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GoogleGuy Says

PostPosted: August 3, 2003 2:29 AM 

Importance: Medium

A member poses a question about Google cookies and describes an experience in which Google seemed to be tracking every search result site visited, until the cookie was deleted. The member also notes that there seems to be an ID number in the cookie that uniquely identifies the user, while such an ID number is not necessary for the storage of 'preference' information. GoogleGuy responds to the URL redirection (tracking), but he doesn't address the ID number issue.

GoogleGuy Says: [Link to quote]

Hi plumsauce, welcome to WebmasterWorld. It's a long-known fact that Google sometimes does url redirections in order to do quality checks. Some of the other members may be able to provide pointers to this discussion in past threads. If you want more info, read about it in our privacy policy:

(It's in the "Links to Other Sites" paragraph.)

For what it's worth, many search engines track every click, instead of only a tiny sample of clicks as a spot check. I think AV and ATW always do url redirects but use mouseover code to make it look like the clicks are direct, for example.

[P.S. Searching on Google will work fine if you want to disable cookies. We just won't be able to store your search settings/preferences.]


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PostPosted: September 28, 2003 1:06 PM 

That member would have been me. At least you got
the point, which many people actually did not.
Found this entry, because I was looking for the
domain plumsauce.com in the serps.


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PostPosted: May 29, 2005 6:06 PM 

How do I get rid of Google cookies? I have mountains of them. Thanks, Phil

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