I do not want to publish the items on the front end where users can see the page count.
Q: How to make tracking invisible so that users don't see anything on frontpage?
A: ExtraWatch has 3 main frontend modules
1. Agent - essential for recording visits
2. Users - displays users statistics
3. Countries - displays countries flags
Only the Agent Widget / module is essential
and other can be disabled.
If you are using joomla, go to Modules and untick that module is published
If you are using wordpress go got Appearance -> Widgets and drag and drop Users / Countries widgets from the right side to the left side so they are not placed anywhere within the content.