Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 – Step By Step Instructions

Ad Optimization
January 3, 2024 | by Aleesha Jacob
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For publishers who want to do a randomized experiment using two or more variants of the same web page to see which layout performs better, we recommend doing the AB testing Google’s way.

For example, a single page layout vs. a paginated one, Optimize will capture the performance for each variant per your objective and shall identify the leader (winner).

How to run the test: Step by step

You may access Google Optimize directly by going to optimize.google.com. Next, you will need to log in with your Google Analytics credentials. You may also access it via Behavior > Experiments section of Analytics.

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

To begin with, Google Optimize A/B testing, click on “Create Experiment.”

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

Give your experiment a name, input the URL of the page you’re trying to test (i.e. variation), then select A/B test. Click on “Create.”

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

You might get a notification saying: “Some setup steps must still be completed” before you can begin running your experiment. Click on “Show steps” to see a guide on what to do next:

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

Click on “+ New Variant.:”

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

Give it a name and click “Add.”

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

Click on the “Targeting” which controls the number of users visiting your site that gets included in the experiment. Everyone else will see your original page. If you want quicker results, make sure to include a higher proportion of visitors in the experiment. However, if your experiment is drastic and risky, you ought to include only a small percentage of your site’s visitors.

You may also edit the weight of visitors that will be exposed to the original vs. variant layout.

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

Set when you want to trigger the experiment. You may opt to evaluate on page load or a custom event. Choosing the latter may result in additional hits being sent to Google Analytics (learn more: https://goo.gl/rLatgk).

You can also select other conditions by clicking “+ Create Rule” which allows you to target precisely where and how your experiment will run.

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

To set up Objectives, you need to link an Google Analytics account.

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

Step 1: In Optimize, go to Main Menu > Accounts

Step 2: Select a container

Step 3: Click LINK PROPERTY, under in the Container information panel

Step 4: Select the relevant Google Analytics account

Step 5: Select one or more Analytics Views. Every Optimized experiment sends data to one Analytics view, and it will use that view’s goals/metrics for its experiment objectives. The view(s) selected here will be available when you set up your experiments in Optimize.

Step 6: Click ‘LINK’

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore
Start your experiment!

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

Here’s an example of an experiment result:

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

In order to track Page RPM per variant, follow the steps below to track page views per variant:

Step 1: You’ll need to deploy KVP on DFP that would identify your variant (e.g. layout = ‘pizza’ for the original, layout = ‘icecream’ for the variant

Step 2: Deploy KVP on relevant pages you’d like to test:

E.g. googletag.pubads().setTargeting(‘layout’,’pizza’);

Step 3: Create a custom dimension e.g. ‘layout’ (see: http://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2709828)

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

Step 4: Deploy the code on the site

Google Optimize A/B Testing Guide For 2024 - Step By Step Instructions MonitizeMore

Step 5: On DFP, you’ll be able to run revenue report by key values, calculate them against the page views in Analytics, and you get the page RPM per variant.

In conclusion

Publishers like you need to build an experimentation process to consistently increase your ad revenue. Do you need help testing different page layouts, ad combinations, setting up header bidding, and more? Sign up for a Professional account at MonetizeMore today!


FAQ

What is Google optimize?

Google Optimize in the replacement for Google Analytics Experiments, coming in two versions; Optimize and Optimize 360. The product aims to help publishers maximize the engagement and revenue from their sites by running tests aimed at finding the optimal layout or strategy.

What can you do with Google optimize?

With Google Optimize, you can run A/B testing (ie, show two different versions of a site to sample subsets of users simultaneously to compare which works best) and test other site parameters (we’ve explained some common tests in the article). With Google Optimize, you can create experiments and tailor those experiments to specific details and even run several or multiple tests on the same page simultaneously.

Is Google optimize free?

There are two versions of Google Optimize; the basic version is free, while Optimize 360 is billable monthly. You can still perform the A/B testing, target tests by URL or territory, and do multivariate testing with the basic version. However, there is no Google support for this product (just the Optimize community), and the number of tests and combinations is reduced.

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