Recently, Lonnie (of OMBW) wrote about a pretty nice web tool that tests to see if a site is blocked in China or not. It’s free, and you can check your site’s accessibility from servers in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. The name of the site is Website Pulse.
It’s been pretty accurate as far as I can tell. I had been getting about 30% of my traffic from China, until the past couple of weeks, during which that percentage fell to about 1%. During this time, the tool has been saying I was blocked. Now, it says I’m no longer blocked, and my traffic logs seem to confirm it.
Why I was blocked briefly, and then unblocked is a mystery.