Tech Help Tuesday #8

How to stop Google tracking your own website views and how to format your blog posts

Another tech help Tuesday is upon us people. Halloween is over and apparently that now makes it Christmas. Honestly, my email inbox started filling up with Christmas newsletters on Thursday morning! 

Well, enough of my grumbling about how it ‘was never like this in my day’ and let’s crack on with the matter at hand. This month I’m featuring questions from The Blog Tech Women Facebook group run by Aleena from The Blog VA and I.

Stop Google Analytics recording your own views

Kate from How to Feel Sexy in Big Knickers asks:

Is there a way of getting rid of the page views that came from your own laptop on Google Analytics?

The answer to this is yes, but how you go about doing it depends on how you have set up Google Analytics on your WordPress site.

Plugin

The easiest way is if you are using a plugin like Monster Insights, which has a checkbox that when selected doesn’t record anyone signed in to WordPress as part of Google Analytics’ page views.

Block your IP address

If, like me, you used a different method to set up Google Analytics on your site, like the file upload method or whacking the tracking code in your site header then you’ll need to use a different method.

You can either block your IP address from being recorded in Google Analytics or you can use a browser extension.

I’m going to hold my hands up here and say that this isn’t something I had done before I came to write this post. So I’m actually still playing with this to find out what works best. I followed these instructions to block my IP address, but at the time of writing I’m not seeing the effects as it takes up to 24 hours for the filter to have any effect.

Use a browser extension

You can also install the Block yourself from Google Analytics Chrome extension, which lets you enter a few different URLs that you don’t want to track your views to, which is handy if you have several sites that you manage.

Formatting blog posts

Anna from Popitha asked:

A few of my articles have lists in them, like what to pack in your hospital bag but it looks really messy. How do I put them in a neat grid within the article?

Some of you might be aware that I’m quite partial to Gutenberg, the new WordPress visual editor. Within Gutenberg there are loads of options for formatting your posts including list blocks, table blocks, columns and more.

I’m not going to give advice on which element is best to use because, as you all know I’m rubbish with blog design – which is why my wonderful VA Kelly does most of mine for me.

But what I will say is have a play with Gutenberg and the options it has within it’s formatting and layout options blocks. You might be pleasantly surprised with what you manage to come up with.

Gutenberg formatting blocks
Gutenberg layout elements
Want to make sure that your own visits to your blog aren't recorded by Google Analytics? Check out this blog post where I talk you through the different methods of doing this #thebloggenie #wordpress

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