Even more Top Search Queries data

Thursday, April 26, 2012

We recently updated the Top Search Queries data to take into account the average top position, we enabled programmatic download and we made sure you could still get all the queries that drive traffic to your site. Well, now it's time to give you more search queries data!

First, and most important, you can now see up to 90 days of historical data. If you click on the date picker in the top right of Search queries, you can go back three months instead of the previous 35 days.

Date selector in the Webmaster Tools Top Search Queries feature

And after you click:

Graph showing 90 days of data in the Webmaster Tools Top Search Queries feature

In order to see 90 days, the option to view with changes will be disabled. If you want to see the changes with respect to the previous time period, the limit remains 30 days. Changes are disabled by default but you can switch them on and off with the button between the graph and the table. Top search queries data is normally available within 2 or 3 days.

The 'view with changes' option is disabled when looking at 90 days of data in the Webmaster Tools Top Search Queries feature

Another big improvement in Webmaster Tools is that you can now see basic search query data as soon as you verify ownership of a site. No more waiting to see your information.

Finally, we're now collecting data for the top 2000 queries for which your site gets clicks. You may see less than 2000 if we didn't record any clicks for a particular query in a given day, or if your query data is spread out among many countries or languages. For example, a search for "flowers" on Google Canada is counted separately from a search for "flowers" on google.com. Nevertheless, with this change 98% of sites will have complete coverage. Let us know what you think. We hope the new data will be useful.