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Link AdWords to Google Analytics for Effective PPC

February 20, 2015 |

Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising is a very technical, time-intensive process. So it goes without saying that you’d better have a way to track the effectiveness of your PPC advertising efforts, or you might as well not invest any time or money in it at all. You’ll be happy to know that you can indeed track your PPC campaigns–with your existing Google Analytics account! If you’re using AdWords, you can link this account to Google Analytics and empower your online marketing strategy in amazing ways.

In future articles we’ll delve into how you can pull Google Analytics metrics into AdWords and analyse your AdWords performance in Google Analytics, but for now we’d like to guide you through the steps of linking these accounts together.

Before linking AdWords to Analytics, make sure that conversion tracking is set up in AdWords for the major search engines. AdWords provides some good tutorials on how to set up conversion tracking and double-check that the conversion code is working properly on all web pages where you installed it.

To begin the linking process, you first need to check that you have Administrative access for the AdWords account. After logging into AdWords, click the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and then select Account settings. In the navigation menu, click Account access. In the “Access level” column, look for “Administrative access.” If you don’t have the right level of access, you can ask the administrator of your AdWords account to grant you administrative access.

You also need to check that your Analytics account has the Edit permission property. After logging into Analytics, click the Admin tab at the top of the page. In the “Account” column, select the Analytics account that contains the property you want to link with one or more of your AdWords accounts. In the “Property” column, select the Analytics property you want to link, and click User Management. In the “Property Permissions” column, look for “Edit” permission for the address associated with your AdWords account.

Go back to the “Property” column, select the Analytics property you want to link, and click AdWords Linking. Select the checkbox next to any AdWords accounts you want to link with your Analytics property. Click the Continue button. In the “Link configuration” section, enter a title to identify your group of linked AdWords accounts. Most users will only need one link group. Click the “Link accounts” button. Now all the data generated by your AdWords account will automatically be included in your Analytics reports!

With linked accounts, you will also be able to:

  • Import Google Analytics goals and transactions into AdWords as conversions
  • View Google Analytics site engagement data in AdWords
  • Create remarketing lists in Analytics to use in AdWords for targeting specific audiences
  • Automatically view your AdWords click and cost data alongside your Analytics site engagement data

To learn more, you can check out the informative guide that Google has put together to explore all the benefits of linking.

Remember that as part of our website maintenance plans, we provide clients with monthly Google Analytics reports. These reports provide a condensed version of what you see on your Google Analytics dashboard, including AdWords data if you’ve linked your accounts. We also offer PPC advertising, where we tailor a campaign around your website and business, reaching out locally or even globally. Please get in touch for more details!

James Fulton

A multimedia and design professional with a healthy obsession for all things web. James’ passion for web design sees him stretching his creative imagination to eternal limits and forever sees him thinking outside the box, even if it is not work related. James’ ideas are original and innovative, and implementing them into the world of the web to create aesthetically enjoyable websites is what he does best.

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