Commenter Spy

Know Your Visitors’ Location — GeoMapLookup for WordPress

You sure wondered where all those nice folks come from (geographically; not in terms of referring website) who leave comments on your WordPress blog. The first step to answer this question would be to click on the commenter’s IP address on WordPress’ Manage → Comments page. But who’s interested in basic WHOIS output?

This WordPress plugin uses JavaScript to change the URL used for the IP address displayed next to a comment on your WordPress dashboard to query GeoMapLookup — a service to display the geographical location (geolocation) of the IP address used by your visitor who left the comment. There’s also a link added to the comment moderation and notification e-mails sent by WordPress.

iPhone and iPod touch support

Commenter Spy 2.0 added support for the GeoMapLookup iPhone and iPod touch app available on the App Store.

When using Commenter Spy on an iOS device, the app will launch instead of the website geomaplookup.net. Furthermore a geomaplookup://<IP> link for the app was added to comment notification emails. You can disable this iOS app integration by setting $commenterSpyUseGMLiOSApp to false in this plugin’s source code.

Notes and Requirements

GeoMapLookup uses Google Maps; coordinates provided by MaxMind’s GeoLite City. The accuracy may vary but at least this gives you a clue where the visitor’s ISP is located.

I’ve tested Commenter Spy using Safari, Firefox, Opera and IE 6 with multiple WordPress version. Commenter Spy 2.0 is compatible with WordPress 3.0 and above! To use it, just copy the downloaded commenter-spy.php to your blog’s /wp-content/plugins/ folder and activate the plugin. The plugin also supports

Support/Feedback

Please provide feedback via the contact page if you experience any problems using this plugin on your WordPress installation. It should work with localized versions. Please also leave a comment if you know an even better service to display an IP’s location.

Disclaimer

This plugin is provided as is. Though I did my best to produce a plugin of good quality I can’t guarantee that this plugin is safe, secure or error free. Use it at your own risk and always make a backup copy of your blog before trying new plugins or themes! I’m not affiliated with Google Maps or MaxMind.

Download

Download Commenter Spy 2.0

Release Notes

Commenter Spy 2.0 (April 14th, 2011): changes since version 1.4

  • Added support for the GeoMapLookup iPhone and iPod touch app available on the App Store.
    When using Commenter Spy on an iOS device, the app will launch instead of the website geomaplookup.net. Furthermore a geomaplookup://<IP> link for the app was added to comment notification emails. You can disable this iOS app integration by setting $commenterSpyUseGMLiOSApp to false in this plugin’s source code.

Commenter Spy 1.4 (March 24th, 2009): changes since version 1.3 alpha

Commenter Spy 1.3 alpha (May 5th, 2008): changes since version 1.2

  • This version is only WordPress 2.5 compatible.

Commenter Spy 1.2 (February 27th, 2007): changes since version 1.1

  • Added a GeoMapLookup link to comment moderation and notification mails sent by WordPress.

Commenter Spy 1.1 (November 23rd, 2006): changes since version 1.0

  • I’ve started hosting a lookup tool at http://geomaplookup.cinnamonthoughts.org. For some time now GeoMapLookup can be found at its own domain: http://geomaplookup.net.
  • The new URL hosted by me that is used to show the IP’s location is:
    http://geomaplookup.cinnamonthoughts.org/?ip=
    http://geomaplookup.net/?ip=
  • Supports Counterize IP URLs

Commenter Spy 1.0 (November 20th, 2006): initial release

66 Responses to “Commenter Spy”

  1. Chriss Hosting Australia says:

    I was having the same problem as Josh… will get the new release and see how we go. Thanks.

  2. James says:

    Fantastic plugin, and I like the geomaplookup demo site as well!

    James

  3. luggage says:

    Cool – I’ve seen other guys with this and it looks really good. I think I’m keen to check it out. I’ve also seen guys who show a worldmap on their site and then have big red dot where they get visits from – the bigger the red dot, the more visitors they get from that location. I find it helpful when I see that on the site as it helps me understand better where most of the comments are coming from – plus, if I was the owner of the site, I would understand better how to change my content to maybe suit a particular demographic.

  4. Firefox says:

    This is a very interesting to use plugin and it is nice to see that it has been tested with multiple Web browsers.

  5. red heart yarn says:

    that plugin was very helpful bro..keep up

  6. abcteach.com says:

    thanks for the awesome post there

  7. Saglik says:

    That’s so cool! It’s not very accurate, but I like the pictorial representation of where commenters are from.

  8. Kwazulu Natal Hotels says:

    Thanks for this great plugin! I installed it and hope it works! It looks great!

  9. SEO Zombie says:

    This is nice. I like knowing where my visitors come from. I spend a lot of time looking at geographical stats in Google analytics, will be nice to know on a comment by comment basis.

  10. Bunk Beds says:

    While having the ip address available, I’m not what you could really do with this information other than finding out someone’s geographical location? But sometimes, like road runner, will have you logged into a server several states away, so this wouldn’t apply. Would this be a correct assumption?

  11. Steve H says:

    Thanks for this plug in, works a treat

  12. Voos says:

    Thanks for this great plugin! I will test it out, its great to have these little tricks on the blog administration! Thanks!

  13. kop says:

    While having the ip address available, I’m not what you could really do with this information other than finding out someone’s geographical location? But sometimes, like road runner, will have you logged into a server several states away, so this wouldn’t apply. Would this be a correct assumption?

  14. (post author) Daniel Gattermann says:

    It is just interesting to know where your visitors come from. It’s not accurate and as soon as somebody uses a proxy you might even get the wrong continent.

  15. Tom says:

    This is a great plug-in, it’s really nice to see where the people who visit your blog are coming from. It might be that it’s not really accurate, but it can give a great assumption so why bother? I especially like the pictural view. Thanks for sharing!

  16. karın estetiği says:

    This is a great plug-in, it’s really nice to see where the people who visit your blog are coming from. It might be that it’s not really accurate, but it can give a great assumption so why bother? I especially like the pictural view. Thanks for sharing!


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