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. It’s great to see your efforts to keep the website clean. That make a difference.
    Statcounter outperforms its competitor 🙂

    Anyway, I didn’t see any dirty ads.

  2. i saw those ‘suddenly enlarging’ ads a few days back but things seem to be as usual today!

    statcounter is the best counter ever. many paid counters do not provide as good service as your good counter provides. I highly recommend statcounter to all my friends.

  3. This is a problem we all face and Google Adsense has become a terrible culprit for unsuitable and inappropriate ads – we’ve seen “Get your African woman” [sic] and worse… it should be the DUTY of an Ad Agency to filter all ads PRIOR to approving them — Google cannot do that as it has a model that scales for maximum profit with minimum human intervention.

    We are in the process of setting up or investing in an ad agency that serves ONLY QUALITY ads – we believe there is a market for this. If any publishers are interested (IDEALLY having at least 1 million page views per month) please do contact us to be included on launch list – it will also help investors and quality advertisers to know that we have more clients upcoming beyond beta testing.

    You will be required to javascript or iframe code into your site which will not show any ads until the launch. Revenue sharing is on a 50% basis. Email if you are interested – thank you and once again hats off to StatCounter the most moral, ethical and principled e-business of huge customer base that we know of. RESPECT!

  4. Just like to say that I had a few sites infected a few months back, blocked by Google and even worse a warning on the listings telling searches that my site(s) might infect them.

    Changed sever passwords and removed google adds and within a week all was fine.

    This site services is fantastic and has never ever given me cause for concern.

    I don’t think I’ve heard of a site telling you, most would have just dealt with the problem and kept quiet – not these boy’s and that’s one of the reason I like and trust them so much.

    Keep up the good work.

  5. OT – but I have been waiting patiently for EXIT LINKS to appear on my stat summary as i thought this was automatic with an upgrade that appears to have been and gone and they don’t show still… Does htis mean I have no way of finding this info for the past few months, only if I now add a new project?

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