How To Track Button Clicks In Google Analytics

In the field of website analysis, keeping track of user engagement is crucial. One of the fundamental forms of engagement that you should monitor is button clicks. Google Analytics, a highly capable and versatile platform, offers a simple method for accomplishing this. This article will walk you through the steps of implementing button click tracking in Google Analytics.

Step 1: Set Up Google Tag Manager

The first step is to set up Google Tag Manager (GTM), a tool that allows you to manage and deploy marketing tags on your website without editing the code. Once you’ve created an account, you’ll have to add tag manager code to your website. This code should be placed immediately after the opening <body> tag on each page you want to track.

Step 2: Create a New Tag

Next, you’ll need to create a new tag. Navigate to your GTM dashboard and click on “New Tag”. Here you will choose the type of tag you want to create, in this case, a Google Analytics: Universal Analytics tag.

Step 3: Configure Your Tag

Now, you’ll need to configure your tag. Under “Track Type”, select “Event”. This will open up more fields where you can input the Category, Action, Label, and Value. These fields are used to describe the event you want to track, in this case, a button click.

For instance, you can set the Category as “Button Click”, the Action as “Click”, and the Label as the ID or name of the button.

Step 4: Set Up a Trigger

A “trigger” is the condition that will cause your tag to fire. For button click tracking, you’ll want to choose the “Click – All Elements” trigger type. Then, you’ll set the trigger to fire on “Some Clicks” and set up the condition. Most often, you’d use the Click ID or Click Class condition and set it to equal the ID or class of the button you want to track.

Step 5: Test and Publish Your Tag

Before publishing your tag, you’ll want to test it using GTM’s preview mode. If everything is set up correctly, you should see your tag fire in the GTM preview console when you click on your button. Once you’ve confirmed that the tag is working correctly, you can publish your changes.

Here’s an example of how the code for a button might look:

And here’s how you’d set up the Click ID condition for this button:

Click ID equals my_button_id


Setting up button click tracking in Google Analytics might seem a little complex at first, but once you understand the steps, it’s actually quite straightforward. It’s a powerful tool for understanding your users’ behavior and optimizing your website for conversions.