Google’s John Mueller explained some points on the fact that Google uses Google Analytics data for ranking purposes.
Google Analytics data used by Google
The belief that Google was using data from Google Analytics for its own purposes is based on Google’s official statements.
There have been several claims along the way (but never any evidence) that Google Analytics data was used for ranking purposes.
Google’s Terms of Service
Google Analytics terms and conditions of service state that Google “can” use the data collected from Google Analytics.
Google Anonymised Use of GA Declaration
And in 2008, Google revealed an experimental program called Google Trends for Websites, which obtained some of its data from the Google Analytics user opt-in user.
Below is a screenshot from a help page Google archive explaining Google Analytics as a data source.
Why Google Acquired An Analytics Firm
The explanation for the acquisition of Urchin, which later became Google Analytics, was that it complemented Google’s PPC business. Google will provide advertisers with a better experience when the ads and tracking work closely together.
Google Product Marketing Vice President then said:
“This technology is a valuable addition to the advertisement and publishing suite of Google”.
Is Google using GA for purposes of the ranking?
It’s easy to see how the perception that Google is using analytics to manipulate search rankings has come to be. This idea has a long history going back as far as 2008. After many years the topic came up again.
I think the core argument was people used to think google search console data and google analytics were separate entities and google didn’t rank based on analytics data.
Now they are combined (even on the api side). Analytics data can help with search rankings.
— Jordan O’Connor (@jdnoc) July 28, 2020
John Müller Explains the Google Analytic Theory
Google’s Webmaster Analyst, John Mueller, stepped in and made it clear that Google does not use Google Analytics data for ranking purposes:
We don’t use Google Analytics in Search, and Google Analytics & Search Console track data quite differently. SC tracks what’s shown in Search, GA tracks what happens when a user goes to a site. There’s overlap, but it’s not exact.
— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) July 28, 2020
Google Do Not Use Analytics for Ranking Purposes
Google could not be any clearer: Google will not use analytics data for ranking purposes. The statement that Google is using analytics to penalize better sites or ranking pages is not backed by any evidence.
Back in 2012, one of Ted Ulle ‘s top search marketing experts posted this in a WebmasterWorld discussion.
“You’re assuming Google actually uses Analytics data to rank websites? I realize some people are assuming that, but I’ve seen absolutely NO hard evidence that it’s true. The idea is pure tinfoil…”
Google simply does not use GA data for ranking purposes.