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Kostas Voudouris - BrightonSEO - Perfromance-based optimisation using Google Search Console and the API

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:Learn how to use Google’s Search Console API to get all of the data you can’t access through Google’s interface. Then the session will then be followed by practical steps on how to visualise the data, and insightful reports that will help you improve your content and organic performance. All you need to know to unleash the true power of Google’s Search Console will be covered, and you don’t have to be a programmer to follow or action any of the things I have learned in the last 3 years dealing with this amazing API.

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Kostas Voudouris - BrightonSEO - Perfromance-based optimisation using Google Search Console and the API

  1. 1. Kostas Voudouris Maxus / GroupM Performance-Based Optimisation Using Google Search Console API @kvonweb https://www.slideshare.net/kvonweb
  2. 2. Who Am I? @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  3. 3. Why do I love Google Search Console API • Limited number of keywords tracked • Irrelevant keywords tracked via legacy files • Difficult to attribute traffic increase or decrease on rankings alone • Snapshot of rankings by 1 IP/location, device • Needs regular review to maintain an up to date keyword set • Retrieve and store all of your available keywords (API lets you download more than 1,000 elements) • Attribute traffic fluctuations using clicks, impressions, CTR and avg. position • Identify new keywords and establish available opportunities • Real time automation of keyword addition when content is indexed. Traditional rank *extracting *scraping @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  4. 4. Track and analyse the keywords you have content for, not the ones you wish to rank for. @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  5. 5. GSC API Reference Google’s API Explorer: https://developers.google.com/apis-explorer/#p/webmasters/v3/webmasters.searchanalytics.query Reference: https://developers.google.com/webmaster-tools/search-console-api-original/v3/searchanalytics/query @kvonweb #BrightonSEO Type exactly as you see on GSC Last 90 days of data available Max 5000 rows of data per request. Use start row of 5000 to get the next 5000 records and so on.. 3 letter country code (ISO 3166-1 alpha-3) Your keywords Use a combination of filters to retrieve the preferred segment of your data
  6. 6. How to download GSC data with just your browser JSON to CSV Converter: https://konklone.io/json/ 1 2 3Add your parameters on Google’s API Explorer and hit execute Copy the returned response Paste your JSON response into a CSV converter and download your excel table @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  7. 7. Store historical GSC data with this GDocs add-on Google Sheets add-on: https://searchanalyticsforsheets.com/ 1 Enable the Search Analytics for Sheets add- one 2 Configure your parameters and start storing your data @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  8. 8. Start harvesting Google Search Console data now @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  9. 9. Label newly discovered keywords to unlock insight @kvonweb #BrightonSEO Formulas on H1 add: =ARRAYFORMULA(MIN(IF(A:A=A1,B:B))) on I1 add: =if(H1=B1,TRUE,FALSE)
  10. 10. Visualise “new keywords” to gain additional insights from your organic search traffic Visualising your new keyword data will provide instant feedback on new content creation and will help you justify increases in organic search traffic. Impressions Clicks Number of New Keywords Impressions Clicks Number of New Keywords @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  11. 11. Do not use Avg. Position as a KPI for a large set of keywords As a site's visibility increases and ranks for a wider number of keywords, it's average position inversely correlates. This is due to the appearance of new keywords in low positions, effecting the sites median ranking. Average Position Number of keywords receiving impressions from Clicks Average Position Number of keywords receiving impressions from Clicks @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  12. 12. The ability to read Google Search Console charts is the single most important thing you can do to understand your Google traffic @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  13. 13. Kick off your optimisation strategy with a GSC-powered Content Analysis @kvonweb #BrightonSEO Top Performers Quick Wins Content Gaps Criteria: Avg. Position 1-3 Criteria: Avg. Position: 4-19 Criteria: Avg. Position: 20-1000 Keywords you are ranking well. Typically your brand terms found in top positions with high Click-Through (CTR) rate. Keywords you rank on the first/second page but not within top positions. Keywords ranking past page 3. The topics are somewhat related to your business but not targeted with content. Action: Monitor/Increase CTR Action: Optimise Action: Create Content
