Stop Google Analytics from Tracking Your Own Visits

stop Google Analytics from tracking your own visits

Are you looking for a reliable and effective way to stop Google Analytics from tracking your own visits? I will share with you a surprisingly simple method that works 100% of the time.

Accurate tracking data = happy webmaster!

The Problem I Had

Whenever I work on a client’s website, Google Analytics continues tracking my own visits. That becomes a real issue when I work on it extensively because my contribution to the tracking data is significant. As a developer, webmaster, or website owner you somehow have to work around this issue and block Google Analytics in order to make sure that your visits are not recorded.

In The Past

In the past I was using a technique whereby I would set a custom filter with an exception that stopped recording my visits from one specific browser on a computer. Recently, I found out that this technique does not work as well as I thought, so I started looking for alternatives.

Block yourself from google analytics chrome extension

My Preferred Solution

The best solution currently available is a Chrome extension which helps stop Google Analytics from tracking your own visits. Specifically, you enter the domains you don’t want your visits to be tracked and the extension does everything else on its own.

How to install

  1. Visit the extension’s page
  2. Install it on Chrome
  3. Navigate on your Chrome browser to: Settings -> Extensions (or type “chrome://settings/extensions” in the address line)
  4. Find “Block Yourself from Analytics” and click Options
  5. Add the websites you wish to block from tracking
  6. Hit Save and you are all set!

The extention I tried is called “Block Yourself from Analytics” and works as advertised. The only “downside” is that you need to be using Chrome for it to be effective.

Anything for Firefox?

I did some research on Firefox but unfortunately wasn’t able to find something similar that works. I looked at Google Disconnect which stops tracking requests from Google, but after I did some testing with the “real time tracking tool” in Google Analytics, it doesn’t seem to be working.

  • http://www.informationjunkiesanonymous.com/ Information Junkies Anonymous

    Thanks for the information. There is another tool, the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on that may well work for the other browsers. We haven’t tried it ourselves because we use Chrome and that extension was so simple to set up.

    • http://twitter.com/gbanis George Banis

      Thank you IJA for the insightful comment

  • Lex

    Very helpful, thank you!

    • http://twitter.com/gbanis George Banis

      I’m glad you found it helpful, Lex!

  • José Rafael

    Thanks!

  • onesko.com

    Best thing I’ve read on the web since 2005.

  • http://twitter.com/ClosedTheCover Closed the Cover

    This is great. Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/Leafdoc Leafdoc Limited

    Yup, it works just as George says (as of April ’13).

  • Andy

    I was able to set this up and get it done in just a few minutes. Thanks for the helpful blog!

  • fernando

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WAS LOOKING ALL OVER THE NET FOR A WAY TO STOP GOOGLE FROM TRACKING ME.. UNFORTUNATELY I HAD 200 FALSE STARTS BUT I OPENED 5 STR8 TABS WITH NO ALARM!!! IM USING THE GOOGLE BLOGGER!!

    • http://georgebanis.com/ George Banis

      Yes, it can be very annoying at times. Now you can be sure that all the trafic is real traffic from incoming visitors. It’s especially useful when you are just starting a blog and even you 20 refreshes on your page matter.

  • just bea

    This doesn’t work with Blogger dynamic views.

  • Markus Hausammann

    Analytics and tracking is not the same.

  • sam

    There is another tool, the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on that may well work for the other browsers. We haven’t tried it ourselves because we use Chrome and that extension was so simple to set up.

  • sam

    There is another tool, the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on that may well work for the other browsers. We haven’t tried it ourselves because we use Chrome and that extension was so simple to set up.

    http://www.sohailviews.blogspot.com

  • http://www.watchallchannels.com/ Muhammad Ishfaq

    Thanks a lot it worked for me my website http://www.watchallchannels.com whevever i used to visit i got all my visit in google anaylitics now there isn’t any i have tried adding my ip address to the google analytics filter but it didn’t worked for me not sure why. any way thanks again good work