We all love StatCounter – The free invisible stats counter that gives in-detail reports on the traffic, popular keywords, exit links activity and tons of other information. They offer 2 type of plans: free and paid but the question is: That free plan is actually free? I don’t think so… This morning, I was just checking at the source code of secretblackhat.com and realized some weird code at the footer. It was an invisible dofollow link back to statcounter.
I found the following code:
<div class="statcounter"><a title="web analytics" href="http://statcounter.com/"><img class="statcounter" src="http://c.statcounter.com/9968842/0/2c7bfd9b/1/" alt="web analytics" /></a></div>
So basically, what it do is to add a 1×1 pixel image link back to statcounter from every page of your website. The title tag and the alt tag are already keyword rich which serve good purpose for the statcounter. This proves the fact that there is nothing free in this world. They provide you a free service and in return, get a free backlink for their site.
If you are using the “Official StatCounter Plugin” on WordPress, you can easily remove this hidden link from your website. Follow the steps given below to remove it:
1. From your wordpress dashboard, go to Plugins > Editor:
2. From the drop down menu, select “Official StatCounter Plugin” and press the select button:
3. Now press CTRL+F and search for “Web Analytics”. This should bring us to our required piece of code:
Remove the highlighted part of the code as shown in above image. Presss the update file and we will be all set.
Just to make it clear, we need to remove the following piece of code:
<noscript><div class="statcounter"><a title="web analytics" href="http://statcounter.com/"><img class="statcounter" src="http://c.statcounter.com/<?php echo $sc_project; ?>/0/<?php echo $sc_security; ?>/<?php echo $sc_invisible; ?>/" alt="web analytics" /></a></div></noscript>
Once you have removed the code, check the source code of your website and you will see: There is no hidden link of statcounter anymore.
That’s all for today folks. Till the next time!
Take Care. Peace!