Google Search Console Makes Improvements to Performance Reports Regular Expression Support And More Data Filtering Added To Search Console

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Google announced yesterday that improvements have been made to Google Search Console reports. This includes support for regular expressions within the filters of the performance reports, and improved data filtering in comparison mode.

“This will help you create more complex query and page based filters and answer more questions that interest them,” said Google in a recent blog post.

For those who are unfamiliar, regular expressions, also known as regex, are text strings used in advance searches.

You can access the new and improved regular expressions in the performance report under a query or page filter – just select the dropdown menu and click “Custom.”

Here is an example provided by Google that explains what this looks like:

“Let’s say your company is called ‘cats and dogs’ but is sometimes also abbreviated as ‘cats & dogs’ or even ‘c&d’. You can use a regex filter to capture all of your branded queries by defining the regex filter: cats and dogs|cats & dogs|c&d.”

These updates should come as no surprise for regular console users, as many have been expecting such improvements to be rolled out over the past year.

In fact, in December 2020, an anxious Twitter user asked Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, John Mueller, if Google was planning to add regexp filter into the Google Search Console performance report.

John responded: “Yes, we have a plan. Unfortunately I can’t share it with you.”

Now, four months have passed and Google has finally revealed what it has been up to.

Despite the excitement being felt throughout the digital marketing industry, Google offered the following disclaimer regarding the new updates. 

“Sometimes, queries and pages are not available in the reports to protect user privacy or due to storage limitations. In order to make sure our users are aware of this, we added a reminder that shows each time a relevant filter is applied on queries or pages.”

For more info on the updates to Google Search Console, you can check out Google’s official help document.

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New Features For Google Search Console


Calling all Google Search Console Users! You’re in for another treat this week, as Google has made changes to Search Console.

Lately, Google has been making lots of updates about shopping tools and ads. This time they’ve given some love to Search Console by adding shopping and merchant features!

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What’s New

In the Google Search Console, a brand new shopping section has been added. “Google added a shopping tab that includes a quick way to create a Merchant Center account, access to your product snippets, merchant listings and shopping tab listings performance and debugging,” reports SEO Roundtable.

Take a look at the brand new shopping tab!

For those of you eager to put the update to use, you may have to wait a little while for it to be fully up and running. According to this blog post, the shopping tab and merchant center is mapped to rollout over the next couple of weeks.

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Search Console Merchants will allow account holders to make their account using a simplified sign up process, avoiding site ownership re-verification. We love a good streamlined experience. Here’s what Google had to say about the process:

“This streamlined experience will get products quickly on the Shopping tab on Google and help merchants reach people looking for product.”

If you’re not seeing the new features in Search Console just yet, remember the rollout is scheduled over a few weeks so be patient!

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Google Search Console Item Classifications Updated


Google made some reporting changes within Search Console. No changes have been made to crawling, indexing or rankings!

The search engine changed how it displays errors within some of the Search Console reports. Now it only shows valid or invalid information, rather than errors, valid with warnings and valid.

Google said the URLs or items in the Search Console report will no longer be grouped in status categories such as Valid, Warning, or Error. They will now be classified into two broader statuses that will reflect if the URLS or items are valid or not.

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Invalid Vs. Valid

According to Google, invalid means there’s a critical issue in the page or items. Not invalid means that the item might still have warnings, but no critical issues. Google explained that the implications for valid and invalid states differ by report type.

Grouping the top-level item (a rich result for the rich result reports, a page or URL for the other reports) into two groups: pages or items with critical issues are labelled something like invalid; pages or items without critical issues are labelled something like valid. We think this new grouping will make it easier to see quickly which issues affect your site’s appearance on Google, in order to help you prioritize your fixes.” – Google said in the announcement.

Here’s a first look:

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Google also said that these changes will also be reflected in the URL inspection tool and the API. The URL inspection tool will show these changes immediately, while the API changes are yet to arrive.

In their help document, Google said that the impacted reports impacted by these changes are:

  • Core Web Vitals
  • Mobile Usability
  • AMP report
  • Rich results report
  • URL inspection tool

These changes are made to help you understand reports better and prioritize issues easier.

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