There are many things that you should keep on top of in order to monitor your website’s performance and there are almost as many tools that you could be using to do this. In this quick post, we’ll be making life a little bit easier for you by showing you how to combine the data from two of the top monitoring tools available: Google Analytics and Google Search Console.
Whilst Google Analytics gives you data about what your visitors do once they are on your website, and some information about which acquisition source they came from, Google Search Console specifically provides information about how your site appears on Google and the traffic that came from there. Combined, these two tools are invaluable – and they’re both free to use.
Fortunately it is possible to get your Search Console data configured in your Google Analytics account, which can give you valuable insight into how visitors have found your website and what they do after they land, all in one place. This means fewer reports to check and gives you the ability to combine your SEO ranking with other Analytics data, saving you time.
Before you start, you need to be an admin of both the Google Analytics and the Google Search Console accounts in question.
- Sign in to your GA account and select the property in which you want to enable your Search Console report.
2. Click Admin, and then, on the Property column, click ‘All Products’.
3. In the All Products page, find Search Console and click ‘Link Search Console’.
4. When you click ‘Link Search Console’, you will see a list of all the domains you have access to on Google Analytics. Select the property with the identical URL, and click Save.
To view your Search Console performance on Google Analytics, go to the Acquisition reports and click ‘Search Console’.
Hopefully you’re now comfortable setting up your own combined Google Analytics and Google Search console reports to see organic traffic data more in depth, and you can start saving time while analysing your website traffic.
Cristina, our Digital Account Manager, has interests that read like a lonely hearts column - she likes walks along the beach, enjoys drawing and has a GSOH. She’s obsessive when it comes to analytics and is filled to the brim with ideas for our clients.