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Michael Gray writes "Today Google released an new feature that gives away traffic stats and keywords for most websites on the internet. However what everyone failed to notice is that Google laid everyone else bare, naked and exposed but kept their own stats locked up and private"
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from hugoguzman 2343 Days ago #
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I’m shocked that everyone is looking at the negative side of this tool. So great, they don’t offer Google stats.So what? They do offer stats on all competitors in a particular verticle. That’s great news as far as I’m concerned.

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from iBrian 2342 Days ago #
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I think it’s a serious invasion of privacy. I can see it’s commercial value, but for Google to provide data on third party sites in public is pretty shocking, really.

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from hugoguzman 2341 Days ago #
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I figured someone would vote down my comment. It failed to have the anti-Google slant that wins votes.iBrian - Alexa.com and other similar sites that offer data on third-party sites have been in existence for years, but nobody seemed to have a problem with them. Why all of a sudden, is everyone crying foul?

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from justfred 2341 Days ago #
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I am SO on the fence here.

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from DarkMatter 2341 Days ago #
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I think people are more annoyed about this because Google, having the lion’s share of searches, will have far more accurate data than Alexa or Compete.

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from hugoguzman 2341 Days ago #
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@DarkMatter - yeah, but isn’t that a good thing? I, for one, like more accurate data.

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from DarkMatter 2341 Days ago #
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@hugoguzman because competitors can look at my websites and possibly use the information to duplicate my tactics and take market share away.

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from ciaran 2341 Days ago #
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@DarkMatter - the data may be more accurate, but your competitors could do exactly the same with a bunch of other tools right now.Sorry, this post is a total over-reaction.

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from DarkMatter 2341 Days ago #
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it depends on the site you’re looking at, but tools like compete.com and spyfu.com can be VERY misleading. I think it’s pretty interesting that our websites are there for the world to see, but Google is hiding their own. They obviously felt it would compromise their operation in some way, but they weren’t worried about you or me.

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from weboptimist 2341 Days ago #
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I have been preaching the opt in not opt out for Google for quite a while. I’m with you on this one, Michael.

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from seowoman 2341 Days ago #
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Regardless of how useful or accurate or rainbow-flavored the data is, Google’s decision to block access to only their own stats just reeks of douchebaggery.

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from Eloi 2340 Days ago #
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How can you call yourself a marketer and milit/post against free accurate data? lol

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from ciaran 1957 Days ago #
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I think that Michael is spot-on with most of his criticisms of Google but I just think that this is a total over-reaction. Now, if it were based on GA data

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