Free tool reveals blog commentators’ exact location (GDPR Radar)!

Do you want to know the countries and cities of your blog commentators? Or you have just someone you want to know where he/she is commenting from.

I will show you how to locate their cities so easily using free tools.

There are a couple of tools out there that give you broader stats on where a percentage of your readers come from. Alexa, for instance will openly state:

Not everyone reading your blog ends up with a comment. So these stats are not so very important in the context. We are interested about those who drop comments. Where are they commenting from?

Why is this important?

The world is weird and people need information for different reasons. Has someone ever dropped a comment telling you he’s commenting from X location?

Yes I have had so many of such cases. And fortunately for me, most of my readers are genuine. I will show you a case just in a couple of minutes. So keep reading.

Locate your blog commentators with WordPress.

I do not blog on other platforms so I don’t know much about anything else. WordPress is my best blogging platform so I’ll be pulling materials for the post from WP.

Once someone drops a comment on your blog, he doesn’t only leave the comment. Well, he may add  his name, email, website, Twitter handle, etc.

But WordPress will pick something else and add to it. And that’s what helps us know the comment author’s country and city. This is the commentators’ Public IP Address.

This IP Address is what gives us access to the Internet. Whether the address is fixed or dynamic does not really matter in this case.

The American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN)

ARIN is an organisation that supports the operation and growth of the Internet. It maintains the WHOIS Database of IP addresses and their different contacts and registration materials.

Internet Service Providers (ISP) obtain and register IPs with ARIN. These IPs are then assigned to their users and customers when they connect to the net. So right now as you are connected to the Internet, you have been assigned an IP address.

The way your ISP assigns its IPs to customers differ. This may affect the accuracy of trying to locate someone from the IP address.

This is even more difficult with mobile phones are they are carried from region to region. In the process, they obtain new addresses from different cell towers.

But the commentator’s IP address from WP, at the moment of commenting tells you where the author was located during commenting.

So how do you get the information?

Go to your WP comment moderation page. There you find the IP addresses of your comment authors. Now, Pick it over to an IP location tool.

For the sake of this demo, let’s use

Enter the IP address in the form field and hit the IP Lookup button.

The Iplocation tool actually connects and pulls data from different Geolocation Providers. Each of these Geolocation Providers gets their IP address information from ARIN.

To see what the results look like, let’s take a case study.

Lorraine Reguly, one of my pals and a fabulous editor dropped a comment and mentioned she lives in Canada:

Did she really make this comment from Canada? Let’s find out.

First, I’m going to login to my comment dashboard and grab her IP address.

Now move to the tool to find out:

What are the results?

Results from all Geolocation Providers give us her City (Thunder Bay), Region (Ontario) and Country (Canada).

Basically, this is how to know the exact location of your comment authors.

How accurate is this?

This can never be 100% accurate. But for the most part, you are going to get more accurate results whether the commentator is on mobile Phone or PC.

Note however that this can be tricked by using Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Blog Commenting and the GDPR

Will GDPR change the way WP collects data from commentators?

Basically, we require the commentator’s Email, Name, Website and to an extent, Twitter handle. This is for standard WP commenting system.

The user’s IP address is picked without consent. But the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) says that IP addresses should be treated as personal data:

Your visitors’ IP address is required for different crucial purposes, including security and analytics. It will just be as hard to run a successful online business without collecting this data.

A lot has been said these days as as the GDPR started applying in all Member States of the European Union (“EU”) from the 25th of May 2018.

Depending on the nature of your blog, you may have to give the regulation serious attention. This doesn’t really matter where you’re blogging from. It’s about where your services/products are consumed.

Generally, if European readers/consumers are not required on your blog, you may as well set any GDPR document on fire.

Have you updated your Privacy page? What’s your Privacy statement regarding blog commenting user data (Including their IP addresses) ?

Drop your comments and let’s fire up a conversation.

17 thoughts on “Free tool reveals blog commentators’ exact location (GDPR Radar)!”

  1. Enstine, thanks for writing such a wonderful post because we all are always wondering about the senders location and also if our messages have been read though these things are seen as violation to privacy

  2. This a great tool. How i wish there’s any for Blogger hosted platform to reveals commenters Location.

    Bytheway, Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Hello Enstine,

    Thanks for listing the tools to find out the location of the blog commenters. You always write the useful topic for your readers, thanks!

  4. Hi Enstine,
    Very much information You are the king of blogger Its really great information for GDPR Radar Thanks For Share With us and updating me. Enstine

  5. Hello Enstine,
    Thank you sharing this amazing article and it is awesome post.


  6. Hello
    thanxx For This Amazing and Informative article You are a nice blogger.
    Thanxx again

  7. I noticed the IP address a long time ago and used that to capture spam comments coming from the same device before, but didn’t know it can be really used to find one’s location. Thanks a lot for sharing this too buddy, now let me go and find people 😀

  8. Hello
    Happy to read this post, my friend. You have come with a great topic and it is very informative. Really, I have never read this type of post before. You have provided great tips to reveal the exact location of the blog commentators. And, thanks for providing the link of the IP location finder tool.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great day ahead.
    Praveen verma

    • Hey Praveen,
      Thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment.
      I’m glad you’ve read something new today. And thanks for sharing on social media bro.

      Beautiful days ahead so let’s keep giving

  9. Hey that Ryan Biddulph guy is all over Enstine LOL.

    I think based on when I commented on this post I was definitely in New Zealand. Recent post. But then again who knows where I will be next in the world. I may even sneak up on you in Cameroon one day 😉

    I have few European readers and EU law cannot be enforced in the United States at the moment so no GDPR for me. I do have a few little disclaimers in my footer but focus mainly on getting my US-based compliance down cold, as far as stating I may make money through any link or image on my blog.

    • Oh yeah you are everywhere bro I admire what you are doing. With such energy in you, there is no doubt you are the shining light to follow.

      Cameroon is a nice place. Though some turbulence in some areas, it will soon be over. Peace is on the way.

      Yes that monster of GDPR doesn’t have power over you in US except you have a huge reading from Europe. In the months ahead, we will start seeing the application of regulations. Let’s see how it goes.

      Thanks again for being here today. wonderful days ahead so let’s keep giving

  10. I live in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. That is true. It looks like you found my exact location!


    I am honored that you used my comment as an example.

    But… you should have mentioned what a fabulous editor I am!

    And to prove my eagle eye is always at work, I suggest you change the YOUR in the following sentence to YOU’RE:

    “This doesn’t really matter where your blogging from.”

    I would also omit the “a” before “serious attention in the sentence just prior to that.

    Have a great day.

    • Haha yeah you’re really a fabulous editor 😉
      The “YOUR’RE’ short for “YOU ARE” is what I would have noticed if I was less stressed up with my current unstable Internet connection. For the “a”, the sentence sounds more correct without it. I admit you just made me learn something 😉

      See why you are more than fabulous?

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