incrediBILL - 12:20 am on Jun 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
Phranque's point is about how it SHOULD work per spec.
Google didn't implement it according to spec.
My point was Google doesn't claim to send the keywords even if you click through to a secure connection which would be value for running the entire site in SSL and I haven't tested it nor can I find anywhere Google claims to send anything from their secure search other than the AdWords gclid.
To solve this, Google changed from the standard way that referrers are supposed to be passed to its own unique system, which works like this:
Secure /// does NOT pass referrer to /// Unsecure unless…
Secure >>> passes referrer if ADVERTISER to >>> Unsecure
Basically, you don't get referrer data on non-SSL or SSL links from Google unless you're an advertiser and even then it's only AdWords data, not regular organic search results.
Hope that clears up my point that there is no SE value for adding SSL. Period.