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How do I filter out based on client id?

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I use dynamic IP so filtering out my own IP is kinda a pain. I messed up with User Explorer and found out my client id. How do I exclude myself based on client id?

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Hello to you too.
You can't exclude based on client id, sorry
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If you really can't exclude your own traffic based on IP, an alternative is to use utm tracking when visiting your site and then exclude the traffic based on its value.

 

www.yourdomain.com?utm_source=internaltraffic&utm_medium=myname&utm_campaign=ongoing

 

For the above URL, you can create an exclude filter and use Campaign Source with the value internaltraffic to exclude your own traffic.

 

Note that this solution works provided you always utm track your visits.

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This has fairly limited scope and reliability i'm afraid Smiley Sad
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Re: How do I filter out based on client id?

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True. An option, nevertheless.

Regex could potentially be an option for dynamic IP exclusion.

https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1034840?hl=en

How do I filter out based on client id?

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So all my GA data is polluted with my own web-development activities for my web site. 

 

That's a real shame.

Re: How do I filter out based on client id?

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There are a few ways you can block yourself from being tracked.

- Use your browser preferences to block cookies for your site;

- use a tool such as ublock or adblock to block the analytics script;

- use chrome browser addon DaVinci Tools which will allow you to block your own visits from within the GA interface, no filter setup required;

- setup a custom dimension at the user scope level, create a page that only you can access together with the tracking code and the custom dimension and then filter out your visits using the custom dimension value (you will need to remember to visit this page each time you clear your cookies to reset it and also will need to visit it on each device that you use to access the site)

- use the analytics browser opt out.

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How do I filter out based on client id?

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OK, thanks for these options.

 

I applied two filters yesterday and I’m waiting for GA to update to see if they work.

 

1 filter to exclude my IPv4 address

1 filter to exclude my IPv6 address

 

I notice that I am still showing up in the “Real Time” part of GA. I don’t have much confidence in the efficiency of these two filters

 

 

In your opinion, should these work?

 

I will try DaVinci Tools if my filters don't work

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OK. Conclusion:

IP filters have no effect. They don't work

The DaVinci chrome extension does work --> problem solved for all data I collect from here on.

Wish I implemented this solution as soon as I started GA data collection because my historic data is still polluted.

How do I filter out based on client id?

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Ip filters should usually work, they wont work as expected though if tracking code on the website is configured to anonymize ip

 

If you go to google search and type in the query what is my ip

Is it the same IP addy you had added to at least one of the filters?

(also it can sometimes take up to 2hrs for real time reporting to reflect changes 

in configuration such as filters)

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