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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Google Analytics Statistics

On a regular basis, I will Google myself to determine my own site rankings when my name is searched for. I believe that Google Analytics over-calculates the number of visitors to my site in Google search. I believe that a pre-fetching feature within Firefox in conjunction with Google is causing this.

Firefox and Google have a feature whereby it will actively pre-fetch and cache your first few search results into your browser. What this means is that your browser will actually load up the page before you even click the link. This results in a faster connection but can also put statistics out.

Internet Explorer does not have this facility. The pre-fetching capability in Firefox can also be switched off as required.

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