Google Now Hiding UK & Other International Keyword Data
Last year, Google made a change that meant lots of keyword data was suddenly stolen away from website owners. Thankfully for UK & other international sites, they only rolled this out on Google.com.
‘(Not Provided)’ – The International Rollout
The bad news is, they’ve now rolled out this change to several other international Google sites, meaning you will now lose far more search query data.
Whereas in the past you would see all of the actual search terms bringing traffic from Google, now you get a large lump of data categorised under the anonymous phrase ‘(not provided)’.
Here’s a graph from a UK site showing the increase in the amount of data Google have hidden today vs the same period last week.:
How to View This for Your Own Sites
To view the above graph for your own sites, do the following:
- Add this ‘advanced segment’ to Google Analytics: http://bit.ly/hiddendata
- Go to the ‘audience overview’ report (‘Audience’ in the left-hand navigation, then ‘Overview’).
- In the graph, set the time format to ‘hourly’. (above the right-hand side of the graph)
- At the top-right of the screen, set the date range to today; then tick ‘compare to past’, and choose the same day last week as your comparison.
- Finally, select the Advanced Segment you set up in step 1 by clicking ‘Advanced Segments’ toward the top left of the screen, and choosing ‘Not Provided – Organic Search’ in the right-hand ‘Custom Segments’ box.
If you’ve managed to gather any data on this so far for your site, do leave a note on the comment. And do share this via Twitter if you think it would help others.