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How To Stop Google Analytics From Tracking My Visits

I have been trying to revive an old health blog (on a new domain). As it is a brand new blog, I don’t have any visitors. Except today. A whopping 132 visitors!!! Looking at the analytics results, I noticed that all the visitors were coming from “direct link”. I suspected that those visits reflected the times I was working on my site. That, I thought was wrong,  but I did not know how to stop Google Analytics from tracking my visits.

I am sure you have the same issue with your Analytics tracking. When you have a new site or relatively few visitors on your blog, then adding your own visits to the analytics makes the whole process meaningless.

I wanted to prevent tracking my own visits on my blog. I’ve searched online and after quite a while I found some right answers. I’ll share this information with you to save you some time. So, in this post I will show you what I did to stop Google Analytics from tracking my my visits to my blog.

Steps To Stop Google Analytics From Tracking My Visits

There are several ways of doing this, including adding addons to your browser, but I did not want to add anything to my browser. I went for a manual method that is rather simple. This method involves filtering your IP address from Google Analytics.

1. Get your IP address. Before you start the process you will need to get your IP address. That is easily done by visiting www.whatsmyip.org . As soon as you enter the site, on top of the page, in big bright letters, you will have your IP address.

Your IP address will look something like this like this: 184.233.122.75 (This is a fictitious IP address)

2. Go to your Google Analytics account dashboard. If you have more than one account, stay in the area where all your accounts are showing.

3. Click on the Admin button at the top right hand side. That will take you to “Account Administration” page.

4. Select and click the account where you want to make changes. That will take you to a page where you will be able to make the changes

5. Select and click the “Filters” tab

Image 1. Filtering Your IP Address From Google Analytics – Step 1

How to stop google analytics to include my visits

6. Choose to “Add New Filters”

Image 2. Filtering Your IP Address From Google Analytics – Step 2

Add filters to stop Google Analytics from tracking your own visits

7. Fill in the information on the new page

Image 3. Add Information To Filter Your IP Address

Instructions to stop Google Analytics From Tracking my results

  1. Name your filter. I named mine My Ip Address.
  2. From the drop down menu select “Traffic From The IP Address”
  3. Fill in the IP address in the provided spaces

8. Save

Knowing how to stop Google Analytics from tracking my visits to my own blog provides me with correct analytics information. This is a common problem most bloggers have. As you can see it is very simple to change. After I changed the filters, the count of visits to my site stopped being tracked almost immediately. Now I am confident that the analytics only show traffic from real visitors to my site.

Note: Some IP providers offer dynamic IP addresses (that means that there is more than one IP address associated with your Internet connection), so your IP may change every time you log in online. It is a bit of a problem but even here you can help it. You can identify the most common IP addresses you use and you can stop Google Analytics from tracking those visits. It is the the best you can do under those circumstances.

 

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28 Responses to How To Stop Google Analytics From Tracking My Visits

  1. Navid Moazzez June 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    This is a great post and came at the right time for me. I just launched my personal branded site and also set up Google Analytics. This post just saved me a lot of time and now I will get the correct information provided on my Analytics, thanks a lot :)

    Have a great day,
    Navid
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    • Dita Irvine June 20, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      Hi Navid,

      This little trick is really useful when people are starting a new blog. At this time your activity on the blog maybe higher than normal, or later on. So preventing Google analytics from tracking your own visits will give you more meaningful results.

      Cheers

      Dita

  2. Glenn Shepherd June 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Hey Dita,

    That’s so awesome, many thanks! I knew that it would require some kind of IP filtering to get Analytics to ignore your IP address but didn’t know how to go about it. I’d probably have worked it out but it’s just one of those things that I’ve been meaning to look into but never gotten around to doing. So you’ve remedied this for me!

    I’ll go and sort this out right away now in my Analytics. Thanks again :-)

    Regards,
    Glenn
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    • Dita Irvine June 22, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      Hey Glen,

      glad to be of help.

      Cheers,

      Dita

  3. Steve Denness June 19, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    Hi Dita,

    Thanks for this little gem, can now start to get an accurate view of my blog traffic. Nobody tells you this stuff, learning everyday thanks to bloggers like yourself.

    Steve

    • Dita Irvine June 20, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Hey Steve,

      most welcome. Yeah, there is a lot to learn. Everyone says how easy it is, cut and paste sort of thing, but it is not. There is a learning curve.

      Cheers,

      Dita

  4. Mark Salmon June 19, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Thanks for this tip Dita – excellent attention to detail and well-explained. I tend to use Jetpack stats for the reason that I couldn’t fathom the information that Google Analytics was churning out but this will give me a lot more confidence in the stats.

    • Dita Irvine June 20, 2013 at 10:45 am #

      Hi Mark,

      nice to see you here. I have not used Jetpack yet so I am not familiar with it. Should look into it as I noticed a lot of people are using it

      Take care,

      Dita

  5. Tim Bonner June 19, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Hi Dita

    I only found this out recently too, having struggled to find out the answer so it’s great that you’re sharing it with your readers.

    I use CloudFlare and if I look up my IP address using whatismyip.org it shows the Cloudflare one. For Analytics to work, from the tests I’ve done, it needs to be your actual IP address with your web host.

    You either have to look in your control panel for that or I’ve found that whatismyip.com (rather than .org) will show your true IP address.

    The other issue I have is that my IP address is dynamic, so it’s not quite the same each time I’m on the web. There’s a slightly different set up on Analytics for that. I’m going to write about it on my blog in the near future!

