Set up conversion tracking for your website

2. Set up your Google tag

 

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If you created your conversion action using a URL, you’ll see one of the following screens:

  • If you’ve set up a Google tag, you’ll see a screen confirming that your conversion action is now set up. You’re now done. If you’ve chosen to dynamically track transaction-specific values you’ll still need to modify your code.
  • If you haven’t set up a Google tag, you’ll see a screen with instructions to set up your Google tag.

If you set up your conversion action manually, you’ll see one of the following screens:

  • If you’ve set up a Google tag, you’ll see instructions to add an event snippet.
  • If you haven't set up Google tag, you’ll see instructions to add both a Google tag and an event snippet for this conversion action.

Installing the Google tag

 

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The Google tag adds website visitors to your "All visitors" data segments if you've set up your data. it also sets new cookies on your domain, which will store information about the ad click that brought someone to your site. When your Google tag is linked to your Google Ads account, it uses click information to attribute a conversion to your Google Ads campaigns. Please ensure you're providing users with clear and comprehensive information about data collection, and obtaining consent where legally required.

You must install the Google tag on every page of your website, but you need only one Google tag for each Google Ads account.

Choose between 2 ways to install your tag

Option 1: Set up the Google tag for your website

Under the “Set up a Google tag”, select the option that best describes your situation and follow the instructions for installing the tag:

Use the Google tag found on your website (Recommended)

Use the tag detected on your website to complete setup without making changes to your site's code. Users for your account will be added as users on the tag. Learn more about managing your Google tag

1. Click Details to view your tag details.

2. Click Confirm.

Learn more about setting up your Google tag

Note: As best practice, don't add more than one instance of your Google tag to each page of your website.

Use a Google tag you already have

This option shows whether the tag was detected on the site you entered. Choose a tag labeled "On site" to complete setup without making changes to your site's code.

Note: If your site has low traffic volume, your tag may be listed as "Not detected". If you choose a tag labeled "Not detected", you may need to install it. Users for your account will be added as users on the tag. Learn more about managing your Google tag

If you have admin access to the tags listed, you should be able to find them. If you can't find the tag you're looking for, you may not have the appropriate user permissions to make changes to that Google tag.

1. Click Choose a tag to discover:
  • A list of tags you have admin access to
  • Tag IDs
  • Where the tag was detected.
    • If the tag is detected on the site you entered, you can choose a tag labeled “On site” to complete setup without making changes to your sites’ code. If you choose a tag labeled “Not detected”, you may need to install it.
2. Select the Google tag you want to use, then click Confirm.

Install a Google tag

You can install the Google tag through 2 ways:

Install using a website builder

You can use a website builder or content management system (CMS) such as Wix or Duda to deploy your Google tag. Select your website builder and follow the instructions to finish setting up your Google tag without making changes to your code. If you're trying to deploy a tag via a CMS or Website builder integration, but the CMS integration doesn’t accept a GT- tag ID, you can use an alias (AW-XXXXX or G-XXXXX) that's supported by the CMS integration.

You can finish setting up your Google tag without making changes to your code if you manage your site using one of these platforms:

Learn more about installing your Google tag with a website builder

When you’re finished with your installation, click Done and we'll scan your website.

Click Done to finish your Google tag setup.

Install manually

Choose this option if it’s your first time setting up the tag for a conversion action in your account and you haven’t installed the Google tag. To install the tag, copy and paste it in the code of every page of your website, immediately after the <head> element. Don’t add more than one Google tag to each page.
1. Add (TAG-ID) into the appropriate setting from your provider.
An animation that demonstrates how to install the Google site tag for conversion tracking in Google Ads.

Here’s an example of a Google tag, where “TAG_ID” stands for the tag ID that’s unique to your Google Ads account:

<script async
src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtag/js?id=TAG
_ID"></script>

<script>

window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];

function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}

gtag('js', new Date());

gtag('config', 'TAG_ID');

</script>

2. (Optional) Modify the Google tag based on your preferences:

  • If you don’t want the Google tag to add website visitors to your remarketing lists on initial page load, add the highlighted portion below to your Google tag’s 'config' command:

    gtag('config',' TAG_ID',{'send_page_view': false});

  • If you don’t want the Google tag to set first-party cookies on your site’s domain, add the highlighted portion below to your Google tag’s 'config' command:

gtag('config',' TAG_ID',{'conversion_linker': false});

Note: We don’t recommend doing this as it will lead to less accurate conversion measurement.

