Tag: top search queries


Why Creating a Dashboard for Google Webmaster Tools Can Be a Pain and What You Can Do About It

October 28th, 2014 — 2:12pm

google-webmaster-tools-api-dashboardsSometimes we get complaints from users regarding our Google Webmaster Tools integration being very picky, if not hard to set up.

They are right actually.

First off, we sure have a part of the fault here. It’s our job to make things simple even if that means complex stuff behind the scene. The users simply don’t care about our technical challenges. They want the tool to work. Period.

For some third party integrations like Google Analytics, their API is like a developer’s paradise. Powerful, well structured, very flexible. We can do about anything with Google Analytics API.

For other integration, like Google Webmaster Tools, it’s more like a catch 22. We are damned if we don’t provide it to our users and we are also damned if we do as it’s not a straight forward as Google Analytics.

The thing is that we long waited for Google to release an API as great as the one they have for Google Analytics. They even open the door to something imminent back in June 2013!

We are still waiting for it unfortunately.

We hear you saying « Google Webmaster Tools have an API, right? ». Yes they have an API. But it’s minimalist and it doesn’t include the most important data, in our humble opinion, which is the top queries and top pages. Especially since Google started hiding organic queries in Google Analytics few months ago.

So we went tired of waiting. We decided to offer Google Webmaster Tools integration using what’s available from Google.

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Stéphane has been working on business Web projects for more than 15 years. He has a computer science degree and a MBA specialized in e-commerce from Laval University in Quebec City. That also explains why his writing can sound weird: He is a French Canadian!

View his LinkedIn profile or email Stephane: stephane@dashthis.com

3 comments » | Dashboards, reporting, Web analytics

Use Google Webmaster Tool API to Add Top Search Queries and Top Pages to your Dashboard

May 26th, 2014 — 11:52am

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You probably all know Google Webmaster Tools which provides detailed reports about your pages’ visibility on Google. Few months ago, we wrote on the possibility to integrate Google Webmaster Tools API in DashThis to get Top Search Queries and Top Search Pages. Tired of waiting after a better API from Google, we decided to act and integrated Google Webmaster Tools in a different way.

Actually, it’s pretty simple to get Top Searched Queries and Top Pages from your Google Webmaster Tools account. You only have to add gwt2@dashthis.com as a restricted user of the profile you want to create a dashboard for.

What default widgets are available from the indicators drop down menu?

  • Top Pages – Clicks
  • Top Pages – Impressions
  • Top Queries – Clicks
  • Top Queries – Impressions
  • Total Google CTR
  • Total Google Impressions

What are the metrics and dimensions available?

Dimensions are:

  • Searched Query
  • Page

Metrics are:

  • Clicks
  • Impressions
  • Average Position
  • Click-Through-Rate (CTR)

Some notes:

  • You must add gwt2@dashthis.com as a restricted user for every Google Webmaster Tools profile you want to create a dashboard for.
  • Data source provider key is the URL of the website as found in GWT (ex.: dashthis.com).
  • We can only load 3 months of data for the initial load.

Do you want to add Google Webmaster Tools Top Searched Queries or Top Pages valuable data to your dashboards? Then, you should try DashThis!

Stéphane has been working on business Web projects for more than 15 years. He has a computer science degree and a MBA specialized in e-commerce from Laval University in Quebec City. That also explains why his writing can sound weird: He is a French Canadian!

View his LinkedIn profile or email Stephane: stephane@dashthis.com

11 comments » | Dashboards, Key Performance Indicators (KPI), reporting

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