Welcome back to Part Four in our Google Analytics Series. Over the last several weeks we have learned how to take preventative measures against Ghost and Crawler Spam. If you missed any of the last three posts you can find them here: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. Now that we have addressed the issues of Ghost and Crawler Spam you should start seeing cleaner reports and hopefully getting a more accurate look at how well your website is functioning. While this is good progress, there are still a couple more things that we can do to verify that you are getting the best and most accurate data about your site. This week we will discuss how to filter Internal and International Traffic from your reports.
Anyone who is running a website should be frequently visiting the site to ensure that everything is working properly. Unfortunately every single one of these visits will be reported by Google Analytics. To make matters worse, any time anyone from your company visits the site, their visits will also be recorded. This may not seem like a big deal, but over time this Internal Traffic will start to add up and contaminate your reports.
In addition to traffic too close to home, traffic too far away is also an issue. Blocking Ghosts and Crawlers from your website should have led to decreased traffic from other countries, but if your site is anything like ours, you may still be seeing some overseas traffic. If your company does business internationally this is a good thing and you have nothing to worry about, however, if you only do business domestically, this International Traffic is useless and will skew the rest of your data.
Fortunately there are solutions for both of these issues and they each take only a few minutes to apply.
We’ll start with filtering out all Internal Traffic.