This is Jared with Carbon Digital and today we’re talking about Google Analytics and how to exclude either logged in users or either your actual access to the website itself. To exclude Google Analytics traffic, we're going to be using filters.
Failure to exclude Google Analytics traffic for yourself, or employees, can result in false data. Realistically, it will give you the impression that your visitors and their actions are higher than reality. So, it's important to exclude your team from the data.
If you haven't already setup Google Analytics on your website, don't worry. It's a fairly simple process. You can check out or other videos on how to setup Google Analytics on the following website platforms:
Once you've added Google Analytics tracking to your website, you can come back here to learn how to exclude Google Analytics traffic for your team!
So, you can see here we’re on a website, it’s actually the Carbon Digital website. We're currently using WordPress, and here in the bottom right, it shows that we have a few different countries with some regular traffic to our website.
In the top right corner you can see that there are 147 page visits in the past 30 days. We don’t do much marketing or advertising so It’s going to make things interesting for sure when we review our numbers after exclude Google Analytics traffic for our team.
We want to make sure that our traffic isn’t actively messing up the Google Analytics data. You're in luck because there is a very simple fix for this. So, what we do is we go into Google Analytics and create "filters".
Filters allow us to include or exclude Google Analytics traffic using specific pieces of information based on specific criteria. The three things that we will be excluding today are:
Once logged into Google Analytics, you'll be on the home page dashboard. From the home page here, on the bottom right hand side we’re going to click on admin.
And so, you can either access the filters through the main panel on the left side, or you can go to the actual view on the right-hand side and click on filters.
Please note that this is solely for the "view" that you have selected. Also, note the following for the columns in the admin page.
Once you are on the filters page, you can see that there will be a list of active filters here. It's here that we will establish the rules to exclude Google Analytics traffic.
So, I have already created a filter for my custom login URL here, so we have set the exclude Google Analytics traffic for this custom login page. And now what we’re going to do is we’re going to add our IP address.
For reference, the Internet Protocol (IP) address is basically like a street address for your computer.
Finding your IP address is actually quite simple. We will need the IP address to exclude Google Analytics traffic for an individual user. If you go to Google, you can simply search for “what is my IP”. In the search results, there is a box at the top of the search results that show you. Boom!
*Note*: While IP addresses are considered public information, it's a best practice to keep these secure. Which is why we aren't showing our IP.
So, just copy that number and navigate back to Google Analytics.
We’re going to add a new filter by clicking on "Add Filter". The first thing to do is to enter the filter name. We’ll call this one “Remove Jared’s Traffic”. Then, under the Predefined filter type, select the following:
Then you can simply paste in your IP address into to the text box. Once you complete that you can click Save.
So, now Google Analytics isn’t going to capture any traffic from me going to my own website. How crazy is that?!?!?! That's the power we have when we exclude Google Analytics traffic.
Another piece that’s highly important to identify is whether or not you're tracking internal URLs. For websites that are built on a Content Management System (CMS), when you login to your website, the URLs are known to change.
For example, when you login to a WordPress website, all of the admin / dashboard pages show your domain followed by "/wp-admin/" and possibly more.
These are internal subdirectory URLs, and in most cases you don't want to track these, so we will definitely want to exclude Google Analytics traffic for these URLs. There are instances where you want to track a logged in user, but it's specific to your website structure.
For example, if you have a membership site, and you're looking to improve the User Interface (UI) / User Experience (UX) then you could track internal pages to gain insight. In these cases you wouldn't want to exclude Google Analytics traffic for all logged in users. You'd want to be laser specific.
So, if you don’t have a need for tracking internal URLs for customer traffic, and it's just employees / contractors / freelancers, then you want to add this next filter.
Click on the “Add Filter” button. This time we're going to input the following info to exclude Google Analytics tracking data:
I like to use "contain" here just to make sure that we capture everything that could come up in the future. Next we're going to add the subdirectory
For example, we’re using a WordPress website. So, when you’re logged in, you’ll see that in the URL bar it has your URL, then “wp-admin”. So, what we’re going to do is take “wp-admin” and add it between two slashes like what is currently highlighted in the image below. This will exclude Google Analytics traffic for all logged in users.
Once you've entered that (see image below) you can click on the save button.
So now, Google Analytics will no longer track any users that are logged into the website. Awesome! Let's continue to exclude Google Analytics traffic for WordPress URLs that we don't want to track.
Another thing you’re going to come across, for WordPress specifically, is the login page. By default, the WordPress login page is your domain, then "/wp-login.php".
Click on the "Add Filter" button, and let's get started adding a new filter.
This time, we're going to add a custom filter. We're going to call this filter “Remove Login Page”. Under the custom filter type, select “Request URI”. In the Filter Pattern box, type in “wp-login.php” and click save. NOICE.
So right out of the gate there that’s going to exclude our login page, our logged in users and our personal traffic. This process can be repeated as many times as needed for you to exclude Google Analytics traffic, based on your website and requirements.
This is just a general video to sop tracking your employee data and your personal data with Google Analytics. When you exclude Google Analytics traffic for your team, you are making a contentious effort to gain accurate insights. And so, from this point moving forward, Google Analytics itself is not going to track that information anymore. That’s very useful, and very critical to the overall success of your data integrity.