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February 28, 2021

Google tag manager server-side: How to set up server Tag Manager, Universal Analytics, GA4, and Facebook conversion API

Server-side tagging has been one of the main trends in web analytics for the last couple of years. Ad blockers, Intelligent Tracking Protection, 3rd party cookie restrictions, regulations like GDPR made analytics and advertising companies start worrying about how and what information they collect about site visitors. Server-side tagging allows moving third-party tags off your site and into a cloud server. In this case, third-party pixels are loaded directly from the could server rather than your site. In this article, I will explain and demonstrate the basics of setting up Google Tag Manager server container, server Universal Analytics, GA4, and Facebook Conversion API.

February 06, 2021

3 Easy Steps to Test Server-Side Universal Analytics/GA4 and Facebook Conversion API

Google released a Server-Side version of Google Tag Manager in 2020. Server-side tracking is more complicated than the web container set up, at least for now, since the idea and technology behind server tagging are entirely different from what we used to have on the web. But server-side tagging will give your site huge benefits. Server-side tagging is getting more popular due to its ability to track people using AdBlockers, browsers with ITPs, and other tracking restrictions. The purpose of this article is not to convince you to start using server-side tagging (there is another blog post that describes the main benefits of server-side tracking). I assume that you’ve already decided to implement server-side tagging on your site. This blog post will show you how to check whether Server-Side tracking for Universal Analytics, GA4, and Facebook conversion API was set up correctly.

January 10, 2021

How to add Google Analytics and Facebook pixels to WordPress using Google Tag Manager server-side container (WordPress plugin)

Looking to set up a Google Tag Manager Server container on your WordPress site? Not sure if you need server-side tagging? If so, then this article is right for you. I will show you how to correctly set up Server-Side Tagging in WordPress (including WooCommerce stores) and explain the benefits. I will guide you on how to push Universal Analytics and Facebook tracking from the server-side.

December 24, 2020

How to prevent your Google Analytics data from being blocked by ad blockers

You’ve probably noticed that data about your website users and conversions collected by different analytics tools might vary. Most of the time, you’ll see that the purchase number in Google Analytics is lower than in your CRM. Where this data discrepancy comes from, why is it happening, and how to fix it?

December 18, 2020

How to setup GTM Server Side on Shopify

Shopify allows changing “transportUrl” in GA settings. It means that you can set up a Google Tag Manager Server container on Shopify instead of a GTM Web container. I hope that this will help you solve all your tracking problems.

November 26, 2020

How to export Google Universal Analytics raw data to BigQuery

For Google Universal Analytics, Google still has not provided free options to export raw data to BigQuery or any other database for that matter. But what if you don’t have plans to migrate to GA4 and want to get the benefits of BigQuery raw data? I decided to solve this question with GTM Server Side tagging and created this how-to article for you.

October 07, 2020

How to set up Google Analytics with Google Tag Manager Server-Side Container?

Google Tag Manager server container has close integration with Universal Analytics. When you set up GTM server tagging, you will see that Universal Analytics Client is created by default. In this article, we will discuss the benefits and possibilities that server-side Google Analytics offers. And also, how to configure Google Analytics in your Google Tag Manager Server account.If you don’t have a GTM server container yet, please follow this instruction on how to launch it on your website. If you are still not sure what GTM server tagging is and how it can benefit your website tracking system, please read this blog post.

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