How to use Google Analytics for Site Up-Down Status Monitoring – Pingdom alternative?

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Google Analytics for site up down status? Yes. It’s not the best solution but I like it. As many of now know that – Pingdom recently announced the closure of free service plan and new starter plan starts from $14.95/month.

I feel it’s too costly even for starter plan.

Site Speed Metrics – Pingdom vs. Google Analytics?

I have been using Pingdom since last 5 years for immediate alert for any site down alert. My current setting is to do http ping check every 1 min and if site down continuous 2 minutes then alert me.

Fortunately since last two years we didn’t face any issue with Squidix hosting except some upstream network connectivity issue. So I hardly got any alert from Pingdom about site down. So recently we have cancelled pingdom .

As you see in below video – there are almost more than 2000 active users on site.

I personally visit Google Analytic’s active connection page frequently to see how my site is behaving. During the observation as you see below – we noticed couple of time site outage and immediately reported below screenshots hosting provider for better insight and timeframe check.

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I would suggest you Real-Time -> Overview tab inside Google Analytics Reporting tab to observe the same.

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Jetpack WordPress plugin also now comes with ping check module. I would suggest you to enable that module if you don’t want to sign up for costly Pingdom’s starter package.

I’ll share more and more Google Analytics tips like ecommerce tracking, set and measure goals, Site search and adwords linking, etc in the future articles. Please stay tuned for the same.

4 thoughts on “How to use Google Analytics for Site Up-Down Status Monitoring – Pingdom alternative?”

  1. Sure Google Analytic is an amazing tool for web source traffic monitoring. But for site availability monitoring it is better to use software which is specialized on web performance monitoring. I am using Monitis. This is a great solution for monitoring. They also have amazing support. If you are interested you can check more details.

    • Hi Antony – agree. For professional blogger I would suggest to go for more reliable solution with push notification and SMS/email alert notification options.

      Google analytics is not a notification based system. You have to keep visiting to make sure your site is up and running.

      But for small blogs and beginner users Google Analytics is the best.


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