Set up conversion tracking for your website

2. Set up your Google tag

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

The Google tag adds website visitors to your "All visitors" data segments (if you've set up your data) and sets new cookies on your domain, which will store information about the ad click that brought someone to your site. Note that your Google tag linked to your Google Ads account will be able to use this 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. You can use Google Tag Manager to install 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.
  1. Copy the Conversion ID and Conversion label (shown in this tab) 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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