How to Accurately Report your Stats – Exclude your Own Views in Google Analytics
Do you spend a lot of time on your own blog? I know I do – I update pages, I add in new lead’s and I search for different things when I want to link but can’t remember the urls or even the post titles! Each of those is counting as a view on your blog and in Google Analytics. So how to exclude your own views in Google Analytics?
It’s really easy to do actually and although there are a lot more complicated ways. This method wouldn’t work if you are working on the move – travel bloggers note that I will be publishing a how to exclude your own in the future – or if you write your blog from the library or coffee shop. BUT… if you work from home or from the same location every day then this method will let you see both your views and show your stats excluding your own use of your site.
Before you start – have you got Google Analytics set up on your site (note this will not be applicable if you are on wordpress.com and haven’t installed GA through Cloud Flare)? If so let us get started.
Related Article – Is Google Analytics Installed Twice on your Site?
How to Exclude your own Views in Google Analytics
Part I – Views in Google Analytics – your Master View
Start off by opening up your Google Analytics and heading to the Admin Screen – you will notice that I have got Master View in the last column – this is because I set up a clean view that records ALL of my data including my own page views and searches.
Because I want to keep a clean view at all time it’s useful to set that up so I would first click on View settings and create your Master View – this is your All Website Data which doesn’t mean much and it’s so easy to change the name of.
In the View Name Change the Name to something like Your Site and Master View.
Part II – Second View with an exclusion filter in place for your IP
Now let’s get onto excluding your own views from the data. Click on the arrow to go back to your three column admin view. Now click on the right-hand column drop down box and click on create a new view (you have 25 views that you can use for each property).
You will now have two different views that you can switch between – we want to set up to exclude our views now so click on that view and select Filters.
Click the Red Add Filter Button.
Name the filter and then select exclude from the first drop down box, traffic from an IP address from the second box and the last box that are equal to.
Now put in your IP address….. What is it? Or how do I find that! So…. I have Windows 10 and I could produce a guide for how you find your IP address on that, or on my iPad but not everyone has those machines so instead head over to Google and search for how to find my IP address and select the right operating system or device for you.
With that IP address in hand then add it to the box and then click save.
The filter is now applied and you will see two different views in when you click your blog name above home.
This means that you can switch between the different views and if needed see how many page views your own use of your site.
Oh, and before I forget – it only works moving forward you will get blank data if you look now!