it has been impossible to include them in the blog ranking list.

I think the time has come for these bloggers to give up on Sitemeter, delete the code and install a stats counter that does work. In the Blog ranking FAQs I list alternative counters that are easy to install and manage:

StatCounter is the most popular and works very well at the moment. In the FAQs I give a little advice on how to install it.

Are bloggers leaving Sitemeter

Definitely – it’s not just local bloggers disappointed with the problems. Internationally bloggers have opted out – see for example Goodbye SitemeterGoodbye SitemeterWell, so Much for SitemeterSo is SiteMeter dead? and The End of the SiteMeter Era. And there are many more posts like this around.

Redirections problems

I hadn’t picked this up myself, but the problems seem to be more basic than the erratic return of the blog stats. A very common complaint is that the installed Sitemeter code causes visitors to a blog to be redirected elsewhere. See, for example, Apologies to All – Sitemeter Forced Redirect Problem Now Fixed (“fixed” by removing Sitemeter), Site Meter Rewriting Links on WordPress Sites and Blogger.com bloggers: check your template for Sitemeter redirect problem.

According to What do I Know? (see Sitemeter Out Of Control – UPDATED Again: July 9):

“Then at some point Sitemeter apparently was bought by MySpace.  Since then things have gone downhill.  Reports about MySpace selling information about  Sitemeter users would come up.  Sitemeter stopped answering any of my help requests or comments.”

That seems a very convincing reason for bloggers to remove the Sitemeter code from their blog – and, hopefully, install one of the alternatives.

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NZ Blog Rankings FAQ

It’s almost time for posting the July NZ Blog Rankings. Every month after posting a get a rash of queries about the list, and requests from bloggers for inclusion. So here as list of frequently asked questions which readers can consult.
Don’t hesitate to ask if your question is not covered.


1: What is the NZ Blog Rankings?

Produced monthly, usually on the first of the month,  it is a list of NZ blogs, ranked by their activity.

2: Why bother ranking NZ blogs?

Because some people see a need for it. Here are some possible reasons for this

  • Some will just use it as a list of NZ blogs with links they can investigate.
  • Others are more interested in the blog activity.
  • NZ bloggers themselves may be interested to see where they rank, and how well other blogs with a similar agenda, or speciality, rank.
  • Some bloggers may use the list as way of advertising their blog – a list of links attracting readers

There are no doubt other reasons, but the fact that bloggers want to be included, or bloggers and readers keep referring to the list indicates it has a use. Every month I notice a surge of activity by readers checking out the blog links on the list.

3: How are blogs ranked?

Several different ranking methods have been attempted in New Zealand. For example, using the Technorati or Alexa ranking systems.  Each have their adherents and critics. In the end I concluded that ranking using actual blog statistics is probably the most useful and objective method. Blogs are ranked by visit numbers for the month, and page view numbers are also included.

4: Why are many NZ blogs not included?

The statistics used in the blog rankings are obtained automatically and need participating blogs to include a site meter to gather the data and to allow automatic access to the data. Many bloggers already do this for their own information. But not all blogs have site meters, or allow public access.

5: How do I include my blog

Just contact me using the contact form below or in About me. Let me know your blog URL and the URL for your sitemeter (this isn’t necessary if you have installed a link or widget on your blog that I can find).

I am happy to answer queries about the process but suggest that bloggers at least attempt to install a suitable site meter before proceeding.

6: What site meter should I use

That’s up to you – providing I can automatically access the data. Unfortunately, at this time the inbuilt Blogger and WordPress.com stat meters don’t allow access. Ones that do currently used by NZ bloggers include, in order of decreasing popularity):

7: How do I allow public access to my stats?

A few meters allow public access by default. Sitemeter and Statcounter need setting the access to public. It pays to read the instruction for installation.

For Sitemeter:

Have a look at this article. The privacy level is set from the Manager section under the “Privacy Level” link. The default setting is NORMAL which allows public access by clicking on your counter.

For Statcounter:

Go to Config.>Control User Access and Public Stats.>Choose “All stats are public.

8: What about mistakes?

We all make mistakes – even with an automatic system. Contact me using the form below if you come across a mistake and I will attempt to fix it. Mistakes are most likely just after first inclusion in the ranking database.

9: Why do some blogs rank a lot lower than expected?

usually this is because the blog’s site meter has stopped recording and sometimes happens after a blogger has reformatted their blog. Eventually the numbers get really low and I check the blog. If the site meter has been removed I usually delete the blog from the list.

10: How do I exclude my blog?

I generally add NZ blogs with publicly available stats I come across. If you find you are included and you want to opt out just contact me and I will delete your blog from the database.

If you have another question or wish to include (or exclude) your blog on the ranking list  please use the contact form at About me:

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November ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for November 2011. Please note, the system is automatic and relies on blogs having sitemeters which allow public access to the stats. There are now over 260 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters.

I have listed the blogs in the table below, together with monthly visits and page view numbers for November, 2011.

Meanwhile I am still keen to hear of any other blogs with publicly available sitemeter or visitor stats that I have missed. Contact me if you know of any or wish help adding publicly available stats to your bog.

You can see data for previous months at Blog Ranks

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October ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for October 2011. Please note, the system is automatic and relies on blogs having sitemeters which allow public access to the stats. There are now over 250 blogs on the list.

I have listed the blogs in the table below, together with monthly visits and page view numbers for October, 2011.

Meanwhile I am still keen to hear of any other blogs with publicly available sitemeter or visitor stats that I have missed. Contact me if you know of any or wish help adding publicly available stats to your bog.

You can see data for previous months at Blog Ranks

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September’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

See The Psychology of Blogging* for an analysis of blogger psychology. But what about psychology of those reading blogs?

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for September 2011. Please note, the system is automatic and relies on blogs having sitemeters which allow public access to the stats. There are now over 250 blogs on the list.

I have listed the blogs  in the table below, together with monthly visits and page view numbers for September, 2011.

Meanwhile I am still keen to hear of any other blogs with publicly available sitemeter or visitor stats that I have missed. Contact me if you know of any or wish help adding publicly available stats to your bog.

You can see data for previous months at Blog Ranks

*The Psychology of Blogging

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August ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for August 2011. Please note, the system is automatic and relies on blogs having sitemeters which allow public access to the stats. There are now over 250 blogs on the list. However, there is a bit of a turnover as I am removing blogs which no longer exist or no longer allow public access to their stats.

I have listed the blogs in the table below, together with monthly visits and page view numbers for August, 2011.

Meanwhile I am still keen to hear of any other blogs with publicly available sitemeter or visitor stats that I have missed. Contact me if you know of any or wish help adding publicly available stats to your bog.

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July ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Read some thoughts on the blogging ecosystem at Is Twitter the essential Blogging nutrient?

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for July 2011. Please note, the system is automatic and relies on blogs having sitemeters which allow public access to the stats. There are now over 250 blogs on the list.

I have listed the blogs  in the table below, together with monthly visits and page view numbers for July, 2011.

Meanwhile I am still keen to hear of any other blogs with publicly available sitemeter or visitor stats that I have missed. Contact me if you know of any or wish help adding publicly available stats to your bog.

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June ’11 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking

Here are the rankings of New Zealand blogs with publicly available statistics for June 2011. These rely on blogs having sitemeters which allow public access to the stats. There are now over 250 blogs on the list.

The blogs are listed in the table below, together with monthly visits and page view numbers for June, 2011.

Meanwhile I am still keen to hear of any other blogs with publicly available sitemeter or visitor stats that I have missed. Contact me if you know of any.

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