Are You Getting Google Search Console’s Monthly Performance Reports?


By: Drew McManus

We haven’t talking about Google Search Console in a while, but it is still one of the best secret weapons most arts orgs aren’t using but should. Search Console works in tandem with Analytics and provides enhanced tools to measure search traffic and performance, find and fix issues, and maximize your rank in search results.

Toward the beginning of 2020, Search Console started sending out monthly performance reports that include a genuinely useful metrics dashboard. Here’s how Google describes the key numbers in the summary email:

Monthly performance numbers:

Top growing pages and Top performing pages: Which pages on your site are growing the fastest (by absolute value, not by percentage change), and which have the highest number of clicks. These values are “month over month” changes (how this month compared to the previous month).

Top growing queries and top performing queries: The fastest growing queries in Google Search that return a link to your site. (A query is the phrase that a user types in the Google Search box.)  These values are “month over month” changes (how this month compared to the previous month).

Devices: What device type your users were searching on when they found your site.

Google Search surface: How many users clicked on your site, by search type: Web search (the default, or general, search results), image search, video search, and Discover.

Even if you’re someone who rarely touches analytics, you can get a good bit of useful top-level information from these reports. If you have a Search Console account but don’t receive messages (and haven’t inadvertently unsubscribed), you can get on the monthly mailing list by having your account admin add you as a user.

  1. Go to Settings > Users and permissions.
  2. Select “Add User.”
  3. Enter email address. Important: the user must have a valid google account connected to the email address used.
  4. Permissions: choose Full or Restricted. Both options will end up receiving reports.
  5. Select “Add.”

That’s all there is to it.

Moving forward, you’ll start getting monthly report emails:

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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