Stop Complaining about Google Trends for Websites

June 23, 2008

So, as I'm sure you're aware, late last week Google announced the release of Google Trends for Websites.If you haven't checked it out yet, or read one of the many reviews, it basically offers (approximate) site traffic volumes, top keywords, and related URLs for sites Google has a sufficient amount of data for.

Google joining the ranks of potentially (or known) inaccurate sources for traffic data (comScore, Alexa, I'm looking at you..) asides, a few folks got seriously up in arms over this release. screamed "The Death of Privacy," and Lisa Barone (doing her best high school sophomore imitation) said "Not Cool, Google."

Why do people forget the contract we have with Google. We allow them to index and store our site content and use their free analytics tool without any pre-conditions on how they may use they data collected in the process. To be clear, I believe that Google wields way too much power over the Internet economy. But that doesn't matter.

If you don't want Google to have your data then stop using Google Analytics, uninstall the Google tool bar (which everybody loves to complain about), and block the GoogleBot using Robots.txt. If you want to continue to use their free services and benefit from the SEO-bubble we're all living in, then please shut up.

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Susan Pence

I've been reading blogs and posts about the benefits of Google trends.. and I myself can say that it's really helpful because I've been using it for years now and I can't find any reasons why people would complain about it... Top 10 Funny Google Trends

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