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How to exclude your own visits

Panelbear collects anonymous analytics for every visit. However, sometimes you want to exclude your own visits, that way your own interactions won't be counted for the dashboard metrics.

Normally, this is done by filtering out a list of IP addresses from the analytics data. But being privacy-friendly means, among other things, that we don't store the IP address of your visitors, and have no way of identifying an individual from the analytics data.

Instead, Panelbear allows you to disable the tracker simply by opening your website with a specific query parameter once. The tracker will save this setting, and be disabled on future sessions from your browser. That way, going forward your visits will no longer be tracked.

There's two ways to disable the tracker for a specific browser and website combination:

Method 1: Disable tracking via query parameters

You can disable tracking your own visits by appending the query parameter panelbear.disable to any website that has Panelbear installed. For example: https://example.com?panelbear.disable.

You only need to do this once per browser, as the setting will be stored indefinitely in your local storage.

That way, you can send the link to your entire office, or clients, and everyone can easily disable the tracker simply by opening the link.

You can re-enable tracking by using the enable parameter instead: panelbear.enable.

Method 2: Disable tracking via the Dashboard

  • Go to the page: Exclude your own visits.
  • Enter the full website URL you want to disable. This URL should not lead to a redirect.
  • Select the desired tracking option: Disable or Enable.
  • Once you continue, you will be redirected to the website, and the analytics script will pick up the new settings automatically.

How do I know if it's working?

You can open the browser's console window, and check if there are log messages with a message such as:

[Panelbear] Skipping event collection, Panelbear has been manually disabled on this browser.

Once this setting is enabled, you own visits will no longer be collected.

Consent on use of local storage

Please note that for this feature, we need to store a small setting in your browser's local storage (similar to a cookie). This setting is what tells the tracker to remain disabled on future visits as well, and what makes this work.

We consider it consent by opt-in when you make use of this feature.