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News sites increasingly kept in the dark as Google hides incoming search terms


A sizable percentage of inbound search terms are hidden from publishers now that Google encrypts searches by default when users are logged in to and Firefox and Chrome use encrypted search in their toolbars.

When Google announced the change in October, the company predicted that the change would affect less than 10 percent of searchers. Adtrak writes that the figure is much higher:

Figures reiterated quite often on blogs, forums and in tweets suggest that some 20% of their keyword traffic is hidden behind secure search (when a person is signed into their Google account and searching the web).

I checked’s analytics: Keywords were hidden in 29 percent of searches in April. That’s up from 22.5 percent in November, shortly after the change was made. Read more


8 questions Google real-time analytics can answer right now about what’s happening on your website

We live in a real-time world. The news cycle isn’t just 24 hours now, it’s 1,440 minutes a day. Publishers who want to keep pace need access to Web traffic data that moves just as quickly.

Several website analytics services will give you real-time data about your site traffic, for a price. But now Google Analytics, the free metrics service popular among smaller news sites and blogs, is rolling out its own real-time dashboards for anyone to use.

There’s no cost or risk to using it. And you don’t have to install anything new. You will have to make sure you are using the “new version” of the Google Analytics website (check for a red link at the top of the page), and look under the “Home” section for the “Real-Time (Beta)” menu on the left. Read more


Google News won’t index solo journalists

SplatF | GigaOM
Dan Frommer, who helped to launch Business Insider and now is covering technology on his own site, describes how Google News rejected his request to be indexed because he’s a one-man shop. He posts the email from Google News explaining the policy, which includes this passage:

“We don’t include sites that are written and maintained by one individual. We currently only include articles from sources that could be considered organizations, generally characterized by multiple writers and editors, availability of organizational information, and accessible contact information.”

Frommer writes, “Never mind solo shops practicing entrepreneurial journalism — Google wants news with overhead!” Frommer writes. He argues that the policy doesn’t make sense because he’s doing the same professional work he did when he worked at Forbes and Business Insider. Read more


Google Analytics introduces new mobile stats with answers for news sites

The new version of Google Analytics adds a section with data on mobile visitors that can help news organizations learn about their smartphone and tablet audience.

First, to access the new features be sure you are using the newest version (if you see a red link in the top-right page menu that says “New Version,” click it).

Here are the three main tools this gives you, and some examples of important questions they can answer about your website.

How to access the new mobile data section.

Mobile visitors overview: Visitors > Mobile > Overview will show you statistics about your visitors on mobile devices, and contrast it with non-mobile visitors.

Questions the data answers: How much of your traffic comes from mobile now, and how is it changing over time? Read more

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