Wednesday, August 09, 2006

How to get the IP address of commentators

Currently, Blogger does not offer a way to get the IP address of commentators for those using the Blogger commenting system. However, if you have installed a real time visitor counter for your blog, your blog is not a very high traffic blog and you have enabled comment moderation via email notification., you can get the IP address of commentator.

First you have to install a real time hit counter like Statcounter on your blog if you do not have one already. There are various free hit counters available, including sitemeter and statcounter. Sitemeter is good for summaries. I prefer statcounter for its more detailed statistics. To see how to install a hit counter, go to How do I track visitors to my blog. When you want to track visitors to your blog, sign in to statcounter and click on "Recent pageload activities". You will be taken to a page where details of such as date, time, IP address, etc. will be shown. See screenshot below. (Click screenshot to enlarge)When you want to find out the IP address of a commentator, open the email notification for that comment. To get the timestamp, reply to the email for comment moderation.

For example, this was what I got when I reply to one of the email for comment moderation:

From: XXXX
To: YYYY@yahoo.com
Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2013 3:43 AM
Subject: [the original Blogger Tips and Tricks] New comment on New: Blogger contact form gadget.

Compare it with the time shown in the visitors log. When you see a match, then very likely that is the person who made the comment. Get the IP address of that visitor from the log.

The idea for this was suggested by a comment from Dr. Lisa Cuddy.

This tip can be useful if you want to ban someone who is leaving comments you don't like as shown in this post: How to ban a person from your blog or website (click "BACK" button to get back to this site).

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UPDATE 16 August 2008: Answer to a question in the comment about whether it is still impossible to get the commentator's IP address for Blogger: "Yes it is still not possible. You can only guess, including the country. But if your blog has low traffic, it can be a very good guess to the point of certainty. If a person comment at, say, 3pm and from morning till night, that is the only visitor to the blog, than you can say that that visitor you see in your visitor counter is the one who commented."

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53 comments:

  1. Peter you can link to rosedesrochers.todays-woman.net.

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  2. Why do we need to spy on visitors?

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  3. Sometimes people leave nasty comments or spam, and the owner of the blog will like to know from where they came from. It wouldn't tell the actual identity of the commentator, but their IP address from which they post. This may or may not allow the owner to guess who was it, or to make a complain.

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  4. Thanks Peter. Just install in my blog

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  5. You can also show an image on your website to show visitor IP address and country flag. Just go to the website findmyipaddress.info. copy the code and paste it in your website. save you the time to write the code. ;)

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  6. Hi islandhopper,

    Thanks for the information. However, the links you provided lead to a 404 error (Page not found). I doubt it can help because you need not only the IP address of the visitor, but the time of the visit for the method I described in the post to work.

    Peter
    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger
    "online book" in progress

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  7. Thanks Peter - very useful |

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  8. i usually get anonymous comments, but i want to allow anybody to post comments on my blog, is there any way where i can oblige/require them to leave their email add before posting a comment?

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  9. You cannot make the commentator leave his email address with the Blogger commenting system, you with the Haloscan commenting system, a commentator have to give his name, email address and URL of his site.

    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
    Enviroman Says
    (floods in England, polar ice and ice caps at moutain peaks melting, I think more severe and frequent hurricanes in US, rain when it is supposed to be a dry season in my country, someone from Queensland recently contacted me if I noticed the weather changing. I replied when I was young I had to sleep under the blanket, but now I sleep topless. If I remembered, he said it is freezing in tropical Queensland and now he has to sleep under a blanket. Please folks, take good care of our one and only Spaceship Earth which have no lifeboat. It may not affect us severely now, but it has every chance of severely affecting our future generations. Then they will have lots to be "thankful to us)

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  10. peter, thanks for the nice info

    but on my side, statcounter.com is not loading up.

    i don't know if it has anything to do with my ISP
    or the
    DNS(OpenDNS) that i'm using.

    thanks

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  11. Hi Navin,

    I use all free tools and that include blogspot.com and happy to continue doing that. So I have no hands on experience with publishing via FTP etc. and may not be qualified to try to answer your question. Try Google Blogger Help group where there are people using custom domain.

    Peter (Blog*Star 2006 and 2007)
    Testing Blogger Beta (now New Blogger)

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  12. It's usefull..thank u for sharing...

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  13. hello,

    is it still impossible to get their IP addres of commentators on Bloggers? And if you do get their IP address could you tell which city/country the computer is from?

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  14. Hi Pearl,

    Yes it is still not possible. You can only guess, including the country. But if your blog has low traffic, it can be a very good guess to the point of certainty. If a person comment at, say, 3pm and from morning till night, that is the only visitor to the blog, than you can say that that visitor you see in your visitor counter is the one who commented.

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  15. great post here..thanks for sharing!!

