Nasty Adverts – HELP!

Hi Folks,

Just under 1 year ago, we explained how different adverts are shown on StatCounter in different parts of the world. This means that here in StatCounter HQ, we don’t actually get to see every single advert shown to our members.

We like to think of StatCounter as a “family show” so we do our best to screen out any nasty adverts. Despite our efforts, however, we had a report last night of another nasty advert being shown on our site to a member in the United States… so now we are asking for your help to eliminate these offensive ads!

nasty advert

If you spot a nasty advert on StatCounter here’s what to do:

  1. Right click on the advert and select either Copy Shortcut (IE) or Copy Link Location (Netscape) to capture the URL of the advert.

    (Please make sure only to RIGHT CLICK on the advert – left clicking would result in you inadvertently supporting the ad.)

  2. Paste this link or URL into a text editor (e.g. Word or Notepad) to keep it safe until you’re ready to paste it in our blog.
  3. Please then come here to our blog and post a comment and tell us:
    • The type of advert i.e. what’s offensive about it.
    • Where the advert was on the StatCounter site e.g. on the left hand side of the homepage.
    • Paste the URL info you captured earlier into the comment also. (This allows us to block the advert)

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

Many thanks for your help folks – together let’s stamp out these nasty ads!

By the way, when we say “nasty” adverts we mean any adverts that contain nudity, suggestive poses, sex, sex phonelines, escort services etc. All the kind of things that WE don’t want and YOU don’t expect to stumble upon when you are looking at StatCounter!

Update August 2008
Hi all,

Due to the amount of spam comments we’re receiving on this post, we’re now closing off the comments.

If you spot any nasty adverts, please post the details in the comments to any of our latest blog posts and we will be happy to take care of them.

Thank you!

72 comments on “Nasty Adverts – HELP!

  1. This is an awesome addition to the SC features but you guys surely need to make a good revenue too so as long as both parties are happy… its great!

  2. i also have no problem with viewing any type of ads, but if the statcounter team decided to make a clean-up here i go:

    The ad said something like: “i’m looking for young girls”, or “are you looking for young girls” i don’t really remember

    the bottom line is that it’s dating/sex related

    http://pagead2.googlesyndication…< < offensive URL removed >>


    StatCounter Team Response:

    Many thanks for this report Tom – we appreciate it!

    This URL has now been blocked.

  3. I have no problem with any kind of ads, because I am more than eighteen years old and have parental permission to see any kind of porn 😉 I don’t really understand what’s the problem with these kind of ads, so the only responsability of clicking or not clicking at them is that of the user… And, in the case of minor-aged people, parental advisory is the only way, if any needed… Anyway, I love Statcounter and, if do you think there is a motive of doing so, it-‘s OK then. I haven’t seen any “nasty” adverts, but I’ll keep on an eye (I live in Spain)… 😉

    Greetings for your lovely service.

  4. Don’t use adblockers – they’re dangerous for your system and will eventually crash your computer.

    On the other hand: the more ads you click the more safe your computer will be.


  5. I use AdBlock Plus. If you’re getting unwanted adverts, remove the ads, and tell the advertisement companies (eg Google Adsense Team). I don’t have any adverts in my browser when I view StatCounter.

    I think that advertisements hinder the trustworthyness of sites, making people think they are going to be conned into a scam or something.

    StatCounter Team Response:

    Hi World 9,

    As we explain above, StatCounter advertising revenue is used to fund our free service. Without this revenue we simply couldn’t provide the free service we do! So getting removing the ads is really not an option. 😉 Most of our members, however, understand this and don’t have a problem with the majority of the ads we show.

    Thanks for your comment!

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