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    site:mysite.com search adds impressions to Search Console > Search Analytics report


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    Newby round here, hoping I've picked the right place for this question.

    Whenever I do a site:mysite.com search to inspect the SERPs index, it creates a spike of impressions in the Webmaster Search Console > Search Analytics report. This obviously obscures the real number of impressions for that day.

    Question: Is there a way to do this search without adding impressions?

    I found an old moz article here: The Ultimate Guide To The Google Search Parameters and tried &adtest=off. It didn't work. I also tried private browsing to no avail.

    Am I 'not getting' some basic thing here?

    Thank you.
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    I'm amazed no one knows anything about this... :-) Or is it that no one understand the question O_o ?
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    You want to track rankings for a site and not have your queries directly or indirectly affect GSC and inflate your impressions.
    Because of abuse in areas, Google has removed things.

    Some of the Google SE search features no longer work.

    adtest and cache are two that no longer work.

    The short answer is abuse. Same reason you have to spend 25 bucks to have access to the Keyword Tool. People abuse things !
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    Thanks KOS, for confirming there's no way to do it. The simple solution would be for an ability to do this site:mysite.com search from within Webmaster Tools. This could then safely be kept out of the results.
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    What kind of stuff are you trying to inspect in the SERPs? There are testing tools for things like snippets, for example.
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    Originally Posted by SEO_GL
    Thanks KOS, for confirming there's no way to do it. The simple solution would be for an ability to do this site:mysite.com search from within Webmaster Tools. This could then safely be kept out of the results.
    There is just one way I know... but it's really a lot of work. Add some conditional code to load GA. When you want to run your serp analysis, disable the code, then conduct your site: command,
    then re-enable the code. This way your research happens when the code is in-active.
    Last edited by KnowOneSpecial; Nov 18th, 2016 at 04:31 PM.
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    Or use stat counter and label your IP

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