Google Drops Search Queries From Google My Business

Jun 25, 2014 • 9:06 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

Google My BusinessSo Google launched this new fancy Google My Business the other day and even new fancy apps to go along with it but they dropped a key feature from the analytics - Google no longer shows top search queries that lead the user to your business listing in Google Maps.

Google use to show the top search phrases people searched to find your business listing. That is no longer available.

Why? Google's Jade Wang said for privacy reasons.

Really? Yes. Jade wrote in a Google Business Help thread after a couple of complaints:

We've changed the way that we show some Insights to ensure the privacy of all of our users. We're continuing to improve Insights to provide valuable information for business owners and thank you for your feedback.

So is Google going to drop the data from Webmaster Tools as well? I mean, seriously, this is within Google's own secure login area. Why can't we see this data?

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Google Drops Search Queries From Google My Business

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Google Drops Search Queries From Google My Business

Forum discussion at Google Business Help.

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Brandon Seymour

06/25/2014 02:57 pm

Unless it's PII, I don't see how there is remotely any violation of privacy. Maybe I'm missing something...


06/25/2014 03:06 pm

Less transparency in the name of privacy. Does anyone really expect anything less from Google these days? Eventually Google will start charging for data they once provided for free - mark my words.


06/25/2014 05:07 pm

If you want google to turn off sampling so you can actually access your true analytics data it costs a minimum of $100K ... If you are growing you need to decouple yourself from google services or they will own you.

Larry Page

06/25/2014 05:30 pm

Well if we have to spell it out, our 5 year revenue forecasts are threatened by facebook. So we're asking you all to use adwords a little bit more. Thank you for your understanding during this transition.

Durante imboden

06/25/2014 06:01 pm

Since I'm in an information niche paid entirely though affiliates I have no need for Adwords, bang up job your doing larry :) Oh and please no one check out my back link profile, it only looks bad from a non publisher point if view :)


06/25/2014 07:16 pm

Something seems fishy about this conversation... :)

Durante spamboden

06/25/2014 07:41 pm

Fishy? Yes dura yes neckline profile is very fishy! Maybe We shouldn't keep bringing up his black hat back link profile? Yea lets all mentions Durante spambodens back link profile! Shhhhs, don't mention the profile!!!!


06/25/2014 08:54 pm

Oh and by the way, "Happy Hunger Games".....

Steve Erlich

06/25/2014 11:33 pm

In the wake of all the lawsuits, Google has been under some heavy fire. While I'm sure there are business reasons for this decision, I'm also sure they are taking any preventative measures they can to stop this chain of utterly ridiculous lawsuits. It all comes down to dollars and cents. It no longer makes financial sense for them to provide the data for all the reasons listed above.

Craig Broadbent

06/26/2014 01:26 pm

how does this protect privacy? there's no way of aligning search term with an individual. privacy has never been in question.

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