Attack of Nasty Ads!


As different adverts are shown on StatCounter in different parts of the world, here in StatCounter HQ, we don’t actually get to see every single advert shown to our members… and although we try hard to screen all ads BEFORE they are are shown on StatCounter, some nasty ads do slip through the net

nasty-ad-small1In the last 24 hours we have heard reports that some nasty auto-expanding ads have been shown on StatCounter. We do apologise for this. We are investigating this with a view to removing all offending adverts ASAP and thanks are due to StatCounter members Gordon and Tony for their quick action in alerting us to this issue.

While we rely on our advertising revenue to fund our free service, we only want the nicest, best behaved ads on our site. Thanks for your patience as we work to fix this issue.

We believe we have traced and removed the source of the offending ads. Please post here if you continue to see any nasty ads and give us the following information:

• Ad position – top or side
• url where ad is being seen
• screenshot of ad
• geo location where ad was seen
• Click url of ad

Please also take a screenshot of the ad and we will contact you directly to retrieve the image from you. Many thanks!

123 comments on “Attack of Nasty Ads!

  1. Hey well I admire the fact that you guys are doing the right thing and posting it instead of trying to cover it up as much as possible like a lot of folks may have done. That shows integrity which is important for sure.

  2. I only ever see Google AdSense ads on StatCounter site, and they’re always very clean and nice. I guess that’s due to country targeting.

  3. While we’re at it, can we get rid of the expandable flash ads and the audio ads? Thanks much!

    StatCounter Team Response:
    Hi there,

    We don’t actually allow ANY ads which AUTOMATICALLY expand or make noise on the site… we find these kind of ads annoying too so we don’t permit them on StatCounter. We do allow some user controlled ads, but by definition these ads are in your control and shouldn’t exaond of make noise without your input. If one of these auto-expanding/noisey ads slips through our filters, please let us know ASAP.

    Please follow the instructions in the blog and report the ad directly to us using this form.

    Thanks so much!

  4. All I can see is google adsense and I don’t think they have those nasty ads. Is it possible for you to share the ads or the network? It might be useful to some of us.

    Anyways, kudos to SC for your awesome service!

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