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. WOW! Ethics!

    *Sits stunned*

    I was beginning to think ethics did not exist anymore, especially when it came to $$$. Glad you guys told those greedy corporate leeches to shove off!

    Thank you!

  2. That’s should be the way !! Support Statscounter , support open source development … play it clean sheet .. no dirty foul in analytical system

  3. Hi,

    I use the free service for clients to compliment other system logs. We’d hate to have our information sold on to third parties. I’ve tried a few stats programs, and StatCounter wins out on easy of use, detailed reporting, and flexibility to manage multiple sites/projects.

    Well done guys and gals of statcounter for not selling your sole, and the privacy of myself and my clients. Thankfully I have no other providers for stats, so I wont have to go sussing out who the unnamed profiteers are.

    Of course, in time when I see relevant interesting ad’s I’ll use your google sponsors, so you can be assured some income comes your way (when its relevant).


    Jason Briers

  4. StatCounter,
    At the moment I haven’t yet submitted my book for publication, so my visitors are few and far between, but when I do get it published I expect to get “children” visiting my site (It’s a young teen novel). For their safety and future enjoyment of the web, a resounding Thank You!


    Your SITE has spyware, third party cookies, what do you call

    StatCounter Team Response:
    Hi Yarn,

    NO NO NO!!! – we have refused and continue to refuse to allow advertisers to invade our member websites

    Our point is, that we do not force extra cookies on the people who visit YOUR site. THAT is what is happening with another provider.

    When you log onto the StatCounter website, we display ads to fund the service. This can result in cookies being created. As happens on any site. In fact, as you browse the web, you pick up lots of cookies.

    I hope this clears things up.

    StatCounter Team

  6. Thanks for your right decision, statcounter is the best! I love you guys.

  7. Thank you for protecting your clients (us) and ours. You are a credit to the business.

  8. Hehe, rather funny way of bringing it to us (such a plastic text).. :p

    Nevertheless, heads up for you guys! Thanks!

  9. You guys rock! Thanks for being so upstanding. It’s good to know there are still trustworthy internet companies.

  10. It is always easy to say ‘Yes’
    Saying ‘No’ is often the hardest word we say,
    Learning to kindly say ‘No’
    Brings respect and final independence.

  11. The whole reason i am with you guys is because you are ad free! You guys keep kicking ass and taking names, ill be a customer as long as i operate my website.

  12. Yes, that’s great. Help preserve the fragile privacy of the population, etcetera etcetera.

    I have to ask, though, was it entirely necessary to send this wonderful little tale of triumph to your entire customer list? We’re already your users, what exactly do you gain by reminding us all how great you are? Is the hidden message here “unsolicited advertisement is OK as long as we’re the ones doing it”?

    StatCounter Team Response:
    Hi Dan,

    All we are trying to do is keep you informed. We think it’s an important factor to differentiate between us and the competition. If you don’t know about it – you can’t do anything about it. The email was sent to you because you have an account with StatCounter – simply click the link at the bottom to unsubscribe. You can still keep an eye on our news by checking out the blog or subsribing to the RSS feed.


    StatCounter Team

  13. That was a real wise decision and I am happy to know that you have stuck to your standards and of course your reputation. I am happy and I know most of the guys using the service are happy. Cheers to you and your company!

  14. Thanks for doing the right thing. You provide such an amazing service; it’s good to know you’re principled as well as amazing.

  15. Thanks

    It’s good to know you are on the good side and that you would never do anything to harm our websites.

    Thanks once again,

    Ryan Hankins

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