Whether you're using Backlink Explorer, Research Central or Google Webmaster Tools, the amount of data involved can be difficult to negotiate without breaking it down in to smaller, more useful chunks. Filter Sets have been integrated into Raven to separate the unhelpful data from what is most important to you, based on your own criteria.
Adding Filter Sets
Filter Sets can be activated in the Table Settings of any tool displaying the Filter Sets icon.
- Click the Filter Options icon, located in the top right corner of your table.
- Choose the Create New Filter option from the menu.
- Set the criteria for your filter by choosing a filter type from the first dropdown, target columns from the second and modifiers in the third. Additional filter layers can be added by clicking the plus symbol. Remove these layers by click the X symbol.
- Click the Save button to save your filter.
- Give your filter a name and choose its visibility settings. You have the option to make your filter Global (account-wide), Profile-only or Private (which can only be viewed by the filter's creator).
- Click the Save Filter button.
Saved filters can be activated by clicking the Filter Options icon and choosing a saved filter from the list.
When creating a Filter Set, users can modify their filter terms by clicking the third dropdown menu in the filter itself. This menu can have up to six different options:
- Containing: The word or phrase criteria exists in all results, with no attention paid to where the word or phrase lies in those results.
- Exactly Matching: Only results with the exact word or phrase criteria will be displayed.
- Begins With: The result begins with your word or phrase criteria.
- Ends With: The result ends with your word or phrase criteria.
- Less Than: For numeric filters, use this option to display results fewer than your criteria.
- Greater Than: For numeric filters, use this option to display results more than your criteria.
Match Any vs. Match All
As you select your filter criteria, the table will automatically update with your choices. If you want to show multiple filter criteria, you can switch your matches from Match All Filters to Match Any Filter. In the below examples, we'll use the Keywords section of Research Central to demonstrate their difference.
Match All Filters: All criteria must be true for keywords to be included in the filter. In the example below, selecting Match All Filters means only keywords mentioning "SEO" with a mozRank above 3.00 are shown.
Match Any Filters: At least one criteria must be true for keywords to be included in the filter. In the example below, selecting Match Any Filters means keywords that either mention "SEO" or have a mozRank above 3.00 are shown.
After creating a filter, it can be saved for reuse by clicking on the Save button. Any time you want to edit it, click the Edit button after it has been saved. When you save or edit a filter, you can modify the name and change the visibility. The three visibility options have the following scope:
Global Filter: All users can use this filter across all profiles and websites.
Profile-Only Filter: All users with access to the current Profile can use the filter.
Private Filter: Only the user who created the filter has access to it.
Click X or Cancel to leave without saving changes or click the Save Filter button to save your changes.
Once you've saved a filter, you can later delete it by choosing the saved filter from the Filter Options menu and clicking the Delete button once it has been loaded.