(Not Provided) Anyone else seeing this?

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I was just checking some stats, and it appears, the #1 search term through my Google Analytics, from a few different sites is....(Not Provided). Anyone else getting this? Do you think it is a coincidence? Not all sites had this result, but my most visited sites had it. Surprisingly, my main keywords were #2 and #3 in search volume.

Anyone else suspicious?
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  • Profile picture of the author Elle Holder
    Huh. Everything you said is happening on my busiest site. And since I don't use Analytics on any of my other sites, I can't cross reference.

    I had noticed the "not provided" a few days ago, but was in a rush at the time and didn't think about it again. Just checked, and my results are exactly like yours. Number 1 search term is not provided, and my main keywords are 2 and 3.

    I did modify time frame and did a bit of a test. One for the last month, and one post Penguin. Same deal for both. I just thought of trying on for a time frame BEFORE penguin, and will go do that now.
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  • Profile picture of the author nest28
    When a visitor is log into their google account , it wont tell you how they got to your site.
    I could be wrong.
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    • Profile picture of the author dp40oz
      Originally Posted by nest28 View Post

      When a visitor is log into their google account , it wont tell you how they got to your site.
      I could be wrong.
      Yep exactly. Google analytics is garbage these days. The one thing I truly care about is keyword data. Switch over to Statcounter. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles but its keyword data is awesome. It even tells you where your keyword was ranked when the user clicked on it.
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      • Profile picture of the author nest28
        Originally Posted by dp40oz View Post

        Yep exactly. Google analytics is garbage these days. The one thing I truly care about is keyword data. Switch over to Statcounter. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles but its keyword data is awesome. It even tells you where your keyword was ranked when the user clicked on it.
        I need something like that. Thank you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Elle Holder
      Originally Posted by nest28 View Post

      When a visitor is log into their google account , it wont tell you how they got to your site.
      I could be wrong.
      Ah, thanks for pointing that out.

      Originally Posted by dp40oz View Post

      Yep exactly. Google analytics is garbage these days. The one thing I truly care about is keyword data. Switch over to Statcounter. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles but its keyword data is awesome. It even tells you where your keyword was ranked when the user clicked on it.
      Statcounter rocks. I use it for all my all sites. I'd created an Analytics account for my first sites, before i discovered SC, so I only look at GA occaisionaly while I check SC everyday. I actually find GA damn confusing and haven't really taken the time to figure it out, since I happy elsewhere.
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      • Profile picture of the author Architex
        Yes this is a Google account thing. They claim it is for privacy unless of course you are using AdWords and then they will not block the data. They are the biggest bunch of hypocrites. It is beyond ridiculous. Either you care about privacy or you do not. Not this half ass ,"Hey we care about your privacy unless the site you visit is a paying customers of ours, then too bad."
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  • Profile picture of the author Jordan Kovats
    I have a hard time believing that the greatest source of traffic, with 90+% being "new visitors" are actually logged into their Google Account when searching. I'd bet that a lot internet users, don't even know what a Google account is, unless everyone is using Gmail nowadays...
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by theseoguys View Post

      I have a hard time believing that the greatest source of traffic, with 90+% being "new visitors" are actually logged into their Google Account when searching. I'd bet that a lot internet users, don't even know what a Google account is, unless everyone is using Gmail nowadays...
      Google made this change months ago.

      It is not one keyword. That is a combination of all traffic from people logged into their Google account.

      So it could be 25 different keywords.

      I would bet that most are Gmail users. Many times people do not log out after checking their mail. They might be logged it for days without realizing it.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        Google made this change months ago.

        It is not one keyword. That is a combination of all traffic from people logged into their Google account.

        So it could be 25 different keywords.

        I would bet that most are Gmail users. Many times people do not log out after checking their mail. They might be logged it for days without realizing it.
        I think your right about gmail, & since Google has combined all their products into a single Google account, I imagine most people on Youtube never logout once they leave Youtube surfing the rest of the net.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jordan Kovats
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        Google made this change months ago.

        It is not one keyword. That is a combination of all traffic from people logged into their Google account.

        So it could be 25 different keywords.

        I would bet that most are Gmail users. Many times people do not log out after checking their mail. They might be logged it for days without realizing it.
        In that case, I'll believe it. Damn new single Privacy Policy. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Yeah this was introduced last year. They've turned of search referral data for users that are logged into Google.

    Its meant to "protect privacy" for users.

    But guess what...those rules dont apply to those using Adwords.

    Privacy doesnt matter when you're paying them. Idiots.

    Check this out.

    Google Hides Search Referral Data with New SSL Implementation - Emergency Whiteboard Friday | SEOmoz
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