Everyone in SEO BrainTrust has already heard me rant about the duplicity and lies from Google (nofollowed as all untrusted links should be!) in regards the so-called "secure search" initiative but this is just too horrible for me to keep bottled up any longer. Hence, this public rant.
This supposed public service initiative is nothing more-nor-less than the arrogance of absolute power and is the most damaging thing to hit webmasters in the history of webmastering. Somehow it is ok for Google to know every last detail of a user's search behavior - which is unavoidable without proxies and constant cookie dumps - but the inconsequential percentage of that traffic that hits any one website is somehow a huge security problem that searcher's, if only they knew, would simply freak out about. BULL SHIT!
But why should webmasters care? Here's an example.
This is a snapshot from a private client's GA account (revealing nothing sensitive). For the period covered, this is 10% of total organic traffic and the bounce rate at 80% is fully 20% higher than the terms we actually get reported. So here's the dilemma: How the F**K do I fix this?
For 10% of search traffic I can not begin to diagnose and decrease bounce rate because I have no clue what the visitor was even searching for. Thanks a lot Google - that's a big help improving the search experience. Clearly it does my client/partner no good to rank where only 2 in 10 visitors stick around and that would pretty much define "poor search experience" too but despite Google's stated mission to be "all about the searcher" they have intentionally removed - using a complete and outright lie - the one thing that we can use to improve both the search experience and the visitor experience to our site.
Organic search has always been, and will always be, a symbiosis where Google gets OUR!! content for free so they can run a paid traffic division while providing us "free clicks" in exchange. They have continued to "change the deal" over time with more and more non-organic results reducing the value to us while increasing their revenues. OK, so maybe all's fair in love and war (and business but that's just another war!) but if deceit and misdirection at our expense is not "doing evil" than I am at a complete loss for what would qualify.
Add the completely ridiculous BS around G+ ... a topic for another day ... and I'm seeing FTC in big red letters on the horizon.
Dear Google: Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. With your 80% market share (like who the hell is in the 20%?) you have now reached a level of arrogance that is life threatening - to you!