Q: Is it that Google has stopped sharing all together? Or is it only when a person is logged into Google? I was a little late to the party so sorry if it was covered in the beginning. Thank you!
There have been three phases in the way that Google shares data in Gooogle Analytics. The first phases was that it shared ALL data regarding keyword queries. This was the orignal set up, and ended about a year or a year and a half ago. Second, Google started to cease sharing data when a user was ‘signed in’ to Google via an https connection and then jumped to a non-secure site. This lasted till about one month ago. Third, we are in the ‘keyowrd not provided’ era, and essentially Google is no longer sharing ANY data directly about organic keywords. The exception is that if you link Google Analytics to Webmaster tools it will share your top-performing keywwords on a 90 day basis, but you can no longer reverse engineer a keyword to a page, and vice versa. So to be fair, they are sharing some data about organic keywords, just not to the extent that they used to.
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