Website Optimizer Wizard

Google’s Website Optimizer (GWO) interface for setting-up experiments is not the easiest one to use – particularely for a Yahoo! store. So we have designed a Google Chrome Browser extension to not only simplify the set-up of experiments in GWO, but also to give you a few standard experiments that are easy to set-up so you can start testing your store’s pages quickly. Plus, with our code installed, you can start experiments without having to re-publish your store – as long as the elements you want to test already exist on the page. And really, they should…

To get started, simply install this browser extension in Google Chrome, and then go to your GWO account and start creating experiments!
Please open this page in Google Chrome to install the Monitus Website Optimizer Wizard extension.

Website Optimizer for Yahoo! Store instructions

The same technology that we use for tracking Yahoo! Store in Google Analytics has been adapted to support Google Website Optimzer. Setting up a Website Optimizer test is a multi-step process, and in this document I describe those steps where the instructions differ to make Website Optimzer work with Monitus Tools. Those steps that are not affected by our code are not specifically addressed, so you should refer directly to the Website Optimzer help files.

First of all, here are some general pointers:

  • You can test any page on your main domain, such as a landing pages or the homepage, and have the goal page be the confirmation page of your checkout.
  • You can run different tests at the same time even though the goal page may be the same – e.g. the confirmation page.
  • You can run the same test on multiple pages, such as if you want to test a global attribute like an add-to-cart button.
  • You can do limited tests on the cart page too, which is a great thing to do, but you cannot run cart tests and tests running on your main domain at the same time. As of this writing, Website Optimizer gets confused in this scenario and only one test will work. So, test pages on your domain first, stop the test, and then test the cart page – or vice-versa.
  • Because the elements you will be testing are in your store pages, you will very likely need RTML knowledge to place the testing code in the right place. As an example, lets assume you want to test a text headline: <h1>Product XYZ</h1>. You will have to wrap the testing code around the text headline code: <script>utmx_section("Headline")</script><h1>Product XYZ</h1></noscript>. If that text headline in your store is generated by an RTML template, then you will have to modify the right template so that the testing code ends up wrapped around the headline. In most cases, this is pretty easy RTML, but I wanted you to be aware of this fact.


Please follow the instructions in the Website Optimizer wizard and create an experiment there. Please choose the option to install the code yourself.

When you create a new test in Website Optimizer you have to complete a number of steps. Here are the important points:

STEP 1: Identify experiment pages

Please follow the instructions on the Website Optimizer wizard.

STEP 2: Add tags to experiment pages

Who is tagging the experiment pages?

Toggle to I will be installing the tags on my website.

Once you get to that page you will see some code that Website Optimizer instructs you to put on your site. Do not install that code. Instead, you will use the UA code and experiment ID to fill-out the form on the right, then hit the "Go!" button to get customized instructions.

Tag addition step 1: Include our Javascript on test page

In your test page’s header, replace this monitus code snippet:

with this one:

<script>_uhash="off"; _udn="";</script>
<!– Google Website Optimizer Control Script –>
function utmx_section(){}function utmx(){}
(function(){var k=’<experiment ID>‘,d=document,l=d.location,c=d.cookie;function f(n){
if(c){var i=c.indexOf(n+’=’);if(i>-1){var j=c.indexOf(‘;’,i);return escape(c.substring(i+n.
length+1,j<0?c.length:j))}}}var x=f(‘__utmx’),xx=f(‘__utmxx’),h=l.hash;
d.write(‘<sc’+’ript src="’+
+new Date().valueOf()+(h?’&utmxhash=’+escape(h.substr(1)):”)+
‘" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></sc’+’ript>’)})();
<!– End of Google Website Optimizer Control Script –>
<script src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">function monitus_final_callback() { _uacct = ‘<WO Code>‘; urchinTracker("/<experiment ID>/test"); } if(typeof(monitus_init) == “function”) monitus_init(< store ID>);</script>

Note: <experimentID> is the unique experiment ID, such as 123456789.

Tag addition step 2: Place this code on the variation page(s)

On each variation page, replace this monitus code snippet:

with this one:

Tag addition step 3: Install page tagging code on goal page

OK, this is where the installation will be different. Instead of the code in the box on Google Website Optimizer, replace your normal installation with this variation:

<script src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript">function monitus_final_callback() { _uacct = ‘<WO Code>‘; urchinTracker("/<experiment ID>/goal"); } if(typeof(monitus_init) == “function”) monitus_init(< store ID>);</script>

Note: <experiment ID>, <WO code> and < store ID> are your test parameters and account identifier. Please replace with your values.

This block of code will replace the standard Monitus Tools code on your goal page. So on the confirmation page of the checkout manager, change the code in the HTML Head section field.

Validate code installation

Website Optimizer has to confirm that the testing code has been added correctly. Since you will be putting the Monitus code version on your store, you have to create offline HTML files that contain the original tags from the Website Optimizer wizard.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
<body bgcolor=ffffff link=0000cc>
<script type=”text/javascript”>
if(typeof(urchinTracker)==’undefined’)document.write(‘<sc’+’ript src="’+’http’+(l=document.location.protocol==’https:’?’s://ssl’:’://www’)+’’+’"></sc’+’ript>’); if(document.URL.match(/sectionId=ysco.confirm/)) { _uacct = ‘<WO Code>‘; urchinTracker("/<experiment ID>/goal"); } </script>

And then select Check uploaded conversion page file.

Note: If you are testing the cart page, you will have to publish the checkout manager and then go to the published version of the cart page. Save the source as an HTML file and use the same "Check uploaded conversion page file" method.

There may be some additional warnings, but you should be able to get to the next step by hitting "Continue".

STEP 3 – CREATE VARIATIONS and STEP 4 – Review Experiment Settings and Launch.

That’s it – you’re on your own! Use the wizard to actually create test variations. There are no other things that will be different as far as Monitus Tools is concerned.

Finally, a couple of parting remarks. What I have described are just the technical steps to set up a test. What matters of course at the end of the day is the test itself. There are many resources on the web that will point you in the right direction to help you pick and set up tests. If you need help in setting up or conducting tests, we are also available for one-on-one consulting.