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    Google not providing search term data

    I just noticed that Google search traffic no longer includes the search term in the https referrer URL. This means that web stats packages such as AW Stats and Webalizer will not be able to deduce the search term that was used to find your website. Also, Ad-serving platforms that use this data will be affected.

    It's supposedly due to privacy issues as the users are logged in to the secure version of Google.

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    There were a number of articles about that issue several months ago. Google cites privacy concerns, which is BS. They simply do not want site owners to know which search phrases people are using to find web sites. It's all part of their vendetta to emasculate SEO.

    Google Has Gone 'Dark': The Search Giant Just Ended Free Data And People Are Freaking Out - Business Insider

    They are also super personalizing search results. Three or four people performing the same search on different PCs are now frequently seeing sometimes radically different results.

    Big Brother is watching. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

    DuckDuckGo.com is looking better and better.
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    I think it's to prevent Ad-serving sites to capitalize on the re-targeting options available when they get access to the precise search terms used to access a page via search.

    For example: the search term was: is there an aquarium near the Miami Hotel?
    And the top web page in the serps is maybe: The Miami Hotel
    So the best Ad on the page of that site is maybe: Miami Aquarium Discount Ticket
    This Ad would be derived from the original search term.
    But only Google can derive this best Ad match now.

    Without this data, the Ad may be a useless hotel booking discount targeted at people who already booked a room at the hotel.

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    Is that any different than what Google is already doing? Google is part of the network that tracks the sites you visit so they can display ads related to the products yo searched for on those sites.

    Oh, I get it. Google does not want others to do what Google already does.
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    As we always know Google will not reveal it and just like their metrics in algorithms remain secret.

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    Google will do anything to protect their monopoly and they will do anything to destroy their competitors and all the freeloaders. So they will give you only the choice to either sign up for their google casino ads system or you can just throw the towel. If you keep going, you will be like many other millions webmasters with agonizing website traffic and order amount!

    Note: The google casino ads system will never provide ROI except if you are millions $ business!
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    The google casino ads system will never provide ROI except if you are millions $ business
    That is nonsense. It makes perfect sense (ha ha) to get instant traffic to your business website if you are the product vendor using PPC Ads. You don't need to care about SEO which is great!

    Oh, I get it. Google does not want others to do what Google already does.
    Yep! So be sure to put an Adsense unit on your site to claw back some of the revenue loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy101 View Post
    That is nonsense. It makes perfect sense (ha ha) to get instant traffic to your business website if you are the product vendor using PPC Ads. You don't need to care about SEO which is great!
    Nonsense for who? And frankly when you have a business you don't care about traffic but rather about qualified traffic that convert into sales and google isn't going to bring you all of that, because google is a champion to give false hope. If you don't believe me, just ask many online business owners. Like I said, the google ads system is a casino, and the best paying slot machines aren't for the little guys.
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    Franc: If you had a business you would make it clear. I am suspicious of you with your voluminous posts. When do you switch your signature to a paid link of ginormous magnitude?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy101 View Post
    Franc: If you had a business you would make it clear.

    I am telling this because I ran an online business for 8 years.

    I am suspicious of you with your voluminous posts. When do you switch your signature to a paid link of ginormous magnitude?
    Really? You shouldn't be suspicious
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