wordpress form submissions as google ads conversions

How to Track WordPress Form Submissions as Google Ads Conversions

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Are you ready to unlock the potential of your WordPress forms by integrating them with Google Ads conversions?

Tracking form submissions as conversions lets you see which ads drive the most effective user engagements and lead generation.

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In this guide, I’ll try my best to explain the entire process in easy steps. Let’s dive in and make your advertising efforts count!

How Do I Track Form Conversions with Google Ads?

Setting up tracking for WordPress form submissions in Google Ads can feel challenging, especially when dealing with Google Tag Manager.

It’s common to feel overwhelmed, as the setup involves multiple platforms and intricate configurations, which may not be everyone’s piece of cake.

If you encounter any problems or anything seems unclear, feel free to comment at the end of the guide, and I’ll respond to your queries as quickly as possible.

Step 1: Use WPForms to Create Your Form

The first step is to get the WPForms plugin up and running on your WordPress site. For more details, check out this guide on installing a plugin in WordPress.

Once you have WPForms installed, it’s time to create a WordPress form. Follow our easy tutorial to start with a basic contact form.

wpforms simple contact form

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Here, I’m showing you how to set up a basic contact form. But remember, WPForms lets you design a variety of forms using its ready-made templates:

With over WPForms comes with 1,700+ WordPress form templates, you’re all set to create just about any form your website might need.

Step 2: Create a Thank You Page for Form Submissions

The simplest way to track form submissions as Google Ads conversions is to set up a thank you page that acknowledges user submissions.

This method is straightforward because it lets tools like GA4, Google Ads, and Tag Manager see when a lead completes a form directly on your website.

Set Up a New Thank You Page

To get started, go to your WordPress dashboard. From there, click on Pages and then on the Add New Page option.

add new page

Next, build your thank you page by adding a personal confirmation message, image, or any other elements you wish to include.

When your page looks good, navigate to the Page tab on the right side of the screen, click on URL, and use a simple PERMALINK like yoursitename.com/thank-you/

change page url

(Optional) While this isn’t necessary, deindexing your Thank You Page is always a good idea. You can use a tool like AIOSEO for this.

In AIOSEO Settings in the page builder, navigate to the Advanced tab and Toggle OFF Use Default Settings and check the No Index and No Follow options.

thank you page robots setting

Once you’re done making these changes to your thank you page, simply click on the Publish button on the top right corner of the screen.

publish thank you page

Connect the Thank You Page to Your Form

WPForms gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to configuring form redirect and confirmation settings on your form.

If you want to redirect visitors to a specific page on your site, select Settings » Confirmations from the form builder.

form confirmations

After this, choose Show Page from the Confirmation Type dropdown menu. A new dropdown menu called Confirmation Page will appear below.

Use the Confirmation Page dropdown to select the Thank You page you created earlier on your site to redirect visitors to after form submission.

confirmation show thank you page

Step 3: Create a Conversion Action in Google Ads

Great job so far! Now, you need to make a conversion action in Google Ads. To start, go to Google Ads, sign in, and click the ‘+’ sign in the left column.

create button google ads

Next, you will be presented with a variety of options to create. Just select the Conversion action option from the dropdown menu.

select conversion action google ads

Create a Conversion Action Manually

Google Ads will now ask you to select the type of conversions you want to track. You have four choices: a website, an app, a phone call, or an import.

For the purpose of this tutorial, we will select the Website option to track conversions through form submissions.

conversion action select website

After that, you’ll need to enter the URL of the site where you want to track conversions. Just click the Scan button when you’re done.

scan url google ads

Once your website is scanned successfully, Google Ads gives you two ways to set up conversion actions: automatic and manual.

With the automatic option, you pick a goal, choose a match type, and provide the URL. This method works well if you know which events to track as conversions.

I suggest using the manual option for more control. Just scroll down and click + Add a conversion action manually.

add conversion action manually

Configure Your Manual Conversion Action

You’ll now see a form to fill in your conversion action details. First, select Goal and action optimization to specify what action you want to monitor.

Since we want to track form submissions, select the Submit lead form option and name the conversion “Form Submission.”

goal and action optimization

Now, set a value for your conversion. Google Ads allows you to assign the same value to each conversion, different values, or no value at all.

This action aims to track form submissions. Google recommends, “If you track leads, enter the average value from each lead.”

Once you’re ready, choose the Use the same for each conversion option, pick the currency, and set a specific value.

set value for conversion action

Next, decide how many conversions to count per click. If you’re tracking form submissions, choosing One makes sense as each user is counted once.

set count for conversion action

Once you’ve made your choices, hit the Done button. You’ll see your new conversion action listed under Create conversion actions manually using code.

conversion goal submit lead form

You’re doing a great job! To proceed with the process of adding tracking tags to your website, click the Save and continue button.

