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In the past month, Google quietly made a change aimed at encrypting all search activity — except for clicks on ads. Google says this has been done to provide “extra protection” for searchers, and the company may be aiming to block NSA spying activity. Possibly, it’s a move to increase ad sales. Or both. Welcome to the confusing world of Google secure search [searchengineland.com...]
I bet Google will tell us this is about privacy.
...I doubt that it is Googles will to break log analyzers and keyword trackers with this test. I think that is a by-product of whatever Ajax implementation google is currently testing.
On the third hand, it would probably drive alot of webmasters to look to AdWords for traffic. hmmm
This will help kill off independent site stat analysis tools.
Google: Keywords tool will not be available without Adwords account
July 3, 2013
@BrettI honestly don't think G is shortsighted enough to do something like that system wide for the sake of obfuscating seo efforts. Websites would have little incentive to look to Google for traffic or optimize for Google. The focus would no longer be on Google for optimization. We wouldn't know what or how to optimize for keywords - optimization would be shots in the dark. Our only option would be to look for other big sources of traffic [webmasterworld.com].
Well here we are Ladies and Gentleman.
That's what I thought. Last I heard you don't... because of the way Google redirects.