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So onto Google I went, and stumbled across StatCounter. It was free, it said (but only if you want the absolute minimum of stats, I thought). It could be invisible, it said (but only if you pay a premium, I thought). It didn't asphixiate your site with pop-up windows, it said (yeah right, I thought, where's the catch?) Well it turned out I was wrong and that all the testimonials were quite right.
At a time when the Internet is getting cynical and over-commercialised and is being villified by the media, it's so refreshing to see a site that just wants to deliver a free and high-quality product. Thank you, StatCounter, I stand corrected!
Carmen, North Wales - 11th Feb 2004read more comments
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Solid 5 out of 5 Award in All Professional Reviews
What does Tony Bell, Press Officer of Suffolk Basketball have to say about us?
"I run websites for a number of voluntary organisations. Primary criteria for anything I use is that it must be minimum cost - preferably free. When I stumbled across StatCounter I was cautious. I spoke with some professional colleagues who all asked the same question – what’s the catch… we still can’t find one.
In the week I’ve been running StatCounter I’ve learned that I need to re-size my pages to give access to all of those still running 800x600 screen resolution, what the favourite pages are, where my visitors come from… 10% from the USA! – even one from Greece. 99% of my visitors use Internet Explorer and they spend between 5 seconds and 30 minutes on my site. And all without popup adds or graphics that don’t quite match – you don’t even mind that I hide the counter!
Thank you for producing a really useful tool."
What does Colin McGrath of DSL-Experts.com have to say about StatCounter?
"I LOVE this service, LOVE IT! I'm so impressed with you guys, you have no idea. I'm a small business and StatCounter.Com is helping me make everyday decisions in real time! I am able to figure out what is working for my new websites and my new business immediately after I implement a change. I can't thank you enough ... " read more
Why are these people so impressed? How can this be free! What is the catch!?
StatCounter is the culmination of 5 years work, is different to everything else out there and we're still working on it! We are not out to make a quick buck. The reason StatCounter exists is to "help webmasters make decisions, and be more successful online by understanding their visitors".
What Does StatCounter Have To Offer You?
Fast, Responsive, Quick loading Service
Why did I start StatCounter back in 1999? I had been using a counter service that was loading slower and slower every single day. I spent a long time getting my website to load quickly, and all my efforts were destroyed by a slow loading counter service. So what did I do? I started my own! We share the load across an ever expanding cluster of dedicated servers to ensure your counter is kept loading quickly - it's usually instant. We're not perfect though, but if we get a report of a slow loading counter, we'll do whatever it takes to get it sorted and fast.
What's almost the worst thing to see on a website? Well most people seem to have finally gotten the message about the eyesores that are blinking tags, flashing backgrounds and the dreaded scrolling marquee tag. After that, one of the worst things to see is a broken image link. This is another irritating phenomenon of counter services. They go boom and bust very quickly and your left with a dangling gaping big broken image hole on your website. Thanks very much.
We've been providing this service since 1999. We've been through a lot of blood, sweat and tears, agony and ecstasy, misery and joy, heartache and ... well you get the picture. It's been a long journey - 5 years - 3 re-launches - over a billion hits tracked. We've been through the rough times, we've learned from our early mistakes. We've gotten very experienced administering web applications that have to take an extreme load. It has been rock solid since the last re-launch. When the demand increases we just add more dedicated servers to the pool.
We're on a mission to become the best web tracker available to webmasters and website owners - we know this is a tough business, but we're here to stay. Good times and bad.
Have you experienced the 'lets provide a free counter service for a few months then whack them with a charge without any warning', followed closely by the 'free accounts are now worthless we'll just plaster their website with intrusive ads and pop-ups'. This is yet another annoying trend that I've noticed about counter services.
You've spent a long time developing your website, now you want to know who is visiting it. Fair enough. But does that mean you have to subject your visitors to ugly advertising from your counter service? Well we certainly don't believe so - with StatCounter you get what is probably the most configurable free hit counter available in the world, as well as the option to go completely invisible. There are absolutely no ads on your website!
We Listen To Your Needs
There's one reason, and one reason only that StatCounter has become so popular. That reason is you, and other people like you who have become StatCounter members. You are our livelihood. We survive from your custom and your word of mouth. Please keep recommending our services to your friends and colleagues.
We are always listening to your needs. We are consistently trying to improve the service and add more features. We are fast becoming the ultimate webmaster and marketing tool and it's all thanks to you. Take a look at what our members are saying.
If you're still not sure if StatCounter is for you, just have a look in the forum, and ask our members a question about the service. They'll bring you up to speed on whatever you need to know. If you've any suggestions to improve the service, be sure to post them in the forum as well.
We could go on, and on and on about our service ... seriously we could. Did you get that impression? But there's only one way to find out if we really are what you are looking for. Register for your free account right now. You could be viewing in-depth webstats and a real-time analysis of the visitors to your website in the next few minutes! Remember, it's free. What could be better than that!?