Today I’m going to show your exactly how you can stop Google analytics from tracking your own visits
I noticed Google usually tracks/counts our own visits when we view our blog. This occurs usually when you are designing or redesigning your blog or as a newbie you tend to go back and forth to your site several times. So I took some measures to block Google analytics from tracking my visits. You might want to accomplish same on your blog. So I will share with you today exactly how I achieved mine.
As most of us probably already know, majority of site owners use Google analytics to track data not only because it’s a free and powerful tool provided by Google, but also because it provides far much accurate analytics and robust insights in all aspects of your site performance.
As a blogger or webmaster you’re probably tracking analytics of your website to examine the following;
- Your blog/site performance
- Bounce rate
- How fast your site is i.e. site speed
- Your readers behavior
You might ask, why do I need to stop Google analytics from tracking my own visits?
Good question, here is why…
Now Google analytics counts each and every visits to your website including your own visits, as real data and as a result, this will jeopardize the authority and accuracy of your data and thus given you false analytics of your site performance
How do you stop Google analytics from tracking your own visits?
You can achieve this task of stopping Google from tracking your own visits with any of the following methods
Method One(Blocking IP Addresses)
Login into your Google analytics, to the site you want to stop tracking (if you have multiple sites)
At the bottom left hand side of your dashboard, click on the “Admin Button”
Under the website data tab, click on “Filters”
Choose “Add Filter”
On the new page, fill the information
Give your filter a name, in my case I used “filter IP”
On the filter type, select the following:
- Traffic from IP addresses
- That are equal to
Enter your IP address(To get this just open a new tab, type whoer.net and then copy your IP address
Note: This method can be frustrating as you will have to filter many IP address considering the fact that your IP changes.
Method Two(Using extensions and addons)
Install an extension called block yourself from analytics
Add your blog URL to the list and click save
Then click save
That’s it, you done….
For Firefox users, you can download this ad-don
Note: I have not used this ad-dons as I seldom browse with Firefox, so i can’t verify if it works fine or not, but could try for sure
Before you leave, you might love to read how to add push notification to your blog
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