Advertising Continue reading below If you want to filter the visits of people who work on sites and thus access them frequently, you are right to say that IP blocking is the best way to do it. Rather than filtering IP addresses at ), you have another option. You can create a separate profile, or “view” (Google defaults to “All Website Data” as the main view) that filters out these IP addresses. To do this, select the column under “Show” and select “Show Settings”. Click the link in the top right for "Copy View", name it something like "JLH Marketing - Filtered", then click "Copy View" again. When you return to your admin dashboard, it will default to your new view. Now configure your filter. To do this, select the column under “View” and click on “Filters”: analytical view filterThen select “Add Filter” and create a new filter with the IP address(es) you wish to filter.
This way your customer can continue to fax list access things the way they always have, but you'll get a real picture of how much "friendly fire" traffic there is. If your goal is to track cross-domain traffic, there are two ways to go about it. The first, and most accurate, is to tag all cross-domain referrals with a specific identifier such as a UTM code. But that can create a lot of SEO hassle unless you follow the links as well. If you choose to go this route, hire an SEO to help you. The best way, in my opinion, is to take advantage of a new Google Analytics beta feature called "Custom Channel Grouping".
What you can do is set up all referral traffic between domains as "Cross-Domain" or something similar and GA will distribute it the same way it does organic or paid traffic. To do this, navigate to the view you want to set it up in, then click "Custom Channel Groups" at the bottom of the list. Configure it to include the channel referral, then use OR statements to include all cross-domain sites. Here is an example: channel grouping Once you have this set up, you can use the "Default Channel Grouping" option on any report where items are grouped by channel to toggle back and forth - see below: channel group change A few caveats if you choose this option: First, this is not a retroactive report.