The content provider can force the lookup of specific hostnames without providing specific anchors using that hostname by using the rel attribute on the <link> element with a link type of dns-prefetch
Similarly, the link element can be used to resolve hostnames without providing a complete URL, by preceding the hostname with two slashes
I am confused then how GA reports the traffic data for this page if it had to have GA code in it?
this link rel element won't do anything on the google-analytics.com server - it simply does the domain name resolution to prefetch the IP address for that hostname. if that page has no GA code, perhaps someone is tracking the click action on the link that got you there.
Msg#: 4629276 posted 1:48 pm on Dec 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
It won't. No tracking code = no statistics.
If that's the case how come I can be able to pull traffic stats from GA until this day? I'm much confused, all these days, I thought this dns prefetch is an alternative to GA tracking codes like the Google webmaster tools option where you can either put a meta or upload a html file to verify your site :(
Perhaps they removed the tracking code but forgot about the DNS prefetch?
Again what's the use of DNS prefetch? Or what negative impacts it has?