A web statistics company started by an Irishman when he was 16 has become one of the most popular sites in the world and in the first quarter of 2007 added 128,000 members, bringing its total membership to 1.4m.
Amazon’s web information wing Alexa recently named StatCounter as one of the top 30 most visited sites in the US, ahead of household names like Apple, Adobe, Dell and Expedia.com.
Twenty-four year-old Aodhan Cullen’s StatCounter provides a free service that allows members to monitor the number of hits to their website, the geographic location of visitors, the various pages viewed and keywords used to find the site.
Cullen was the only Irish person recently shortlisted by Businessweek.com for the Young European Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Some 40pc of StatCounter’s members are in the US with 1pc in Ireland. In the first quarter the company recorded some 24 billion page views.
“A web site is a vital part of marketing today and it is essential that you have the facility to monitor and analyse traffic,” commented David Clifford, marketing web developer with Meteor, one of StatCounter’s clients.
“StatCounter provides us with vital real-time website data which helps us to measure and make informed marketing decisions.”
The company currently has over 1.4 million members and tracks in excess of nine billion pageloads per month over its network of two million websites.
By John Kennedy