Google Search Console Search Analytics Let's You Combine Properties Into Sets

May 23, 2016 • 7:38 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization
 

Six months ago, we reported that Google was working on letting you combine your Google Search Console properties into "sets." Well, now that feature is rolling out to everyone over the next 36 hours.

Google announced it this morning saying "Search Console is introducing the concept of "property sets," which let you combine multiple properties (both apps and sites) into a single group to monitor the overall clicks and impressions in search within a single report."

It looks almost exactly like the screen shots I posted several months ago, which goes to show you how long it can sometimes take for Google to launch someone in the Google Search Console.

In short, this let's you combine your various sites together, mostly aimed at combining http, https, www, non-www, and others into one report for the Search Analytics report. This doesn't necessarily combine the other reports together, but right now, Search Analytics.

To do this, go to Google Search Console's properties view and click "create a property set" at the top right. Google will show you all your properties and let you combine what you want:

Then add the properties you're interested in and the data will start being collected within a few days.

Google explained, "property Sets will treat all URIs from the properties included as a single presence in the Search Analytics feature. This means that Search Analytics metrics aggregated by host will be aggregated across all properties included in the set. For example, at a glance you'll get the clicks and impressions of any of the sites in the set for all queries." Google added, "This feature will work for any kind of property in Search Console. Use it to gain an overview of your international websites, of mixed HTTP / HTTPS sites, of different departments or brands that run separate websites, or monitor the Search Analytics of all your apps together: all of that's possible with this feature."

Zineb from Google said on Twitter that it should roll out to everyone within 36 hours. John Mueller made it clear that this is relevant to Search Analytics only right now, but they can expand it elsewhere. Although he added that manual actions would go across properties anyway, so that doesn't matter. Another tidbit that sets are limited to 1,000 keywords, but the API gives you more, but still, you can get more granular data not using sets.

Here is more help documentation on how to manage property sets in Search Console.

I decided to create a set for my app, https, http, etc sites here, but I have no data to show you until Google processes it:

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