Google Changes Search Syntax

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But you too can have your data back for £90k?

The inevitable looms closer.

said Dean Cruddace on July 3rd, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Not hashbanging while signed out at the moment (.co.uk)

said Dean Cruddace on July 3rd, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Have you looked at traffic to your brand page(s)?

said AmirLearner on July 3rd, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Now Dixon,

You’re showing an example from Google.com and Google.co.uk.

When I do a search in .com, I still see the question mark. It looks to be an international thing as I checked a few other international indices and they are all using the #.

Interesting find though. I wonder if they will roll it to .com soon.

Thanks for the post.


said Greg on July 3rd, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Just checked a UK site with the # in the Google Search page, and the data is coming through in Google Analytics with the keyword data.

Must just be PIWIK that is losing the keyword data from this change.

said sracano on July 3rd, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Ah – well THAT would be interesting… if the hashbang was only when signed in, but I am seeing .co.uk hashbangs signed out on Firefox.

said admin on July 3rd, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Yes – I needed to change the environment to see the “old” version to grab a screenshot. However – I have now been able to recreate on Google.com.

said admin on July 3rd, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Actually – I am not 100% sure that the timeline corresponds. It is the Hashbang that I was trying to highlight as significant – but I would assume that a hashbang would scupper most third party tracking.

said admin on July 3rd, 2013 at 6:36 pm

I checked in google.nl

I did get a # (not a hashbang! – just a hash) and got a perfect &q=check%20url%20stardrifter back from stardrifter. No hash in the referer though.

Hm – did you delete your cookies after signing out?


said HitProf on July 18th, 2013 at 12:52 am

Hi Astrid,
I know this is ages later and we all wen https this week. Now I am in Texas and it isn’t happening at the moment.

said admin on September 28th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

thanks for the info, google change their code constantly and I really do not know if i am doing the right thing but for now I know that i am on the right track

said Alexander Zacharov on April 9th, 2015 at 12:48 am

Wow, very interesting to see how an update can actually ruin a blog like that. Going to book mark this for my customers to see what the actual affect is when a new google update gets rolled out!

said Plan A Link on July 24th, 2015 at 8:22 pm

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