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. I’ve read a few references to Google Adsense here. I just wanted to let everyone know, though google may not be evil, Adsense kind of is. They don’t care very much wether they show adds on your site that you disapprove of.

    Trying to ban such adds yourself is almost impossible without clicking them many times to track them through multiple redirects. But beware, this action WILL get you banned. (like it did to me)

    So what I am trying to say here is that if you find an Adsense ad that you would like StatCounter to get rid of, keep in mind that the StatCounter staff cannot click the ad to get it’s many redirect links. If you are able to provide these links to StatCounter, it will make it much easier for the StatCounter staff to get these ads removed.

    Thanks to all of you at StatCounter for such a great way to track my websites usage. I’ve tried other services, in two words, “they suck” compared to StatCounter.


  2. I love Statcounter. It’s a great way to see what people are googleing and how they made it to your site. I have it open all day and I keep an eye closely to responses from mailshots and advertising

    And your Irish!!

  3. Stat Counter is a beacon in a world of corporate poop .. I can speak from personal experience of the ethical treatment of their clients .. keep dealing Team Stats.

    Ireland rides high.


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