Google Analytics Reporting Other Websites Data

July 21st 2009

It has been going on for a little while, my Google Analytics account was reporting data from other sites. At first I thought it was a bug in the system, but upon further inspection I found out it was actually people using the same tracking code as me. Most of the time it’s people using prettyPhoto, look like they “save-as” my demo page, change the content/design and upload.

So for a little while I was manually filtering out the domains I didn’t want to get data for. It became a pain as more and more people seemed to be doing this. Fortunately, I found a fix. I’m now only accepting content from my domain.

Here’s how to do it.

1) Log onto Google Analytics and click on “Analytics settings”
2) Click on the “edit” button of the website you want to apply the filter to.
3) Scroll down to “Filters Applied to Profile” and click on “Add filter”
4) Fill the form like in the screenshot bellow. Put your domain name instad of mine

That’s it! Now you only track data from your own domain. It’s now a part of the things I do by default when I setup a new GA account so it doesn’t happen anymore.

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