Step 4: Implement Your Conversion Tracking

On the next page, you’ll find three options for implementing your conversion tracking. Choose Use Google Tag Manager.

You’ll see your Conversion ID and Conversion Label. Make sure to copy these details or keep your browser tab open for reference.

implement conversion action gtm

If you’re already using Google Ads and Google Analytics for your website, you might have connected these tools to Google Tag Manager.

If you haven’t connected them yet, or if this is your first time setting it up, don’t worry—I’ve got you covered! Check out this guide to connect everything.

Open a new browser tab and head to your Google Tag Manager account. Then, click the container with your website name.

open container gtm

Create a New Tag in GTM

Once you’re in the Google Tag Manager dashboard and can access the Workspace tab, click on the New Tag button.

gtm new tag

In the next screen, name your new tag and then click on Tag Configuration to choose a tag type to begin the setup.

choose a tag type

This will make a new menu slide out from the left side of the screen. Choose the Google Ads option from here.

select google ads tag

After that, click on the Google Ads Conversion Tracking option. This will basically create the event that will track form submissions.

select google ads conversion tracking

Paste the Conversion ID and Conversion Label from the Google Ads Conversion Action and click Create next to Conversion Linker tag missing in container.

paste conversion id and label values

A new menu slide out from the left side of the screen. You don’t have to do anything as Conversion Linker will be configured automatically. Click Save.

save conversion linker

This is how your new tag configuration should look. Make sure there is a green check that says Conversion Linker tag found in container.

tag configuration success

Configure Trigger Destination for Tag

Once your new tag configuration for Google Ads Conversion Tracking is complete, you need to choose where you want this tag to fire.

choose a trigger

You can choose any of the existing options that would be relevant for a different use case, but for this tutorial we’ll create a new trigger.

create a custom trigger

Click on the + icon, name your custom trigger, and choose a trigger type. I recommend selecting the Page View option here.

trigger type page view

Next, select Some Page Views for the This trigger fires on option, use the dropdown to select Page URL, contains, and enter thank-you.

trigger fire conditions

Now that your Tag Configuration and Triggering settings are set up, simply click on the Save button on the top right corner of the screen.

save new tag

Step 5: View Form Submissions as Google Ads Conversions

In the Conversion Goals page in Google Ads, your conversion action will show an inactive sign, but this should change to active in three hours.

conversion action inactive

Once the status changes to active, click on the Edit goal button and check the option that says Use “Submit lead form” as an account-default goal.

On the same page, change the conversion action optimization from Primary Action to Secondary Action (observe only).

edit submit lead form goal

This change lets you watch and analyze your new conversion action without directly affecting your ad performance.

After saving your changes and getting a few form entries, go to Campaigns in your Google Ads account and click on the Segment option.

campaigns segments

From the popup menu, select Conversions and then choose the Conversion action option to track your form submissions.

select conversion action

And there you have it! You have successfully set up Google Ads conversion tracking from a form created through WPForms!

Now, whenever a site visitor signs up after clicking on an ad and entering your site, you can see the data in your Google Ads account.

While on the topic of Google, did you know that by June of 2024, Google will shut down its Business Profiles? Find out what it means for users.

FAQs about Tracking Form Submissions as Conversions

Tracking WordPress form submissions as Google Ads conversions is a popular topic among our readers. Here are answers to some common queries about it:

How do I track Google Ads conversions on WordPress?

To track Google Ads conversions on your WordPress site, you need to add the Google Ads conversion tracking code to your website.

This can usually be done by inserting the code in the header or footer section of your WordPress theme, or by using a plugin that simplifies the integration process.

How do I integrate Google AdWords with WordPress?

Integrating Google AdWords with WordPress can be achieved by using plugins like Site Kit that connect your site to Google AdWords.

These plugins help in inserting the necessary tracking codes and managing your ad campaigns directly from your WordPress dashboard.

Can Google form submissions be tracked?

Yes, submissions made through Google Forms can be tracked. You can use Google Analytics to monitor form submissions by setting up event tracking on the form’s submit button.

Does Google Ads automatically track conversions?

Google Ads does not automatically track conversions. You need to set up conversion tracking by adding a conversion tracking tag to your website or using Google Tag Manager to manage the tracking efficiently.

How do I set up conversion tracking in WordPress?

To set up conversion tracking in WordPress, install a plugin that supports conversion tracking for Google Ads, like MonsterInsights.

This plugin will help you insert the necessary tracking tags on your website without editing the code manually. This is essential for accurately measuring the effectiveness of your advertising campaigns.

Next, Track User Activity On Your Site

WPForms lets you track activity in several ways, and PRO versions of the plugin even offer numerous features to track entries, payments, and more. You can also check out these guides for tracking:

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