What Is Google Search Console Insights and How Does It Work?

Search Console is already a fantastic tool, but Google has gone well beyond that to help site owners enhance their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and content marketing. Well, this is great news for digital marketers because if there is one thing they love working with, it’s plenty of precious data.

So, let us introduce you to Google Search Console Insights. From this article, you will gain valuable information on what it is, how it works, its numerous benefits for you, and much more.

What Is Google Search Console Insights?

Google Search Console Insights is a new experience that combines both Search Console and Google Analytics to offer insights into a site’s organic data. This platform is specially designed and tailored for site owners, content creators, and bloggers to better understand how audiences discover their site’s content and what resonates most with them. These valuable insights provide answers to the following questions:

  1. What are your top-performing pieces of content?
  2. How are your latest pieces of content performing?
  3. How do audiences discover your content across the web?
  4. What do people search for on Google before vising your content?
  5. Which articles refer users to your website and content?

Who Can Use Search Console Insights?

These insights are a part of Google Search Console (GSC), so anyone with a verified Google Search Console property can access and use it. Moreover, for gaining better insights regarding your content, it is highly recommended to link your site’s Google Search Console property with your site’s Google Analytics property.

How Can Search Console Insights Be Accessed?

There are several methods you can use to access Search Console Insights. The following are three ways in which you can do it:

  1. Select ‘Search Console Insights’ available on top of Google Search Console’s Overview page.
  2. Access it from the ‘Google Search Console in search results’ feature.
  3. If you are using the iOS Google app, you can select ‘Select Console Insights’ available in the account menu by tapping your profile picture at the top corner of the screen.

How Does Search Console Insights Work?

How Does Search Console Insights Choose “New Content”?

The new content card displays the pages on your website that received their first pageviews in the past 28 days. Content is organized by recency and must gain minimum views to appear. There are three main pieces of information used to populate this card.

  1. They begin by checking page titles that got traffic in the last 28 days but didn’t receive any traffic in the previous year.
  2. Several rules are applied to clean the data, and filter pages less likely to be new content; for instance, title changes, comment pages, and internal search result pages.
  3. They filter out translations of the same content and keep best-performing titles. To prevent confusion with the metrics in the Google Analytics interface, they don’t aggregate translated pages’ metrics.

This card demonstrates your best-performing page titles by pageviews in the last 28 days. For each title, the top search queries for the leading canonical URL may also be indicated. To view more Search data for the content, you can click it and drill down to the page overview.

Keep in mind that if the URL is not under the associated Google Search Console, they will be unable to bring Search data.

The referring links from other websites card reveals how users discover your site’s content through links to your content from various other sites. The primary goal of this report is to offer you a proxy on the number of entrances generated by a specific referring page. For each incoming session from a specific referral, GSC Insights will count only one pageview.

Take note that this logic is not used in the top traffic channels card; pageviews are normally lower in the referring links care compared to the Referral channel.

Sections Provided by Search Console Insights

The Search Console Insights have a user-friendly dashboard that presents data to you in a straightforward, clear, and easy manner. In addition, you can effortlessly find key data without having to spend precious time filtering for it.

Here are the different sections you will find in the Search Console Insights.

1. Page Views 

This report starts by providing you with an “Overview” of your site, highlighting the best-performing pages. The first section shows a graph of your page’s views over the last 28 days and demonstrates the average time a user spends on the page over that period.

2. New Content

The New Content section shows you the content you have created within the past 28 days. However, you will find this section blank if you haven’t published any new pages or content.

This is the final section in the “Overview” category that reveals your website’s most popular content. Here you will see the 15 most popular pages on your site over the last 28 days, ranked in order by page views. Furthermore, you can also learn about the average time spent on each page and a preview of the top search queries driving people to that page from the Google Search Engine Results Page (SERP).

4. Top Traffic Channels

Following the “Overview” category is the “How People Find You” category. The first section shows your site’s top traffic channels. There are three channels provided:

  • Organic Search- this is traffic from any search engines such as Google or Bing.
  • Direct- traffic from link clicks excluding those found on search engines, social media, or other sites. So, this could include browser bookmarks or links sent to someone by email.
  • Referral- this consists of traffic from people clicking links found on other websites.

5. Social Media

This section provides insights into how people get to your site from social media. In particular, it ranks the social media platforms according to the page views they produced.

The Different Badges in the Google Search Console Insights

GCS Insights shows three different badges to help you focus your attention on interesting patterns in the data. The badges are as follow:

  1. High avg. duration: this means, compared to your site’s other pieces of content, this content has a high duration. It may be because your audience found this content engaging.
  2. Top 5 results: the average position on Google Search of your content in the past 28 days for the provided query is five or less.
  3. Trending x%: this represents a comparison between the last 28 days and the earlier performance. This badge will, however, only be displayed when a trend is substantially higher than the general trend.

The Advantages of Google Search Console Insights

The digital world is a goldmine of opportunities for numerous businesses. However, chasing after every opportunity that comes your way can turn things around unfavorably for your business, budget, and resources. This is exactly why GSC Insights are a life-saver because you can focus your time, efforts, and money on purely what benefits your business. To help you with this, they offer many valuable tools and reports so you can seize the opportunities that will take your business on the right path to success.

As a digital marketer, one of the greatest challenges is formulating effective marketing strategies and creating meaningful content. Fortunately, Search Console Insights offers help with its feature of highlighting the high-performing pages. This way, you will know the time people spend on a particular post compared to the other posts. Once you understand the type of content people find engaging, you can create much such content.

If you are a content creator or an SEO consultant, you will greatly benefit from GSC Insights because, in a simple and easy manner, you will be able to identify what drives traffic to your site. For instance, the sections on link referrals will help you to identify other sites that generate a high number of page views for your site. This makes them perfect targets for backlinking. Furthermore, the “Social Media” section reveals the social media platforms that produce the largest amount of page views. So, using this highly valuable information can assist you in altering your strategy to make more organic content for best performers and less for low performers.

How Can You Share Feedback about Search Console Insights?

In every way possible, the new Google Search Console Insights is trying to help site owners receive insightful data on their site’s performance and better understand it. Nevertheless, if there are any more features that you, as a site owner, would like included, you can directly leave them feedback. To do this, you have to go to the GSC Insights dashboard and click on the “Share Feedback” link available at the top and bottom of the page. So, you can get in touch with them regarding any questions, or suggestions you have for improvement.

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Lera Gelbart
Lera Gelbart

As a digital marketing and revenue generation strategist, she explores different industry streams and trades, shares knowledge through writing, and helps businesses to grow through enthusiastic avenues.

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