StatCounter Says NO!


A few months back, StatCounter was approached by an advertiser, offered lots of $$$, and asked to include a spyware cookie on all of our member sites…we refused on the spot.

You install StatCounter to track visitors to your site NOT to open yourself and your visitors up to being spied upon by phantom advertising corporations.

It appears, however, that other players in the world of webstats were happy to take up this offer…

We were shocked to discover just today that another well known stats provider is allowing up to 9 cookies to be installed in the browser of every visitor that hits one of their member websites. This means that the provider is making money by transmitting data on you and your visitors to a third party advertiser. Not only that, but to add insult to injury, the cookies are causing the member websites to load very slowly too.

In light of this, StatCounter wants to assure you that we track your visitors for you, only you and not any one else.

Which provider would you prefer??

StatCounter says No!

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  1. All right Statcounter. You live up to your claims and we appreciatte that. Thanks for looking out for us.

  2. Wonderful to hear. I thought it was bad news at first when I saw the e-mail header 😛 I’m glad there’s a reliable visitor counter service out there. Keep your standards high!

  3. A big thankyou from all at T9media.
    We appreciate you and all you stand for.

  4. Wow…actually a company with some integrity! That’s rare. I have stats through my domain provider as well, and they are nowhere near as good as the ones that you guys provide for free. Once my stats account is up, I’ll be paying for your service.

    I make sure that there is no advertising whatsoever on my site, and I’d have been pretty let down if my counter provider was doing it without my knowledge.

    Awesome job!

  5. I dont use Statscounter, but I’m glad to hear you didnt take up the offer, well done 🙂

  6. Phenomenal! Thank you for having the integrity and the b**** to stand up to these advertisers. Its good to know our stats are safe in your hands.

  7. I love Statcounter, and want to thank you for not adding more tracking.

    According to my Spybot program, though, there is one tracking cookie that persists in the browser. I suppose that is for the purpose of determining whether someone is a unique visitor.

    That is a completely different thing than continuing to track once people leave the site. Also, I am confident that StatCounter does not sell or share the information collected here, other than as the web site statistics to the webmaster.

    Thank you for doing a great job, StatCounter, and for resisting the temptation. Your customers appreciate that.

  8. I dropped a hit counter who started adding pop-up ads to my site and came to Statcounter a couple years ago. The one with the two knights. Since then my counter has been flawless. Keep up the great work and integrity!

  9. been a faithful user since my first blog back in 04 and have been a satisfied one all the way…thanks loads statcounter!

    rock on! =)

  10. Thanks so much for refusing this opportunity. This spying and its associated spam are a disgrace. More than 80% of my incoming email is spam. Spammers and spyers and phishers should be in prisoned.

    Ian M

  11. Thank you so much! I’m glad there’s one company out there that we can rely on. 🙂

  12. Thanks so much! I am glad to hear that someone cares about there customers. I am saddend though, that you had to refuse money. that would be hard for any company.

    Thanks for keeping privacy a top priority.

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