Google Tag Manager (GTM) is an invaluable tool for website owners, offering a centralized platform to manage and deploy various tracking codes seamlessly. Installing GTM on Shopify allows you to efficiently implement and update tags without the need for manual code changes. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of installing Google Tag Manager on your Shopify store, empowering you to enhance tracking and gather valuable insights.
If you don't already have a Google Tag Manager account, visit Google Tag Manager and sign in with your Google account. Click on "Create Account" and follow the prompts to set up your GTM account.
After creating your GTM account, click on the "Create Container" button. Enter a name for your container, specify the target platform as "Web," and click "Create." This container will hold your tags and scripts.
Once your container is created, you'll be presented with a snippet of code. Copy this code as you'll need to add it to your Shopify store. The code consists of both a head and body section, which you'll later insert into your Shopify theme.
Access your Shopify admin panel by logging in to your Shopify account. Navigate to the "Online Store" section.
In the "Online Store" section, click on "Themes." Here, you'll find the themes that are currently installed on your Shopify store.
In the "Themes" section, locate the "Actions" dropdown and select "Edit Code." This will take you to the backend of your Shopify theme.
Within the code editor, find the theme.liquid file. Open this file and paste the GTM container code you copied earlier. Place the code snippet just after the opening <head> tag for the head section code and just after the opening <body> tag for the body section code.
Once you've added the GTM container code to your theme.liquid file, save the changes. Shopify will prompt you to confirm the modifications. Click "Save" and "Publish" to make the changes live on your Shopify store.
To ensure the successful installation of GTM, visit your Shopify store and right-click on the page. Select "View Page Source" or use browser developer tools to inspect the source code. Confirm that the GTM container code is present in both the head and body sections.
Go back to your GTM account. Click on your container and then "Add a new tag." Follow the prompts to configure your first tag, whether it's for Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, or any other tracking script. Assign triggers based on your tracking requirements.
Installing Google Tag Manager on Shopify streamlines the process of managing and deploying tracking codes, empowering you to gain deeper insights into user behavior. By following these steps, from creating a GTM account to verifying the installation and setting up your first tag, you've taken a significant step toward efficient analytics and enhanced tracking capabilities.
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