An IP address is a series of numbers separated by dots or full stops, and they are used to identify each computer on the internet. The IP in IP address stands for Internet Protocol, and it is unique to each computer on the internet. Even though IP addresses are supposed to be unique to computers, sometimes, two or more computers using the same LAN network might have the same address.
Now that we understand what an IP address is, we can explain a referral IP. This is simply the IP address of the computer or server that sends a backlink to your website. So if another site links your website via a backlink, you get a referral IP.
As you know, backlinks are important for good ranking on search engines, and the more backlinks you have, the better for you. When you have a lot of referral IPs linking your website, it means that you have a lot of backlinks and that will help boost your website’s ratings. However, if you own a commercial site, you should know that backlinks do not automatically mean more sales. They just mean that you have the potential for more traffic.
You should keep an eye on your backlinks because they tell you how well your website is doing in terms of popularity, exposure, and traffic. However, to really harness this opportunity, you need a tool that can help you track the IPs that sent you the backlinks. Ideally, you need the tool to be able to do the following:
- Identify the IP address
- Identify the address’ origin
- Identify how many domains and backlinks the address has sent to you.
Luckily, this tool accomplishes all of these goals and more. It can even help you analyze the backlinks and referral IPs of websites that are not yours. All you need is the website’s link. Follow the steps below to use the tool to analyze your referral IPs.
This tool is incredibly easy to use and does not involve much effort from you. The only things you need to get started are:
- A device: It can be a phone, a computer, or a tablet
- Access to the internet
- The website you’d like to check
Step one: Launch the tool’s webpage
To launch the tool, go to “https://www.duplichecker.com/check-referring-ips.php”.
Step two: Enter the website you want to check
When you open the page, you’ll find a field labelled “Enter site URL”. Here, you can enter the website’s link. The website doesn’t have to be yours, as you can check the referring IPs of any website, even if it’s Amazon.
After entering the link, you click “Check Referring IPs” to have the tool check your website and give you the results.
Step three (optional): Report problems you have using the tool
This referral IP checker is constantly being improved to make it more functional and efficient for use. If you encounter any problems using the tool, you can click on “Report problem with tool” to inform the developers.
Step four: Fill the captcha
This tool uses captcha to keep unwanted bot activity out. After clicking the check IP link, you’ll need to fill a captcha to prove that you are a real person, and not a robot.
This should be relatively easy. However, if you run into any problems, refer to the next section on how to handle the captcha.
Step five: Analyze your results
After filling the captcha, the tool gives you a breakdown of the referral IPs in your website, along with their country of origin, their domain numbers, and backlink numbers.
You can also click on the plus sign next to the IPs for more information on the first seen, and last seen of the IP address.
This tool is very effective in checking what IPs are currently sending referrals to your selected website. However, you may run into some challenges when using the tool. These challenges may range from blank information fields to you getting an “invalid URL error” message after inputting your selected link. Read below to find out what problems you might encounter and how you can solve them.
This error response usually appears above the “Enter site URL” field. You get an “invalid URL” response when you enter a link that does not lead to any website in particular. This could be because of the following reasons:
- You mistyped a letter in the website link. Address this by double checking the address and trying again.
- You typed the link to a website that no longer exists. It is possible that the website you entered has gone offline. If this happens, the tool will not be able to read the referring IPs in the website. If you manage the website, make sure that it is up and running, and try again. If you don’t, you can simply try again later.
- You entered a valid website link, but a wrong page. This could be due to the fact that the page has been taken down since you last visited. It could also be that you typed in the wrong page link. It is a good idea to, first of all, visit the page you want to check, and then copy the link from your website’s address bar, and paste in the “enter site URL” field.
- You typed the wrong website extension. This problem is more common than you might think. It happens when you enter a “.com” instead of “.net” for example. If the website does exist, the tool will give you the details of that site, and not your site. It is important to make sure you have the correct web extension.
This tool uses Google captcha to prevent bots from attacking it with spam and other useless content. It also keeps the tool lightweight to enable real people to use it much faster. Unfortunately, you may experience this error message if you’ve filled the captcha incorrectly. The tool uses an image captcha, which means that you need to identify the images that represent the word presented correctly. If you don’t, you won’t be able to use the tool. Ensure that you select all the images correctly to proceed. Not to worry, however, as you can try again if you don’t get all of them at once.
Sometimes, you do select all the car images in the captcha, but it still doesn’t let you use the tool. This is most often due to connectivity issues. You can either:
- Check your internet, and make sure you’re connected
- Make sure your firewall isn’t blocking you from accessing the internet
- You can also try again later if these two measures fail.