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 then adding your own visits to the analytics makes the whole process meaningless.
I’ve searched online and after quite a while I found the the right answer. This article will show you how I stopped this nonsense. (As we need to give credit where credit is due the most helpful answer I found online was on Techy Duck forum.)
Steps To Stop Google Analytics From Tracking Your Own 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: 18.104.22.168 (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
6. Choose to “Add New Filters”
7. Fill in the information on the new page
- Name your filter. I named mine My Ip Address.
- From the drop down menu select “Traffic From The IP Address”
- Fill in the IP address in the provided spaces
Knowing how to stop Google Analytics from tracking my visits provides me with correct 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.