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Google Nixes all Referrers Now, Not Just Logged in Users
« on: September 24, 2013, 02:43:24 PM »

This means no more keyword discovery from your analytics du jour.  :s0147

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Re: Google Nixes all Referrers Now, Not Just Logged in Users
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2013, 07:41:22 AM »
I agree with Webmaster World summary. <--comments are really worth taking your time to read

So lets see. Google launches analytics and gets many (most companies) to hand over critical business data for free that would not in a million years have been given out to the largest supplier of traffic/sales for most companies unless it was at gunpoint.

They also own one of the biggest ad networks to help fill in where analytics may not provide them with a complete view.
As a result Google knows more about (the online portion) of each individual business than the business owners probably do as well as the entire market in which said business operates.

Then Google takes away one of the best data sources for businesses to determine where their traffic and sales are coming from.

So now Google knows more about your business than you do and your insight into your business (as far as search traffic) is severely limited moving forward, though maybe a little less so if you hookup even more closely with this same company that claims to not be evil.

And now they've got you running around trying to get "bad links" removed that may actually be good in the sense that they send you business and/or leads. They may have other businesses taking up your time to remove links that you have to their sites as well.

Isn't there something seriously wrong with this picture? If nothing else, it should be apparent that there is no such thing as "free" and the more complacent businesses are about all this the more knowledge and control they will continue to lose over their businesses.
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