Sitemeter is the free traffic meter I’ve been using since day one of the blog to keep track of visits and page views.  It’s public, and linked at the bottom of the page in the footer.

The reason I like Sitemeter is it’s free.  And it’s used by TaxProf for his law professor blog rankings.  And it’s free.

I have noticed recently an annoying pop-up from Sitemeter.  It looks like this:

Sitemeter pop up

I thought maybe it was just me, but a reader emailed that he’s having the same problem.

Don’t worry, we’re not trying to install anything on your computer, and I don’t know what that’s about.  I have a service request in to Sitemeter, but if past history repeats itself, I’ll never get a response.

Please let me know in the comments if you are seeing it, and if so, what browser you are using.

Update 9-29-2013: Based on the comments, and my own testing of several browsers, it looks like it is a problem only in Internet Explorer.

I found (after much digging) the company that owns Sitemeter (that info. is nowhere to be found on the Sitemeter site) and emailed their business and technical people. If I can’t get this fixed in the next couple of days, I’ll probably have to remove Sitemeter, which would be a shame because it’s been counting almost since the beginning of Legal Insurrection, and is the only comprehensive cumulative history of LI’s traffic (over 31 million visits and 41 million page views since October 2008).

Update 9-30-2013 9 p.m. Eastern — I’m not seeing it anymore even in IE. Let me know in the comments if you still have the problem.  Maybe my emails to Sitemeter’s owner got their attention.

Here’s the explanation our website consultant, Andy LoCascio of Sound Strategies, gave — it probably was a sloppy coding problem by Sitemeter:

We researched this. It is clearly an issue with how IE 10 works with sitemeter. The problem is sloppy coding from sitemeter. They need to fix their plugin.

We found some supporting research here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie10-windows_8/block-analyticsjs-from-asitemetercom/d8fe12ba-d791-4ec3-9bee-6bb6a5c0db1d.

 
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