100% (not provided) Solutions

Gyi Tsakalakis
September 25, 2013

At the time of writing, according to (Not Provided) Count, we'll hit 100% (not provided) on 29th November 2013. There's plenty of debate and discussion about what this might mean for Google, users and marketers. I'm more interested in where we go from here.

Here are a bunch of great posts addressing the (not provided) issue:

Breaking Up With Your Keyword Data

From the Post: Every time I see an SEO report that includes things like year-over-year or month-over-month data broken down by keyword or non-branded organic traffic, I die a little inside. Why you ask? Because it’s junk data.

Not Provided Keywords – SEO Reporting Without Keyword Data

From the Post: Myth: I can just look at the keyword data that remains for a trend if it isn’t exact.
Reality: You can’t take credit for an increase/decrease in non-branded keyword traffic when you’re missing data. The keyword data that remains is a statistically unsound sample and can’t be relied on for even a trend.

Smarter Data Analysis of Google's https (not provided) change: 5 Steps

From the Post: Establish macro context, Understand the performance profile of the (not provided) traffic, Match up performance profile to Brand & Non-brand visits, Tentative conclusions, Landing page keyword referral analysis.

When Keyword (not provided) is 100 Percent of Organic Referrals, What Should Marketers Do?

From the Post: finding opportunities to improve a page's performance or its ranking. If you see that a page of yours is receiving a lot of search traffic, or that a keyword is sending a lot of search traffic (or even a little bit of search traffic), but the page is not ranking very well, you know that by improving that page's ranking you have an opportunity to earn a lot more search traffic.

Another, Better Way to Tackle (not provided)

From the Post: Harness Paid Data.

Is (Not Provided) Driving You Crazy? Get Some of Your Data Back

From the Post: This is why you want to break out Landing Pages separate from the Overall numbers. With our downloadable spreadsheet, you can break out the traffic to a site’s top Landing Pages to determine if any branded bias exists for your site, as well.

(not provided)—Distilled’s thoughts in review

From the Post: Here are five of our posts that deal either with (not provided) explicitly or the changing conception of keywords generally.

How to Analyze Google Analytics (not provided) Data

From the Post: One potential way to estimate the number of branded keywords that are coming from logged in Google users is to look at historical data.

How to Understand Your Google “Not Provided” Traffic

From the Post: Perhaps more importantly, the same basic methods can be applied to other phrases (replacing your brand with another keyword segment – in my case, “seo” is a logical option – determining what percentage of our traffic is from “seo”-based phrases. You may be inclined to attempt to over-analyze your data. However, the closer the core metrics (pageviews for example) are, the less accurate your conclusions will be.

Unmasking (Not Provided) Goal Completions in Google Analytics

From the Post: Create Custom Reports for branded, non-branded, & (not provided) Goal Completions.

(not provided) Data: 4 Ways to Dig Deeper

From the Post: Compare Google Analytics Keyword Data to Google Webmaster Tools Data.

Have additional ideas about coping with the 100% (not provided) future? Please, please, please share them below.

Gyi Tsakalakis
Co-Founder of AttorneySync
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