April 9, 2020
How to Install Google Tag Manager (2019) | Lesson 2 (GTM for Beginners)

How to Install Google Tag Manager (2019) | Lesson 2 (GTM for Beginners)

In this video, I’m going to show you how you
can install Google Tag Manager correctly on your website. All and more coming up. Hey there and welcome back to another video
of measureschool.com teaching you the data-driven way of digital marketing. My name is Julian. And this is our second lesson of our beginner
series of Google Tag Manager. If you haven’t seen our first lesson, then
head back where we give you a little bit of an overview on Google Tag Manager. Link will be in the description below. In this lesson, I’m going to show you how
you can install Google Tag Manager correctly. And like last time, we have a little bit of
a quiz prepared for you after you’ve gone through this tutorial. You can test your knowledge at measureschool.com/lesson2. But for now, we got lots to cover. So let’s dive in. All right, today, our journey starts at tagmanager.google.com. This is the page that you can go to login
to your Google Tag Manager account. Now, you will need to have a Google account
in order to use Google Tag Manager which means if you already have a Gmail account, or a
YouTube account, or any account for the Google services, you most likely will be able to
use it here as well. I have a demo account here already set up,
you just enter your password. And then you are in, you can access Google
Tag Manager. Now, most likely, if you are completely new
to the system, you won’t see here anything. You will right away, go to this step. And this is where you start setting up your
Google Tag Manager account. Now Google Tag Manager accounts are divided
in the account level. And then the container level. You can have multiple accounts. And within that account, you can have multiple
containers. Now, Containers are really the snippets or
the central code that exists for your website. So best practice is to name your account after
your company. So for example, Demo Inc. Choose your country, then you can choose whether
you want to share data with Google. And if you click on continue, you go to the
container setup. Now, the container is something that is unique
for your website where you going to install Google Tag Manager. So I’d recommend to enter your website here, just the domain. Really doesn’t matter what you call the container
so you can recognize it later on, I would recommend the URL here. And afterward, you can use the container in
different instances. We will be installing Google Tag Manager on
the web. There’s also a container available for iOS,
Android, and AMP pages. But the setup of these is completely different
to what we are doing here on the web. Check out our other tutorials if you want
to learn more about these three other methods. We’ll go with web right here, and then create
our Google Tag Manager account. We need to adhere to some TOS. And if you have read this all you can accept
it, click yes here and your new Google Tag Manager account will be initiated. Once you have gone through the process, we
already greeted with our Google Tag Manager snippet. If you don’t see the snippet when you open
up your Google Tag Manager account, you can always click on your Google Tag Manager ID
up here. And it will open this window up as well. Now, this already gives us some installation
instructions. We need to place this part of the code in
the head section of our HTML and this part of the code in our body section of the HTML. Now, this will probably be the last snippet
or piece of code that you will need to install onto your website and you will need to have
some kind of greater access to the website itself in order to install this. There are different methods of installing
this code. So let me talk you through the options. First of all, if you have a developer working
on your website who is responsible for the technical infrastructure of the website, I
would consult with him in order to install those correctly. Secondly, if you have a CMS running a content
management system such as WordPress, Shopify, Magento, Joomla, or any other backend system
that actually generates your website, you might be able to install a plugin to install
these codes via plugins. There are many out there. I would just encourage you to take your CMS
system, for example, WordPress and then Google for Google Tag Manager installation on WordPress. And most likely there will be already a tutorial
that will explain the right setup. We also have some tutorials on some of the
content management systems here on this channel. Thirdly, you can also install this manually
on your website. If you have access to the code of your website
and feel comfortable doing this then I’ll lead you through the steps right now. This is probably what you do developer would
go through or what the plugin does in the background. As an example, I have a WordPress installation
right here. WordPress is the most used content management
system in the world. So if you are running a WordPress blog, you
can follow along with these instructions. But if you’re not running WordPress on your
website where you want to install Google Tag Manager, these instructions most likely will
differ. Now, content management systems are normally
governed by a theme which you can control the design of the website itself. Within WordPress, you can log into your back
end system, then go to Appearance right here. And under editor, you can see your different
themes that you have set up, but also have access to the theme files itself. Now, notice that I have set up a child theme
here because I don’t want my changes that are due to the theme files right here effect
when a new update comes up to the parent theme, which is storefront. So it’s a best practice to have a child theme
if you’re working in WordPress. I have this already set up. I’m going to go over here. And then I have my theme header file that
I can click on. This is a PHP file that governs all the different
sites that are generated by WordPress on my front end. And right here, I can see that there’s a head
tag that is generating my HTML. And then here’s the closing head tag. And then we have here the opening body tag
as well. Now, I can take my codes. First of all, the first code is in the head
section itself. I’m going to copy this go over to my theme. And I want to place it as high up as possible
into the HTML. This is important because the website itself
will get passed from top to bottom by the browser. And we want to fire our tracking codes with
Google Tag Manager as soon as possible so the likelihood of them firing is higher. So I’m going to place them directly under
the opening head tag here. And then I’m going to grab my second code,
go back to the theme files and look for the opening body tag which is right here. And right underneath and gonna paste my Google
Tag Manager code. Now, I’m going to update this file and it
should be written to my theme files. If this is not something that you can do in
your WordPress theme, then you might need to directly access these files via FTP in
order to change them. But now I should have Google Tag Manager installed. If I go over to my page, reload the page,
I can click right click and then view page source. And I can see the HTML of my website of how
its marked up. We have our Google Tag Manager code right
at the beginning here. And if we scroll down with all the generated
code by the CMS system, we should also find our no script part of Google Tag Manager,
which is right under the opening body tag in our HTML as well. So Google Tag Manager is correctly installed
on this website. Now, we can go through all the different sites
that we have on our website and look into the HTML, but it would be rather cumbersome. A better way of validating is simply to go
into the preview and debug mode. So in Google Tag Manager, we can put our browser
and only our browser into a special mode which will pop up a debug console down below. So I’m going to reload. And we see we have this popping up down here,
nothing fires at the moment. But this way, we can go through the pages. And just make sure that this pops up down
here in order for us to validate that Google Tag Manager is on all pages. And if you don’t see this tag manager console
pop up, you most likely haven’t installed Google Tag Manager correctly on your website. So just make sure that this is visible on
all the pages if you enter the preview mode inside of Google Tag Manager. So this seems to be working correctly. And we have installed Google Tag Manager and
now ready to deploy our first tags. But before we do so, I would encourage you
once you have set this up to actually submit the first version in Google Tag Manager in
order to initialize GTM correctly. Click on Publish. This will go live to all the users although
we have zero tags triggers and variables installed just yet. So this is how you can install Google Tag
Manager on your website. And now we are ready to deploy our first tag
with Google Tag Manager. All right, so there you have it. This is how you can install Google Tag Manager
on your website. If you think you understood everything, then
maybe test your knowledge at measureschool.com/lesson2 to where we have a little bit of a quiz prepared
for you, for you to go through and test your knowledge and see if you understood everything. And if you want to follow along with our Google
Tag Manager for beginners series, then why not subscribe to our channel right over there. Because we bring you a new lesson next week. Now, my name is Julian. See you on the next one.

