StatCounter – SC4 Conversion

Hi folks,

Some time ago, we developed a new platform for StatCounter. We’ve called this new version SC4. Some of the benefits of SC4 include the following:

  • Exit link tracking – to allow you track the destinations of visitors leaving your site
  • Download stats – to allow you track stats for pdf and other files available on your site
  • Improved reliability and redundancy
  • Greater technical flexibility to allow for continued system improvements

While all new projects created with StatCounter in the last 18 months have all automatically been created on the SC4 platform, conversion of existing StatCounter projects to the new platform has taken far longer than we had wanted or anticipated. For this, we can only apologise and thank you for your patience… We hope that we are going some way towards making up for the long delay by letting you know that we have now converted 18 StatCounter partitions to the new SC4 system since the start of the year. (A “partition” is simply a “section” of StatCounter that houses a portion of all StatCounter projects.)

When your StatCounter project is converted to the SC4 system, you will be able to see stats for “exit links” and “downloads” in the left navigation panel when viewing your StatCounter stats.

NOTE: You do NOT need to make any changes to your StatCounter code. The new features will become available automatically.

Conversion of the remaining StatCounter partitions to SC4 will follow ASAP and updates and information will be posted in our Service Status forum. Please note that we are addressing some questions you may have in a Q&A format below. Thanks again for your patience and please do post any comments/queries/suggestions below if you wish!

Why am I seeing new stats in StatCounter e.g. Exit Links and Downloads?
You will see new stats in StatCounter when your project is converted to our new SC4 platform.

Why has it taken so long to convert some projects to SC4?
We began to convert all StatCounter projects to SC4 approximately 18 months ago. To our dismay, we were beset by a number of problems which have resulted in the delays in converting the complete system to SC4. Some of these issues included difficulties with hosting providers and problems with server acquisitions – while we were able to overcome all the issues we faced, the resultant delays in completing the conversion were unavoidable. We offer our sincere apologies for this delay and assure you that we are working to complete conversion of the full system as soon as possible.

What are Exit Links?
Exit Links are the links that visitors click to LEAVE your site.

Let’s imagine that your site is Let’s also imagine that on your site, you have a link to another site called Every time a visitor LEAVES your site ( by clicking the link for then will show up as an Exit Link in your StatCounter stats.

Note that an exit link is a link to ANOTHER site. It is NOT an internal link to another page of your site.

Please further note that Exit Links will ONLY be recorded when a visitor leaves your site by clicking a link. If a visitor simply closes their browser or types in a new web address, then no Exit Link happens so no Exit Link is recorded.

What are Download stats?
Download stats let you track how many times files on your site are downloaded. If you have price lists, brochures or music files on your site, then this stat will be of interest to you.

What file types does StatCounter track as downloads?
Some of the file types StatCounter tracks include:
csv, doc, exe, gif, jpeg, jpg, mp3, mp4, mpeg, mov, pdf, png, ppt, rar, txt, wma, wmv, xls, xml, zip…


  1. We love Stat Counter

    It has truly helped us since our launch 3 years back.

    This exit link funtion is a great tool

  2. Hey, just want to let you know that your RSS feed is producing WC3 errors for me. Please find a solution!

  3. i loved this feature very much. very very usefull for me.
    i also like your interesting advertises 😉

  4. I can’t thank statcounter enough. This is one of the BEST things for my website www.cheapladiesshoesonline. It has helped me better focus my keyword and see what people have been searching. Thanks a million!!!!!

  5. Thank you so much for the download tracking. I sell on line but also by mail or fax and now I can see how many times my order form has been downloaded. Also knowing which links are used to exit the site is helpful, if users do not return I have to wonder if it may be too great a distraction, a sign to remove that link or modify the information to encourage users to return. Thanks again for a really useful tool and your continued enhancements, Susan

  6. As always the StatCounter people is doing an excellent job, adding cool features and the better part, We (the users) have to do nothing…very very good, keep up the good work !!

  7. As a new site, I am still tracking visitor paths to see how people’s minds work. I am anxious to get to the point where I can use the exit stats too. Thanks bunches.

  8. I didn’t know I need an exit stat until I had it, and now I don’t know how I lived without it. You guys are truly, truly great!

  9. by the way, l have several websites with statscounter, and only my main one is not converted yet….

  10. If my website is only 4 months old, do I need to upgrade?

    I find that the best part of the statcounter is the recent visitor stats because it tells me how many times and what dates somone has entered the site and which parts of the site they visited. That’s better to me than any of the other stats.

    I already e-mailed but you forgot to put the statcounter link in our trainer control panel. You have the statcounter training but not the live link unless I’ve missed it. Thank Jody for the stat counter. I love it.

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