To make sure your visits to your site are not being tracked by Google Analytics, you need to know how to filter an IP address. Why is this even important? Your IP address can have an impact on how Google reports visitors to your site. You should be adding content to your site 2-3 times a week. If you do not set up a filter to filter out your IP address, Google will count your visits to your own site. The result is that your visitor numbers will be off. You may see that you have 100 visitors on a given day. But 10% of those hits could have come from you. Wouldn’t you rather have accurate information about your visitors? Ok, let’s get started….
What is an IP Address and How Does it Work?
Much like your street address, each time you are online, you are registering your computer on your network with an IP Address. An IP address is a unique set of numbers that is assigned to your computer by your broadband company. This number allows you to communicate over the Internet via your broadband connection. Your IP address will normally stay the same unless you change broadband companies. The number sequence is displayed like this: xxx.xxx.xxx.xx where x is a number. Whether you are working in an office or surfing the Internet at home, you will need an IP address. A lot of us take this for granted. We fire up our computers and jump on the internet while all of this is happening in the background.
How to Find My IP Address Location
Finding your IP address really isn’t that hard. The easiest way is to start by going to any search engine; type in “what’s my ip address” and your IP address will display on your screen.
How to Block Your IP Address From Google Analytics
Now we get to learn how to filter an IP address in Google Analytics! Here comes the fun part!
- Log into your Google Analytics account.
- Click on: All Web Site Data
- At the top of the screen, you will see the following links: Home, Reporting, Customization, Admin. Click on Admin.
- In the next screen, click All Filters in the left panel, under Accounts.
- Next, click on the Add Filter button.
Filter Name: Type in a name here such as Exclude Home IP.
The filter type: will be predefined.
Select Filter Type: Exclude
Select Source or Destination: traffic from the IP addresses
Select Expression: that are equal to
You will then see a box to type in your IP address. Type in the IP address including the decimals. You number should look something like: 123.456.789.1
Then click SAVE.
AND YOU ARE DONE!
Congratulations! You just filtered out your IP address on Google Analytics! You can use this technique for any website that is registered with Google Analytics. Simply go into the Google Analytics panel and follow the same steps as above. Then when you look at the traffic statistics to your site, the results will be more accurate.
You now have a good understanding on what an IP address is, how it works and how to block your IP address from Google Analytics. Filtering out your IP address allows you to get more accurate results from Google Analytics.
Thanks for dropping in and checking out my little tutorial on how to change your IP address in Google Analytics. If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below.