16 thoughts on “How to Install Google Tag Manager (2019) | Lesson 2 (GTM for Beginners)

  1. This is helpfull af. Tags always get me confused but these videos let no space for questions. Awesome work, thanks.

  2. hi! i am new to your youtube channel and i am very interested in learning google ads, analytics and digital marketing. My question is from with tutorial should i start step by step i need guidance please.

    thank you

  3. @Measureschool Hi Julian, quick question. We have a client who dosn't want to alter the Theme file and his current theme as a feature where you can "Add code before the </head> tag and Add code before the </body> tag". I am aware that with Manual Installation, we need to inject the codes right after the <head> and <body> tags. Just wondering if this is okay? Thank you!

  4. Thank you for the great explanation….. one question, can I use Twenty nineteen in stead of storefront child theme?….. I use Themify as a builder and after updating my GTM disappears!

  5. I'm using subdomains – Do I need to set up a separate container for any subdomain?

    Do you have a video talking about using subdomains with GTM & Google Analytics?

  6. Great Video! But I still have two Questions.

    1. If I install GTM is it then necessary to install the Snippet of Adwords and Analytics?
    2. After installing the Snippet of GTM. Should be the Debug open on every single page? (I use HTML Code)

  7. I applied the GTM tag code into the file header.php. However, it seems to appear just in some pages, in other pages (like the home) it does not appear.

    Why does this happen?

    Is it because Im using a premium theme (Bridge theme)?

    Thank you for the help

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