Google On IE8 Drops SSL & Passes Full Referrer

Mar 28, 2014 • 7:55 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Analytics & Internet Explorer 8If you are using Internet Explorer 8 and go to Google, the default experience will not be over SSL and thus the referrer data will pass in full to the webmaster.

Google has switched their search results page to virtually 100% SSL late last year, resulting in a 90%+ count of not provided for keyword data in analytics.

But today, if you use IE8 and go to Google, that experience will not be SSL enabled.

Here is a screen shot of me testing this:

IE8 Google SSL Not

Notice the http and not the https.

When you click through to see if it picks up the referrer, it does:

what is my referrer IE8 in Google

Now, Matt Cutts warned us of some changes to IE8 in the near future, so this may be it. I was expecting Google to not pass the source or any data during this phase, but maybe it didn't work out that way? I suspect this will only last for a short period of time.

However, some folks at WebmasterWorld are hoping this is a sign of of what Google promises to change with not provided and thus dropping SSL. I highly doubt that, highly doubt that.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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03/28/2014 05:46 pm

I have always said that whenever Matt used the word Spammers, he actually meant SEOs. But some industry genius were running left and right claiming Black and White. There are no black hat or white hat. Google treats all SEOs the same (as spammers). Google is not going to rest untill they eradicate a field called SEO. I estimate it will take another 8 years for all marketers to get this. “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” ― Upton Sinclair

Yo Mamma

03/30/2014 01:51 pm

That is the truth - Google depended on SEO's to launch their fledgling search engine against the Microsoft and Yahoo giants. Now the true evil emerges from Google in that it bitch slaps the very people that made them something. In all honesty, Google results are terrible and have been terrible for years. Slowly I see more people using alternatives and dead sites (caused by Google slaps) are coming alive once again. Those contemplating suicide after a Google slap should think of a search future without Google. Its closer than you think

Rohit Jain

03/31/2014 10:05 am

Google is already working on the knowledge graph and that certainly will be a good product to tell SEO professionals goodbye.

Yo Mamma

03/31/2014 12:54 pm

"the knowledge graph" is a job opportunity. No benefit to anyone else other than the partially unemployable techs working in Google. WIKI already supplies interconnecting topics like this. WIKI is not a good source of unbiased info. For instance gays and the bible. WIKI slants always towards the gay side because its primarily run by gays and not conservatives.

Dave Fogel

03/31/2014 07:16 pm

I don't agree with that, but it sure would be nice for someone to take 50% of the search market from google so they have to stop all this madness. I think they are going to continue to keep with all these penalties etc until they see a loss in market share. Once that happens, I think they will back off.


04/01/2014 01:25 pm

Haha! It's humorous how you perpetuate SEOs to have made Google "something". Right!

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