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Is webstats4u (formerly Nedstat) hurting your site?

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Is webstats4u (formerly Nedstat) hurting your site? All traces of Nedstat and/or webstats4u have been removed from all of my sites. There are many reasons for this removal.

  • The popups were just pure annoying
  • The popups might be violating AdSense (and other ad package) policies in spite of the fact that the popups were not contextual.
  • Though there is no empirical data to prove it, I have read in the past that popups might reduce Google traffic
  • Though there is no empirical data to prove it, I know for a fact that a large percentage of web visitors hate popups ;)
  • I refuse to allow the kind of tactics that webstats4u has decided to employ
  • There are way too many good online statistics packages (free ones) for anyone to continue using webstats4u

In addition to the above, I would like to clear IceRocket of any wrongdoing. The popups were a result of webstats4u and NOT IceRocket.

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  1. Jason (4 comments.) says:

    We’ve seen this on the WordPress support forums as well and it can be hard to track down as it seems to only do the popups at random.

    I have never been a fan of external services like that anyway and this is the primary reason why!

  2. Ajay (39 comments.) says:

    I have been using http://statcounter.com for all my stats. Very detailed stats and free with a log limit.

  3. Shahab (7 comments.) says:

    Yupp .! Another vote for StatCounter .. Very nice service indeed .. I can see you have already added it.. :)

  4. Atomic Bombshell (3 comments.) says:

    I used StatCounter for a long time and it was really great, but then I purchased Mint and now I highly recommend it. Gives you everything you need, and then some with a great community for support and plug-ins… It’s the WordPress of stats.

  5. CottonIJoe (1 comments.) says:

    I have removed it, too. The points you mention (I can’t comment on AdSense problems because I don’t use it) are all truly reason enough to ban webstats4u from your page if you want to have it clean :)

  6. Ozzie (3 comments.) says:

    I’ll go with awstat or delineate instead ;)

  7. darkripper (1 comments.) says:

    For my personal weblog, I use PHPstats, an italian system.
    http://www.php-stats.com/
    Many features, but I don’t know if there is an english translation of the UI.

  8. Crystal (4 comments.) says:

    I’ve been partial to Twatch for my stats, but it’s not an external system like statcounter is.

  9. Guillem (1 comments.) says:

    After discovering nedstat was adding random popunders on my site I removed them. It is very annoying. I have been with this counter program for more than 6 years and I felt very disgusted.



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  1. Sorry for the Popups

    Bye-bye Webstats4U.
    I had been using Webstats4U to help track my site usage and was relatively happy with it, until I noticed this morning that when leaving my website I hit by a pop-under.
    Now I despise ads of this nature. I find them highly annoying

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