If you want to disable the collection of remarketing data, add the highlighted gtag('set') command to your Google tag above the gtag('js') command. This will disable the collection of remarketing data for all configured Google Ads accounts.

<script async

src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtag/js?id=TAG_ID"></script>

<script>

window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];

function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}

gtag('set', 'allow_ad_personalization_signals', false);

gtag('js', new Date());

gtag('config', 'TAG_ID');

</script>

3. Copy the Google tag, then add it to your website.

4. Open the HTML for the page your customers reach on your website after they've completed a conversion, for example, the "Thank you for your order". This is called the conversion page.

5. Between the head tags (<head></head>) of the page, paste your global site tag, then, any event snippets that apply to the page.

6. Save the changes to your webpage.

7. Click Done.

8. Click Install event tag.

9. Next to "Event snippet", select whether to track conversions on a page load or click.

  • Page load: Count conversions when customers visit the conversion page, such as a confirmation page for a purchase or sign-up. This is the default and most common option. Learn more about Google's security standards.
  • Click: Count conversions when customers click a button or link (such as a "Buy Now" button).

    An animated gif that depicts how to  edit event snippet preferences.

10. Copy the event snippet, then follow the instructions to add it to your website, or click Download snippet to add it later.

  • If you're tracking conversions by page load, add the event snippet to the page you're tracking.
  • If you’re tracking conversions by click, add the event snippet to the page that has the button or link you’d like to track for clicks.

11. Click Next.

12. Click Done.

An animated gif that shows the option to copy or download an event snippet within the Google Ads UI.

13. Click Finish. If you’re tracking clicks on your website as conversions, follow the instructions in Track clicks on your website as conversions to add an additional piece of code to the button or link you’d like to track. This step is required for conversion tracking to work.

You’re now done setting up conversion tracking for your website.

Option 2: Use Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager is a tag management system that allows you to quickly and easily update tags and code snippets on your website. Use Google Tag Manager to install your Google tag and your conversion tracking tag.

Note: You won’t be able to use Google Tag Manager with some conversion tracking implementations like URL-based conversions, setting up enhanced conversions for web and enhanced conversions for leads.

Set up the Google tag

If you set up a conversion action using a URL, you need to create a Google tag in Tag manager.

Step 1: Create a new Google tag

  1. Open Google Tag Manager
  2. Select the container you want to configure. Open the Tags menu.
  3. Create a New tag. Enter a name for the tag at the top (e.g., "Google tag configuration - example.com").
  4. In the Tag Configuration box, select Google tag.
  5. Configure your tag. In the field Tag ID, enter your Google tag ID.

    Where is my Google tag ID?

    You can find your Google tag settings within Google Ads, Google Analytics, and Google Tag Manager. Log in to a product and follow the instructions to view your tag ID:

    Google Ads instructions

    Google Analytics instructions

    1. Open Google Analytics.
    2. Go to the Admin screen.
    3. In Data Streams, click on a stream to see details.
      Result: Your screen should show you the Google Analytics settings and the Google tag settings.Screenshot of the Google Analytics 4 data stream settings. The Google tag settings are located in the data stream settings

    Campaign Manager 360 instructions

    1. Open Campaign Manager 360.
    2. Under “Floodlight”, click Google Tag to edit the Google tag settings.

    Google Tag Manager instructions

    Note: To see Google tag IDs in Google Tag Manager, you need to manage a Google Ads, Analytics or Google tag in a container.

    1. Open Google Tag Manager.
    2. Click on the tab Google tags to see Google tags you have previously set up.
      Google tag overview in Google Tag Manager
    3. Click on the tag name to edit the Google tag settings.
  6. Optional: You can set up additional configuration options to govern how your Google tag communicates with its destinations. If you set up the Google tag and want to keep all its default settings, you can now skip to Step 2: Create a trigger.

Optional settings

Global parameter settings

If you need to establish common context across several Google tags, you can specify global parameters using gtag.js directly on your website.

Global parameters are read by all Google tags on your website. Use this option only for non-sensitive data.

Learn how to reuse parameters across multiple tags, in the developer documentation.

