When a blog is new, with few visitors, you'll want to examine accurate statistics. Perversely, when the blog is new, and you spend some time visiting the blog to check out the content, and test the changes, you'll see your own visits reflected in the log entries and numbers. The newer the blog is, the fewer visits you'll get, and the more statistically significant your own visits will be. Since the purpose of using a visitor meter is to monitor visitor reaction to the blog, so you can improve visitor activity, you'll want to ignore your own visits to the blog.
Most visitor logs provide one or more settings which let you identify and ignore your visits. These settings take two forms.
- Cookie blocking. You set a cookie on your computer, which identifies your computer to the visitor meter, so the visitor meter program ignores visits by that computer.
- IP address blocking. You set a flag in the visitor meter database, so visits from your IP address are ignored, for that blog.
Cookie blocking requires a cookie on each browser. If you have multiple browsers on your computer, you'll need to set a cookie on each browser. If you have multiple computers, you'll need a cookie set on each browser, on each computer. If you're in the habit of clearing cookies, you'll have to re establish your cookies, for each blog being ignored, in the browser where you clear the cookies.
IP address blocking requires that you specify the IP address of your computer(s). If you have multiple computers behind a NAT router, this is a good choice, if your Internet service uses a fixed IP address. If your service uses a dynamic IP address, you'll have to enter one or more ranges of IP addresses for each blog, for the visitor meter. If you have to add very many IP address ranges, this is not a good idea. The more IP addresses you add, the more chance that someone besides yourself will be blocked from the visitor meter, which is almost as bad as having your own visits recorded.
So block your visits from your visitor meter - but know the limitations. And know which blocking methods are available, with the visitor log / meter of your choice.