Learn how to keep Google Analytics from tracking your own visits
When I first began blogging, I didn’t know there was a way to keep Google Analytics from tracking my own visits. I got very excited when I checked my Analytics and saw I had over 50 visits one day. Not bad for my week old blog! I thought.
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After a little digging, I realized that the majority of those pageviews had been FROM ME. Every time I refreshed a page or looked through my blog (which I did a lot!) to see if everything looked okay, that counted as a new page view. And while the numbers looked great, I knew they didn’t count. I set out to learn how to keep Google Analytics from tracking my own visits. It wasn’t as hard as I thought.
Here’s what to do:
First, get your IP address. To do this, open a new browser window and search for (I used Google search) ‘What’s my IP Address?’ The result appears at the top of the search screen. I copied that address so that I could paste it when I came to that step.
Then, follow these steps:
1. Log in to Google Analytics
2. Click on the ADMIN tab
3. In the far right pane, click Filters
4. Click the red Add Filter button
5. Choose Create new Filter
6. Name your filter
7. Under Select Filter Type, choose Exclude
8. Under Select Source or Destination, choose Traffic from the IP Addresses
9. Under Select Expression, choose That are equal to
10. Paste your IP address into the field
11. Click Save
Watch this video, Steps to Keep Google Analytics from Tracking Your Own Visits, if you’d like a visual:
Being able to accurately track your statistics is key for a blog to be successful. Google Analytics can seem daunting at times, but hopefully you can see with these steps that tracking your own visits isn’t too difficult at all.
If you run into any issues, please let me know via email or in the comments below.