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Connect with Google Search Console to get search keywords#14

Unfortunately Google does not include the search keywords in the HTTP referrer that Plausible has access to. The only way to access the keywords that people use to your site on Google, is through Google Search Console.

I’ve done about 30 minutes of research on this, but this seems possible to me:

  1. Set up Google Search Console for your website, this will give you access to the keywords that people click on in Google
  2. Get an API key for your Search Console
  3. Give the API key to Plausible so we can fetch the keyword data
  4. This data is integrated to reports on our side.

Bing does include the keywords in the referrer, so we already have the data to show keywords for it. However, a ‘keywords’ report wouldn’t be complete without the biggest search engine, Google.

Uku Taht
6 months ago

This is now completed. You can go to the ‘Google’ referrer in your stats and follow the instructions to integrate with Google Search Console.

The next step is to aggregate all search traffic and keywords into a single report: https://feedback.plausible.io/25

Uku Taht
4 months ago
Changed the status to
Completed
Uku Taht
4 months ago

I’ve tried to use this feature. My domain is verified for my Google account using DNS, but shows this error when i try to see the search terms. Bug or user error?

Runar Ovesen Hjerpbakk
a month ago

Hi Runar, sorry for the slow response.

It’s not a bug but I wouldn’t call it user error either :) It’s just pretty confusing because your Google Search Console has to be set up in a very particular way for the integration to work at the moment. You probably have to make a change in the Search Console. Check this doc for the specifics: https://docs.plausible.io/google-search-console-integration#troubleshooting. Let me know if if it still doesn’t work.

The Search Console works kinda weird and I haven’t put in as much effort as I should to make integrating with it clear and smooth. Sorry about that. I’ll bump this work up in priority.

Uku Taht
a month ago