After reading CTR Tard’s quick review of the new release of Prosper 1.7.2 (view here) I really wanted to get my hands on it. I previously did a case study showing the speed of my Prosper202 redirects vs Tracking202 and the Bevo Media platform. You can view those results here. With 1.7.2 I was really excited to see exactly how much faster my server redirects would be once I cleared the click data. For anyone who doesn’t know, Prosper202 retains a record of all kinds of information for you to perform past queries on old information. It is widely believed that this excess of information kills your server speeds. I’ve spoken to a few internet marketers who preach that they wipe their click database tables on a weekly basis otherwise their ‘server crawls’. Mind you some of these people are doing hundreds of thousands of clicks a day, but some were definitely in the sub 1,000 a day and still claim the speed bonuses.
I used the same platform and same landing page as before to perform the tests. All prosper tests were performed on a low duty dedicated server. I was really only interested in viewing the Prosper202 stats but I figured it would be nice to compare to another platform’s speed as well. Even though the results show one way, I still opt to continue to use Prosper as my primary tracking platform.
Prosper 1.6 vs. Bevo Media
Prosper 1.7 (No Click Data Removed) vs. Bevo Media
Prosper 1.7 (ALL Click Data Removed) vs. Bevo Media
All in all you can see the Prosper 1.7 with click data removed is significantly faster. It topped my original benchmark by just under 7%. If you are focusing on redirect speeds I would recommend an immediate upgrade as the standard upgrade alone also showed a 6% increase in speed.
I’ve never cleared my Prosper202 click data before, some currently do it manually. It reported about 250MB of click data on this install. I was really thinking that it was time for me to wipe the SQL database and just refresh to really get my snappy redirects back, however in the end it seems they were just as snappy as ever and the click data deletion might not be as big of a deal as we all suspected. I still appreciate them adding it in though!
Anyone else get a chance to try it out yet?