About the "Include in 'Conversions'" setting

For each conversion action, you can decide whether or not to include its conversions in your "Conversions" reporting column. You can use this setting to control how you bid for conversions and to customize the data in your reports.

In this article, we’ll go over what "Include in 'Conversions'" does, why you might use it, and how to change the setting.

Benefits

You can use the "Include in ‘Conversions'" setting to do the following:

  • Fine-tune your "Conversions" column to see only data for the conversion actions that matter most to you.
  • Tell AdWords which conversions to optimize for in an automated bidding strategy.
  • Adjust your "Conversions" column to better inform your manual bidding.

How "Include in 'Conversions'" works

"Include in 'Conversions'" does just what it says: it lets you choose whether or not to include a conversion action’s data in your "Conversions" reporting column. You can adjust this setting for each of your conversion actions, so you can choose to include certain kinds of conversions and not include others.

You can use this setting to control how you bid for conversions. Automatic bidding strategies like Target return on ad spend, Enhanced cost-per-click, and Conversion Optimizer use the data in the "Conversions" column to optimize your bids. Choosing not to include a conversion action in the column means your bidding strategies won’t bid for these particular conversions. This can be useful if you want to bid for certain kinds of conversions but not others.

Regardless of how you set this setting, data for all of your conversion actions will be included in your "All conversions" column.

Example

You own an online clothing store, and you track two conversion actions: one for each time a customer puts something in their shopping cart, and another for online sales.

You want to optimize your bidding for the sales and track these conversions in your “Conversions” column. You don’t want to bid for the shopping cart action, and you don’t need to see this data in your main “Conversions” column.

You check “Include in ‘Conversions’” for your sales conversion action, and uncheck the setting for the shopping cart. Now, your automatic bidding strategy will only optimize for your sales conversions, and your “Conversions” column will only show sales conversions. However, data for the shopping cart action is still included in your “All conversions” column.

If you don’t use automatic bidding strategies to optimize for conversions, this setting won’t automatically affect your bidding. However, you can also use the setting to adjust the “Conversions” column to better inform your manual bidding.

The default setting for most conversion actions is to include data in the “Conversions” column.

How to change your "Include in 'Conversions'" setting

Follow the steps below to edit this setting for a conversion action:

  1. Sign in to your AdWords account.
  2. Click the Tools tab and select Conversions.
  3. In the table, click the name of the conversion action you want to edit.
  4. Click Edit settings.
  5. Click Include in "Conversions."
    • Check the box if you want to include these conversions in your “Conversions” column.
    • Uncheck the box if you don’t want to include these conversions in your “Conversions” column.
  6. Click Done, and then click Save.

Tip: Include advanced conversions in your "Conversions" column

You can also include cross-device conversions in your "Conversions" column by using the "Include advanced conversions" setting. Learn more

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