Why your Google keyword search Analytics are showing not provided
Since around 2011 : Google started encrypting searches for signed-in users, and many thought that Google would eventually encrypt 100% of searches even for those not signed-in. That prediction came true as Google announced it would encrypt all keyword searches for all users starting about a month ago. Other search providers such as Yahoo and Bing have also indicated they are going to (or already have started to do this).
What this means for you.
What keywords users are entering in Google to find your site, has been a critical metric in the past. Specifically from a
- "discovery" process (e.g "wow users are googling "MyCompanyXYZ is awesome" to find us), as well as an
- "optimisation" process ("we've optimised our site so "What my company does", gets people to my site).
However, what you are going to start to see is "not provided", in your Google Analytics:
- Changes only affect how we measure and report SEO performance. Although at TMD we have also used the amount of traffic generated "overall" from a search engine as an "overall guide" to how our SEO campaign is running.
- Organic traffic (e.g natural search) from Google can no longer be tracked at a keyword level via analytics.
- Decrease in visibility to discover new keyword opportunities (e.g discovery).
- Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about this :(