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Connect Google Search Console with Google Analytics 4

Now it is possible for you to connect Google Search Console with Google Analytics 4. As a result, you will get additional in your Google Analytics 4 reports.

In this blog post, I will describe the process, where you can find that data, and more.

 

Video tutorial

If you prefer video content, take a look at this video from my Youtube channel.

 

What kind of data will be imported?

Speaking of dimensions, there will be 4 of them (just like in Universal Analytics):

Search queries
Landing pages
Devices
Countries

As for metrics, the following ones will be available:

Organic Google search clicks
Organic Google search impressions
Organic Google search click-through rate
Organic Google search average position
Users
Engaged sessions
Engagement rate
Average engagement time
Event count
Conversions
Ad revenue

Some of these metrics are a bit of a black box to me because I am not sure how exactly Google Analytics 4 maps them (e.g. users, engaged sessions, or conversions).

For example, here is a regular blog post from Reports > Engagement > Pages and screens.

The count of confirmed_email_optin conversions on that page is 0. That is because the final email option confirmation happens on a Thank you page (which is a totally different page), thus all conversions are counted on that page.

BUT, if I check the same page in the Google Search Console Landing page report within GA4, I see that 7 confirmed_email_optin conversions are counted for that regular blog post.

And the same applies to all other blog posts/pages. In regular GA4, only Thank you pages get the credit for confirmed_email_optin conversions. In GSC GA4 reports, those conversions are split among landing pages that are visited before the final Thank you page visit.

Is there some attribution here? Is this something similar to the Universal Analytics Landing page report (where you could easily see the landing pages of sessions that ended up with goal completion)? Hopefully, Google will clear these things in the future.

 

How to connect Google Search Console with Google Analytics 4?

There are two ways how the connection can be made: from the Google Analytics 4 interface, or from the Google Search Console UI.

In this blog post, I will show the GA4 option.

In Google Analytics 4 property, go to Admin > Search Console Linking.

In the top right corner, click Link.

Important: You must be an editor in your GA4 property and that very same email address must be a verified site owner of the Google Search Console property in order to create the link.

Then select on Google Search Property. Click Choose accounts.

A new list will appear with properties where you are a verified site owner. Choose one property and then click Confirm. You can link only one GSC property with one GA4 property/web stream.

Then you will need to select a web stream you want to link with that Search Console property. Click Select and then choose the stream.

In the final step, you will have to review everything and click submit.

After that, you will see a green badge Link Created. This confirms that you have connected two properties successfully.

Now you will need to wait for up to 24 hours (read: until tomorrow) to start seeing data in the reports. Where? Read the next chapter.

 

Where can I find Google Search Console data in Google Analytics 4?

Google Search Console data will appear as two additional tiles (widgets) in Reports > Acquisition > Acquisition overview:

Google Organic Search Traffic
Google Organic Search Queries

If you want to see more detailed reports, you will need to click the link at the bottom of each tile.

The data here is available not only from the moment you have linked two properties. Historical data will also be available.

In the Google Organic Search Traffic report, you will see the following dimensions:

Landing page
Country
Device category

Metrics:

Organic Google search clicks
Organic Google search impressions
Organic Google search click-through rate
Organic Google search average position
Users
Engaged sessions
Engagement rate
Average engagement time
Event count
Conversions
Ad revenue

In the Google Organic Search Queries report, you will be able to see these dimensions:

Organic google search query
Country
Device category

Metrics:

Organic Google search clicks
Organic Google search impressions
Organic Google search click-through rate
Organic Google search average position

 

Limitations and things to keep in mind

Because of how the GSC data is imported to Google Analytics, there are some limitations you must be aware of.

One property and one web data stream. You can connect only one GSC property with one Google Analytics web stream.

Additional dimensions for breakdown. You cannot add additional dimensions that are available in other standard reports (e.g. user scoped dimensions).

Time series/line charts. Currently, they are not available in the Google Search Console reports.

Comparisons. Even though that feature is displayed in the interface, comparisons will not work in GSC reports. The same principle applies to Universal Analytics (GA3) when you could not use advanced segments for such data.

 

Google Search Console + Google Analytics: Final words

Hopefully, this blog post gave you some clarity on how to connect Google Search Console with Google Analytics 4. The process is pretty straightforward and quick.

After you link both properties, check your reports the next day and the data should be in the Acquisition overview.

 

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