  14. 14. Identify your best performing listing for a page using GSC data Remember: A listing for a single page can differ depending on the keyword it ranks for. Be mindful of how you interpret avg. position. Test over a month and isolate copy changes and seasonality. @kvonweb #BrightonSEO 1 2 Live for Ranked Keywords Impressions Clicks CTR Daily Clicks New Keywords Avg. Position 48 days 1303 100,799 35,279 35.1% 734 +20 45 Live for Ranked Keywords Impressions Clicks CTR Daily Clicks New Keywords Avg. Position 24 days 1404 60,699 23,672 39.5% 986 +101 62
  15. 15. Analyse Keywords against Pages – Sitelinks and keyword cannibalisation Keyword Page Impressions Clicks CTR Avg. Position Sitelink or Cannibal? urlitor / 995 805 80.9% 1 Main urlitor /web-scraping 995 18 1.8% 1 Sitelink urlitor /mobile 994 4 0.4% 1 Sitelink urlitor /tools/yandex-tic-checker 995 2 0.2% 1 Sitelink urlitor /landing-page-suggester 966 2 0.2% 1 Sitelink urlitor /about 995 1 0.1% 1 Sitelink urlitor /contact 964 1 0.1% 1 Sitelink 80.9% 0.2% 0.4% 0.1% 0.1% 0.2% 1.8% Sometimes impressions and average position are similar when pages rank for the same keyword. This usually indicates that sitelinks appear in the SERP. @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  16. 16. Keyword Page Impressions Clicks CTR Avg. Position Sitelink or Cannibal? hdmi cables /HDMI-Cables/ 12,343 805 6.52% 2.7 Main hdmi cables /tv-accessories/hdmi-cables/ 11,323 132 1.17% 8.2 Cannibal hdmi cables /search?q=HDMI+Cables 837 3 0.36% 19.4 Cannibal 1 6 11 16 21 26 1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21 23 25 27 29 AveragePosition(GoogleUK) Rankings over time /HDMI-Cables/ /search?q=HDMI+Cables /tv-accessories/hdmi-cables/ Find multiple URL rankings for the same keyword. If the ranking pages are not sitelinks, consolidate all your ranking power into your preferred page. Use canonicals, 301 redirects, and no index to combat cannibals and boost your rankings. Analyse Keywords against Pages – Sitelinks and keyword cannibalisation @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  17. 17. Create your own custom CTR model to benchmark your performance and forecast traffic Ranking Group Blog Articles Category Pages Car Hire Flights Hotels 1 20.0% 18.6% 17.2% 15.4% 19.4% 2 12.3% 13.7% 15.1% 13.0% 12.4% 3 8.2% 8.4% 8.5% 11.1% 8.6% 4 5.9% 5.8% 5.7% 6.2% 6.1% 5 3.8% 4.2% 4.5% 3.4% 4.5% 6 2.1% 2.5% 2.9% 2.3% 2.1% 7 1.5% 1.4% 1.2% 1.9% 1.2% 8 1.2% 1.2% 1.1% 1.5% 1.2% 9 1.9% 1.9% 2.0% 1.7% 1.3% Ranking Group Brand Generic 1 23.5% 17.2% 2 17.8% 11.9% 3 8.6% 8.2% 4 6.5% 6.4% 5 3.9% 3.9% 6 2.1% 2.1% 7 2.5% 1.3% 8 1.5% 1.1% 9 4.0% 0.0% Ranking Group Desktop Mobile 1 20.0% 24.0% 2 12.3% 16.0% 3 8.2% 9.2% 4 5.9% 5.0% 5 3.8% 2.1% 6 2.1% 1.2% 7 1.5% 0.9% 8 1.2% 0.4% 9 1.9% 0.4% CTR by Page Type CTR by Device CTR by Keyword Type Create CTR models for the main type of pages, keywords and use them to monitor and benchmark the performance of new content. @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  18. 18. CTR Opportunities - from observing trends to quick wins @kvonweb #BrightonSEO Use your own GSC data to look for CTR outliers, dive in to find the reason, then identify whether an action is needed.
  19. 19. Forecast revenue using custom CTR models Position CTR for Keyword Group Monthly Clicks (est.) Click Difference (est.) % of Increase (est.) Monthly Conversions (est.) Monthly Revenue (est.) 1 11.50% 55,861 39,248 236% 50 £76,015.52 2 6.47% 31,428 14,815 89% 28 £42,766.99 3 4.59% 22,296 5,683 34% 20 £30,340.11 4 3.42% 16,613 - - 15 £22,606.35 5 2.25% 10,929 -5,683 -34% 10 £14,872.60 6 2.35% 11,415 -5,197 -31% 10 £15,533.61 Use your own GSC data to create custom models and forecast traffic and revenue uplifts. @kvonweb #BrightonSEO
  20. 20. { "message": "Thank you"} @kvonweb #BrightonSEO Go through the presentation in slow motion: https://www.slideshare.net/kvonweb Get in touch: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kostasvoudouris/ https://twitter.com/kvonweb Free SEO tools: www.urlitor.com My GSC SEO Platform: http://isomer.io/

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