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The Google Search Console adds support for Regular expression and better data filtering in the Performance section. Google has decided to make several changes to the GSC in recent times to improve this tool and provide users with better quality reports and data. In the previous texts, we wrote about the changes in the Index Coverage report and the addition of the Associations option.
Google has announced several more performance report improvements to the Google Search Console. Improvements include support for Regular expression in performance report filters, and the data comparison mode has also improved their filtering. Site owners can now use the Search Console to filter data using a regular expression, as well as use a redesigned comparison method that supports more than one metric.
Regular expressions have been announced as a novelty in the Search Console for the past year. Regular expression is a way to search and replace strings of words or characters. They will help create more complex queries and page-based filters.
To use the new Regex filter, you can create a query as follows, select the Performance – New – Query – button and select Custom (Regex) from the drop-down menu.
An example provided by Google to use the new option was: “Let’s say your company is called” cats and dogs “, but is sometimes abbreviated as” cats & dogs “or even” c & d “. You can use a regex filter to capture all of your branded queries by defining a regex filter: cats and dogs | cats & dogs c & d.
You can learn more about using Regular expressions in GSC here.
If you have already used the Compare option, you have noticed that the table did not contain a comparison column.
From now on, the comparison mode fully supports cases when more than one indicator is selected, and the interface has been improved to make it easier to display these results in parallel. In this way, the area available for the data table is almost doubled. Besides, the comparison mode now supports a new regex filter for queries and pages.