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How to link Google Search Console with Google Analytics

How to link Google Search Console with Google Analytics

Linking Google Search Console and Google Analytics is important for your traffic analysis.

When the data is available from both these tools at one place, you can analyze 2 important things:-

  • How Google interacts with your website?
  • How users interact with your website?

Basically, linking Google Search Console with Google Analytics provides a deepdive into your SEO data, resulting in better decision making.

A. Before you start

Make sure you have your website connected to Google Search Console.

Google Search Console (or GSC) gives deep insights of how Google sees & rewards your website.

It tells you the website performance in terms of organic rankings, keywords, impressions, clicks etc. In fact, a part of this data is what we are interested to see within Google Analytics.

If you are yet to start using GSC, read our blog on how to set up Google Search Console for your website.

Your Google Analytics and Search Console should be using the same Gmail ID, in order to get linked.

B. How to link Google Analytics to Search Console?

Once you have verified your website in GSC, it’s time to log into Google Analytics.

Step 1: After you log into Google Analytics, click on the admin tab on the bottom left hand side of Google Analytics menu option.

Admin tab in Google Analytics

 

Step 2: Now,  click on ‘Property settings’ under heading ‘Property’ in the admin tab.

Property settings within admin tab in Google Analytics

 

Step 3: The next step is to scroll down until you can see ‘Search Console’ written. Cick the ‘Adjust Search Console’ button right under where ‘Search Console’ is written.

Click on Adjust Search Console

 

Step 4: You will now have access to Search Console settings. Click on the blue text that says ‘Add’.

Click on Add in Search Console settings

 

Step 5: You will now be redirected towards a window called ‘Enable Google Search Console data in Google Analytics’. 

Click on the site that you want to link to Google Analytics and then click on ‘Save’.

Enable Google Search Console data in Google Analytics in Google Search Console

 

Step 6: A pop up will come asking you to confirm to this new association. Click on ‘OK’.

Click on OK in pop-up window

 

Step 7: Now return to Search Console Settings in Google Analytics and refresh the page. After that, your website should appear under ‘Enabled views‘dropdown. If it does, that means Search Console is linked to Google Analytics.

Site listed under Enabled views dropdown

 

Step 8: You can also confirm the same by going to Property Column in the Admin view of Google Analytics and click on All Products. You see a green check mark under Search Console.

Search Console actively linked

C. Finding Google Search Console data in Google Analytics

Once your Search Console is linked to Google Analytics, you will have access to GSC reports.

You just need to click on the Search Console on the left hand side under the Acquisition tab in Google Analytics.

Below we have talked about such reports.

1. Landing Pages: 

In this report, you can find the pages that people are visiting on your site after running a Google search. And if you click on a particular web URL, you will be given a list of search queries that brought people to these URLs.

 

2. Countries: 

This report tells you the countries from where your website is receiving organic traffic. If you click on a country, you will be directed towards landing pages. And if you click on a landing page, you will be shown search queries.

Countries data under Search Console tab

 

3. Devices

This report shows you how people are searching your website using desktop, computers, mobile phones and tablets.

Devices data under Search Console tab

 

4. Queries

This report shows you what search terms/keywords people are typing in Google to find your website. Also, it shows you the average position your website is ranking for the search queries.

Queries data under Search Console tab

Conclusion

Hope this article helps you learn how to link the Google Search Console with Google Analytics; and the kind of reports you can find after linking the two tools.

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