When I first started Bargaineering, I would joke that it had three visitors – my girlfriend (now wife), myself from home and myself from work. When you first start a website, you will make up a significant portion of your site’s visits. In order to get actionable analytics, you really need to exclude yourself even if it may hurt the ego just a little bit. 🙂
How do you exclude yourself? It’s relatively easy with Google Analytics. What you need to do is set a filter that excludes your IP address or a range of IP addresses if your changes from time to time. The settings you want to set are:
- Filter Type: Custom > Exclude
- Filter Field: Visitor IP Address
- Filter Pattern: A regular expression for your IP.
What is your IP? 22.214.171.124
If you aren’t a regular expressions guru, Google provides this tool to help you create the expression for a range of IP addresses.
It’s that easy.