- 1 Why Should we Exclude?
- 2 Easy step by step guide to Exclude your IP address:
- 2.1 1.Log In to your Google Analytics Account.
- 2.2 2.Click on Admin.
- 2.3 3.Click on ALL FILTERS.
- 2.4 4.select ACCOUNT(WEBSITE).
- 2.5 5.select Website.
- 2.6 6.Start Adding FILTER.
- 2.7 7.Give a Name for the Filter.
- 2.8 8.Select FILTER TYPE.
- 2.9 9.Select source or destination.
- 2.10 10.Select Expression.
- 2.11 11.Find your IP address.
- 2.12 12.Copy the IP address.
- 2.13 13.Select the Views.
- 2.14 14.Finally, SAVE the settings.
- 3 Wrapping Up:
Why Should we Exclude?
When I added Google Analytics to my first site, I was super excited to see the numbers in Analytics dashboard.
After 24 hours I noticed numbers and spike in that graph line. My happiness graph spiked like super crazy that’s me being an amateur.
Fast forwarding to a week I learnt that all of the visits my site had are from one single device and that’s mine 🙁 .
Fact is fresh sites won’t get noticed quickly. It takes time for Indexing and receiving Organic traffic.
So if you are like me you need to know that you should exclude your own visits to your website from Google Analytics data.
It can be done by adding a Filter to your analytics data. So that you get an idea of how many visitors are visiting your website.
All you have to do is exclude your own IP address from Analytics data and you can do this by adding an Exclude filter to your IP address.Let’s start,
Easy step by step guide to Exclude your IP address:
Step by Step instructions to remove your own IP address from Google Analytics.So that you can filter out your own visits from Analytics dashboard.
1.Log In to your Google Analytics Account.
Input search term Google Analytics in Google Search Bar and hit the search button and sign in to your account.
2.Click on Admin.
Once you Enter Google Analytics dashboard, Click on Admin from the left bottom of the dashboard.
3.Click on ALL FILTERS.
Once you enter new dashboard, Click on All Filters below the ACCOUNT section
Now Select account or website from the drop-down list for which you want to add the filter.
Here I have added Filter to one of my accounts so I am selecting another account.
You can do this other way around too, first select ACCOUNT and then select ALL FILTERS.
NOTE: Don’t get confused by the term ACCOUNT. Every time you add a website to Google Analytics a respective ACCOUNT gets created.
Select the website of which you already created an account from the drop-down.
6.Start Adding FILTER.
Now Click on ADD FILTER.This brings down new form.
7.Give a Name for the Filter.
Here you come across first Filter Name. Just give a name which can be easy to remember.
Here I am adding an IP address which is to be excluded from the analytics results.
So I name it as, My own IP Address.
8.Select FILTER TYPE.
Now select the Filter Type you want to add.
Usually, Google Analytics provides Predefined filters and also lets you add custom filters.
Select Filter Type as Predefined.
From drop-down Select filter type.There are two types
Here we want our own IP address to be excluded from the analytics.
So select Exclude option.
9.Select source or destination.
Here Google Analytics provides four sources. Select “traffic from the IP addresses“.
We want to exclude traffic from our own IP address.
Here we have four options we need to select “that are equal to“.
Because we want only our own IP address to be excluded.
11.Find your IP address.
Head over to Google search and look for your IP address as shown.
you will find IP address like this example “100.00.000.0″.
12.Copy the IP address.
Copy the IP address and Paste it into the IP address filed.
13.Select the Views.
Here you have to select the View from which you want your IP address to be excluded.
NOTE: A website can have multiple views.From here you can select the views from which your IP to be excluded.
And then click on ADD button.
Then View will shift from left side to right side box.
If you want you can even remove it too by selecting the Remove button.
You can play here as you want.
14.Finally, SAVE the settings.
When you are done with selecting views. You need to save the settings.
This method will help you exclude your own visits from Google Analytics Dashboard.Hope these easy instructions helped you.
Like this, you can create as many filters as you want.It helps you to identify the actual visitors count.
If you have any doubts about Google Analytics Filters let me know in the comments section.
If you haven’t added Google Analytics yet you can read here about how to add Google Analytics.