Domain properties (experimental)

Search Console is experimenting with a new type of web property that includes all protocol and subdomain variations for a given domain. This new property, called a Domain property, is defined using a bare domain or subdomain fragment, without any protocol or path. Data for all subdomains, protocols, and subpaths are aggregated for this property.

For example, if you define a Domain property as "example.com", it includes example.com, any subdomains of example.com (for example, m.example.com, support.m.example.com, www.example.com, and so on), as well as any subpaths in any of those domains, on both http and https.

Domain properties are still experimental and by invitation only. Search Console will contact you if you are selected to participate.

We really want feedback to know if Domain properties are useful. Please tell us your thoughts.

Domain property syntax and data

A Domain property is defined using any domain or subdomain that includes a public suffix. For example, the following URLs are all valid Domain properties:

Domain + public suffix

example.com

m.example.com

support.m.example.org

support.m.example.co.es

The public suffix is a required part of the property definition, so the Domain property "example.com" does not include "example.org" or "example.il.com".

A Domain property combines data for the specified domain, all subdomains and subpaths, and all supported protocols. Here are some example Domain properties, and what they include:

Example included URLs:

Domain property definition Example included URLs
example.com
  • http://example.com
  • https://example.com
  • http://m.example.com
  • http://a.b.c.example.com
  • https://m.example.com/any/path/here
  • ...
m.example.com
  • http://m.example.com
  • https://m.example.com
  • https://support.m.example.com
  • https://support.m.example.com/any/path/here
  • ...
example.co.cn
  • http://example.co.cn
  • https://example.co.cn
  • https://support.example.co.cn
  • https://support.example.co.cn/any/path/here
  • ...

 

A Domain property is atomic: that is, it contains data for all included URLs during the entire lifetime of the property. For example, if your property is example.com, it can't contain data for www.example.com starting 2 months ago but m.example.com starting only 1 month ago.

You cannot split the aggregated data by subdomain or protocol from a Domain property. If you want to split up your data, use one of the following techniques:

  • Add a page filter in the Performance report to see data for specific protocols or subdomains
  • Create additional properties for segments of the Domain property (that is, if you have a Domain property example.com, you can create additional properties for m.example.com or http://example.com).

Create a new Domain property

At present you cannot create a new Domain property. If you have been invited to participate in a limited test, you will have a domain created for you.

Delete a Domain property

If you would like to opt out of this experiment and delete your Domain property, you can request removal here.

Limitations

  • Some reports, tools, and settings are unavailable to a property with a Domain property. For example, you cannot view or change property settings for this type of property, or use the sitemaps report or tool.
  • Domain properties are available only in the new Search Console.

FAQ

Q: Can I split the data in this property into its component sources (http, https, and so on)?

A: No; the data you see is combined and cannot be split apart, except by individual URL in appropriate reports.

Q: Can I create another Search Console property for a domain that is part of a Domain property?

A: Yes. If you have a Domain property example.com, you can create a separate property for www.example.com if you want to see that data separately. The example.com Domain property will not be affected.

Q: Why can't I see any Domain properties in my account?

A: Domain properties is currently in a limited test; if you have been invited to participate, you will be notified and a property will be created for your account.

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