Restricting Your IP From Your Google Analytics
How many hits do you have? How many unique visitors do you have? Stats, stats, stats. First place you will likely turn when you are asked any of these questions is google analytics.
Google analytics is a fantastic tool. You can find out how much traffic came to your site, from where and on what page they landed on, left on and how they found your site. Infact you can completely lose yourself on Google Analytics. But did you know you may be accidentally skewing your results with your own visits? You might think this is negligible, but it could be more than you think.
Think about it…How often to you check the layout of your site on different browsers, or click into your site to tweet a link to a post? It all adds up. Ok, so your hits and visits are inflated (yippee?), but don’t kid yourself, your behaviour will be affecting your other stats, such as bounce rate, average time on site etc.
Step 1: First thing you’ll want to do is note down the IP addresses of all the devices you use to access your blog (Laptop, phone, tablet, perhaps a work PC). If you are unsure how to find this, simple google ‘What’s my IP address’ and ta da!
Step 2: Login into your Google Analytics account and click on the Admin tab (top right).
Step 3: Click onto ‘All Filters’ on the left hand side and then click on ‘+ NEW FILTER’.
Step 4: Give your filter a name (i.e home laptop, tablet etc) – Pre-defined filter – Exclude (select ‘traffic from the IP addresses’) that are equal to – Enter your IP address – Select ‘All web site data’ and ‘Add’ it to selected views. Then click save.
It’s as simple as that! You can repeat this process for each device.