Hi, When developing sites I sometimes post links to sites I have problems with. I don't want this information to appear in google analytics, is there a way I can prevent the question from appearing in the direct traffic section?

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  1. Post links through tinyurl or some other link obfuscation service? (you should probably include a disclaimer in the post about why you did this, otherwise the community might suspect your motives.)

  2. Don't post clickable links, make them plain text?

  • Thanks, although the other answer was very useful, I still think this is probably the 100% safe way
    – Moak
    Apr 30, 2010 at 5:15

You should be able to exclude the traffic from stackoverflow.com using a custom filter in you Google Analytics configuration. On the main page, look for the "Filter Manager", which will take you to a screen like the one shown in the image below (sorry about the lack of freehand circles btw):

Filter screen

  • Thanks, I can accept this answer if it's the only way, however if I am not the admin of GA, is there anything I can do?
    – Moak
    Apr 26, 2010 at 7:33
  • If you can inject JavaScript, maybe you could check document.referrer and decide whether or not to run the GA tracking script. Seems pretty dodgy, though. Apr 26, 2010 at 7:38

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