lucy24 - 11:23 pm on Mar 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Here's what I'd like to know for the signed-in users that isn't fully explained by the post:
For all analytics packages (not just GA):
Will the full referring URL be removed to only show "google.com"?
Will this mean that this will become "referral" rather than "organic search"?
Yes, and yes again. But I'm obviously missing something, because I've been seeing this in both Piwik and raw logs for ages. Not simply the concealed "q=" but the complete "www.google.com" as referer. What's new?
Nasty thought: g### could be doing this deliberately to sabotage SEO work by preventing people from seeing what searches bring people to your page. The fact that it also prevents you from making a better page is apparently irrelevant.