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Google Consent Mode

Google Consent Mode allows cookieless tracking of visitor traffic and conversions. Although it is less accurate than tracking with cookies, it is much better than not tracking traffic at all until cookie consent is given by the visitor. According to Google the Consent Mode is a GDPR compliant way to measure the traffic. Therefore this is an ideal way to measure traffic in countries where explicit cookie consent is required by law.

If tracking is configured to only be be measured after explicit cookie consent approx. 80% of the data is lost. As a consequence you will lack the proper data to analyze and optimize campaigns. It also has a severe negative impact on Google Ads smart bidding. The Google Consent Mode allows cookieless tracking of more than 70% of the traffic and all conversions. This puts performance marketers and shop owners into a much better position if their goal is to generate more profitable revenue.

  1. Browse to -> Advanced -> Cookie Consent Management.

  2. Tick the checkbox to enable the Google Consent Mode.

  3. By default the Google Consent Mode is set to restricted for all countries. You can limit the restriction for only a group of countries by adding the restricted countries in the consent region field. Typically all countries of the EU would be restricted.

  4. Save the settings.

Google Consent Mode 1

Default Settings

?> When enabled the default settings will be set to the maximum data privacy settings for all regions. Additional code allows consent management tools (cookie banners) to override settings according to visitor choice, and cookieless conversion tracking for Google Ads.

When the Google Consent Mode is enabled the plugin outputs the following default consent settings:

gtag('consent', 'default', {
'ad_storage': 'denied',
'analytics_storage': 'denied',
'wait_for_update': 500
});

gtag('set', 'ads_data_redaction', true);

gtag('set', 'url_passthrough', true);

Head over to the Google consent mode information here or here and the developer documentation here to learn more.

Regions

If no region is set, then the restrictions are enabled for all regions. If you specify one or more regions, then the restrictions only apply for the specified regions.

If you leave the field empty, the restrictions are being applied worldwide.

If you specify one or more regions, then the restrictions are only applied for the specified regions.

Generally each region represents a country. Since California has its own, more restrictive regulation (CCPA), we added the option to add California as a region.

url_passthrough

From version 1.11.5

The url_passthrough default setting true increases the tracking accuracy. But, as long as cookies have not been accepted by a visitor, it also creates URLs with very long tracking parameters while the visitor is browsing the shop. Not every shop owner likes this. It might lead to some confusion, usually more for the shop owner than for the visitor.

With the following filter the url_passthrough parameter can be turned off. Because it decreases the tracking accuracy, we strongly recommend not to do it.

add_filter('wpm_google_url_passthrough', '__return_false');