RIP Feedjit?

I don’t know if I’m jumping the gun here, but it looks like Feedjit – the real time tracking widget that monitors visitors to your website – has pegged it. It’s been down for over a week now. The tracking on my site hasn’t worked for days and it’s not just me experiencing the problem. I completed a contact form to let them know – but I found info elsewhere to say they never reply and I haven’t heard a dicky bird. On Twitter they haven’t tweeted since 2014 and on Facebook they haven’t posted since 2013, so what’s going on?

Rather annoyingly, if you click on their page, their widget is working!

I’ve lost patience, so I’ve been on the lookout for an alternative. The problem is WordPress, the platform I use for my website and blog, can’t support widgets that use Javascript and the widget has to be embedded as text.

Tried the following that looked OK on the face of it:

Who’s Among Us? doesn’t work, all I get is the script showing as text

RadarURL has a non-javascript embedded link for WordPress and other blogs and again it doesn’t work; again only the script displays on the page.

There are others to choose from that people might like and that might work for them: AliveStats, Footprint Live, Clicky…most are free, but some are subscription, most use Javascript, some you have to download, some are just too fussy to look at and if all you want is to display something simple on your menu bar they’re no good. I want something similar to Feedjit and simple to use and does the same job as – well, Feedjit!

I might have found it: Flag Counter.

It’s free (but there is a pro version for $29.99 per year – about £21 in real money) and it’s basically a counter, but it shows the number of visitors from different countries who have visited your site. Every time someone clicks, up pops the number against the country’s flag. You can click on the flag for a more detailed overview and you also get the geographical location of the country and its history! It’s easy to set up and it’s worth registering your counter so you can log in to your management section. There you can ignore your own browser when you visit your own site (that used to work with Feedjit…) and set things up the way you want them. At the moment, I’m using the free version, but the pro has additional features like regional visitor statistics as well as national (though this is standard for visitors from US and Canada).

The other problem with Feedjit was it kept telling me someone from the UK had landed on an ‘unknown landing page’, something to do with its non-javascript version. The thing with File Counter is to get the best out of it you need to create a code for every page of your site, which will take some time, so for now I’ve got one code for my site and one code for my blog just to monitor the counts. It doesn’t matter which page people are looking at, as long as they look!

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9 thoughts on “RIP Feedjit?

  1. joshw24 April 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm Reply

    My Feedjit has been down for about 2 weeks now. I’ve tried deleting it and uninstalling it, but every visitor’s location is given as San Francisco. Filled out a contact form on their website and it went to an error page. Feedjit and I had a good run, but I think it might be done.

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    • Tracey Morait April 22, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply

      Could be they’ve packed up and moved on, Josh. It’s irritating because they seem to have the monopoly on the live traffic feed. Flag Counter isn’t bad at all, though. Give it a go. You have to start from scratch, but you’ll soon build up your visitors and the flags look cool 🙂

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  2. My Feedjit died to “San Francisco” several weeks ago. Thought at first it was because I was vacationing in Turks and Caicos. I am using the Flag Counter on two of my blogs now. My third blog still has Feedjit on it. Hoping that it may someday activate. Dream on ? I preferred to know the cities/towns viewers were coming from. If I find a site that is comparable to Feedjit I would almost certainly try it.

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    • Tracey Morait May 5, 2016 at 5:32 pm Reply

      I quite like the Flag Counter, it makes the page look colourful. 🙂 If you do find an alternative though let me know 🙂

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  3. true_north May 16, 2016 at 7:20 pm Reply

    Tracy, thanks for the post. You’ve not only pinpointed the problem I was having but also the solution.

    I also started using flag Counter in late April. Given that there is a cumulative WordPress generated total which is visible on my home page, I’ve decided to restart the Flag Counter each month.

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  4. J.L. Pattison July 6, 2016 at 6:39 pm Reply

    I am so glad I found this blog post. My Feedjit began defaulting back in April to San Francisco as well. However, what made it so perplexing to me was that I had been in San Francisco when this happened (so you can all blame me). I thought something happened that caused it to permanently lock me and all visitors to my blog into SF. Now that I see it’s not just me, I feel a little better. I just installed Flag Counter (on your recommendation) and it works (although I prefer to see cities listed on the page not just countries).

    Thanks for this blog post.

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    • Tracey Morait July 6, 2016 at 6:44 pm Reply

      Hi JJ

      Thanks for your comment. It’s a shame and Flag Counter isn’t ideal, but it’s colourful! I’m still looking for a traffic widget that will work with WordPress that’s similar to Feedjit. With Flag Counter the cities will display for US and Canada, but only for other countries with the premium version, but who wants to pay for it!

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  5. J.L. Pattison July 6, 2016 at 6:48 pm Reply

    When I click on the flag it gives me more details (state, not city) but I guess that’s better than what Feedjit is doing right now. 🙂

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  6. Tracey Morait July 6, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Ah, well, with me being the wrong side of the pond I wouldn’t know the difference! 🙂

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