    Thanks for sharing Dita and enjoy the rest of your week.
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    • Dita Irvine June 22, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      HI Tim,

      Thanks for your response. It is you computer’s IP that you need to filter. I have not tested it with my hosting IP and the research that I have done all points to your computer.

      Now, my IP address is supposed to be static, but I noticed that for some reason my IP provider sometimes assigns me a different IP. As I caught it I also filtered that one.

      Obviously, this issue will be more complicated when dynamic IPs are being used. I look forward to your report on the solution for this problem when an IP provider uses dynamic IP addresses.

      Cheers,

      Dita

  6. Cameron Chardukian June 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    I don’t use google analytics as the blogging platform I’m on (SETT) already has stats built into it. I’d imagine this article would be super useful to most people though! :)
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  7. Jeff June 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    This is a great piece of information! As usual you are giving out the golden nuggets that help so much.

    I actually was doing the same thing, and got super excited only to realize that Google Analytics was also counting my visits. So I will definitely be using this little trick!

    Thanks again and looking forward to the next one to come!

    All the best
    -Jeff

    • Dita Irvine June 20, 2013 at 10:44 am #

      HI Jeff,

      you will probably see a dramatic decrease in your traffic (lol), but at least it will be accurate.

      Cheers,

      Dita

  8. Paul Henderson June 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Hey Dita,

    OMG – you are a Godsend. I’ve been wanting to do this for ages since I’m my own best visitor by a long chalk on a few of my sites (pitiful – I know, lol !) and the figures were really skewed.

    I saw something with a title similar to yours some time ago, and I thought to myself – “Must do that !” – and then totally forgot :(

    But I’ve done it straight away this time, – only trouble is I’ll have no visitors now ;)

    There is just one thing, and this might be important…

    I have a couple of computers sat side by side on my desk here, working through a router, and I notice that the whatsmyip.org gives them both the same IP address, which is clearly not the case as the router allocates an individual IP address to all devices attached.

    Further, I immediately recognised the IP address as being nothing like what my router allocates. So I’m not sure what’s going on there.

    I’ll leave the filter set up with the potentially wrong IP address installed in the filter, and I’ll be sure to do a load of visits today, to see how wonderful I’m doing. That will tell me if I’m still getting through.

    You say yours worked Dita, it may just be a problem with routers and auto IP allocation.

    A great post Dita and one which I know a lot of people are going to thank you for.

    All the best from down under.

    By the way Dita, don;t forget to sign up for that promotion we spoke about the other day :)

    There are a full complement of graphics now when you click the link.

    Ciao for now :)
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    • Dita Irvine June 22, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      Hi Paul,

      I’d be curious to see how you will solve your problems. The problem of Google analytics tracking your own visits may have to be solved quite differently when you have a dynamic IP address.

      Take care,

      Dita

  9. Paul Henderson June 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Hey Dita,

    just to add to my prior comment.

    I just typed into the Big G, “How to find my IP address”, and the very first thing it shows you is …

    “Your public IP address is xxx-xxx-xx-xx”

    Could also be helpful to some peeps :)

    Cheers,
    Paul
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  10. Michel Snook June 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    Thank you Dita for the information. I originally thought that I had taken care of this issue when I setup analytics tracting for my sites. But after reading your post and then checking my analytics account, I discovered that my visits were being tracked. So now I have applied the filter method you covered in this post that should stop this from happening.

    Thanks again,
    Michel
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    • Dita Irvine June 22, 2013 at 10:44 am #

      Hi Michel,

      Hopefully, it will help. The best way to check it is to click on the direct link in your Analytics and find out where all the direct links are coming from. That will help you (especially if you live in a community that is not a metropolis.

      Cheers,

      Dita

  11. Muminur July 17, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    Very informative post. Thanks so much Dita for your post. But as I use many IPs to maintain my site it will be troublesome to add all of them. But I will try.
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  12. John September 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    Many thanks for your post, I was unaware of a way to block analytics from registering your visits to your blog and Glenn Sheppard was kind enough to point me to your blog post for advice on how to fix it. It was an easy fix with your instructions so well laid out with the images to compliment. Thanks again.

    Best regards

    John.
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    • Dita Irvine September 2, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

      Hi John,

      I am pleased that Glenn sent you here and that you found the article of help.

      Best wishes,

      Dita

  13. Jessica October 18, 2013 at 4:56 am #

    Thank you, your tutorial was very helpful, easy to follow and most importantly, it worked!

  14. Micron December 26, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    Your post really makes my day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on how to not track our own views.

  15. Rishit Shah December 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    When I see my IP using What’s my IP address I got two different IPs at two different days and is changing as the days pass on.
    Is there a solution to this?
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    • Dita Irvine January 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

      Hi Rishit,

      some providers use different IP’s. You can try to block at least some of them. It does help. I found out that I had to do it as well. Otherwise you can ask your provider to use only one IP. I think it can be done but in my case it would have been too expensive

  16. Catherine Gowthorpe January 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Thank you so much for this help. I’d been wondering how to do this for quite sometime, but solutions offered by other people seemed to involve adding things to the code, and I’m not equipped to do that.

  17. Noufal Binu February 2, 2014 at 5:21 am #

    thanks Dita Irvine.Really helpful keep it up Writing such awesome article It would help remove recently my own visits?
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  18. Anil August 31, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    That was really helpful thank you Dita Irvine. My case is also similar to you I was wonder to see 15 visits a day after the launch of my website. But unfortunately those are my visits :( now I am able to restrict them.Thanks again.
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