Why is Google picking up traffic from restricted view?

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Both Google and the online site traffic indicator on Yola look like since I have taken my site live reports on traffic (ME) when I am modifying the pages as on google it is showing as per below:

/restricted_view/site_design/8a4986c9306b949701306bab8dc5030e/8a4986ca306b947201306bb788b90416.page?bn=1&locale=en&includeMeta=pageType;&sys_id=frame_8a4986ca306b947201306bb788b90416

Is there anyway to eliminate this traffic. Since Google and the Online Traffic Indicator show approximately the same number of hits - I would assume it is tracking this as well maybe?

Has anyone else had this problem and how did you eliminate it. I am going to try by having Google Analytics ignore my IP address and see if that helps ...but am curious why it is picking up that traffic from the restricted area.

Karen
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Hello Karen, 

I believe that you're seeing this because that is your preview URL (the URL of your unpublished site when you preview it)  A robots.txt file blocks Google from indexing parts of your site and this would prevent them from accessing your pages on your site.  Our unpublished sites have robots.txt files attached to them.  This is in order to prevent Google from indexing your site before you publish it.  Please ignore it.  It does not mean that you need to do anything.  It has no impact on Google's ability to index your published website.

This is not my area of expertise so I'm going to ask our SEO team to come on this thread to verify if this is the case. Please allow them up to 48 hours to respond. Thanks for your patience.

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Hi Karen,
Sanja has given a good explanation of this. The Sitebuilder as well as the preview URLs are restricted from the search engines. Hope that helps.

Kind Regards,
Emmy
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Here is the problem though - it truly skews the results of Google and don't really have a way within analytics to keep it from showing. Because I go back and work on my site to keep it fresh - it means this will always occur. I am not sure if there is a way development can avoid this in the future because of the way the preview works which is great - but it is kind of a pain and am surprised it hasn't been brought up . I have attached my analytics page and you will see how much it shows up.

In this view - I can disregard it - but in other views - you aren't sure what numbers are skewed - ...ie Geography. I tried to have Google disregard my data by using my IP address to disregard - but found it isn't that accurate either.

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Thanks much for attaching the screen shot Karen. The restricted pages should not be accessible to the search engine bots, so I am unsure at this point as to why they are coming up in Google Analytics as receiving pageviews. I can definitely understand how this skews your reporting and am going to speak to our engineering team and try to find out what might be happening. I appreciate your patience in the meantime.

Kind Regards,
Emmy
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No problem Emmy - thank you for the help.