Google Search Console Introducing REGEX Filter and Revamped Comparison Mode
Google Search Console launching two new features including regular expression (regex) filters and a revamped comparison mode that will help to improve the efficiency of analyzing data in the performance reports.
Find out more about these new features and how they can assist with data analysis in the Search Console Performance Reports.
Search Console Performance Reports now support REGEX (regular expressions) filters for page URLs and user queries. This will help you create the more complex query and page-based filters and answer more questions that interest them. Google explains how the addition of regex support allows site owners to capture more query data:
“For instance, 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.”
To use the new regex filter, create a query or page filter, select the dropdown menu, and select Custom. For further assistance with creating regex filters, visit the help center page.
Previously, Search Console didn’t support more complex cases, such as a query containing one out of a few optional strings. But now, users could filter queries and page URLs according to three patterns: containing a string, not containing a string, and exactly matching a string.
Revamped Comparison Mode
Site owners use the comparison mode in Search Console to answer comparison-based questions. Until now, the table wouldn’t contain a comparison column with a relative difference in percentage if more than one metric was selected.
The revamped comparison mode now supports cases where more than one metric is selected. An improvement to the interface nearly doubles the area available for the data table, making it easier to view results side-by-side.
While comparison mode now allows more than one metric to be compared, only one filter at a time can be applied to those metrics. In addition, the comparison mode now supports the new regex filter for queries and pages.
These updates to Search Console are now available to all site owners.