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Google Analytics search traffic question

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

Friday, October 2, 2009
14 years ago2,555 views

Does anyone know... in Google Analytics, how can I check:

- the recently fastest rising search queries from Google web searches
- the recently fastest rising search queries from Google image searches

Basically, I saw a spike in search referrers for one of my sites, and would like to know what it's about...


Dave Shaw [PersonRank 5]

14 years ago #

The easiest thing to do would be go to Traffic Sources >> Google (Organic) and then set Dimension to Keyword. This will just look at Google Organic keywords. Not entirely sure if this includes Google Images or not but I suspect not because I can see '' as a different referrer in some of my stats.

Not sure you can do 'fastest rising' search queries, but you could compare week on week (or day on day) and see where the big increases are. I prefer 'comparison' view for doing this.

Checking Google image queries seems trickier for some reason. I can see as a referrer but then when I try and look at the keywords I get 'none set'. Perhaps Google Images doesn't pass the query? Seems unlikely though. Perhaps someone else can help with that.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

Thanks! With your help I found that I can click on "" in the Traffic Sources -> Search Engines section. It seems to only have started to show this in September 2009 – or at least, I get 0 referrers from that shown in Analytics prior to that. However, it doesn't seem to show real numbers even after that (or I'm doing something wrong), as it shows only a minor fraction of the referrer traffic Analytics shows for "Referring site:". Hmm...

Still looking for a way to find the fastest rising image queries, might be nice to see...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

There was a good idea here:

Google Analytics is a good product, but far less user-friendly that its competitors (ie: XiTi). With that "pass your mouse over to discover why there is a pick here" feature, GA could give its users a really interesting and new tool.

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