Some time ago, I shared a post showing some of the alternative sites that allow you to install their widgets or codes to get access to a variety of stats and an analysis of your Blogs here on ActiveRain. Since Google Analytics was not an option back then, I did find a few others that worked fairly well here. Unfortunately, I was just informed that Activemeter is shutting down their service on Feb. 28th, 2011. They were one of the alterrnative companies mentioned in this post.
If you use Activemeter (on any site or blog), remove the code from your settings page before 2/28/11.
"IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU REMOVE THE CODE FROM YOUR WEBSITE BEFORE THEN, SO THAT YOUR WEBSITE WILL NOT TRY TO ACCESS ACTIVEMETER. TRYING TO ACCESS IT WHEN IT IS SHUTDOWN WILL CAUSE YOUR WEBSITE TO SLOW AND PERHAPS NOT DISPLAY."
The slowdown they mention above can also happen when accessing other 3rd party sites and widgets, videos, and codes too. Hidden and useless code on your site or blog can slow it down extremely. Just look at mine!! haha~ Seriously, please spread the word if you know others that are or might be using Activemeter (or any other codes like activemeter) on their Blogs. They may be down frequently, possibly broken, or in cases like Activemeter...GONE!
Many of us simply forget that we have these installed on our blogs, so make sure you check yours too.
So while Activemeter is shutting their service down, and you can "speed things up" by removing their code (I just did) I've found that sitemeter and getclicky still work well on AR if you're desiring additional stats, but I can't promise they aren't slowing AR down. I think there's a fine line in the trade-off. You have great stats available here on AR, but getting some additional detailed stats and analytics never hurts in helping you build a content rich and valuable blog for your clients and readers.
Are you using the provided ActiveRain stats page that's already available here? If not, Why?