Google Search Console is a web based platform that helps businesses optimize the visibility of their website.
How to Connect
- Click on the Data tab at the top left of the global navigation. Then click on "Connections" in the Data Library section.
- Click on the blue "Connect" button and search for Google Search Console.
- Click on the Google Search Console logo.
- A window will pop up to log in with your Google credentials. After entering your credentials you will see a green confirmation message that the connection has been made.
If you didn't see a window to enter your credentials but you still got a green success message, then that means you were already logged in with your Google account (likely in another tab) and Grow used that account to connect.
FAQs + Tips and Tricks
Using Dimensions in Google Search Console
When you are building a metric for Google Search Console, the Query report requires you to use a dimension on which to filter the results. Here is a description of the dimensions that you can use.
NOTE: When you enter the dimensions in Grow, they need to be typed in all lowercase.
- country — groups results by country, using the three-letter country code. You can find a list of the 3-letter codes here.
- date — groups results by date.
- device — groups results by device type. The three groups that result are ‘desktop’, ‘mobile’, and ‘tablet’.
- page — groups results by the page and URL.
- query — groups results based on the specific query strings.
Additionally, you can filter on two dimensions, separated by a comma.
In this example, the data is filtered by country and date.
We cannot pull any data for the last 2-3 days
Google Search Console keeps a buffer on their data reporting to ensure that all data reported through their API is static and unchanging. This means that we cannot pull any data for the last three days from Google Search Console.
Google’s documentation says the following: “There can be a lag between when the numbers are calculated and when they are visible to webmasters. Although data gets published in intervals, we continually collect it. Normally, however, collected data should be available in 2-3 days.”
You can read about Search Analytics Reports on Google’s documentation here.