I spent a few minutes with Dr_Ngo and Neil Turner at Affiliate Summit, and we were talking about geo-targeting users. Pretty powerful stuff, if your landing page can say, “Find singles in Buffalo, NY” or something similar (whatever your offer is about).
The easy (but ghetto) way to do this to put the city & state in the query string. So it’d be like page.php?city=Buffalo&state=NY. Then in your code, you just echo the city and state variables, like < ?= htmlentities(stripslashes($_GET['city'])) ? >. But what if you just want 1 landing page, without using the query string? It’s actually pretty simple, and I’m going to walk you though it.
So first, you need a database. Here’s a good free one. So from your ssh line, you’ll want to get this database by typing:
Cron this to run monthly (looks like they do updates on the 1st, so run your cron on the 5th or so) and then unzip it:
So in a single directory, you’ll have these 3 files and GeoLiteCity.dat. Now you’re about to see how unbelievably easy this script is:
include("geoip.inc"); include("geoipcity.inc"); include("geoipregionvars.php"); $gi = geoip_open("./GeoLiteCity.dat", GEOIP_STANDARD); $rsGeoData = geoip_record_by_addr($gi, $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']); echo("<pre>"); print_r($rsGeoData); echo("</pre>"); geoip_close($gi);
You’ll see I just do a print_r to show all the variables available to you, but for me, I see:
[country_code] => US
[country_code3] => USA
[country_name] => United States
[region] => NY
[city] => Buffalo
[postal_code] => 14217
[latitude] => 42.9761
[longitude] => -78.8727
[area_code] => 716
[dma_code] => 514
So now your landing page will say,
Find singles in <?= htmlentities($rsGeoData->city . ", " . $rsGeoData->region) ?>
With the latitude & longitude, you can even show a map of the area using the Google Maps API. Having the Zip Code would be great for zip submit offers (only
2 1 left in 14217! – Enter your Zip Code to claim the prize!) or lots of other great ideas using a Zip Code database.
Beware of foreign IPs, though. If you’re not in the US, I don’t know what city or region will give back. You can replace $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR'] above with a known IP to see what it returns.
In case you were wondering, I started this installing this script at 3:40 and had it done at 3:50. It took me longer to write this blog post than it did to install the script, so don’t be afraid to try it yourself. If you have problems, though, just contact me.