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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!


  1. Is this still an issue? I have kept an eye out since this post originated and still have not seen anything “offensive” – and I feel as if I’m constantly checking my statcounter stats.

  2. googlesyndication……adult_links…

    This is showing one way adult links and 300 adult links for $389 and more

    StatCounter Team Response:

    Thanks for reporting Sunil! We really appreciate it.

    This site has now been blocked.

  3. Hey there, I found a potentially “nasty” advert at your adsense services… This is not a sex content link, but an “adult traffic” service, wich I don’t know if you consider it a “nasty” one… Anyway, this is the link; check it for yourselves and decide:…;adurl=…
    (I copied and pasted it from the original google adsense link… I hope it works). 😉

    By the way, greetings again! This is a lovely service you are giving! 😀

    StatCounter Team Response:

    Thanks for being so vigilant Werewolfie – this advert has now been blocked.

    All the best!

  4. IF the ads seem to be from a certain category, perhaps you can block the whole category or related keywords. For example, block “s*x” “dating” et cetera.

    StatCounter Team Response:

    Great idea Scott – but to the best of our knowledge it’s not possible to block advert categories with AdSense.

  5. I’ve never seen “nasty” adverts on Statcounter. Only Text ads at the right column and Image&Text adds at the header

  6. I only ever see AdSense text ads on StatCounter. And these are never offensive, so I don’t see a problem. Well maybe some ads are country targeted and I don’t see them 🙂

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