How to Remove Yourself from Google Analytics Data. Three Easy Methods to Exclude Internal Traffic
When I started my blog in March this year, I was thrilled to see over 1500 page views in my Google Analytics Dashboard, but it turned out that was MY views, when I edit pages or added a new blog posts, when I clicked Preview it was counted as page view every single time (and trust me, some pages have been edited over 80 times!).
Many bloggers post their traffic reports or share their page views in social media posts and some of them might not even realise that over half of the monthly page views can be THEIR views, so not a real traffic. If you really want to have an accurate Google Analytics reports, you NEED to exclude internal traffic (your entries) from it.
Unfortunately, this is not a default setting, therefore you need to set it manually or use the opt-out plugin.
In this post, I’ll show you three easy methods to remove yourself from Google Analytics data. One of the methods requires excluding your IP address from Google Analytics, the second is an exclusion setting in Google Analytics WordPress plugin and the third one is quite radical, but it works if you have a dynamic IP address (which changes every day or once a week) but it has a huge downside.
EXCLUDE YOUR IP ADDRESS FROM GOOGLE ANALYTICS DATA, BY CREATING IP FILTER
2. Go to your Google Analytics account and navigate to Admin > View > Filters
3. Click on Add Filter
4. In the Filter Name box, type My IP exclusion (or whatever you want to call it)
5. Leave the Filter Type as Predefined
6. Select filter type: Exclude
7. Select source or destination: traffic from the IP addresses
8. Select expression: that are equal to