There is a really simple way to make sure Google Analytics doesn’t count the visits coming from your own computer. If you visit your own site you don’t want to be counted as a visitor.
So you’ve set up a Google Analytics account to monitor your visitor count, among other things. You may not realise that every time you view your own site, your visit is being counted. Yes, I know. How annoying. You must have visited your own site about 20 times yesterday checking ‘likes and shares’.
You need to exclude internal traffic from Google Analytics immediately!
In a few illustrated simple steps I’ll explain how to filter out traffic from your own computer. It can be repeated on as many computers as you want. It won’t delete existing traffic stats on Google Analytics but it will exclude any further internal traffic showing up on your results.
Give your computer a name. If you already have a pet name for your pc you can use that 😉 Call it ‘Work’ or ‘Home’ or ‘Bob’ or whatever you want. This unique word will be used to tell your browser who your computer is and not to count visits from that computer. You don’t have to do anything with this name yet. Just chose one. Here is how you identify the website you want to filter out.
- Go a page of the website where Google Analytics is installed.
- Copy and paste this code below into your address bar completely replacing the existing URL:
- Press Enter. A pop up should appear on your screen displaying the unique word. If it doesn’t then you need to take additional steps (see the end of this article for additional steps).
Tell Google Analytics what you have done. You do this by setting up a Filter.
- Go to the Admin section of your Google Analytics account
- Choose from your accounts list if you have more than one.
- Choose the Property (your website)…
- Choose the Profile…
- Once you click on the Profile, you will see this screen…
- Click on Filters and add a +New Filter
If the pop up box doesn’t appear
Now, I mentioned that the pop out box may not appear in your browser. This is because sometimes your browser can block script from running. In this case you need to do the following:
Congratulations. You will now find that your website isn’t as popular as you thought it was! Sorry…
If this is new information and has helped you out please let us know in the comments below and make sure you spread the word! People are visiting their sites several times a day and not realising that they are adding to their visitor count. This goes for employees, web developers, blog writers and overly eager friends too! The discrepancy in numbers makes a massive difference to the stats of a new website. Every website owner should take these steps.