• netmeg

    My largest B2B ecommerce client; totally unrelated to our industry is seeing 15% of its organic visits coming in on (not provided).   They are (not happy).

  • http://twitter.com/vicshoup vicshoup

    (not provided) is growing in percentage, but can’t we still get an idea of search habits by those keywords that are provided? I know we cannot get an accurate count, but we can still identify trends.

  • http://twitter.com/cryptblade cryptblade

    I think you are missing the political implications that this has. The Democrat Congress, bewilderingly, wants to sack Google for…I don’t know why (though Google founders, ex-CEO Schmidt, and many C-level execs are Democrats & donors). There is a bizarre belief that Google is a monopoly.

    With this news, however, both sides of the aisle and claim one way or the other. I can imagine SMBs or even large businesses being called to say that such analytics data that they need are being “hijacked” or held “hostage” by Google. Privacy groups could be in favor of Google saying privacy needs to transcend marketers’ needs, etc.

    There is political fodder in this, and could have significant impact for search marketers and even digital marketers, as well as Google.

  • http://www.danablankenhorn.com/ Dana Blankenhorn

    I’m more interested in the next story y’all are already researching, namely the impact of this change on SEO professionals.

  • Mark Higgins

    I am a photographer. My website markandrewphotographer.com now has 24.7% of all searches from Not Provided.

  • http://idrinkinthemorning.com Rick Omen

    I work in E-Commerce, and already (not provided) is out ranking our #1 term, by more than 2-1. The strange part is that the conversion rate on those are also way below average. It would be really nice to know what they are.

  • Matt McGee

    Thanks for the comment, cryptblade. I think if you were to go back and read some of our previous coverage of (not provided), you’ll find plenty about the privacy implications and their relation to the various govt. inquiries, etc. This story isn’t about that angle. It’s about the widening impact of (not provided) on website owners.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=738199271 Joseph Sanchez

    why are these keywords not provided in the first place?

  • http://twitter.com/cryptblade cryptblade

    the smart ones hafta get smarter – the snake oil sales ones either die out or jump to a new “game”

  • http://twitter.com/cryptblade cryptblade

    Shhh! that would be too smart and too optimistic to say, brother!

  • http://twitter.com/Nathan_Safran Nathan_Safran

    We have research at on the Conductor blog that analyzes 51 million visits and shows 16% of Google traffic is [not provided]. Higher on an industry by industry basis which we break out:
    http://www.conductor.com/blog/2012/03/51-million-visits-analyzed-not-provided-16-of-google-organic-traffic/

    Nathan Safran
    Director of Research
    Conductor, Inc

  • http://twitter.com/StephenCronin Stephen Cronin

    On one of my non web focussed sites, Not Provided is at 22% of organic visits. On one of the Government sites I look after it’s at 17%. So it’s fair to say this will be higher than ‘single digits’ across the board.

    If Google+ really takes off amongst the general public, as Google wants it to, then the percentage of people who are logged in when searching is going skyrocket.

  • http://www.arcticllama.com/index.htm ArcticLlama

    As a freelance writer, I use the keywords provided in Analytics to not only figure out what my readers are looking for when the end up at my content, but what Google thinks I wrote about, since they are not always one in the same. (Not Provided) is my second largest keyword. I make the assumption that statistically, the distribution across the provided keywords as a percentage is ballpark, but who knows anymore.

    I guess I’ll just have to hope that Google gets better at matching relevance based on something other than whether or not I got the wording right in the title.

  • http://financegourmet.com/ Finance Gourmet

    My personal finance page is not technical at all. Not Provided is #2 keyword. I use the keyword data to refine what I post. If several people end up on a general information page about IRAs because they are searching for spousal IRAs, for example, I know to either add the info, or to write another article about that so that my readers can get what they need. That’s neither SEO or techie motivation, just customer service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dhruv.bhagat2 Dhruv Bhagat

    Nice post.

  • http://bmichael.me/ bmichael

    Oh the comment spam of you and Arctic Llama (same person?) show you’ll probably be A-OK after this change.

  • http://twitter.com/keliedotcom Keli E

    I believe that referring keywords will become like keyword research – we don’t have an exact numbers relating to EVERY keyword humans search on… but it’ll give us a good idea on what people are searching on.  We’ll adapt, we always do :) We have to.

    Keli E

  • Itay Brenner

    We are already seeing this on Google Israel (.il). On some of my websites, (not provided) maskes up to 40% of all searches!!

  • http://twitter.com/Winooski Winooski

    Apologies to the rest of the readers and commenters, but cryptblade, I can’t let this go:

    (1) The House of Representatives is currently controlled by the Republican Party. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/112th_United_States_Congress

    (2) “Democrat” is a pejorative term for the Democratic Party. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democrat_Party_(phrase). I have a feeling you knew this already. 

    However, as for the “bizarre belief that Google is a monopoly,” in the strictest sense, you’re correct. It currently is not. However, that determination belies the search market share it wields and the degree to which it can set non-negotiable standards for its users and pricing for its advertisers, who really *can’t* afford to avoid using Google’s services. As imperfect as it might be, Federal scrutiny is called for.

  • http://twitter.com/NetSpeakDesign NetSpeak Solutions

     I agree with Matt. I also think that it may be time to learn all you can about how Google analytics works, and then go out and spend big bucks on one of the top 3 analytics programs. This is really the only way to get around what they’ve done.

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  • netviper

    I thought google Said it should only be around 12% of searches.. My sites are over 20%. I hate ( not provided).

    I guess google just wants people to use another program besides ga.

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    I wonder when Google will roll out paid analytics that remove (not provided)?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/seo.jaipur Seo Jaipur

    Hello 
    Matt, I am New User Of Google Analytics. I am using GA just few months, One Day i am Checked my Traffic Resources Overview in Google Analytic. I am Very surprising, User Highly search which Keyword in Google Analytic Show (not Provided). I Don’t Know What is Reason behind. Please Help me And Solve this Problem and What I Do?