Amazon Search Query Performance dashboard: tapping into the superpowers of search query data
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Amazon Search Query Performance dashboard: tapping into the superpowers of search query data

Martin Saunders, April 24, 2023

Amazon's Search Query Performance: everyone’s been talking about it, and for good reason. This powerful dataset unlocks insights that can lead to predictable, scalable growth. When used properly, this first-party search and conversion data can help you fine-tune your advertising strategies and become a competitive force in your category. 

Amazon’s Search Query Performance reports can help you find answers to questions like:      

  • Which search terms are the best performers for my brand? 

  • What is my market share for KPIs like impressions, clicks, and sales? 

  • How can I better optimize my Amazon advertising and product listings?

  • How can I measure the impact of changes in my business strategy? 

In this article, we’ll cover what Search Query Performance is, how Amazon advertisers can extract the data, and how to transform the data. And finally, we will talk about analyzing and using the information you’ll find in your Amazon Search Query Performance report.

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What is Amazon’s Search Query Performance report?

Amazon Search Query Performance refers to an Amazon dashboard where advertisers can access information about the top customer searches (i.e., search queries) that lead customers to their brand's products. 

It includes overall query performance data, like impressions, clicks, add to carts, and purchases, and it shows your total market share at both the brand and product levels. Volume metrics include:

  • search query score

  • search query volume

  • impressions

  • clicks

  • add to carts

  • purchases

And Amazon’s Search Query Performance dashboard shows the total share of each metric (for example, click share, purchase share, and so on) for: 

  • the market 

  • your brand

  • your products 

What is the difference between search query score, search query volume, and impressions?

Amazon's Search Query Performance report provides Amazon sellers with detailed information about how their products are performing in Amazon search results. 

Specifically, the report shows advertisers which search terms are leading customers to their products via the following metrics: search query score, search query volume, and impressions.

Because the differences between these metrics can be unclear, we’ve summarized the key differences below.




Search query score

Orders the queries from best to worst performance

Amazon uses a combination of search funnel impressions, clicks, cart adds, and purchases of queries and your own brand performance to compute a score for the queries and rank them.

Search query volume

The number of times this query was shown during the selected time period

Amazon includes all queries issued within a day. For example, if the same query is issued by the same customer session in a 24-hour time period more than once, Amazon will include all of those instances in the total query volume. Also, clicking on the next page of search results will create search volume.


Views that originated from the search results page for the query

It includes both organic and Sponsored Products ads but excludes ASINs displayed in widgets like "Top Rated” and "Highly rated."Includes ASINs only from pages that are rendered irrespective of whether the product is in the scrollable view or below the fold.

Where can I find the Amazon Search Query Performance dashboard?

Where can I find SQP 2

To navigate to the Amazon Search Query Performance dashboard, go to Seller Central → Brands → Brand Analytics → Search Query Performance. 

Note that the Search Query Performance dashboard is only available to brand-registered sellers. (It is part of the Brand Analytics Dashboard, which only registered brands can access.)

To access the Search Query Performance dashboard, you need to be your brand’s primary Seller Central account administrator; alternatively, you can get permission from the account administrator to access Brand Analytics.

Extracting, transforming, and analyzing Search Query Performance data

Now that you know what Amazon’s Search Query performance dashboard contains and how to navigate to it, let’s have a look at how you can extract and analyze the data that the report contains.

How to download data from the Search Query Performance dashboard

Extracting Search Query Performance data

In the brand view, you can choose the time period (weekly, monthly, quarterly) and see the top 1,000 queries. The ASIN view has the same choices for time periods and provides the top 100 queries per ASIN. As of September 2022, you can simply click the “Generate Download” button to extract your SQP data.

Transforming data

Once you have the data, we recommend going as far back as you can using weekly data, adding the relevant week or month numbers to the spreadsheet, and creating a pivot table. That way, you’ll have week-over-week and month-over-month data that you can use to identify trends.

Tip: We’ve created a SUPA template (from Search Query Performance Analyzer) that will help you organize all of your data and easily create graphs, facilitating easy data analysis.

Analysis and use cases of Amazon's Search Query Performance dashboard

With all of your data transformed and organized, you still may see that there’s a lot going on and feel unsure about what you should be looking for. Below are a few ways data from Amazon’s Search Query Performance report can inform the decisions you make about your Amazon business.

Use case 1: product ideas

By analyzing the search terms that people use to find products on Amazon, you can identify trends and patterns that can help you generate new product ideas. Here are a couple specific things to look out for: 

  • gaps in the market: areas where few or no products are available 

  • popular products: in-demand products in a particular category, plus desirable features or product bundling opportunities 

  • emerging trends: changes in customer behavior

Tip: Amazon’s Product Opportunity Explorer is a great compliment to do further product research.

Use case 2: discovering new search terms

Having a close look at the search terms that appear in Amazon’s Search Query report can give you ideas for keywords to target with your Amazon PPC ad campaigns. 

We recommend mapping the relevant Search Query Performance terms with the targeted keywords in your existing PPC campaigns. Look for search terms that are related to your product that you’re not targeting. If there are related keywords with a relatively high number of orders, they are a priority for you to increase the market share. Start targeting them with PPC campaigns, segmenting based on the total market orders. You can use the new search terms to create new ad groups and campaigns in your Amazon advertising account. Be sure to optimize your ad copy and landing pages for these new keywords to maximize your chances of success.

The more orders, the higher the priority a search term should have. Search terms that do not have any market orders are not worth targeting, as they are unlikely to lead to sales. 

