EvilSaint - 1:16 am on Oct 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
For an industry that thrives on data to constantly improve and evolve, this is a big fat step back in time...by doing this, Google has just put webmasters back 5 years at least.
Incoming keyword data is what helps webmasters to improve their sites, pages and offerings.
Fair enough Google claims it only affects 9% of the visits. Still If someone gave you an apple which already had a bite taken off it, would you still eat it?
this means war
I think this statement represents how most of us are feeling right now towards Google.
Omniture, Coremetrics and the rest of the Analytics & Business Intelligence companies will be along with us shortly too...
The claim that it is for user protection is not validated especially if they continue to pass keyword information for paid ad interactions. So are Google saying that people using their adwords links aren't users who deserve privacy and protection?
We should start a campaign to turn off adwords advertising for a month! Make a pledge. Hurting Google's hip pocket is the one sure way to get them to notice and retract on this.