Wes, Kevin and I met to review the state of the data we have on google-referred traffic, after receiving a note from Comms. To my knowledge, we don't have a recent read on data we presented at the December 2014 traffic update (complete slides), particularly on the proportion of Google-referred pageviews over total human pageviews as a function of platform (mobile site vs desktop site) and time: the most recent datapoint is November 2014 (slide 17 in the above deck).
It would be useful – regardless of press inquiries – to monitor referred traffic and determine if something dramatic happened to readership funneled from Google in the first 7 months of 2015. Unfortunately, the new refined pageview tables generated by Analytics don't include referrer domain (only a binary flag for internal vs external requests), so the only source of data we have covering 2015 with intact referrer information is the sampled logs.
The goal of this task is to refresh the data used in the deck above using the sampled logs or identify another metric that could give us a fresh read on trend changes in Google-referred traffic over the first half of this calendar year.
I am also adding @kevinator so this can be on Analytics Dev's radar: Kevin can you add the related task you created to include referring domain info to the pageview tables?