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  16. I don't think you can figure out who the person is unless you like know them. Like if you get the persons location using something like ip finding

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  17. IP finding, Master Shake, is only for finding your own IP address and is useless for getting the IP address and general location of commentator. I know the method described in this post is NOT fool proof but at least it gives you the very good POSSIBILITY of getting the IP address of the commentator at the time of making the comment and his/her geographical location, especially if the traffic to the blog is not very heavy. IP finding (the link you gave) cannot do that.

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  18. Which Stat counter would you reccommend? I want a reliable one, which can show me al lthe IPs to hit my sites. I have a pagecounter from Google Adsense, but I need something to track the IP. Someone is stalking and harassing me, and I need that IP address so the police can track them down.

    I know, you're probably thinking it's nothing serious, but this is beyond simple flame war. I'm worried for my personal safety.

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  19. I use www.statcounter.com and is very satisfied. You can see what kind of statistics you can get using statcounter.

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  20. Thank you; I'm really grateful.

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  22. Thanks for the tip: it helps a lot

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  23. You should watch people coming from www.blackhatip.com spoofing their ip addresses, you can look at the originating address to find they are really originating from an yahoo proxy

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  24. hey, im new to this & just curious how can i have a url imbedded in my post, i dont mean by copying and pasting it, i mean for instance when readers click a highlighted word on the post it takes them to another post or site the blogger wants them to read. Can you help please?..thanx lots!

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  25. I'm using sitemeter.com and cqcounter.com and they usually work well. Unfortunately my stalker-like-commenter has figured out I do that, for his IP no longer shows up in cqcounter, only time and location shows in sitemeter. As of yesterday I'm getting nasty comments from someone who doesn't show up there either, or in google analytics.

    Disguising your IP isn't hard, but how do people manage to completely stay under the radar of these sitemeters? - And do you know if it's possible to figure out where they're from anyway?

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  26. Unfortunately the method described in this post is not foolproof as those more knowledgeable ones can use anonymizer and proxy servers.

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  27. Thanks for the blog.
    Even though the method is not completely foolproof, it's helpful anyway, and better than nothing :-)

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  28. This wouldn't work simply because an anonymous commenter has a way to just visit the comment page and attack you. You can even save it your fav and there attack the blog owner without having to actually visit the homepage or even post page. So, stat-counter does nothing to help you track your enemies online. I have that problem right now. I was recently bullied on my blog and had to no way to know who left nasty comments about me, literally attacking me below the belt. I wish blogger returns to its original state where we can see the commenters' IP adds. When google took over, IP adds are no more...it sucks!

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  29. Can a blogger id another bloggers IP address, for example from and MTV blog? If the IP address can be identified, how?

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  30. Do you have to own the blog in order to obtain another bloggers IP Address or can any blogger get anyones information w/out them displaying an email address?

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  31. Thanks for this information we can get the ip address by giving the domain name and at a time more than one ip address we can view from ip address

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  32. Do you have to own the blog in order to obtain another bloggers IP Address or can any blogger get anyones information w/out them displaying an email address?

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  33. Only the owner/administrator are able to put visitor counter code into template and only them have access to the visitor counter data.

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  34. Perfect, thank you!

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  35. Thanks, that's well explained.

    But if, for example, the user who does the comment uses a proxy server, knowing the IP address isn't very useful right?

    He/she can download a proxy list with USA or UK proxy servers and you are not going to know the real IP of the user, righ?

    A good measure will be filter all the comments from the IP addresses in the proxy list?

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  36. If commentator uses proxy, whether you filter them or not, result is still the same, you will not be able to get the commentator's real IP address.

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  37. This is really useful, thank you.

    But does finding the IP address mean that you can definitely find out the location of the commentator? I'm concerned that when I post on blogs, people will be able to hunt me down now!

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  38. This is really useful, thank you.

    But does finding the IP address mean that you can definitely find out the location of the commentator? I'm concerned that when I post on blogs, people will be able to hunt me down now!

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  39. Can a blogger id another bloggers IP address NiTT, for example from and MTV blog? If the IP address can be identified, how?

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  40. I want to block a blogger website from accessing my website. A blogger website is using my images and stealing my bandwidth. How can I access its IP to add to my block list?

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  41. Is it possible for readers to know if the blog site they are in is recording their ip address or if the blog has a hit counter? In most of the cases the blog sites show a hit counter. But is there any way a blogsite can hide the fact that it has a hitcounter?

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  42. Record IP address? Hide? Both yes. To know if a site has a counter, not so sure.

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  43. OK I think I have an answer to know if a website has a counter. Try keying ctrl+U (or menu bar > view > pagesource) to open the page source and look for counter codes there.

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  44. i have LOTS annonymous comment (they comment are good too). i want to put every commentatator's IP Address after the comment. any idea
    thanks.

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  45. If you don't get lots of visitors you can use this method to guess the IP address of commentators and then use this method to recover deleted comment to edit the comments to include the IP address.

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  47. Plz tell me how to redirect my custom domain from to my blogspot?

    I have problem regarding A record and CName???

    My blogspot is eshayaris.blogspot.com
    And my custom domain is: eshayaris.com

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  49. VERY good post! Thank you so much!

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