happening a lot

This is happening a lot lately. @jstatad (Tad Miller) pointed out yesterday that I was showing up for an image of his kids! Weird> http://www.webpagescreenshot.info/img/524c92eec852b7-80197260 

Where there is money Google will be there!

The only reason most SEO's don't criticize Google more is because Google hasn't enetered the SEO business yet. Don't worry though Google is looking for ways in. Just look at Knowledge Graph.

1. Why is everyone freaking

1. Why is everyone freaking on this?

2. This has stated before and it has been coming for a long time now. Try another analytics company it only costs like 10K a month, LOL.

3. Google will start officially charging for certain parts of GA data is my predition....oh they already do that and it is not just in G Adwords.

4. Where do we go from here SEO folks? I think it is the e-commerce folks freaking the most...keyword to conversion issues. You can still get data in GWT, but it sucks.

... but the default is that you're opted in for this. ...

Of course it wouldn't have any traction if the default was that you're opted out.  Who in their right minds would opt-in to a process like this.

Google Is Pushing Shared Endorsements On Everyone ...

Mark, I profoundly disagree with your apparent support of Google's approach to Shared Endorsements.

The usual approach would be that the default choice is what most people would want.  Google should have made the default choice of not accepting Shared Endorsements.  Only those who wanted it would then actively accept.  Google knew that would result in probably zero acceptances.  So they force you to opt out, otherwise you're in.

Your defence of their proactivity I also find a trifle thin.  They announce just prior to a long weekend in the USA and Canada so probably few would have the time to explore this and take a rational choice. Many may blindly go along with Google's approach here.  After all, isn't their motto, Do No Evil.

In this case, it is blatant commercialism to maximise ad revenues that is Google's motivation and intent.

Which is the better default choice - opt-in or opt-out ...

Mark, I'm sure we'll agree to differ on this, but I still think Google had a choice on the default: either opt-out (the default they chose) or opt-in.  I'm convinced that if they had chosen opt-in as the default, then few would have chosen it (even if they saw the 'memo').

 

My default was to opt-out if I wished.  However a TechCrunch article suggested that some were served up the opt-in default.

 

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/12/opt-out-google-ads/

Patents have gone way too far

Allowing anyone to patent what is already commonly used is outrageous. Patent law is out of control. The worst issue is Monsanto, DuPont, and others patenting life. They want to control the patents on everything we eat and probably think that they can then can control everyone on the planet. 

Patents have gone way too far

Allowing anyone to patent what is already commonly used is outrageous. Patent law is out of control. The worst issue is Monsanto, DuPont, and others patenting life. They want to control the patents on everything we eat and probably think that they can then can control everyone on the planet. 

Patents have gone way too far

Allowing anyone to patent what is already commonly used is outrageous. Patent law is out of control. The worst issue is Monsanto, DuPont, and others patenting life. They want to control the patents on everything we eat and probably think that they can then can control everyone on the planet. 

Resources for dealing with "Not Provided"

Hi Ann, 

Here's the post where I researched and compiled the best info on what to do about "not provided": 

http://www.inboundmastery.com/keyword-not-provided-solutions/

There are many links in that post to what I felt were the most useful tips and solutions at the time I wrote it. (Probably about a week ago.)