Hot At Sphinn: Impact Of Google’s Encrypted Search, Using Slideshare For Marketing & More

sphinn-logo The search marketing industry was buzzing last week after Google announced plans to begin encrypting all logged-in searches from The buzz was strong on our sister site, Sphinn, where that topic was by far the most discussed of all last week.

Our “Discussion of the Week” asked users to weigh in on the impact of Google’s encrypted search and we currently have close to two dozen responses. Most of those were about the fact that some searches will no longer pass keyword referrals through to analytics programs. Our favorite comment came from Sphinn member Matt Crouch, who said:

Analytics will be how Keyword Research was (or still is). So now instead of exact data, when you look at the keyword referrers coming into your site, it will only be a sample of the total amount. I guess we will still be able to see what Keywords are performing well but as far as tracking specifc data – UGH.

Meanwhile, an article discussing the value of posting presentations to Slideshare for increasing visibility was the most popular story of the week among Twitter users. Read on for the full recap of last week’s Sphinn activity.

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  • Discussion: Impact of Google's Encrypted Search? – We usually do our "Discussion of the Week" on Wednesdays, but this news seems worth getting started a day early. Google has just announced plans to begin encrypting searches and outbound clicks by default for logged-in users searching on Let's talk about the impact that this decision will have for online marketers, website owners, etc. The floor is open — rant away, or sing Google's praises — whichever you prefer!
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Hot On Sphinn: October 17 to October 23, 2011

This is the latest in a weekly look at the stories that were “hot” on Sphinn in the past week. We’ll post these recaps every week.

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