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A Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Google Ads Conversion Tracking

You’re eager to take your online advertising game to the next level and Google Ads seems like the perfect avenue. But how can you be sure that your ads are actually driving valuable actions, like purchases or sign-ups? That’s where Google Ads conversion tracking comes in. In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn exactly how to set up this powerful tool to track the success of your ad campaigns. Say goodbye to guesswork and hello to data-driven decision making. Let’s get started!

Sign in to your Google Ads account

To begin setting up Google Ads conversion tracking, the first step is to sign in to your Google Ads account. Simply open the Google Ads website in your preferred browser and enter your email and password to access your account. Once you have successfully signed in, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Navigate to the ‘Tools & Settings’ menu

After signing in to your Google Ads account, you will need to navigate to the ‘Tools & Settings’ menu. To do this, click on the wrench icon located in the top right corner of the Google Ads interface. This will open a dropdown menu with various options.

Choose the type of conversion you want to track

Once you have accessed the ‘Tools & Settings’ menu, the next step is to select the type of conversion you want to track. You have two options to choose from: ‘Website’ or ‘Import’. If you want to track conversions that occur on your website, select ‘Website’. If you want to import conversions from other systems, select ‘Import’.

Set up a website conversion

If you have chosen the ‘Website’ option, you will need to set up a website conversion. To do this, click on the + button to create a new conversion. Then, choose ‘Website’ as the source for your conversion.

Enter the conversion details

After selecting the source for your conversion, it is time to enter the conversion details. Give your conversion action a name that accurately reflects what the conversion represents. Set the conversion value and currency to reflect the monetary value of the conversion. Choose the counting method that best aligns with your goals, whether it is ‘Every’ or ‘One’. Assign a conversion category that fits the type of conversion you are tracking. Finally, configure the attribution model that determines how credit is assigned to different touchpoints along the customer journey.

Configure the conversion settings

Once you have entered the conversion details, it is important to configure the conversion settings to optimize your tracking. Set the conversion window, which is the period of time during which a conversion can be attributed to an ad click. Choose the view-through conversion window, which measures the impact of ad impressions on conversions. Additionally, enable or disable the ‘Include in ‘Conversions” option to decide whether to include the conversion in your overall conversion metrics.

Install the tracking tag

To track conversions effectively, you need to install the tracking tag on your website. First, choose the installation method that suits your website setup. Google Ads provides various options, such as using the global site tag, Google Tag Manager, or third-party tag management systems. Once you have chosen the appropriate method, copy the global site tag provided by Google Ads. Then, paste this tag on all the web pages on which you want to track conversions. This will enable Google Ads to accurately track conversions from your website.

Track conversions from clicks on your ads

In addition to tracking conversions from your website, you can also track conversions that result from clicks on your ads. To enable this, you need to enable auto-tagging on your website. Auto-tagging automatically appends a unique tracking parameter to your ad URLs, which allows Google Ads to track conversions tied to specific ad clicks. Furthermore, if you have multiple domains that you want to track conversions across, you may need to set up cross-domain tracking to ensure accurate tracking between these domains.

Import conversions from other systems

If you selected the ‘Import’ option during the initial setup, you can import conversions from other systems into your Google Ads account. Choose the import source that aligns with the system you want to import from, such as Google Analytics or a CRM system. Once you have selected the appropriate import source, follow the instructions provided to set up the import and map the relevant conversion data fields.

Optimize your conversion tracking

After setting up Google Ads conversion tracking, there are additional steps you can take to optimize your tracking and make it more effective. One way to do this is by setting up conversion tracking for specific ad campaigns. This allows you to track conversions tied to specific campaigns and assess their performance. Additionally, you can track conversions for specific devices or locations to understand how different factors influence conversion rates. Finally, if you receive phone calls from customers as a result of your ads, you can enable conversion tracking for phone calls to gain insights into customer interactions and conversions.

Setting up Google Ads conversion tracking can seem daunting at first, but by following these step-by-step instructions, you will be able to effectively track and measure your conversions. This valuable data will help you make informed decisions about your advertising strategies, optimize your campaigns, and drive better results for your business. So take the time to set up conversion tracking and unlock the full potential of your Google Ads campaigns.

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