How to Create a Facebook Pixel and Add It Your Website
A Facebook Pixel is a piece of code you can add to your website to allow you to track user data. It can be used to enhance your social media advertising campaigns by enabling you to target similar users to your existing customer base, including those who are more likely to convert and previous visitors on your website.
Step 1: Create Your Pixel
After signing into your Facebook Business Manager account, you’ll need to navigate to the menu where you’ll see Events Manager.
Choose Connect a Data Source, select Web and tick Facebook Pixel.
Give your pixel a name, add your website URL and click Create.
Each Facebook Ad account should have its own pixel and be connected to a specific business rather than a campaign.
Step 2: Add the Pixel Code to Your Website
There are two options when adding a Facebook Pixel to your website: integration through a platform or Google Tag Manager, or manual installation.
If you use an e-commerce platform like Woocommerce or Shopify, you can install the pixel without updating any code on your website. Facebook also integrates with Google Tag Manager and connects to your existing property and adds your pixel directly to your container.
If you are manually installing the code yourself, you’ll need to copy and paste the code into the header of your website. This needs to be added to every page of your website or added to the template you’re using.
You’ll be asked if you want to enable automatic advanced matching. This matches customer data from your website to Facebook profiles which can allow you to track conversions more accurately (we’d recommend you do this).
Step 3: Track Events
Once you’ve added the pixel to your website, you’ll need to track events. Events such as Purchase, Add to Cart and Initiate Checkout are automatically synced when you use a third party integration method (such as WooCommerce). You can also track events by either adding separate pieces of code to your website or by using the Event Setup Tool (this doesn’t require you to use code).
You can also manually create events where you can define conversions by using URL rules.
Step 4: Confirm Your Pixel is Working
The final step is to confirm your pixel is tracking events properly. You should be able to see traffic and events appearing within Events Manager.
And you’re done!