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In this video, you will learn how to set the Google Analytics to exclude your own site visits from the analytics reports. Members also wanted to know how to do the same thing for a couple of WordPress analytics plugins. I suggest that if you know how to use analytics then an analytics plugin is a waste of resources.

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Rick: Eddie has a question about Google Analytics and I’d just like to encourage everybody, if you haven’t seen Eddie’s site, go to the forum and take a look at his post on the forum where he’s posted his site. He’s done really a beautiful job. I’m quite proud of the work he’s done there and I think you all would benefit from seeing what he’s accomplished. Nothing quite like being an artist to make the rest of us not look as great as we look.

So anyway, he asked a question, “Does Google Analytics count your own clicks and page impressions onto your own site?” And the answer to that question is yes unless you exclude your posts and… I’m sorry, not your posts but unless you exclude your IP address from Google Analytics. It does in fact, show.

And so I’m going to give you an example of that right now. Let’s see, I think I will just go to mail so I can log out because unfortunately, right now, I have a Google Apps commercial domain that is byobwebsite.com that I use to run my mail and everything. But the commercial app won’t allow me to do my analytics on it so I have to do that under the free account. So I got to log out to go back and forth. It’s kind of a pain in the butt but anyway.

So here we are, we’re going to go over to our let’s see, Account Settings and then Analytics and then byobwebsite and View this Report. And so actually no, we’re not going to view this report. What we’re going to do is we’re going to look at this profile – byobwebsite.com profile and in fact, if we edit the profile… yeah, there we go. So you edit that profile. If you scroll down here, you’ll see there are filters to apply to the profile. And so in those filters, I want to exclude myself and then I was excluding Catherine Dar who’s been helping me with my SEO on the site. And so, in order to exclude myself, let’s see… so you… if we look at Edit here, the filter name is exclude me and then the filter type is to exclude traffic from a given IP address when that IP address is equal to and then I put my IP address in there.

So if we go back over and look at this for a second, you could add a filter, give it a filter name, use a predefined filter, exclude…you can either exclude or include only traffic from the domains and you could put your own domain name in but that doesn’t make any sense. So traffic from IP address and then you could either do something you know, partial or more to the point, you can just pick is equal to and put your own IP address in. And then it will no longer track your clicks with everything else.

And Eddie, I’m going to turn your microphone on just to make sure that we got what you want to get out of that. Eddie, did that answer your question?

Eddie: Rick, definitely yes. Thanks for that. I used to use a plugin… SEO plugin for WordPress and it always said that you know, it never tracked your own clicks.

Rick: Yeah.

Eddie: But I’m really new to Google Analytics so it’s good that there’s a feature there where you can sort of not track your own impressions.

Rick: Yeah you know, using a plugin for Google Analytics is applying a lot of load to your website that you don’t need because… I mean, all you really need to do is just log in to your own Analytics account and get all the information you want. But if you use a plugin to give you sort of easy analytics which will you know, most of those plugins do, all you do is take up resources on your server you know, trying to keep that information and maintain it. It’s just a waste of your throughput on your server. So…

Eddie: Yeah. Thanks so much, Rick. Thank you.

Rick: You’re welcome and congratulations on that webpage. It really looks beautiful.

Eddie: Thanks. I had a bit of problems at the end but I fixed it. So I know not to go into a certain area and I changed the address and improved the site. But I managed to…

Rick: Well, it looks great now so…

Eddie: Thanks so much, Rick.

Rick: You betcha. Okay and so Pam had a quick question too. “I’m using the count per day plugin. I’m wondering the same thing. Is there a way to exclude counting myself in this plugin?” Yeah well, the answer I’m giving you is the same answer I gave before which is I wouldn’t bother with a plugin at all for that. It’s so easy to you known, look at your own report and see how much traffic you’ve had, right? Yesterday I had 312 visits and really, you can see you know, where the majority of the page views in this last month have come from.

Majority of the page views are that as 9.74% have gone to the homepage. You know, the 2nd page is the profile page…Video Lessons, I mean and then the 3rd one is forum. I mean, there are just all kinds of data you can glean from this. It’s so much better than just the… in order to access the Google Analytics, if you come over here to the Build Your Own eCommerce Website tutorials and scroll down to Lesson 15 Configure Google Website Tools, you’ll see how to you know, not only Google XML sitemaps but you’ll learn some about Google Analytics and then Webmasher tools and that kind of stuff. So this is a good lesson for you to do even if you’re not setting up an eCommerce site.

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