A bug, initial speckled on a blog of SEO consultant Christian Oliveira, in Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) could be obliged for secretly inflating publishers’ trade numbers.
Google AMP pages are designed to speed adult page bucket times on a mobile web, by stripping out a lot of a pattern and promotion elements that delayed a normal website down. Google AMP pages are signposted in a hunt formula pages with a tiny lightning shaft image.
Oliveira found that a singular caller to a website, regulating on Google’s AMP can be reported as 4 singular visitors.
Also, when a caller navigates divided from an AMP page to another page in a same website, though not on Google’s mobile page format, a analytics program registers a chairman withdrawal a website, Oliveira said.
The emanate occurs since Google is portion a publisher’s calm on AMP pages, rather than a publisher itself, that creates a problem with analytics services. The cookies on a AMP pages and publisher pages don’t compare up, formulating transcribe users within analytics program – augmenting rebound rates and singular caller numbers.
Oliveira conducted his tests regulating Google Analytics though told Business Insider any analytics provider would be influenced by a bug.
A Google orator forked us to a twitter from Malte Ubl, Google’s creator and tech lead of a AMP project, who pronounced a association was wakeful of a issue, though he combined there is “not an easy fix.”
— Malte Ubl (@cramforce) March 2, 2017
According to a website profiling apparatus SimilarTech, some-more than 700,000 websites use Google AMP.
SimilarTech selling executive Daniel Buchuk told Business Insider a Google AMP dimensions bug “is a genuine emanate that needs to be taken seriously,” generally among publishers and marketers who rest on a information to make editorial and promotion decisions.
He added: “I’m astounded Google’s group hasn’t been quicker to conflict to this problem to find a resolution that affects so many publishers around a world. Adobe Analytics suggested progressing this year that AMP accounts for 7% of trade to US publishers and The Guardian disclosed progressing this week that they’re removing 60% of a Google mobile trade from AMP. It would be engaging to know how accurate these total are now that a bug has been acknowledged.”
Google’s AMP launched in Feb 2016 after Facebook launched a possess fast loading page format, Instant Articles, that has also suffered a possess metrics issues. In Dec 2016, Facebook certified a bug had caused comScore to undercount Instant Articles trade from iPhone users.