Google Analytics and Search Console are Google’s free tools for webmasters. Using both tools helps you rank your site on search engines, drive traffic, and generate sales.

In this article, we have put together meaningful insights for Google Analytics and Search Console, helping you travel an extra mile while trying to beat your competitors on Google.

Let’s proceed and learn how to use Google Search Console and Analytics the smarter way possible.

Introduction: Google Analytics and Search Console

In simple words, both tools help you improve your site’s rankings on search engines and see your site’s traffic.

As its name suggests, Google Search Console helps publishers rank higher on Google. Its meaningful insights, such as keywords’ impressions, CTR, positions, indexing issues, and crawling stats help webmasters take informed decisions to improve search rankings on time.

In this manner, Google Analytics is used to see your blog’s statistics, including your site’s traffic sources, sessions, new users per session, top pages, and bounce rate.

Use Google Analytics and Search Console the Right Way

Initial Step: Integrate Google Analytics and Search Console

Connecting Analytics and Search Console helps you see mutual data across the apps. Once connected, you can see your site’s keywords’ impressions, clicks, CTR, and top pages right in the Analytics dashboard.

Integration also helps you avoid switching between the apps while collecting your site’s data. Also, you can export analytics data that include fields fetched from the Search Console account.

Visit this tutorial for a detailed, step-by-step walkthrough of how to create a link between Google Analytics and Search Console.

How to use Google Search Console?

Inspect URL feature

No doubt, “Inspect a URL” feature in Google Search Console is one of the best features available. It helps you check a page for crawling issues, mobile usability, HTTP requests, and optimisation factors before you hit the Publish button.

Once you have created a new page, you can proceed and use the Inspect URL feature in GSC. If you came up with errors, Inspect URL’s results page helps you fix issues and resubmit the new page.

To get started, log into your account and use the Inspect URL feature right in the dashboard.

Inspect A Url Feature In Google Search Console Edited

Have an eye on Google’s Crawling routines

Ever wondered, how often Google Bots crawl your site’s pages? Google Search Console helps you find out by digging deep into its Settings.

Once you’ve logged into GSC, clicking on Settings will take you to the said option. Find the Crawling Stats Report on the next page, as shown in the screenshot below.

Crawling Report

Click on the Open Report button to see a detailed report of how Google Bots have crawled your site in the last months.

Here, you can find stats like total data downloaded by Google, crawl frequency, total crawl requests to date, the purpose of Google’s crawling, and errors in your site’s web hosting connectivity.

The Report page also includes directions on DNS errors, Server connectivity, Average Response Time, crawled redirects, and Google Bot types used in the crawling processes.

Google Search Console also helps you see your site’s link structure and profile, both for internal and external links.

Once logged into your account, click on the Links at the left panel in the dashboard.

Here, you can see external links pointed to your site’s pages, as well as records like top linked pages, anchor texts used, and sites that linked.

Similarly, the internal link report shows the number of total internal links created on your site, along with the top pages that are linked.

Gsc Link Profile

Using links’ data in Google Search Console helps you audit your site’s link profile for external and internal links.

How to use Google Analytics?

Google Analytics Smart Goals

Smart Goals in Analytics help you track and improve important measures.

For example, you can track pages crawled per session, session duration, location information, and device or browser used while users were browsing your site.

As addressed, in Google’s point of view, Smart Goals collect information about a site’s best sessions, users, and top pages. For example, if you wanted to track the number of users in a specific duration, Smart Goals have covered your back.

To get started, log into Google Analytics and proceed to click on Admin on the dashboard’s left panel.

The next page shows users, properties, and other information about your site. Select your desired property from the list and proceed to click on Goals as shown in the screenshot below.


Here, if you can see Smart Goals on the next page, click on it. In case the said option is not visible, you can proceed with the options being provided.

Once you’ve configured goals, click on the Save button to proceed. Google will notify of changes, achievements, or goals’ recommendations once the criteria are met. For more information on how to set smart goals in Google Analytics, see this tutorial.

Site’s performance on different screens

Google Analytics also shows your site’s performance on different screen sizes.

For example, right in the Analytics dashboard, you can see if your site is loading properly on different screens, as shown in the following screenshot.

Analytics Insights And Options

You can read more information by clicking on the Insights notifications. Here, actionable steps are shown to solve the listed issues.

The Insights report also includes stats regarding various aspects of your site’s performance. For example, with a click, you can find the number of users in the previous week.

Custom Google Analytics Dashboards

By default, Google Analytics shows a set of default widgets once you’ve logged into your account.

If for some reason, you wanted to change analytics’ default dashboard view; you can do so by using the custom dashboards feature in Google Analytics.

Custom dashboards help decision-makers see data that matters. You can also share custom dashboards and reports with others.

To get started, click on Customization -> Dashboards once you’ve logged into your account.

The next page shows an option to create a new custom dashboard. Click on the Create button to get started, as shown in the screenshot below.

Custom Dashboards Create Button

The “Create” option provides two ways to proceed – Blank Canvas and Starter Dashboard. Proceed with the first option if you wanted to create a custom dashboard from scratch. Don’t forget to name your new dashboard.

The next page contains options to include your desired widgets in the new custom dashboard. Proceed with desired options and save changes at the end.

After you’ve set up a custom dashboard with desired widgets, you can see the new dashboard right on the Customization -> Dashboards page.

Here is the screenshot for a custom dashboard.

Custom Dashboard Done

Note: You can remove a custom dashboard by clicking on Delete at the top bar.

Wrapping up

Beyond default views and options, Google Analytics and Search Console help publishers take informed decisions with periodic reports, custom dashboards, and smart goals.

In this write-up, we focused on basic, but under-rated options to use Analytics and Search Console in a smarter way.

This is why small steps can make a big difference in achieving prominent results.

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