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Google Search Console Made a Change to Data Calculations as of August 19

August 31, 2018 / Matt Southern

Google recently informed site owners that changes were made to the way Search Console tracks certain sets of query data. In a series of tweets, Google explains the details behind the changes that were made on August 19. The changes specifically affect the way Search Analytics/Search Performance calculates totals for queries that do not match a piece of text. Prior to August 19, totals for “query not containing” data included the sum of queries that weren’t tracked in Search Console. Google Search Console does not track queries that are made a very small number of times, or queries that contain personal or sensitive information. Although those queries are not tracked, they were still represented in the totals for “query not containing.” As of August 19 that is no longer the case.