Some pages can be prefetched by the browser (see this or that). If a user uses a browser that prefetches pages, will this be counted by Google Analytics? If there are 5 pages to be prefetched, will Google Analytics count that as 5 visits?

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From this SO answer:

The prefetch only downloads the resources, but does not execute the code, or fire DOM events or so.

Given Google Analytics depends on running JS, I don't expect it to be affected.

Any server side analytics that track requests to the given resources will be affected though.

  • I have found only guess on this question throughout the web. This answer on SO is one of them. He "don't expect" it.
    – Cedric
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 7:55
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    @Cedric: This answer is not a guess - it is a very reasonable assumption based on the information available.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Jun 17, 2013 at 10:18

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