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Why is excluded traffic seeing a variation? IP filtering.

brandon 08-26-14

Why is excluded traffic seeing a variation? IP filtering.

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Hi all,

 

I've filtered out my IP address in the Project Settings, but when I visit the webpage on which I'm running an experiment, I see Variation 1 come up instead of the Original. Is this expected behavior and it just won't count toward user count and experiment results, or is this not as designed?

 

Thanks,

Brandon

Level 1

Gus 08-27-14
 

Re: Why is excluded traffic seeing a variation?

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Hi Brandon,

- delete optimizely cookies and reload.
- test that the filter is ok with your public ip.

You should see the original because you should be out of the experiment.

 

EDITED: Megan is right, i was thinking about ip targeting. Didn´t notice the Project settings detail.

Gus Ces
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Gus
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MeganBush 08-27-14
 

Re: Why is excluded traffic seeing a variation?

Hi Brandon, actually this will just filter your IP from the results, but not from the actual experiment if you're using the IP Filtering tool.

From the Optimizely knowledge base: https://help.optimizely.com/hc/en-us/articles/200040595-IP-Filtering
"IP filtering allows you to exclude certain IP ranges from showing up in the results. This is also how you can exclude yourself from experiment results. If your IP address is set up in the IP filter it will not prevent you from seeing the experiment. It will simply make sure to filter you out from the results page."

If you'd like to exclude your IP from seeing the variations, I believe you can set a negative condition for an audience and run your experiment for that audience.
Megan Bush
Amanda 08-27-14
 

Re: Why is excluded traffic seeing a variation?

Hey there! @MeganBush is totally correct. The IP filter from the resutls page just prevents that IP from showing up in your results. 

 

Unfortunately the IP audience condition being referenced is only available for our Platinum plans. However, I imagine that the reason you want to exclude a certain IP is so that their actions don't affect the results. If that's the case, you should be fine just filtering the IP out of your results. Please let us know if there is another strategic reason for keeping an IP from seeing a certain experiment. 

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