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Latest Google Search Console Update: Regex Filters and Revamped Comparison Mode

Google Search Console gets the two latest features designed to upgrade the efficiency of analyzing data in reports. Site owners can now operate Search Console to filter data by regular regex), use a revamped comparison mode that holds up more than one metric.

Continue reading to learn more about these latest features and how they can assist with data analysis in Search Console.

Regex Filters

Search Console reports now carry regex, which will help with design more complex query and doubt page based filters. Google explains how the addition of regex support let site owners capture more doubt data:

“For instance, let’s say your company is called ‘cats and dogs but is sometimes also abbreviated as ‘cats & dogs’ or even ‘c&d’. You can use a regex filter to capture all of your branded queries by defining the regex filter: cats and dogs|cats & dogs|c&d.”

Early, Google Search Console did not carry complex cases, such as a query containing one out of a few optional strings.

It only authorizes site owners to filter queries and page URLs according to three forms: carry a string, not carry a string, and exactly matching a string.

To use the latest regex filter, start by creating a query or page filter, then select the plunge menu and select Custom. An update to Search Console’s performance report help page notes the following about using regex filters.

Reports default to case-sensitive matching. Site owners can specify “(?i)” at the beginning of the regular expression string for case-insensitive matches. Example: (?i)HTTPS

Invalid regular expression syntax will return no matches. For further assistance with creating regex filters, Google points to a live testing tool that can be found here.

Revamped Comparison Mode

Site owners use the differentiation mode in Search Console to answer comparison based questions. Until now, the table wouldn’t contain a comparison column with a comparative difference in percentage if more than one metric was selected.

The renovated comparison mode now carry cases where more than one metric is selected. An improvement to the interface around doubles the area available for the data table, making it easier to view results side-by-side.

Search Console’s renovated comparison mode supports the new regex filter for queries and pages as well.

While comparison mode now lets more than one metric be compared, only one filter at a time can be appeal to those metrics. Adding a new comparison filter will restore the existing comparison.

“Today, we’re introducing two improvements to Search Console that will make the Performance reports more useful: regular expression (regex) filters and a revamped comparison mode.”