Import Google Analytics goals and transactions into Google Ads
When it comes to analysing customer activity on your website, Google offers two features to help you: Google Analytics goals and transactions, and Google Ads conversion tracking. You can use both at the same time, or just one. Click the link below to see a quick comparison.
Google Analytics goals
- Ideal if you're interested in the entire flow of customers through your site, not just conversions.
- Can include conversions from non-Google Ads sources, so it's good for tracking all customer traffic on your website.
Google Ads conversion tracking
- Ideal if you're interested only in conversions.
- Tracks conversions only from Google Ads sources.
Benefits of importing Google Analytics goals
Importing your Google Analytics goals into Google Ads conversion tracking offers a few benefits. They include:
- Access your Google Analytics conversions and data related to your Google Ads clicks.
- See Google Analytics conversion data in Google Ads.
- Give Conversion Optimiser access to data that helps optimise bids, potentially increasing conversions and lowering costs.
Bear in mind
You might not need to import Google Analytics transactions if you already use Google Ads conversion tracking on a particular page. (Using both could cause conversions to be double-counted.)
Before you begin
To start importing data, you'll need the following:
- A Google Ads account linked to a Google Analytics account
- Auto-tagging turned on in your Google Ads account
Instructions for importing Analytics goals and transactions into Google Ads
- After you've linked your accounts, sign in to your Google Ads account, click the tools icon and select Conversions. Note: Your import could take up to 30 minutes to appear.
- Click Imports.
- Click the Google Analytics radio button.
- Click Continue.
- On the next page, select the goals and transactions that you’d like to import, then click Import and continue.
- Click Done.
Google Ads will begin importing the data from your Analytics account. Historical data from before the import won't be included.
Bear in mind
It can take up to 9 hours before goal and transaction data is available in Google Ads. Once it is, your imported conversion data will appear alongside your existing conversion data on the 'Conversions' page and you'll be able to customise columns on the 'Campaigns' tab to include it. Reports based on your imported conversion data may include modelled conversions in your reports as estimates in cases where Google can't observe all conversions. These are based on aggregated and anonymised data.
Once Analytics data (for example, goals) has been imported to Google Ads, it is subject to the Google Ads terms of service.
Edit conversion settings for imported goals
Once you've imported your Analytics goals, you can edit them the same way that you edit conversion actions created in Google Ads.
- Sign in to your Google Ads account.
- Click the Tools tab and then select Conversions.
- Click the name of the imported goal that you want to edit.
- In the bottom right-hand corner, click Edit Settings.
- Make any changes and click the Save button.
You might see discrepancies in the conversion statistics between Google Analytics and Google Ads conversion tracking. You can troubleshoot discrepancies in goals, transactions and Google Ads conversions.
If you've double-checked that your setup is correct, here are some possible reasons why you might see discrepancies:Date of transaction
Google Ads reports conversions from the date and time of the click that led to the successful action, not from the date of the successful action itself.
For example, let's say that someone saw your ad and clicked it on 19 July, but did not make a purchase on your site until the next day, 20 July. In Google Ads, the conversion would be attributed to 19 July, the day of the click. In Google Analytics, however, the conversion is attributed to 20 July, the day that the conversion actually occurred.
In Google Ads, you can choose to count either all or unique conversions by setting the counting method for each conversion action (including Analytics goals and transactions imported into Google Ads). The 'Conversions' column in Google Ads will display conversions that happened within your chosen conversion window, according to your selected counting method. Analytics, however, counts all goals and transactions, which can cause discrepancies.
You've defined an Analytics goal for filling in a lead form. Someone fills in two lead forms (in different sessions) after an ad click, and Analytics shows them as two goal completions. You import this goal into Google Ads and set your counting method to 'Unique', which means that you only see one conversion.