After creating campaigns that target these new keywords, make sure to monitor your performance (click-through rates, conversion rates, and ACoS) to determine whether the new keywords are driving positive results.

Use case 3: SEO optimization

To improve your SEO optimization, sort your Search Query Performance data by Impression Share (last period) and add highly relevant queries with low impression share to the title, bullet points, and/or the backend keywords. 

The title has the largest impact in terms of indexing for ranking. If you can add it in the summary or the title, great. But only if that keyword is really important. If not add, just add it to your listing to make sure that you are influencing the ranking.

Why low impression share? Low impression share means that you are not appearing on page one or you do not appear enough on page one. It means you are not ranking well, which is key to building out a profitable Amazon business.

Use case 4: identify important keywords for peak periods

It's important to prepare your product for peak periods by optimizing its ranking. One effective way to do this is by analyzing Search Query Performance data to identify keywords that led to sales in the past.

For example, if it's September or August and you're preparing for Q4, you can look back at last year's Q4 data to find keywords that were driving sales during that time. By identifying these keywords, you can focus your PPC campaigns and listing optimization on them to improve your product's ranking and increase organic sales in the lead-up to a peak period.

Since there is less competition for these keywords before the peak period, you have a better chance of ranking higher in search results. This is a great opportunity to improve your ranking and drive more organic sales.

Use case 5: discovering opportunities to increase market share

One way to increase your market share on Amazon is to identify relevant keywords in your Search Query Performance data that have low click share and sales share and then take action to improve those metrics. 

Below are some of the actions you can take to improve click and sales share: 

  • running Amazon Sponsored Products ads

  • running a top-of-search campaign for search terms that have lost market share

  • using headline ads and video ads to increase your impression share and reach a larger audience

Use case 6: measuring the impact of A/B testing, deals, and listing optimization

Amazon’s Search Query Performance report can help to identify the impact of factors like price changes, listing optimization, and A/B testing (for example, with coupon codes or titles) on your product's performance compared to competitors.

Monitoring click share, impression share, and purchase share can help you understand what is happening and how these changes affect your product’s positioning in the market. Understanding how these metrics are trending can also reveal if there are changes happening in the market that you should investigate.

For example, if you see that you are losing your market share drastically, you’ll want to investigate. Look at Amazon, your competitors, and your rankings. Consider whether you or a competitor has made product, pricing, or advertising changes.

Use case 7: measuring the impact of advertising strategies

You can track the impact of your advertising strategies at the query level. The main metrics that you’ll want to track are impressions, click share, and sales share. 

Before you start any advertising campaigns, create a Search Query Performance report to establish baseline data for your performance. This will allow you to compare the data before and after implementing any changes to advertising strategies.

After implementing the desired changes to your advertising strategy, continue to monitor your Search Query Performance reports to see how you are performing for the relevant search queries. Compare the data to your baseline report to see the impact of your advertising strategies.

Use case 8: measuring cannibalization for branded and unbranded keywords

One way of determining how reliant your products are on ads is to reduce your ad spend (in top of search, for example) and monitor how it impacts your purchase share. 

If you see that your sales share decreases drastically, it means that Sponsored Products ad was driving a lot of sales for you. If you see the sales share not changing, it means you that your Sponsored Products ad was likely cannibalizing your organic sales—i.e., the Sponsored Products ad, that you have to pay for, was getting a sale that your organic listing would have gotten anyways (for free). Seeing a trend like this in your performance metrics suggests that you may not need to spend on Sponsored Products ads for that specific keyword.

When you do this test, we recommend that you do it only for a single keyword. Don't go through your whole account and do it for lots of keywords. We recommend working one by one and seeing what happens. Ultimately, if you have strong organic rankings, this test will help you understand if you need to run ads, or if your organic sales are strong enough to dial back your ad spend.

(Note that click share isn’t appropriate to focus on in this instance because if you decrease ad spend, your product will take up less real estate on Amazon’s search results page and therefore will receive a smaller share of clicks.)

Tracking growth with Amazon’s Search Query Performance report

Amazon’s Search Query Performance reports have changed the way many advertisers track growth. Prior to the release of the Search Query Performance report, advertisers looked at metrics like total revenue, TACOS, organic sales, and PPC sales. And the thinking typically went something like this: if revenue is going up, that means we're growing; if not, it means we’re underperforming. 

But tracking raw volume metrics like total sales only gives you part of the picture. Market demand fluctuates in every niche, and tracking volume metrics like total revenue growth cannot show whether your growth relative to the market. 

With Search Query Performance reports, advertisers can understand and track their performance relative to the market. Not only can you see volume metrics like sales, but you can also see what your share of the market is. And you can easily track it over time.

Competitive and market intelligence solutions beyond Amazon’s Search Query Performance report


Amazon’s Search Query Performance dashboard is a great free tool for Amazon advertisers, but one of its central limitations is that you cannot isolate and understand individual competitors in your market niche. 

Prism, Perpetua’s fully-integrated market and competitive intelligence solution, gives you instant access to your competitors’ pricing information, ASIN assortments, keywords, ranking data, and product details all in one platform. With Prism, you can: 

  • quickly identify and target top competitor ASINs with Amazon ads;

  • compare your organic rankings with the organic rankings of competitors and go after the keywords where a competitor is outranking you;

  • identify gaps or changes in competitor offerings to outmaneuver other sellers in your subcategory.

To see how Prism can put market-aware advertising into your Amazon playbook, book a demo today.

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