As you know, the Google Search Console Search Analytics API has 16-months of data now. Something we expected shortly after the launch of the beta user interface.But what about items outside of Search Analytics? What about the SItemaps API or Sites API or Crawl Errors API or any of the others in the Search Console API?Well, John Mueller said on Twitter "I wouldn't rule it out" but they currently have nothing to announce around those other APIs. The truth is, the user interface for those elements don't even have 16-months of data yet, so the API wouldn't have them either.John said "I wouldn't rule it out ("At some point"), but we don't have anything to announce about other APIs at the moment." Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about More Google Search Console APIs May Also Get 16-Months Of Data
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Yesterday we covered the new Google Search Console URL inspection tool and the biggest question I've seen about it is where can I find it? Well, many of you won't see it until Google finishes rolling it out. I was unable to see it yesterday but as of this morning, Google released it to me in the new beta version of the Google Search Console.It would be visible on the side bar, under the Sitemaps option and above the coming soon section. Here is a screen shot:Google said it is still rolling out: In fact, I asked on Twitter this morning if people are seeing it now and most still are not. So just hang tight and check back to see if you see it.API for URL Inspector Tool?Nope, not yet. Google said they have no immediate plans for an API for this tool. Plus Google has some work to improve the tool, so keep the feedback coming: Forum discussion at Twitter. … [Read more...] about Google Search Console URL Inspector Tool Is Still Rolling Out
People over the years have complained a lot about the reports within Google Search Console. Some don't trust the reports, some are confused why some other analytics tool do not align and over the years we reported on many glitches and outages. But there is really no other tool that has access to Google data as Google has access to it. Google knows when they serve up your site in the search results, they know better when someone clicks on your results, when it gets an impression and what keywords people are searching for to return your site in search. We can only access that type of data via their Search Analytics API or try to do it via scraping but then you have the localization impacts and personalization impacts not taken into account.John Mueller of Google said on Twitter that Google Search Console reports are "as accurate as it gets."Here are the tweets: This type of saying means it doesn't get more accurate but being that John's native language is not English, I am not 100% … [Read more...] about Google: Google Search Console Reports Are As Accurate As It Gets
Remember we reported that Google dropped anonymous queries from the Search Analytics and Performance reports in Google Search Console on August 19th? Well, Google is now clarifying that the data was never displayed but the queries they hide were previously used in the total sum but are now being removed from the total sum. This goes back to when we reported that many webmasters and site owners were noticing huge drops in traffic on August 19th. We thought it was a bug, but Google posted on the data anomalies page it was a change in reporting and nothing has changed with your rankings that relate to the drop you see in these reports.Google this morning clarified on Twitter that:Previously, we included the sum of queries that weren't tracked in Search Console in the totals for "query not containing". Eg, we might not track some queries that are made a very small number of times or those that contain personal or sensitive info. ("anonymous queries"). Going forward, we're only including … [Read more...] about Google Search Console August 19th Query Report Drop Clarified
There are some savvy SEOs and webmasters that are noticing a possible bug with the Search Analytics/Performance reports in Google Search Console. This is specifically when you use the page filter option, the numbers significantly drop both in the Google Search Console interface and within the Search Console API.John Mueller from Google did respond, on Twitter calling the issue "an edge-case" but it isn't clear if that is the case. John wrote:We looked into this w/the team but don't see any bigger patterns there. Subtle side-effects might be visible in certain scenarios, but given the lack of other complaints, this seems more of an edge-case (I wish I had a better answer, but I don't think there's much we can do here).That is an interesting response from John.Here is how the issue was explained by Mark Chalcraft:I'm seeing the same issue across multiple sites within both the API and the main GSC interface (I assume this is the same issue). As soon as "page" is added as a dimension … [Read more...] about Is The Google Search Console Page Filter Throwing Off Accuracy?