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!

By the way, welcome to our new blog 😉


  1. Long live StatCounter!!!!!!

    down with those sneaky advertising whores.

  2. good to hear statcounter is professional enough to reject such low-class and unethical request … been using statcounter since started my blog and it’s great … of course i sometime dreams of having higher than currently 100 free visitors tracking …

    cheers …

  3. A refreshing change to hear of a corporation with morals THEY ACT ON!!

    COngratulations SC!

  4. Heres someone from Singapore! have been using your services for the past two years on my personal blog and on my class web. No problems with installing it – easy to use and stuff. Thanks for the great work and for rejecting the ads!! CHeers!

  5. Glad to see that you’ve got some morals statcounter! Keep it up!


  6. Great news about refusal to sell out your principals, it will allways pay off dividends in the long run.Honesty is the ONLY policy . keep up the good work and thanks again for a great tool.

  7. Thank you for not listining to an offer which my look like: “an offer we couldn’t refuce”

    I’m glad you guys did NOT listen to the offer, and protected or visitors privacy!

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  10. hmm. i heard about this before. but thank you statcounter, i registered to a site that protects its members! my site has been tracked by statcounter for like 3 yrs.. =)

  11. Great to hear that the service I have come to know as being of great value will continue. Normally when I have money I pay for extra, this is the first counter service I did this with, and my site has been online for nearly 7 years. is the service I now use exclusively for all sites I’m associated with, as I have come to know it as trustworthy, accurate and honorable. These are the values I admire in this service, so the above article assures me that what I have always assumed is true, you do care about your users and there visitors.

    Well done and thank you for continuing to provide a fully featured service that we all can admire and trust to take care of us as we develop our sites. The major concern of most Trust Worthy webmasters is that there visitors have a safe and friendly visit, and can trust them to not install unwanted cookies/spyware. Your service allows me to do this.

    Again Thank You,

  12. Hi, I’m from Brazil and I like pretty much the way you’ve been working.
    When I start blogging I was in search for a counter and of all I’ve found your service was the easiest one to use, what had more available information stats and the most attractive one.
    Thank you for exist.

  13. Great job! Thank you so much for saying no. It’s nice to know that they’re still some people on the web that aint’ just after the money 😀

  14. Thanks for the fantastic service. Thats great you care about your members. keep it going guys. All the Best.

  15. Just wanted to thank you for a fantastic service. However, every time I run spybot “search and destroy”, I get a message that I have “statcounter” spyware installed. You might want to talk to them about it.

  16. I’m glad you made that decision, sometimes my page slows down because of a little add and sometimes because of statcounter.

    I was thinking of removing it (the counter) but reading this I think I won’t get a better free service

    Thank you

  17. gr8 work thr!!!
    you people have an awesome service which helps students like me in a gr8 way…
    thanx once again…and all the best for your future too…
    and no matter what, dont name those other companies cause they can sue you…

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