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How to Track and Reduce Form Abandonment in WordPress

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Do you want to track and reduce form abandonment in WordPress?

Abandoned forms result in lower conversions and less revenue. Tracking form abandonment helps recover abandoned form leads.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily track and reduce form abandonment in WordPress.

 How to track abandoned forms in WordPress

What is Form Abandonment?

Form abandonment is a term used to describe situations when a user leaves a form without submitting it. This could be due to a faulty form, bad user experience, or unknown reasons like users changing their minds.

It applies to any form on your website. It could be your email newsletter form, a WooCommerce checkout form, a contact form, and more.

If users reach the form and decide not to fill it or leave it halfway, then that’s form abandonment.

Why You Need to Reduce Form Abandonment

Forms are really important for the success of any website. You need them to grow your email list, increase eCommerce conversions, and grow your business.

However, more than 77% of online shoppers abandon their checkout forms. That’s a lot of money in terms of unfinished sales.

Tracking form abandonment helps you stay on top of your game.

First, you’ll be able to figure out which forms are abandoned frequently. After that, you can figure out what you can do to make them better.

That being said, let’s start with the form tracking part first.

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Tracking Form Abandonment in WordPress

The best way to track form abandonment on your WordPress website is by using MonsterInsights.

It is the #1 Google Analytics plugin for WordPress and allows you to easily track website traffic using Google Analytics.

You’ll need at least their Pro plan to access the Form addon.

First, you need to install and activate the MonsterInsights plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you will see the welcome screen and the setup wizard. Simply click the ‘Launch the Wizard’ button.

launch MonsterInsights setup wizard

You can follow the onscreen instructions to connect your Google Analytics account with your site. For more detailed instructions, please see our beginner’s guide on how to install Google Analytics in WordPress.

Once you have set up MonsterInsights, it is time to set up form tracking.

Simply go to the Insights » Addons page, scroll down to the Forms addon, and then click on the Install button.

Install Forms Addon

Once you have installed and activated the forms addon, MonsterInsights will automatically detect your WordPress form plugin and enable form tracking.

You can verify it by visiting the Insights » Settings page and switching to the ‘Conversions’ tab. From here, you can see your form builder listed under the ‘Enable Form Conversion Tracking’ option.

MonsterInsights form conversion tracking

Now that everything is set up, you just have to wait a few hours for MonsterInsights to collect data as your users fill out forms on your WordPress website.

Viewing Form Reports in MonsterInsights

MonsterInsights makes Google Analytics reports easy to understand. The form addon shows you how users on your website interact with forms in terms of conversions and form abandonment.

Simply go to the Insights » Reports page and switch to the forms tab.

MonsterInsights forms report

You’ll see a list of forms on your website with their impressions, conversion, and conversion rates.

You can see forms with higher impressions and low conversion rates. These are the forms that your users are viewing but not filling out.

Let’s find out what’s stopping users from filling out those forms.

Recovering Abandoned Form Entries with WPForms

WPForms is the best WordPress contact form plugin on the market.

It comes with a form abandonment addon that helps you track abandoned forms and even allows you to save partial entries. You can then reach out to those users as prospective customers.

You’ll need at least their Pro plan to access the Form Abandonment addon.

You can see our complete WPForms review for more details.

First, you need to install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the WPForms » Settings page to enter your license key. You can find this information under your account on the WPForms website.

WPForms License key

Next, you can go to the WPForms » Addons page from your WordPress dashboard.

From here, go ahead and install Form Abandonment Addon.

Install form abandonment addon

After that, you are now ready to create forms that can automatically save abandoned forms.

Simply go to WPForms » Add New page to create your first form.

You’ll be asked to provide a title for your form and then choose a template. WPForms comes with some pre-made templates for different scenarios. For this tutorial, we will choose the ‘Request A Quote Form’ template.

Naming your form and selecting the Request a Quote template in WPForms

You can also use a blank template to create a form from scratch.

Next, WPForms will load the form entries. You can edit the existing entries by clicking on them. You can also move them up and down or add new fields from the left column.

Edit your form

Once you are satisfied with the form entries, switch to the ‘Settings’ tab from the left column.

Then select the ‘Form Abandonment’ option.

Enable form abandonment

From here, you can turn on the form abandonment feature for this particular form. Once done, you can save your form and exit the builder interface.

Next, let’s add this form to your WordPress site. Simply edit the post or page where you want to add the form, and then add the WPForms block to the content editor.

Adding WPForms block in WordPress

After that, simply select the form you created earlier from the drop-down menu. You can now save or publish your post or page.

Now, give your form a few days to collect entries. After that, you can go to the WPForms » Entries page to see all your form entries.

Abandoned WPForms

You’ll see abandoned as the status for the entries where a user decided to leave the form without submitting it.

You can click on Entries to view the captured data of your abandoned form.

Tips to Reduce Form Abandonment in WordPress

So far, we have learned how to track and recover abandoned forms in WordPress.

Let’s talk about how to reduce form abandonment.

First, you need to figure out why a form is not converting so well. You don’t need to make an educated guess when there are actual tests you can run first.

1. Improve Form Pages Speed

Speed is one of the top reasons for users abandoning shopping carts and online forms.

According to a StrangeLoop case study, a 1 second delay in page load time can lead to a 7% loss in conversions, 11% fewer page views, and a 16% decrease in customer satisfaction.

Strangeloop case study

Test the pages containing your forms for speed and performance using an online speed test tool.

If your form pages are loading slowly, then you need to follow our WordPress speed optimization guide to improve performance.

2. Create Better Forms

As a website owner, you want to collect as much useful information as possible so you can serve them better.

However, this could make your forms lengthier, and users don’t like long forms.

Here are a few things you can do to improve your forms.

  • Remove unnecessary form fields. These are the form fields that you don’t really need and can do without.
  • Use multi-page forms. If you have to create lengthier forms, then try multi-page forms. They are easier to fill and provide a much better user experience.
  • Use form landing pages whenever possible. Using form landing pages allows you to remove clutter from the screen, which may be distracting users.
  • Use conversational form styles to make your forms interactive and joyful.

3. Use Conversion Optimization Software

If you are serious about boosting form conversions, then you need to start using OptinMonster.

It is the best conversion optimization and lead generation software on the market and helps you convert website visitors into subscribers and customers.

OptinMonster comes with exit-intent popups. This allows you to show targeted popups to users when they are about to leave a page. Using this on your form pages will help you drastically reduce form abandonment on your website.

Exit intent popup

For detailed instructions, see this tutorial on how to create a coupon popup using OptinMonster.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to track and reduce form abandonment in WordPress. You may also want to see our pick for the best email marketing services and best business phone services for small businesses.

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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    I have the highest version of WPForms but I don’t have Monstersight. As I understood correctly, can I actually track similar things just with the help of WPForms and Google analytics? Or can’t I do without Monstersight?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You can do it without MonsterInsights but it is very difficult to do so without a decent understanding of Google’s tracking.


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