Measure checkouts

Measuring Checkouts

As an online business owner, the checkout process is one of the most important aspects of your website. It is the last stage of the customer journey and can make or break a sale. Therefore, measuring checkouts is crucial to understand the effectiveness of your checkout process and identify areas for improvement.

Google Analytics Ecommerce Tracking

One of the most common ways to measure checkouts is through Google Analytics ecommerce tracking. This feature allows you to track the number of transactions, revenue, and conversion rate of your website. To set up ecommerce tracking, you need to enable it in your Google Analytics account and add a tracking code on the confirmation page of your checkout process. This code will send transaction data to Google Analytics and allow you to analyze your ecommerce performance.

ga('require', 'ecommerce');
ga('ecommerce:addTransaction', {
  'id': '1234',                     // Transaction ID. Required.
  'affiliation': 'Acme Clothing',   // Affiliation or store name.
  'revenue': '11.99'                // Grand Total.
ga('ecommerce:addItem', {
  'id': '1234',                     // Transaction ID. Required.
  'name': 'Fluffy Pink Bunnies',    // Product name. Required.
  'price': '11.99',                 // Unit price.
  'quantity': '1'                   // Quantity.

Abandoned Cart Rate

Another way to measure checkouts is by calculating the abandoned cart rate. This is the percentage of customers who added items to their cart but did not complete the checkout process. To calculate this rate, divide the number of abandoned carts by the total number of initiated checkouts and multiply by 100. A high abandoned cart rate indicates issues with your checkout process, such as long loading times or complicated forms.

User Testing

Finally, user testing can provide valuable insights into the checkout experience. You can recruit users to test your checkout process and observe their behavior and feedback. This can help you identify usability issues and areas for improvement.


Measuring checkouts is crucial to ensure the success of your ecommerce website. By using Google Analytics ecommerce tracking, calculating the abandoned cart rate, and conducting user testing, you can optimize your checkout process and increase conversions.

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