Configuration settings

You can specify additional configuration parameters that influence the Google tag settings.

To reuse configuration across Google tags, create a configuration settings variable.

Shared event settings

You can specify additional parameters that are sent with every event, for example the currency of a price. Event parameters are only valid for the tag you add them to.

To reuse event settings across Google tags, create an Google Tag Event Settings variable. Use recommended event parameter names so that Google Analytics can populate dimensions and metrics for you.

Send data to a tagging server

Server-side tagging allows you to move some tags off of your website or app and onto a server instead, which allows you to improve performance. Learn more about server-side tagging.

To send all events to a Tag Manager server container instead of Google Analytics, you need to configure the following parameter:

  1. Open the Configuration settings menu.
  2. Set up the server container URL by adding a new configuration parameter:
    • Name: server_container_url
    • Value: Set to the server container URL of your Tag Manager server container

Result: Your configuration parameters should look like this:Screenshot of a server-side tagging implementation in the Google tag.

Set up user properties

User properties are attributes that describe groups of your user base, such as their language preferences or geographic locations. You can use user properties to define audiences.

For example, you can set a user property called favorite_food, which you can use to record each user's favorite food. You can use the data to segment users by their favorite food.

Analytics automatically collects some user dimensions so you don't have to define user properties for them. You can set up to 25 additional user properties per Google Analytics 4 property.

To measure custom user properties you need to create a new Google Tag Event Settings variable and then assign it to the Google tag.

7. Save your Google tag.

Step 2: Create a trigger

  1. To ensure that the Google tag fires before other triggers, click Triggering and use the Initialization - All pages trigger. Learn more about Page triggers.
  2. Name the tag and Save the tag configuration.

Result

Your tag configuration should look like this:

Screenshot of the finished Google tag setup

Set up the conversion tracking tag

If you set up conversions manually, you need to set up the conversion tracking tag:

  1. Copy the Conversion ID and Conversion label (shown in Google Ads) for your conversion action.
  2. Follow the instructions to set up Google Ads conversion tracking in Google Tag Manager. Important: To ensure proper tracking in all browsers, make sure you add a Conversion linker tag and configure it to fire on all of your webpages.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Click Done.
  5. If you’re tracking clicks on your website as conversions, you’ll need to complete additional setup steps in Google Tag Manager. This is required for conversion tracking to work. Choose one of the 2 options below:
    • Basic: Set up a click trigger so the conversion tracking tag fires when the relevant click occurs.
    • Advanced: Add a function call to the code for the link, button, or button image. Then, set up a custom event trigger so the conversion tracking tag fires when the event (in this case, a click) occurs.
Tip: Install the conversion tracking tag with Google Tag Manager Instead of manually adding the conversion tracking tag to your website code, you can use Google Tag Manager to install the tag. You’ll need to provide the following information:
  • Conversion ID
  • Conversion label
You’ll find this information in the event snippet for your conversion action. In the sample snippet below, TAG_ID stands for the conversion ID unique to your account, while AW-CONVERSION_LABEL stands for the conversion label, which is unique per conversion action.

<!-- Event snippet for Example conversion page --> <script>

gtag('event', 'conversion', {'send_to': 'AW-CONVERSION_ID/AW-CONVERSION_LABEL',

'value': 1.0,

'currency': 'USD'

});

</script>

You’re now done setting up conversion tracking for your website.

Advanced options

Disable the collection of personalized data

You can choose to disable the collection of personalized advertising data for users who do not wish to view personalized ads or for your own compliance reasons. You can modify the Google tag and disable the collection of personalized advertising data for particular users on your site, or choose to exclude all users from California in the Audience Manager section of your Google Ads account.

Not sure if your tag is set up correctly?

You can use Tag Assistant to check the implementation of your tag. For additional troubleshooting, visit Troubleshoot your sitewide tagging or Use Tag Assistant to troubleshoot your unverified or inactive conversion actions.

Informing your site visitors about data collection

As always, please ensure you're providing users with clear and comprehensive information about the data you collect on your websites, and getting consent for that collection where legally required.

Security and privacy for website tracking

Google's security standards are strict. Google Ads only collects data on pages where you have deployed the associated tags.

Please ensure you're providing users with clear and comprehensive information about the data you collect on your websites, and getting consent for that collection where legally required.

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