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5. Technographics and “Demographics” > 80. Build Your Own Web Measurement Appli...

Build Your Own Web Measurement Application: Technographic Data

One of the more interesting things that web measurement applications are able to do is help you understand the geographic distribution of your visitors. In this hack, we leverage a freely available geo-targeting database and add IP-based visitor geography reporting to the build your own application.

In this hack, we show how to extend our example program to report the number of visitors from each country [Hack #78] . This is often known as geo-location, geo-targeting, or geographic segmentation. The way it works is that certain companies sell large databases mapping numerical IP addresses to countries, or even to regions and cities. The databases can never be 100% accurate because the way ISPs route data through their internal networks is unpredictable. But, at least at the country level, they give a reasonably good idea.


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