If you’re looking for a better way to add and manage third party tags and scripts on your WordPress website, then the free Google Tag Manager service could be just what you are looking for.
Whether you’re adding Google AdWords or Analytics tracking code to your site or third party SaaS scripts, the Google Tag Manager hub gives you a central location through which you can manage all of those code snippets. Not only that, but you can also start creating your own tags to better track against certain goal conversion rates on your site.
Compared to manually editing the code of your WordPress theme each time you want to add a new piece of tracking code, using the GTM makes your life and that of your marketing and development teams much easier. In this article, we will give you a quick overview of this service, including some of the benefits of using it, as well as how you can get started with GTM for your WordPress website.
If you’d like a faster, safer, and more efficient way to work with the scripts and tags that are to be added to your website, then read on to find out more about Google Tag Manager for WordPress.
What Tags Can You Manage?
Google Tag Manager supports a range of tags including those from their own services, such as AdWords and Analytics, as well as custom third party tags. Therefore, if you’ve ever struggled to keep track of, or add and remove tracking scripts and code snippets for your WordPress website, the GTM could eliminate some of that stress.
As well as the list of currently supported tags, you are also free to add your own custom HTML or image tags through the GTM hub. Therefore, if you are using a SaaS service that requires you to add a snippet of HTML to certain or all pages on your site, you can quickly do this through the tag manager, rather than manually adding the code to the site yourself.
6 Benefits of Using Google Tag Manager on Your WordPress Website
Making use of the single hub that Google Tag Manager provides has a number of benefits that will appeal to website owners and those managing the marketing, monitoring, and optimization of websites for a living.
Faster Page Load Times
Perhaps the number one benefit of using the GTM hub is improved page loading times. We’ve talked about the benefits of having a fast loading website many times before, as well as covering the different ways you can measure the speed of your website and then go about improving this all-important metric.
Another way you can improve your loading times is to ensure that the third party tracking code and other scripts you add to your website are loaded asynchronously. Not only does GTM provide this, but it also reduces the number of scripts that are added to your site.
Democratize Script and Tag Management
Obviously, you don’t want just anyone to be able to add scripts and snippets to your website. However, neither do you want to keep getting requests from your marketing team to update your site with new tracking code, or worse still, have to keep calling your developer to get them to add the required code to your site.
Once you’ve enabled Google Tag Manger on your website, either manually or through one of the third-party WordPress plugins, you can then provide your team with access to the GTM hub. This then allows them to add the tags they need, all without editing the site directly or requiring access to its underlying files.
If you or your team wants to quickly setup monitoring of a new conversion goal or add a new tracking script to your site, this can be carried out instantly through the GTM web interface – no more waiting for developers to edit multiple files and upload them to the server.
Version Your Tags and Scrips
Through the visual interface of the Google Tag Manger, it’s easy to version and iterate your scripts. This then gives you the ability to rollback any changes that have been made, should the need arise – something that isn’t so easy to do when you’re simply pasting code directly into the theme files of your website.
Consistent conversion event details across all 3rd party systems
Another benefit of bringing all of your tracking and analytics data under one roof is that you get access to consistent conversion event details across all of the third party systems you are using. This then makes it easier for you and your team, not to mention your clients, to gain access to consistent reports that are easy to understand.
One Central Dashboard
If you’ve ever taken control of an undocumented website and needed to find out which additional scripts are running and on which pages, you would’ve appreciated being able to see them all in one central dashboard. With Google Tag Manager, that’s what you get and through the dashboard, you can quickly see at a glance, which third party scripts are running on your site.
If you’ve ever forgotten which code you’ve added to your site, or where, this benefit alone makes using GTM worthwhile.
Furthermore, the benefits of being able to manage the tags for multiple websites through a single GTM account should be obvious.
Privacy and Stealth
Finally, if you’d like to keep the third party tools and scripts you are using on your site private, then letting Google Tag Manager take care of them can prevent them being easily revealed to your competitors. You can even deter non-malicious snoopers who’d like to include your website in a Built With list by using GTM.
How to Use Google Tag Manager with WordPress
If you like the sound of what Google Tag Manager has to offer, then you will be pleased to learn that it’s very easy to use this service on your WordPress website.
There’s already a popular plugin out there, which makes the process of integrating the GTM code with your website very straightforward, preventing you from having to edit your theme files yourself in order to add the initial code. After creating your free Google Tool Manager account, installing the free DuracellTomi’s Google Tag Manager for WordPress plugin will quickly add the relevant code to each page on your website.
Once your Google Tag Manager account and WordPress website are connected, you can then begin adding a range of tags to site in order to start tracking all sorts of data and events, such as PPC tags, conversions codes, and e-commerce data, including that from WooCommerce.
By using Google Tag Manager and one of the free WordPress plugins, you can start quickly adding tags to your websites all through a centralized web interface, rather than editing the underlying code each time. Not only that but you can now enable your team to add and manage their own tracking tags and snippets, all without giving them access to the underlying code of your site.
If you want to know more about the benefits of using Google Tag Manager on your website, be sure to check out the official FAQ.
How will you use Google Tag Manager on your website? What’s stopping you from signing up with GTM today? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.