Analytics is a key part of any website. There are many analytics tools available but Google Analytics is one of the topped and widely used analytics tool. It helps us to track traffic which we receive on our blog/website. People can track visitors locations, IPs, browsers etc and even can check that how many users are in real time on our blog or website. It is completely free and a preferred analytics tool for webmasters.
Do you know It also tracks you? Irrespective, you are logged in or not. I was too facing this problem for a long time. Due to self-tracking, my Google Analytics report was not showing me correct sessions and active users count. I was not getting the correct analytics data. It was tracking every preview of my blog post which I check while writing a post.
After a long research, I knew that we can prevent Google Analytics from tracking our own visits and previews. It helped me a lot and prevented Google Analytics from tracking my own visit and preview.
How To Prevent Google Analytics From Tracking You:
I found two ways to stop Google Analytics to track my own visit. Let me explain you one by one.
1- Prevent by IP address:
First of all, locate your own IP address by using http://whatsmyip.org/ and add that IP address to the exclusion list.
Let’s say your IP address is 192.168.0.01 then copy that IP and follow following steps.
I. Login to Google Analytics
II. Click on Admin
III. Click on filters inside view property
IV. Click on Add Filter
V. Create new filter – Filter name – and check Exclude
VI. Now select traffic from the IP address and put IP address in the next box then click on save
By this way, Google Analytics will stop tracking if traffic comes from the excluded IP address.
2- Prevent Google Analytics from different rules:
Tracking page previews by Google Analytics is really a pain for everyone. We preview our post countless times before publishing it to ensure that everything goes correctly. But the same time we preview a post, Google tracking codes also get reloaded and tracks every preview. It badly impacts our analytics figures and we get the wrong report.
To prevent tracking page previews follow following steps.
I. Follow the same steps as explained above like
- Analytics login
- Click on Admin
- Click on filters inside view property
- Add filter
- Create a new filter and give filter name
II. Now click on Custom
III. Select “Request URI” from excluding filter field
IV. Now use “preview=true” in Filter Pattern and click on save
Now Google Analytics will not track your page previews. You can also set any other rules to exclude other pages tracking in this way. Here is a screenshot that how I am excluding my own page tracking.
If you know any other ways to prevent Google Analytics from tracking our own visits and page previews, please do share with me too.