Blocking internal traffic via IPv6 based view filter in Google Analytics

If your company is very big with hundreds or even thousands of employees and it is not possible for you to force every employee/supplier/stakeholder to use the ‘Google Analytics Opt out add on’ (which is by the way the most efficient way to block internal traffic in Google Analytics) then consider using IP based view filters to block internal traffic in Google Analytics.

But before we move forward with setting up and testing IPv6 based view filter, let us take a quick recap of IP addresses.

Introduction to IPv6 vs IPv4 IP addresses

IPv6 (or Internet protocol version 6) is the protocol designed to replace the current IPv4 (or Internet protocol version 4).

IPv6 protocol has been developed so that more users and devices can communicate with each other on the internet.

You can create and assign more IP addresses by using IPv6 than by using IPv4.

This is because IPv4 addresses are 32 bits longs.

Whereas IPv6 addresses are 128 bits long.

Following is an example of IPv4 based IP address:

172.24.213.0

Following is an example of IPv6 based IP address:

2a02:c7f:a82d:8d00:4551:b3c9:7387:8802

To determine both the IPv4 and Ipv6 IP addresses of your computer, use this tool: http://test-ipv6.com/

Note: An Ipv6 address assign to you can change any day any time, just like an IPv4 address.

Blocking internal traffic in Google Analytics via IPv6 based view filters

In order to block internal traffic via IPv6 based filter follow the steps below:

Step-1: Determine your IPv6 based IP address from here: http://test-ipv6.com/ and make a note of it.

Step-2: Navigate to the ‘admin’ section of your main view in Google Analytics and then click on the ‘Filters’ link under the ‘View’ column:

Step-3: Click on the ‘Add Filter’ button and then set up the new filter as shown below:

Step-4: Once you have added your IPv6 address then click on the ‘save’ button.

Note: View filters can take some time to start working. So do not immediately start testing your filter. Wait for 15-20 min before you start testing.

Related Article: How to turn on IP Anonymization in Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager

 

What is the difference between Digital Analytics and Google Analytics?


99.99% of course creators themselves don’t know the difference between Digital analytics, Google Analytics (GA) and Google Tag Manager (GTM).

So they are teaching GA and GTM in the name of teaching Digital analytics.

They just copy each other. Monkey see, monkey do.

But Digital analytics is not about GA, GTM.

It is about analyzing and interpreting data, setting up goals, strategies and KPIs.

It’s about creating strategic roadmap for your business.


Digital Analytics is the core skill. Google Analytics is just a tool used to implement ‘Digital Analytics’.

You can also implement ‘Digital analytics’ via other tools like ‘adobe analytics’, ‘kissmetrics’ etc.

Using Google Analytics without the good understanding of ‘Digital analytics’ is like driving around in a car, in a big city without understanding the traffic rules and road signs.

You are either likely to end up somewhere other than your destination or you get involved in an accident.


You learn data analysis and interpretation from Digital analytics and not from Google Analytics.

The direction in which your analysis will move, will determine the direction in which your marketing campaigns and eventually your company will move to get the highest possible return on investment.

You get that direction from ‘Digital analytics’ and not from ‘Google Analytics’.


You learn to set up KPIs, strategies and measurement framework for your business from ‘Digital analytics’ and not from ‘Google Analytics’.

So if you are taking a course only on 'Digital Analytics’, you are learning to use one of the tools of ‘Digital analytics’. You are not learning the ‘Digital analytics’ itself.

Since any person can learn to use Google Analytics in couple of weeks, you do no get any competitive advantage in the marketplace just by knowing GA.

You need to know lot more than GA in order to work in digital analytics and marketing field.


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