In this post I’ll show a method for creating custom Search Query Categories. This method involves creating custom categories using CASE statements.
Google Data Studio announced yesterday that they had added some new text functions. One of them was;
CONTAINS_TEXT— Returns true if the specified text is found in the field or expression, otherwise returns false.
I thought I’d try it out by playing around with some Search Console data. The actual Data Studio report is at the end of the blog post.
1. Adding your Search Console Data to Google Data Studio
The first step is to add your Search Console data to Google Data Studio. Create new Data Studio report and choose Search console as your data source.
Make sure to choose ‘Site Impression’ and not ‘URL impression’ when adding the Search Console data.
If you’ve added in the data it should look like what is shown below.
2. Creating a new field for custom Search Query Categories
Now you need to click on Add a Field to create our custom search query category.
This is the CASE statement I created, as I wanted to try divide the search queries into topics that would be relevant to my website.
The terms I use will likely not be relevant for you, so here’s a blank CASE statement you could use;
CASE WHEN CONTAINS_TEXT(Query,"xxxxxxxxxx") THEN "XXXX" WHEN CONTAINS_TEXT(Query,"yyyyyyyyyy") THEN "YYYY" WHEN CONTAINS_TEXT(Query,"zzzzzzzzzz") THEN "ZZZZ" ELSE "Other" END
Now that we have our ‘Query Category’, we can add it to our Data Studio report.
3. Creating a Query Category table in the Data Studio report
Once we’ve created our custom query category can build a table summarizing how many clicks, impressions, the Click-Through-Rate and the average position of each Query Category.
And below is the finish Data Studio report. You can click on any of the Query Categories to filter the Query table on the left.
Hope you enjoyed this post about creating custom Search Query Categories.
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