Last week Google further expanded its Google Analytics service with the addition of three new SEO focussed reports. Given a full scale public release following a successful beta trial over the summer, these search data reports combine some useful features of Google Webmaster Tools with the flexible data approaches afforded by Google Analytics.
The value of this development lies predominantly in the ability to employ the usual array of Google Analytics filters and segments to Webmaster Tools data. Aside from offering greater analytical insight, eliminating the need to toggle between Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools also improves user experience.
The new reports can be accessed from the Traffic Sources section of the new version of Google Analytics, under the Search Engine Optimisation tab.
Each of the three reports provides imps, clicks, etc. data from a site’s Google Webmaster Tools account.
- Queries provides data for the daily top 1,000 terms Google users searched that resulted in a visit to a site.
- The Landing Pages displays a site’s top daily 1,000 entry points as a direct result of a Google Search Query.
- Geographical data by country, highlighting where visitors arriving at a site via a Google SERP originated from. An example of the Geographical summary report can be seen below.
Note that In order to see these new reports it is necessary to first link a web property’s Webmaster Tools account to its corresponding Google Analytics account. This can be done from the Webmaster Tools homepage. Click on the manage site button, then ‘Google Analytics property’:
Reactions so far have been of a positive nature, with the mass welcoming this move from Google. However, we can’t help but wonder if – and when – a full incorporation of Webmaster Tools will take place. No one can debate the practicality of this new feature, but it leaves room for improvement, with users still needing to use Webmaster Tools to gather crawl error and links to site data.