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A couple of screen shots below show a difference which has me stumped.

Screenshot showing three filters applied - so fart so good

Additonal page filter - WTF?

The only difference between the two screen shots is an additional page filter:- include URLs containing somesite.co.uk

Question

Why is it reducing the metrics since Google's note (see link to it below) as there's no query filter applied in either screenshot?

Observations, notes, info:

Previously adding the page filter increased the Impressions, Clicks, etc metrics, still evident in the above before Googles note. Now, it reduces Impressions dramatically (in this example) post Google's note.

I never confirmed why adding the include url containing somesite.co.uk page filter increased the metrics previously, but had a theory it was probably around searches with query info and searches without.

Google's note dated 19 August 2018: Chart totals no longer include anonymous* (rare) queries when you apply a query filter.

  • I don't recommend using Google Search Console for traffic analytics, use Google Analytics for better accuracy. – Simon Hayter Sep 8 '18 at 9:02
  • I'm examining impressions not traffic. It's the focus of my question. – GLCoder Sep 8 '18 at 9:04
  • That's an interesting observation. I tested things and saw the same. It seems that the impressions total is incorrect, but using a page filter corrects it. I've submitted feedback on this, I suggest you do the same. – Tony McCreath Sep 12 '18 at 11:57
  • Thanks @TonyMcCreath, thought I was going daft. I will do. – GLCoder Sep 18 '18 at 10:45

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