GSC Helper FAQ

Thanks for using GSC Helper. In case something is unclear, take a look in this extensive FAQ document. If a question is still unanswered, please leave a comment or get in touch with stephan@searchanalyzer.io.

Options menu

Within the options, you can configure the so-called „GSC Deep Link“ (the default action while you are outside of Google Search Console) and make other choices.

GSC Helper options

Where do I find the options?

Perform a right mouse button click on the extension logo. Choose „options“.

What can I do within „Configure GSC deep link“?

The GSC deep link is the default action of the extension while you are outside the GSC. A click will open the currently visited page in GSC performance report according to your preference you defined below.

These are the options:

  • Default country: Choose if you want to see „global“ or only the data for a specific country. Keep in mind, that filtering for a country will give you preciser rankings, but anonymized clicks are completely filtered out.
  • Time frame: Define the default time frame to see in GSC.
  • Open website as …: Choose if a website should be opened within a „URL Property“ (starting with http..), or a „Domain Property“ (starting with sc-domain: in GSC). This refers to the URL structure you verified in GSC.
  • Select your metrics: Google Search Console offers four metrics (Clicks, Impressions, CTR, Position). Based on your selection, all or only some of those metrics will be active in GSC by default (when you click the GSC deep link).
  • Choose Google account: This option is relevant for people using multiple Google (not Chrome!) accounts at the same time. When you, e.g., have your personal account as your primary account, and all GSC profiles are in your secondary account, pick „Second account“ in the drop-down. All GSC deep links will then include a /u/1/ in the URL. This flag opens the site in your secondary Google account (/u/0/ is your primary account).

What is „Show GSC tables in full-width“?

When you hide the sidebar in GSC, the table width is decreased (instead of using the space). When you set the value to „yes“, GSC Helper overwrites the respective .css entry and the tables are always using the complete available width.

Performance report x GSC Helper

The GSC performance reports are the core of Google Search Console. GSC Helper works with all three performance reports („normal performance report“, Discover, News). See which actions are available to you.

Context menu actions: Set dates

When you are inside Google Search Console, a right mouse button click allows you to access various „date actions“ to set dates easily.

You have the following options within „Set date„:

  • Last 14 days: Will set the date to TODAY-16 days to TODAY-2 days, as Google Search Console has a two-day delay. So on the 30th of May, the date will be 14.05 to 28.05.
  • Last full month: Choose this to see the performance of the last complete month. On the 30th of May, this will give you April data, as May only offers partial data right now.
  • Penultimate full month: Penultimate means „the [week/month] before last month“, so in this case, you will get March data when you are selecting this time frame in May.
  • Last full three months: Covers the last completely available months. Sticking to my example, this gives you 01.02 to 30.04
  • Month to date: This option sets the date from the first of the current month till TODAY-2 days, due to the data delay. So you would get 01.05 to 28.05.
  • Year to date: Similar to above, but 01.01 is chosen as the starting day.

Context menu actions: Compare dates

When you want to compare the performance over time, these options are available to you:

  • Compare last full week vs. penultimate week: The last available complete week (Mon to Sun) is compared vs. the week before.
  • Compare last 14 days vs. 14 days before: Takes the current day and calculates TODAY-16 to TODAY-2, vs. the TODAY-31 to TODAY-17, so you can easily prepare the last 14 days performance vs. the 14 days before.
  • Compare last full month vs. penultimate month: Sets the date range to cover the last full month (which is usually the month before the current month), and compares it to the month before. So in May, it will be 01.04 vs. 01.03.
  • Month to date vs. penultimate month to date: Month to data sets the data to 01.[current-month] to TODAY-2 days, and compares that period against the month before.

Context menu actions: Query filters

With query filters, some pre-defined RegEx are applied to the performance report.

  • German query filters – Questions: Adds „(\s|^)w(er|em|en|essen|ie|ann|o|elche|as|obei|omit|oran|ohin|obei|eshalb|arum|ieso|orauf|orum|ovor|odurch|oher|eswegen|oraus)\s“ to find popular question terms.
  • German query filters – Transactional terms: Sets the query RegEx to \b(bestell[^\s]*|ordern|kaufen|anfordern|erwerben|beziehen|besorgen|downloade?n?)\b to find words like „bestellen“
  • English query filters – Questions: Filters queries for \b(who|what|when|where|why|how|which|whom|would|should|could|can|will|is|are|was|were|has|have|had|do|does|did)\b, to identify questions.
  • English query filter – Transactional terms: Filters queries for \b(buy|purchase|acquire|cheap|price|order|procure|obtain|get|shop|invest|obtain)\b, to show search queries with transactional intent
  • Word pattern filter: Filters for 1, 2, 3 or more than 3 word queries, or for queries including at least two digits (to find e.g. year)

Visualize performance data by week / month / quarter

While you are within the dates tab of Google Search Console (!), a click on the extension logo will generate the chart. Otherwise, you will see either a different visualization, or a hint.

Note: When nothing happens when you click the extension logo while being in the dates tab, refresh the GSC page and try again.

When you are in the dates view of Google Search Console, you can generate the chart by clicking on the extension logo

Based on the selected time frame in Google Search Console, you can either visualize the data by week, month, or quarter. So ensure to first set the needed time frame, and then start the visualization.

Your options on the visualization tab

On top of the chart, you can choose which data you want to see (clicks and/or impressions), and select the time frame

Below the chart, you will find the aggregated table matching your selected data grouping. The table can be downloaded as .csv, you can copy the table, or save the chart as .png.

Extension logo actions

Depending on if you are inside or outside Google Search Console, the extension logo has different functionality.

While you are inside of GSC

When you are inside Google Search Console, a click on the extension will generate the performance visualization. Note that you need to be in the date tab of Google Search Console, as only there the daily data is available.

While you are outside of GSC

When you browse the web, a click on the extension logo will open the currently visited (canonical) URL in Google Search Console, based on your configuration in the options.

Context menu actions

While browsing the web, the context menu offers you various quick links to either open the current page or domain in Google Search Console reports.

Within Google Search Console, opening GSC within GSC wouldn’t make sense, so that’s why a different context menu is available to you while you are browsing within GSC. The „GSC context menu“ allows to apply filters or grab data.

  • Open domain in GSC ( | domain property): The currently visited domain will be opened in GSC, either as URL property, or domain property
  • Open domain in GSC performance report ( | domain property): Opens the performance report for the current domain.
  • Open URL in GSC performance report ( | domain property): The currently visited URL is set as „URL is“ filter in the GSC performance report, to analyze the performance of the page. Note: Your time frame preferences according to the options are taken into account here.
  • Open URL excl. parameters in GSC performance report ( | domain property): In case the currently visited URL uses parameters, the parameters are removed within the „page is“ filter in GSC. Note: Your time frame preferences according to the options are taken into account here.
  • Open parent folder in GSC performance report ( | domain property): When you are using a folder structure, this deep link will open the parent folder and set „URL contains“ as a filter. So you can see all ranking data for URLs sharing the same parent folder. Note: Your time frame preferences according to the options are taken into account here.
  • Open domain in index coverage report ( | domain property): Opens the index coverage report for the domain, either as URL or domain property.

General FAQ

The extension parses the source code of the currently opened tab (That’s why you need to be in the dates view!) and visualizes the available data. Everything happens in your browser. No data is sent to anyone.

Your privacy is important! No data is transferred to anyone, everything happens locally in your browser! That’s why you will see an empty charts when you aren’t accessing the chart while browsing on the dates-view: The required data is simply unavailable.