For Google your keywords data usually takes two days to be imported, while for Bing and Yahoo! it may take up to a week.
Because Search engines provide your keywords data a few days late, it may take a bit of time for reports to be populated with data.
Over time you will be able to access months and even years of Search Keywords performance data and gain valuable insights into your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) progress.
If you have shell-access to the server running Matomo you can use these built-in commands:
./console searchengines:import-google --idsite=[idSite]
./console searchengines:import-bing --idsite=[idSite]
Normally the imports should be run automatically as Matomo tasks. If you experience some issues or the imports don’t run, you may try to trigger the imports manually to check if they are working at all.
Which queries caused your website to appear in search results? Which queries result in more traffic to your website than others? Some years ago most search engines decided to hide keywords from the referrer urls, which made it impossible for web analytics tools to report reliable keyword statistics and answer these questions. Search Keywords Performance Monitor is a plugin created by InnoCraft, the makers of Matomo, which lets gain those powerful insights and see all your keywords used by users directly into a new Matomo Search Keywords report.
Your Search keywords data will be imported every day into your Matomo Analytics (formerly Piwik Analytics) and you will be able to access very valuable SEO and insights into your Search Keywords.
Once you have configured Matomo (Piwik) Search Engine Keywords Performance to import your Google and/or Bing and Yahoo! keywords (which just takes a few minutes), the keywords will be available in Matomo in a “Search Keywords” report under the Referrers menu.
Search Engine Keywords Performance provides the following metrics for each of your Google/Bing/Yahoo! search keywords:
- Clicks: a click is counted each time someone clicks on a link pointing to your website on a search engine results page.
- Impressions: an impression is counted each time your website is displayed in a search engine results page.
- Clickthrough rate: a ratio showing how often people who see a search engine results page with a link to your website, end up clicking it.
- Keyword position: average position of your website in the search engine results list (for this keyword).
To view how your keywords position evolve over time, go to your Search Keyword reports. On a particular Keyword, hover on the keyword and click the Row Evolution icon. You will then see a graph showing the evolution of your key metrics (Keyword position, Clicks, Impressions and Clickthrough) over the last few days or weeks or months. You can even compare multiple keywords (for example, the keyword position or number of clicks) at the same time.
Some other search engines also allow to access the keyword statistics: in a future version we will import keywords for Yandex and others. Please contact us if you are interested.
To import your Google Keywords you need to Sign up to Google Search Console, and then add your website property. Once you have verified your website (proven to Google that you own the site), you will be able to let Matomo (Piwik) import your Google keywords for Google Search, Google images and Google videos. Our user guide explains in detail the steps to import your Google Keywords in Matomo.
When you’re using the SearchEngineKeywordsPerformance Premium plugin, your Google Search keywords data will be automatically imported from the time in your website or app.
Search keywords will be imported once your website has been configured and approved in the Search Console. When you create a new account and approve it in Search Console, the data will be available from this day onwards.
If no keyword shows up in your reports even when you have configured it correctly within Matomo, you can try to trigger the import manually on console. If that doesn’t help or you are not able to do it, feel free to contact us.
When you’re using the SearchEngineKeywordsPerformance Premium plugin, your Google Search keywords data are imported from the time in your website or app. Google Search Console API only provides access to the data within the last 3 months. Unfortunately older data can’t be accessed. But once you have setup the import of Keywords in Matomo (Piwik), we will keep your keywords data full history and over time you will be able to access your keyword data history over many months and years. Matomo helps you liberate your data and keep full control of it.
The SearchEngineKeywordsPerformance plugin offers new Crawling overview reports:
- Crawling overview report show how Search engines bots crawl your websites. This crawling overview displays the following key metrics: crawled pages, total pages in index, total inbound links, robots.txt exclusion page count, page redirects (301, 302 http status).
These metrics are updated regularly, as often as possible according to how fast Search Engines provide us with the data:
- Bing updates the crawling overview metrics daily and also provides historical data. All available data will be imported on the first import. New data will then be imported every day in your Matomo (Piwik).
How do I import Google keywords from multiple protocols/sub-domains into one Matomo website? (using domain property)
When using the Search Engine Keywords Performance plugin, you can import one of your website’s keywords into the corresponding Matomo (Piwik) website. But it is also possible to import the Google Keywords from several protocols/sub-domains into one Matomo website. First need to 1) create a Domain property in Google Search Console and then 2) import keywords from this property into Matomo. Follow these two steps:
1) Create a new domain property (from Google’s documentation).
- In the Search Console home page, click Add property.
- define the domain name and apply the required DNS change
- Click Verify to add the property.
Note: It might take a few days to start seeing data for your new property.
2) In Matomo, configure the keyword import from this new Domain property.
- In Matomo > Administration > Search Performance, below Google Search Console, click Setup Configuration.
- Below Configure websites click the Add configuration
- Select your Matomo Website to import keywords into, and then select the Domain Property you just created in the Google Search console.
After 2-3 days, all keywords from your Domain property should be imported in Matomo.
Yes, to be able to import Keyword statistics in Matomo (Piwik) from Google Search Console, a connection to a Google account is required. This account needs to have access to the Search Console data for the website you would like to query the data for.
If you don’t have set up Search Console yet, go to Google Webmaster Tools. Add your website as new property and follow the instructions to verify you are the site owner. That’s all. Now Matomo should be able to import the keywords if you grant access to your account in Matomo > Administration > Search Performance. Learn more in our user guide.
The SearchEngineKeywordsPerformance plugin offers page crawling error reports:
Crawling error reports show all pages that could not be loaded while the bot was crawling your site. The detailed reasons, like server errors, robots.txt exclusions, not found pages, and similar will help to take the right actions to avoid such issues. For Google crawling errors it is additionally possible to view all external links and sitemaps that point to those pages.
The crawling error reports do not provide any historical feature. They will always show the latest data provided by the Search Engines. The data will be imported once a day.
If you are not able to see the keywords in the Google Search console, Matomo will not be able to import the keywords. Here is the explanation of what’s likely happening:
Your website may be running with HTTPS only or Google may send all search traffic to your HTTPS website, but maybe you have configured a HTTP property in Google Search Console. So if you have added http://your-website.com to Google Search Console, it won’t show you any traffic directed to https://your-website.com
So you likely need to add the https://your-website.com URL-prefix property to Search Console and configure Matomo to import that data.
Alternatively, as you can see in this Google documentation, you can add a Domain Property. A Domain property in Search console will Include all subdomains (m, www, and so on) and both protocols (HTTP, HTTPS).
-> We recommend to add your Domain property to Google Search Console (or alternatively add your URL-Prefix property starting with https://).
Could you try this and let us know if you can see your keywords in the Search Console?
This can happen when you enter your website URL in the Authorized redirect URIs rather than your Matomo URL (when setting up Google oAuth config client). This needs to be set to your Matomo URL including the query string for example:
https://matomo.my-website.com/index.php?module=SearchEngineKeywordsPerformance&action=processAuthCode refer to step 10 in our guide.
Unfortunately we don’t have access to the data of “keyword per visitor” so we can’t show the keywords per visitor in the Visits log, nor can we give out the per-keyword conversion rates for your Goals. You can find your keyword reports under Acquisition > Search Engines & Keywords.