Nasty Adverts – BE GONE!

Hi Folks,

Different adverts are shown on StatCounter in different parts of the world.

So, here in StatCounter HQ, we don’t actually get to see every single advert shown to our members.

We were VERY annoyed last night to discover that some nasty adverts had crept onto the StatCounter site… Please accept our apologies for this.

We HATE nasty site-invading ads and we don’t want them on StatCounter.

nasty advert

HUGE thanks are due to StatCounter member Mike Miller for alerting us to this problem and helping us to put it right ASAP.

Cheers Mike 😉

StatCounter advertising revenue is used to fund our free service – but we only want the nicest, best behaved ads on our site…

Nasty Adverts – BE GONE!!


  1. Not sure if this is what you’re talking about as a “Nasty Advert,” but I just got a pop-up/pop-over ad asking me to take a survey. This popped up on the Recent Pageload Activity screen.

    StatCounter Team Response:

    We don’t allow pop-ups on StatCounter Fresh, so something’s up…

    To sort this out, we need a shot of the page and the source code where you came across this pop-up.

    I’ve sent you an email so if you could get back to me when you have a chance that would be great!


  2. Blimey, how Statcounter has grown. I’ve been using the free version since 2005 and if I recall correctly, there weren’t too many users then (gauging from forum activity when I last checked in – and I only check the forum when I had a problem). One problem in 2 years says it all really. Quality service from a quality dot-com.

  3. Haven’t seen any of the nasty ads myself, but if they were there, i’m happy you removed them before i could see them 🙂 … good job!

  4. Thanks Statcounter for removing them. Yes I too hate the dreaded adverts. I constantly turn down people wanting to place ads on my site, even if they do claim to be able to “earn me money!” Yeah right!
    Just who the heck wants horrible smilies anyway!? Not me.

  5. I haven’t come across ads like that before! Thanks Statcounter for keeping the site clean. Nothing worse than a site overrun with terrible ads.

  6. Once again Statcounter demostrating the quality service they give 😛


  7. Well done guys

    here in Australia we got some REALLY annoying ads once in a while, I’ll let you know when they show up from now on.

    Great service, whilst we also use a paid service for all our stats (at a HUGE cost) – we find stat counter to be the simplest by far, i wish it was recognized in the industry, it would save us thousands of dollars a month!

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Please elaborate on the “invasive” ads. What made them “invasive”, did they install ad-ware/spyware?

    Also which locales did the ads display in? I’m just curious, as I haven’t seen any invasive ads on the site from where I live in the US.

    In any case, keep up the great work! I’ve set up StatCounters for probably 20 different people so far, and everyone who uses it loves it. Thanks again for your excellent service.


    StatCounter Team Response:

    Hi Jonah,

    No spyware!

    The nasty adverts in question were those ones that expand and cover some of the content on the page you are trying to view, you know them? They kind of ‘invade’ the page.

    We believe the adverts were shown to a number of our US members.

    Thanks so much for your kind comments, and thanks for recommending StatCounter!

    The StatCounter Team

  9. Hmmm…

    I’m still seeing invasive survey ads popping up…

    StatCounter Team Response:

    On StatCounter? Well you shouldn’t be!

    I’m just sending you a mail to investigate this further…

  10. Thanks for such a valuable service and for your integrity!

  11. Excellent work! The true quality of StatCounter and the great relationship with their users.

  12. Statcounter is a class act.

    Thank you again and again for providing us this gift.

    All the best,

  13. I was pretty amazed too and really surprised that they even noticed my post and even more amazed that they took care of it so quickly.

    Great job. And just one more reason why I’ll be sticking around with StatCounter.

  14. Wow I am really amazed with the way you guys have handled the situation! Kudos!

  15. Google Ads are difficult to control, they are however easy to put up which is why most people do so.

    The only way that you can control your advertising is by having all links and banners which you have chosen yourselves, on a cost per click, or cost per action (You get cash dependent on people clicking, like adsense, or on an action, such as filling in a form, or affiliate links for getting people to buy something).

    These are ways to ensure that you don’t have bad adverts, it just takes more time, but the additional return can be worth it though.

    I don’t understand how the Google advertising would return bad ads, there isn’t anything of that nature on here… is there?

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