Last year at this time we introduced you to a website monitoring service called Pingdom. They were having a special holiday deal where you could get the full year of the service at no cost, and any of you who took part in that deal are probably realizing that you only have about two weeks left before your one year is up. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Pingdom is the best website monitoring service that I’ve come across. With it you can have the status of your website checked in intervals as small as one minute. They’re not checking it from just one location either. In fact they have 7 servers in the United States, 1 in Singapore, 1 in Australia, 1 in India, 2 in England, 1 in Holland, and 2 in Sweden. All of them will be monitoring the uptime of your computer! Setting up your site is a simple 3 step process that offers plenty of different configuration options:

Pingdom Check 1 Pingdom Check 2 Pingdom Check 3
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You’ll notice in the setup process that you can be notified by email and/or SMS text messages. The email notifications work wonderfully, and with the Pingdom Basic plan you’ll get 20 free SMS text message credits. Receiving a text message might be nice if you don’t always have quick access to your email, but it’s not something I’ve found myself needing.

After Pingdom has been running for awhile you’ll be able to gawk at the plentiful reports and logs that they have available for you. For instance, this graph shows how quickly our server responded to the uptime requests that Pingdom hit us with in the month of November:

Pingdom Response Time 

If you have a website (or plan to soon) Pingdom is a great tool that will keep an eye on things even when you don’t have time to. Look at it as a guard dog that never sleeps. ;)

–The Giveaway–

We have 50 Pingdom Basic accounts to give away, each one that is valid for one year! One year of the service is worth $119.40, which almost amounts to $6,000 in accounts that we’re offering! You don’t have to comment to win this time around, instead the first 50 users that signup with these instructions will get Pingdom Basic completely free:

  1. Go to our signup page:
  2. Select service type Pingdom Basic.
  3. Select payment type Yearly (which is worth $119.40)
  4. Enter cyberxmas into the promotional code field and press the “apply code” button. If there are any free accounts left on this code you will get a message that it is a valid code and you will see the price on the page change to $0.00.
  5. Fill in your account information below. (The cell phone is just there for SMS alerts.)
  6. Check the Pingdom ToS at the bottom.
  7. Press the “sign up now” button.