You need to make that clear when you first install the tracking code. If you forget, you’ll be shocked to see so many page loads for your very first post. Then shocked again to realize it was just you finding those spelling errors, re-reading that great content, or going back twenty times to see if you have any avatars in your recent reader widget! This tip shows how to remove your sites from three of the more popular traffic monitors.
What is your IP address
IP stands for Internet Protocol and this is how statisics programs ‘know who you are’. The IP is a unique number associated with your computer’s connection that looks like ‘188.8.131.52’ (four sets of numbers with periods in between). I use What is my IP address and save it on my iGoogle homepage for easy reference. You can even install a gadget to do the same thing.
Where is the feature to remove my visits?
For each program, first log into your account, select the project or feed you want to change, then do the following for each:
- Google Analytics
Go to ‘Analytic Settings’, then click ‘Filter Manager’ in the lower right hand corner. Then ‘add filter’ where you must key the IP(s) to exclude.
From the ‘Analyze’ tab, click the ‘feedburner pro’ button on bottom left. Then ‘for my site traffic’, check the box next to “Exclude visits from this computer.” You don’t have to key your IP, but you must go through this step for each computer you use.
Press the ‘blocking cookie’ link to set IP exclusion for all of your projects. You can also do this for individual projects with the customize icon (wrench). Find the blocking link in the left-hand bar and follow the instructions to turn blocking on or off.
This tip is basic, but can save some time and headaches trying to find the right button. Many programs are so feature rich and tab heavy with decidedly unhelpful ‘help’ screens, that you end up pulling your hair out. Forget about an intuitive interface approach and rely on your notes and bookmarks! What do you have to add? How about Sitemeter — do you use it?