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Jan-Willem Bobbink
Jan-Willem Bobbink

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WordPress plugin: Track ChatGPT Hits

Due to high demand I decided to make a user friendly version of tracking known OpenAI bot hits. This WordPress plugin tracks URL requests by the ChatGPT / OpenAI bots and direct user actions by tracking request made by specific user agents.

You can download the plugin at my blog – You can simply upload the folder track-chatgpt to your plugin directory via sFTP or use the WordPress plugin interface to upload the ZIP.

There are currently two known useragents and a small set of IP addresses which can be used to check if it are valid requests by OpenAI ChatGPTs. The plugin will show if the request where from a verified source (valid requests) or not.

WordPress plugin to track ChatGPT behaviour

The plugin shows a graph of the hits during the past 28 days. It has a download functionality to download the full dataset at once.

REST API is also enabled, so you can connect via /wp-json/chatgpt-tracker/v1/download-data/ and use automated exports to an external database to include the data into your monitoring dashboards. Its a simple dump of the full dataset. I may update this feature in the future if there is enough interest for it.

Any feature requests? PM me on LinkedIn or Twitter or leave a comment at the bottom.

For updates (if useragents or IPs change for example), follow me on LinkedIn or Twitter. I’m trying to get the plugin into the official WordPress repository as soon as possible which enables auto-updates too.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I test if the tracker works?
The easiest way to test the plugin is to go to the ChatGPT 4 interface and request it to summarize one of your latest URLs on your website. Make sure it actually requests the URL. It could be Bing has already crawled and stored the contents so that will be used instead of visiting the live URL. Make sure it actually shows it is browsing:

ChatGPT browsing functionality

You can also set your own browser with a useragent containing GPTBot or ChatGPT. You will notice those hits will be documented as invalid since the IP address will not match OpenAI’s ones.

Does it have any privacy related impact?
No, it doesn’t impact any privacy related matters since the plugin only tracks and documents user-agents and IP adresses from validated sources.

What is the difference between crawling and browsing behaviour?
More information about the behaviour of the different bots can be found on ChatGPT-User browsing and GPTBot crawling

Can I use this data in external reporting?
Yes, you definitely can. You can use the REST API. The plugin has a specific endpoint enabled.

Known issues / Feature requests

  • Feature: Referral traffic: do people click on the mentioned URLs from to your website
  • Issue: When your site is using a CDN like Cloudflare, it reports their IP addresses


= 1.0 =

  • Added a download functionality
  • Added a simple graph plotting the last 28 days of hits.

= 0.5 =

  • Basic functionality

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