Google Search Console Regex Queries

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Alex Hooley

25th April 2022 · 1 min read

Find new content ideas that people are searching for & hidden longtail keywords you’re already ranking for!

To use these queries just head to a property in your Google Search Console account and then Performance > New Filter > Filter by Query > Custom (regex).

Enter one of these regular expressions into the box and see which longtail keywords your pages are already ranking for without even realising. You can then either tweak your on-page SEO to better target the query or start targetting it from it’s own dedicated page.

Question Queries

Question modifier at the start of the query:

^(who|what|where|when|why|how|was|did|do|is|are|aren't|won't|does|if)[" "]

Source: Reddit

Large list of question modifiers:

(who|what|where|when|why|how|was|did|do|is|are|aren’t|won’t|does|if|can|could|should|would|won’t|were|weren’t|shouldn’t|couldn’t|cannot|can’t|didn’t|did not|does|doesn’t|wouldn’t)[" "]

Source: SEO Notebook

Longtail Queries

Queries with 8 or more words:

([^” “]*\s){7,}?

Source: Reddit

Queries with 70 or more characters:


Source: JC Chouinard

Troubleshooting Queries

Common product troubleshooting queries:

(clean|broken|wash off|shattered|polish|problem|treat|doesn't work|replace|doesn't start|scratch|repair|manual|fix|protect|renew|coverage|warranty)[" "]

Source: @HofmanLaursen

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