Do you want to know how your Google Ads (formerly known as Google Adwords) campaigns are really doing?
If someone clicks on your ad but never actually finishes converting on your website, that means you’re wasting time and money on ads.
In this article, we’ll show you how to track WordPress form submissions as Google Ads conversions so you can see exactly how many leads your ads are bringing in and converting.
If you’re using a WordPress lead generation plugin like WPForms, it’s easy to track conversions from your Google Ads campaigns – here’s how.
Step 1: Link Google Ads to Google Analytics
In order to set up Google Ads conversion tracking of your WPForms, you need to link your Google Ads account to your Google Analytics account.
To start, log into your Google Analytics account and click on the Admin tab in the lower left corner.
Under both the Account and the Property columns, make sure the right Google Analytics account you want to link is selected. If not, click on the dropdown to search for another account.
After that, look under the Property section and click on Google Ads Linking.
Here you’ll see every Google Ads account you have set up. Choose the one you want to link to your Analytics account and click Continue.
Next, a box will pop up under Link configuration. Give your Link Group a title and toggle the view On.
Click on the Link Accounts button.
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Your Google Analytics and Google Ads accounts are now linked. In other words, data can now flow between them thanks to the built-in auto-tagging feature that lets Google Analytics know when a site visitor lands on your site after clicking on an ad.
Step 2: Create a Google Analytics Goal
In order to see data collected by Google Analytics in your Google Ads account, you need to create an Analytics goal first.
Setting up a Google Analytics goal gives you the chance to track specific user behavior on your website. For example, button clicks, ebook downloads, and in our example, form submissions.
While in your Google Analytics account, click on the Admin tab in the lower left hand corner.
After that, go to the 3rd column to the right (the View column) and click on Goals.
To create a goal, click the + New Goal button.
Next, choose the goal setup you want to use. You have the option of choosing Template or Custom. Template will be selected by default.
Scroll down and select Custom and Continue.
On the next screen, give your goal a name and choose a goal type. You can choose from Destination, Duration, Pages/Screens per Sessions, and Event.
Because you’re tracking Google Ads form conversions, you could choose Destination as your goal type if you redirect users after submitting their forms to another URL.
You could also choose the goal type Event and measure how many people click “Submit” on your WordPress form.
If you want an easier way to track your WordPress form conversions, we recommend using the MonsterInsights Forms Tracking Addon. This will automatically track all your form conversions for you – no need to set anything up in Google Analytics. It can also help you track links and button clicks in WordPress.
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For this tutorial, we’ll select Destination. Just remember, if you’re using Destination as a goal type, you’ll need to have a thank you page set up for users to be sent to once they have submitted your form.
When you’re done, click Continue.
Next, enter the URL that users will redirect to upon form completion, such as your thank you page.
If you’re tracking eCommerce transactions, you have the option here to assign a monetary value to each form submission. You can also assign a specific funnel of pages you want each user that submits a form on your site to follow afterwards. In addition, you can click on Verify Goal if you want to measure how often you might expect this goal to convert based on your data for the past 7 days.
After that, click Save.
Step 3: Import Goals into Google Ads Account
Now that you have created a goal in your Google Analytics account, you need to import your goal into your Google Ads account.
In other words, you need to let Google Ads know that Google Analytics is tracking a specific goal, and have it ask Analytics for the data it collects.
Start by logging into your Google Ads account.
Navigate to the tool icon at the top right-hand corner of the main page. Now, click on the Measurement dropdown menu and click under Conversions.
Click on the blue (+Conversions) button to add your goal to Google Ads and select which type of conversions you want to track. You have the following options:
- Website. Track sales and other actions on your website.
- App. Track app installs and in-app actions.
- Phone Calls. Track calls from your ads or your website.
- Import. Import conversions from another system.
Since you’re tracking form conversions on your website, click on Website.
You’ll see a screen with several settings options including:
- Category best describing the conversion action
- Conversion name
- How to track the value of each conversion
- The number of conversions to count per click or interaction
- Conversion window
- View-through conversion window
- Including in “conversions”
- Attribution model
When you have configured the settings, click Create and Continue.
Step 4: Add Tracking to Your WordPress Site
To make sure that Google Analytics, Google Ads, and your website all work together, you must place both the Global site tag and Event Snippet onto your WordPress website.
Click on the Install the tag yourself button.
Next, you’ll see some code. Don’t worry, you’ve got this!
At this point, you can also click on the Important option to set things up to fire an Analytics Event upon submission and turn that Event into a Goal on Analytics, which you can later import to Google Ads if you have the accounts linked.
This code is the Global site tag. You must include this tag on every page of your website for it to work and store information about the ad click that brought a site visitor to your site.
Click on Download Snippet.
After that, scroll down to the Event snippet.
The Event snippet works with the Global site tag to track actions that should be counted as conversions. You have the option to create a snippet that you’ll add to all pages that users are redirected to after submitting your WordPress forms. Or, one that you’ll add to the event that counts as a conversion on your website, such as a “Submit” button.
For the Event snippet, you’re only going to install this on the pages you’d like to track.
Click on Download Snippet then Next.
Next, you’ll need to paste both the Global site tag and the Event snippet code (both referred to as snippets) onto your site’s pages.
To do this, open the 2 .txt files you just downloaded and copy the code.
After that, go into WordPress and open the HTML text editor in the page you want to add the snippets to.
To do this, click on the 3 vertical dots next to the gear icon in the top right hand side of the page and select Code Editor.
Now, paste the code and click on the blue Update button to save the changes to your web page.
Repeat this step with the Global site tag on all pages and with the Event Snippet on the pages you want to track.
This is specialized code that’s designed to track your form conversions and send data to Google Analytics and then to Google Ads, all behind the scenes. Meaning, when you preview your changes, none of this code will actually be shown on your website.
It’s recommended you wait 9-10 hours before checking your conversion rates. This is how long it could take for Google Analytics and Google Ads to begin working together.
And there you have it! You have successfully set up Google Ads conversion tracking in your WPForms.
Now whenever a site visitor signs up after clicking on an ad and entering your site, you’ll be able to see the Google Analytics data right in your Google Ads account.
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