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Geotagging

WordPress.com allows you to geotag your user profile and posts. That means you can assign an earthly location to your account and to each of your posts.

Turn Geotagging On

To start geotagging, you must first activate the feature in your profile. Go to your blog’s admin and click Users → Personal Settings from the admin menu.

Under My Location, click the checkbox to Enable Geotagging.

Enabled Geotagging

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Enter your location

Once you see the map, there are several ways of inputing your location.

  • Type an address in the Enter address box, then click the Find Address button.
  • Click the map at the location you want.
  • Click the Auto Detect button.

The Auto Detect feature attempts to figure out where your computer is automatically. If your computer has a GPS device built in (many mobile phones do, for example), it will use that to determine your location. Some browsers also support the W3C Geolocation API and/or the Google Gears Geolocation API. If your browser supports one of those APIs, the API will be used to determine a best guess for your location. If all else fails, WordPress.com will try to guess your location from your computer’s IP address.

Depending on your browser, you may be asked to confirm that you want to send WordPress.com your location when you click the Auto Detect button.

Geotagging - Manual Address Entry

Type an address

Geotagging - Manually Correct Autodetect

Adjust the auto detected location

Geotagging - Autodetect

Auto detect your location

If you type in an incomplete address (perhaps just the city), or when the Auto Detect feature can’t exactly pinpoint your earthly location, the map will show a red circle, which is its best guess of your location. If you’re not satisfied with that level of accuracy, or if the address it guesses is wrong, you can manually adjust the location by editing the address or clicking somewhere on the map.

Note: The red circle does not show up in some browsers. If you don’t see a red circle, the square area of the earth shown in the map is WordPress.com’s best guess of your location.

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Privacy

Make sure to adjust the privacy settings to your taste. At the bottom of the My Location box are checkboxes that allow you to control the privacy of your account’s location, and the default privacy of your posts.

If you want your location to be public, but don’t want people to know exactly where you live, you can control how accurate the address is. For example, just type in your city and zip code but leave off your exact street address.

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Remember to Save

After entering the location for your account, remember to scroll down and click Update Profile. The same goes for posts; make sure to save the post after you enter its location.

Geotagging - Post

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Post Locations

Once you’ve enabled geotagging on your profile, you can then start geotagging your posts. The interface is essentially the same and can be found in the Location box on the Edit Post and Add New Post admin screens.

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Where is public geo data exposed?

Geotagged posts get marked up with the geo microformat, geo.position and ICBM meta tags, and GeoRSS and W3C geodata in feeds. All of this stuff is “machine readable”, not “human readable”; it’s hidden from view.

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