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How2: avoid counting yourself in Google Analytics reports

How 2 TutorialsIf you’re using Google Analytics to learn more about visitors to your website, you want the statistical reports to be as accurate as possible. Google Analytics is really pretty cool, and you can learn a lot about where your visitors are from, what browsers or mobile phones they’re using to view your website, how long they spent on your site, and what keywords they typed into Google to find you. However, if you want an accurate view of things so this information will actually be helpful, it’s best to exclude yourself from Google Analytics. Think about it. If you’re visiting your website a lot and spending a lot of time updating it (which you could very well be if you’re blogging on a regular basis), you’ll be counted as a visitor in the reports and it could really skew the results. So, in this post I’m going to show you how to remove yourself from Google Analytics reports.

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How to build a website you can manage yourself

web design with WordPressYou are probably already aware of how important it is to keep your business website current. If the information is outdated, or if you simply fail to put up something new every once in a while, you risk losing potential customers to someone else who keeps things fresh. Updating or adding content to your website also helps with search engine optimization.

If you already have your own business website, then you probably have to contact someone and ask them to make updates for you. Maybe they do it promptly, and maybe they don’t, but regardless of how quickly they respond, they’re probably charging you for each and every update. For example, maybe you’ve changed the hours your business is open. You have to take the time to contact your web designer with the update, then follow-up to make sure it’s done, and then pull up your website to take a look for yourself and make sure it looks the way you want it to. Time is money. Wouldn’t you rather be able to log on to your website, update your business hours yourself, and get back to business?

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