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Simple notifications around traffic spikes#140

It would be great if Plausible could notify me if I get a sudden influx of traffic to my site. This is nice, actionable information to have because it usually means you’ve been linked to by a bigger site and there’s a conversation happening about your content that you can take part in (and amplify).

“Simple” means stick with an email notification sent to a list of addresses. No push notifications or anything like that. Detection could be as straight forward as a user-configured threshold (more than N concurrent visitors).

7 months ago

Sounds good to me. I’d find it useful for our own stats on plausible.io as well.

I like the simplicity of the approach laid our here. Just trying to think of edge cases: Let’s say I’ve configured to be notified when we have more than 15 concurrent visitors. What if the number of concurrent visitors stays above 15 for multiple days? Do I get one spike notification or one every day/hour?

7 months ago

I think it’s different strokes for different folks. Maybe a radio button when you set up the notification that has 3 options:

  1. Notify me once and only once
  2. Notify me hourly until traffic subsides
  3. Notify me daily until traffic subsides

You will probably want to put a little smarts in the notifier so that it buffers up N consecutive readings over the threshold before it triggers a notification. Otherwise if you have it set to 15 visitors and you are at 14, then 16, then 14, then 16, etc you don’t annoy people.

The challenge with notifications is always reducing the noise so that they’re actually useful. Too many and people end up disabling them altogether.

7 months ago

Thank you for your contribution. We’re moving this thread to Github: https://github.com/plausible/analytics/issues/172

7 months ago

Notifications for traffic spikes are now live! Here’s how to enable them on your account: https://docs.plausible.io/traffic-spikes

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