So over the past few weeks I’ve been pondering and trying to make GeoLocation work. Without much success. Today I figured out why. So here are some thoughts and things that to me make sense. But *do* they actually make sense?
As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts. This is a new area for me. So what do you think? So far I’ve come up with the following;
1. GeoTargeting should be limited to cities and countries. Where Cities take priority over the country selection.
This means that you can specify one or a series of cities to display your ad in. But rules out mistakes of showing ads for cities that aren’t in a specific country.
2. Your site should use a member only GeoLocation service and not a public database. You will need to register your domain for GeoLocation with the GeoPlugin database or GeoTargeting will not work.
3. Implementing this feature may not be useful at group level after-all.
After some trying and experimenting it may be beneficial to determine per ad where it should show. And have that as an additional filter for groups. This instead of putting the location in the group directly.
This will allow people to put 10 ads, one for each city or country, in the same group and use that one group in their setup. Otherwise a whole lot of complex theme mods will have to be developed to make multiple groups work. Which, if you think about it, makes little sense.
How will this impact things; not too much. Ads will gain some more options to determine in which area they belong. Groups will get a checkbox to use GeoTargeting or not. Or something along those lines.
How would you want to see GeoTargeting implemented? On a per ad basis? Or per group? Which options would you expect from such a feature? And why? Let me know in the comments! All input is valued, considered and perhaps used.
Keep in mind that this feature has great impact on how your adverts will be visible to your visitors. And how you would like to control that visibility.