Google Chrome Bug With Rel=Next Can Lead To An AdSense Ban

Feb 28, 2013 • 8:54 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

ChromeA WebmasterWorld thread has one webmaster claiming that Chrome 25.x and 26.x (beta) has a bug with their prefetching and prerendering techniques that can ultimately lead to your Google AdSense account being banned.

How so?

It seems that if your site uses the rel=next webmaster parameter, the Chrome prefetch technique will go to the next page and prefetch it. It will do so as long as it seems the rel=next and go on and on forever.

The webmaster explained:

And if you have next/prerender link in header to another page, even if the visitor doesn't visit the page or visits other pages even from other websites, Chrome keeps prerendering the next page and the next page from your site.

As long as the user keeps the window open, Chrome keeps prerendering.

It starts to happen if the user doesn't visit the prerendered page and goes to another url. Once it starts, it prerenders the next page every 30 seconds. (I think it happens when Chrome tries to evict the preprendered page)

Google Analytics or other stats that have implemented Page Visibility API doesn't record it. But others, like Adsense, record the impressions.

Sound scary to me. I am not sure if this is legit, but he seems to act like he knows what he is talking about.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Manohar Thakur

02/28/2013 02:18 pm

That scares me too ..

Jason Mailley

02/28/2013 09:20 pm

It also has the potential of causing Adwords click fraud to advertisers. Google better find a solution fast, Chrome, Adsense and Adwords all being Google services and software!

Hamid Roshaan

02/28/2013 09:22 pm

that is scary .shit


03/01/2013 10:24 am

The whole Adsense programme is flawed. I got banned because a single person decided it would be fun to do a bit of click spam on my ads. I knew about it because he told me he was going to do it. I reported it as per Adsense rules (you must report any known fraud activity), and yet they still banned me. I protested, they rejected. It's very sad, and I was going to earn a fair bit from it (from the legit clicks) as well which really p*****d me off. Google don't care about the people whose sites these ads go on as long as they get their share of the money. Anyone who relies on Adsense, be wary, very wary, and don't have your eggs in one basket.

Spook SEO

02/18/2014 11:11 am

It's really scary. Barry, thank you so much for sharing with us this updates. I'm hoping that you can give more updates about this.

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