Google Analytics is one of the most popular traffic stats service out there. It’s free and provides comprehensive visitor stats about your site which is all you need from a traffic stats service. You can read more about Google Analytics here.
Your own visits to your sites can mess stats up, specially if your site is an average one which doesn’t get thousands of visitors, so by following the steps below you can exclude your visits to your site or blog from your Analytics stats.
You could do this by blocking specific IP’s from your Analytics account. So first of all you need to figure out how you connect to the Internet. You may be using a static IP or dynamic one. If you are using a static IP you are in luck as the procedure is a lot easier, the best way to find out would be to call up your ISP.
Now visit your Analytics dashboard, click Analytics Settings and go to ‘Filter Manager’. Click ‘Add Filter’. For Filter Name type something like ‘My IP’, for filter type select ‘Exclude all traffic from an IP address’. Your IP would be in the form of [Number].[Number].[Number].[Number], you’ll have to change it to [Number]\.[Number]\.[Number]\.[Number]\. Click Finish.
If you are using a dynamic IP however you will need to use a cookie to ignore your visits, this is because if you connect to the Internet via a dynamic IP connection, the IP changes each time your connection is reset. The Google Analytics help section provides a comprehensive article on how this can be done:
How to exclude traffic by cookie:
1. Create a new page on your domain, containing the following code:
(Please note that this code is in addition to the Google Analytics tracking code that you have on every page of your website.)
2. In order to set the cookie, visit your newly created page from all computers that you would like to exclude from your reports.
3. Create an Exclude filter to remove data from visitors with this cookie. Follow these instructions http://www.google.com/support/googleanalytics/bin/answer.py?answer=55494
to create a filter with the following settings:
Filter Type: Custom filter > Exclude
Filter Field: User Defined
Filter Pattern: test_value
Case Sensitive: No
Note that using a cookie as explained above is browser specific.
Your visits will now be excluded from your web stats. You can now feel free to visit your site without worrying about your own visits contaminating your traffic stats.
If you are having trouble with excluding your traffic stats please leave a comment.