Google Chrome pre-rendering distorts advertising stats (ex: OpenX) and causes server logs to record fake visits
December, 8 2011
As announced in another post yesterday, Google Chrome's Pre-rendering feature is causing serious headaches for webmasters.
Latest Chrome update (Chrome 13+) includes a pre-rendering technology designed to speed up browser page loading. What it does is preload pages sometimes 5 to 6 times before the visitor even goes there.
The impact is simple:
Google's response? They don't care.
Google maintains its own page where it talks about Chrome Pre-rendering and the issues it raises to all of us in the industry.
To top it off, Google event admits it's not allowing web servers to tell the difference between a normal visit and a pre-rendering visit:
They "have plans" to improve the feature, but as we all know... this is just a bad feature costing us money.
The irony is pretty funny.
Google's guidelines ask web developers to reduce the number of requests made to the Google APIs and Google search engines because unecessary requests cost Google bandwidth and resources.
But Google has no problems allowing its own Chrome web browser to consume up to 5 times the server resources that all other browsers are consuming, which costs all the webservers of the world more bandwidth and resources ...
It would be great if google could apply its own server guidelines to its own web browser.