I'm not sure your really want to add a "hit counter" at all.
A better method of seeing how many people are visiting your site is
to use the web statistics generally available from your hosting
company. A simple program like Webalizer will tell you a good deal
The problem with hit counters and why you don't see them
anymore is that they can only tell you how many time a page has
been opened. It could be the same person opening it 100 times or
ten people opening it 10 ten times, etc. Actual web statistics will
give you "unique hits" based on the I.P. address, etc. Plus a whole
If you don't have access to your web statistics there are
affordable programs you can buy that will give you the same
My advice as a long-time designer and hosting company owner?
Don't waste your time on hit counters.