iomfan - 12:08 am on Oct 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
in my website access log there are lots of strings of the following kind:
This is totally useless information from a search engine, since on the face of it, "q=" means to me "no search string".
What is happening here? Is Google cutting out the search string and inserting the URL instead (which is useless: we know our own URL)? Or do all those users already know the URL and are just pasting the URL into Google's search field becuse their default first page when opening the browser is Google, and then Google just redirects them as shown?
This kind of string appears quite often (I'd say in about 90% of all referers mentioning a Google search engine), and it also seems to be a fairly recent development. (Or is it? I likely didn't pay attention when it first happened, because it didn't happen often.)
Would appreciate some insight about this odd problem. TIA!