ClustrMaps – See where your website visitors are from!

I blogged about A&B Butterflies here but what I also noticed about their website was the world map showing where their website visitors were from, and I thought that was all kinds of awesome!

This magic was accomplished by the nice folks at ClustrMaps, who provide this service for free (unless you have a really large number of daily visitors).

So, a few days ago, I setup ClustrMaps for www.glassblower.info and here is what I have so far:


ClustrMaps image for www.glassblower.info as of Sept 22 2010

For those who are interested in learning more about how this is possible, take a look at this Geolocation article from Wikipedia, and keep in mind that IANA (International Assigned Names and Numbers) assigns address blocks (IPv4 and IPv6) to various countries.

This geolocation also goes by the name GEOIP, and if you Google you will find it is possible to download the IPv4 IP-to-Country mapping as a CSV (Excel) spreadsheet (more than 110,000 rows!).

And here is the www.glassblower.info ClustrMap after approximately ONE WEEK:


ClustrMaps image for www.glassblower.info as of Sept 26 2010

And here is the www.glassblower.info ClustrMap after approximately ONE MONTH:


ClustrMaps image for www.glassblower.info as of Oct 16 2010

Below is the map of our first 10,000 ClustrMap visitors to www.glassblower.info:


ClustrMaps image for 10000 visitors to www.glassblower.info as of Oct 31 2010

And here we are already at the two-month point, and more than 15,000 visitors:


ClustrMaps image for www.glassblower.info for Sept 19 2010 - Nov 19 2010 (two months)

I have enjoyed visually seeing (on a daily basis) where my visitors are from, that I decided to upgrade from the free version to the paid version which is called ClustrMaps+. More information about upgrading can be found on their web page here. The cost is minimal (a little over US$1 per month, when paid annually), and provides these benefits:
1. No advertisements
2. Ability to zoom into continents
3. Counts of visitors by Continent
4. An unlimited archive of maps
5. More map style options


Glassblower.info ClustrMaps on November 7 2010 - North American Continent Zoom

Here we are on December 19, 2010 — showing the results of the first three months of using ClustrMaps:


ClustrMaps image for www.glassblower.info for September 19 2010 - December 19 2010 (three months)

And here is where we are after 5 months:


ClustrMaps image for www.glassblower.info for September 19 2010 - February 20 2011 (five months)

Wow, guess I should update this blog, now we have about 11 months of visitor information, more than 79,000 visitors world-wide!


ClustrMaps image for www.glassblower.info for Sept 19 2010 - August 21 2011

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