How To Set Up Google Tag Manager in Simple Easy Steps

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John Phil activities: Digital Executive

Jun 21, 2021

Digital marketing is booming on data. It doesn’t matter what kind of site you have; it’s a large e-commerce site or a personal website or a site for a small business.  Firstly, understand how people interact with your site. Gathering data with the help of Google Analytical tools, you can collect data; the main motive is to expand businesses online, convert leads to customers, and by optimizing all the strategies related to digital marketing. This can also help in building relationships with their target viewers. However, collecting data is not easy. All the related Google Analytical tools work successfully when connected with tags. 

What is Google Tag Manager (GTM)?

Google Tag Manager is a tool that is free of cost; which helps in managing and deploying all the marketing tags on your website or mobile app with no changes required in the code. Let’s understand with the help of an example of how GTM works. All the information is taken from one data source that is your website and further is shared with another data source that is Analytics with the help of Google Tag Manager (GTM). When you have so many tags to manage, GTM plays a great role. As, it helps in placing all the tags in one place, removing the extra process of manually creating tags, thus making your marketing process more efficient and precise. 

Is Google Tag Manager easy to use?

To use Google Tag Manager, you must have some technical knowledge to understand the concepts of tags, triggers, and variables.  If you wish to set up event tracking in Google Tag Manager, you must do the following;

  • You must have some good knowledge of events

  • Working of Google Analytics

  • What all data to be tracked

  • How the reports are presented

  • Google Analytics Managing your categories, actions, and labels

All you need is to have a Google Account, as it makes the entire process of creating and installing Google Tag Manager (GTM) easy. This guide is all about how to set up a google tag manager, setting up your own GTM Account, permit adding tags to your website, APP, or AM pages in a few minutes. 

Step 1- Visit The GTM Account Page

Click on the GTM Account link:https://www.google.co.uk/analytics/tag-manager/

If you have the Google Account with you then you can move forward to the next step. Even if you don’t have an account then you can make one here:https://accounts.google.com/signup.

Source- https://www.sitevisibility.co.uk/blog/2017/05/24/install-google-tag-manager-gtm/

Step 2- Make Your Google Account

With the help of Google Account, click on Sign In to create a Google Tag Manager Account with Google Account details. 

Step 3- Create your GTM Account

Once your Sign In is complete, the next step is to have a GTM Account Creation Page. All you have to do is to add the name of the company and click CONTINUE.

Step 4- Set up your GTM Container

The main role of a GTM container is to manage all your tags. To set up a GTM container follow the following steps:

  • You have to tag your Container name with your respected site name. Make sure you don’t use HTTPS:// or HTTPS://

  • Choose your container that will be used further; such as Web, iOS, Android, or AMP.

  • Next click “Create”.

Step 5- Don’t forget to accept GTM Terms of Services

You must agree to all the terms and conditions if clicking on “YES”. In fact, if you want to move on further for installation then you must click yes to make further progress.

Step 6- Open Your GTM Container

Click on your Container Name

Step 7- Click on your GTM Tracking code ID

Click on the GTM Tracking ID


Step 8- Install GTM

This is the main step if you want to move ahead. Don’t forget to do the audits for all the current tags installed in the code of your website, mobile applications, or AMP pages. Prepare an analytics migration plan in advance before you start.

For example, if you have already installed Universal Google Analytics and also installed Universal Analytics using Google Tag Manager; this will result in having two similar Universal Analytics codes on the page. As it will count the pages twice and will also result in having wrong bounce rate metrics. 

One of the most popular CMS systems is WordPress. WordPress is the software that stores all the data such as text, photos, videos, music, documents, and many more. It can easily be presented on-site and is known as a Content Management System (CMS). 

This theme helps in editing, publishing, and modifying the content of the professional website.   WordPress helps to manage the user information e.g. change the role of the user, create or delete the user, changing the password or user information, etc. Moreover, this theme helps in managing the media files and folders; which further helps to upload, organize and manage the media files on our websites. 

Step 9- Checkout your GTM Container Tracking Code Coverage

Keep a check and make sure that the tracking coverage report is running with a motive to test that GTM is present on every page. There are so many tools available that can help you keep a check on the tags for all the pages on your site. Gachecker.com is one site that is totally free and helps in analyzing small sites at no cost. Linkhttps://www.gachecker.com/.

Step 10- Time to Add your Tags and Test

Finally, you set up google tag manager. So, now you can simply test the working of your tags. It can be tested in ‘Preview’ you can then start testing how your tracking is coming through on GA. Whilst in preview, trigger the tags you want to test on your website. Check they fire correctly and send the right data in preview.

Conclusion

So, here you have it. This is how you set up Google Tag Manager on your website. With Google Tag Manager, simplify your marketing efforts. How do you set it up? Don’t overthink or get into any complicated procedure and follow these simple 3 parts:

1. Tag- Where you will be telling the Tag Manager about “What I want you to do.”

2. Trigger- What I want to be done.

3. Variable- This information is all about getting the job done. Basically, all you need is to structure your Google Tag Manager. 

Moreover, you can also set up Google Tag Manager for WordPress Plugin to install Google Tag Manager on WordPress.