Saturday, April 07, 2012

Google "Secure Search" and what can be done about it?

Google “secure search” is really starting to frustrate me.

More and more often these days when I review my analytics pages I see it obscuring the keywords people used in order to find my website making the analytics less relevant for end users (though google get to see exactly what the keywords were).

Eg see below is a portion of the screen capture from GetClicky for 2 searches that landed on one of my websites

You can clearly see that someone using google made a search at 9.04pm for the key words “Dean Collins” from a cell phone (and using other information not displayed above but from another section of the analytics I can tell was in the Brooklyn area, via Verizon, using an iPhone)

However you can see someone at 11.09pm made a search via Google using “Secure Search”, I have no idea what keywords they used (even though google has this information). I know nothing about their way or method of finding my profile page (however using other information not displayed above but from another section of the analytics I can tell was in Jersey City, via Comcast, using Chrome on a Mac laptop running OSX).

It seems frustrating that I cant block google secure searches and I am not getting access to the benefit of this information even though google is.

Any thoughts?

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