Configuring Data Filters

Your collected data may contain more information than you’re interested in. To avoid importing, you can use the following four five options; “Skip IP numbers”, “Skip files”, “Read URLs”, “Strip URL Parameters” and “Google Parameters”.

Skip IP numbers:

Enter the IP Numbers you wish to exclude from statistics in the Skip IP Numbers field.
Separate multiple IP Numbers with commas, i.e.,
You may also use wild-cards * and regular expressions to reference IP addresses.
This setting affects only NEW TRAFFIC. Visit history for this IP Number will remain in the database and be included in your statistics unless you remove it.

Skip files:

This list defines what requests are considered “Pages” by specifying what files, file types, etc. are NOT considered pages for data collection purposes. For example, you can enter file types such as .gif, .jpg, .swf, or .xml, or a filename such as “PageNotFoundError.html” if you wish to exclude them from data collection and analysis.
You can also enter keywords in the list and Logaholic will also skip any file or directory containing those words. For example, if you wish to exclude the logaholic directory, just enter “logaholic/” in the Skip files field.

Read URLs:

Decide to import urls containing uppercase separate from the lowercase urls.

Example Cases:

  • Case Sensitive: Url 1 and 2 are both imported as different urls.
  • Case Insensitive: Url 1 and 2 are seen as the same url and is imported lower case as url 1.

Strip URL parameters:

Enter any URL parameters you specifically wish to include or exclude from the URLs to be tracked.

For example, the URL “/index.html?osCsid=1kmfg8pvmavr09hg4rj3brg9d6” contains the parameter “osCsid”, but tracking that full URL (including the parameter) may not prove very useful in analyzing your website traffic. Tracking URLs with these lengthy parameter strings can take up a great deal of space in your database, making updates and reports run even more slowly.

Separate multiple parameters with a comma, i.e. osCsid, lala, lala2.

If you choose to “Exclude” these parameters, visits to URLs that include these parameters will not be collected for data analysis.

If you choose “Include” these parameters, ONLY visits to URLs that include these parameters will be collected for data analysis. All others will be excluded.

Tip: Only use “Include” if you wish to optimize Logaholic by tracking a smaller subset of site traffic. Be certain to list all significant parameters you wish to track.

Tip: Configure Logaholic to collect and analyze only your most significant data. By stripping certain URLs as well as skipping specific IP addresses and files, you can eliminate the overhead of collecting useless data, keep Logaholic’s database compact, make your web analytics run faster, and lighten the load on your system.

Google Parameters:

Enter the Google query string parameters you wish to track. Any parameter not included here will be excluded from the statistics. This is important because Google adds lots of information to the query string that you may not be interested in, but will take up a great deal of database space and load time. So, list only the Google parameters you are interested in tracking.

Tip: Never remove ‘q’ from a Google Parameter. That portion of the URL contains the keyword. But when your visitor is logged in to some kind of Google service the keywords will be encrypted (since September 2011) and will show up in the reports as unknown. Google intends to better safeguard the privacy of its search clients, however full information will be available when your visitor was not logged into any kind of Google service and/or was referred to your site through clicking a paid Google add. It seems when you pay Google for your traffic, privacy is not so important anymore.

Click “Save” on the top of the page to save the changes you’ve made to your Data Filters.

Click the “Save Changes” button at the top of the page to save your changes, or click the “Cancel” button to undo your changes.