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Google to charge for using their maps on your website.

November 02, 2011 By: Dr Search Principal Consultant at the Search Clinic Category: bing, Customer Service, Google, internet, search engines, Technology Companies, Uncategorized, Website Design, Yahoo

Google is to charge websites for adding their maps to your website.Google to charge for using their maps on your website.Google Maps wants to charge larger websites for heavy usage of the service.

From 1 January 2012, Google will charge for the Google Maps API service when more than the limit of 25,000 map “hits” are made in a day.

Websites, especially travel firms, use Google Maps to link customers to a view of the destinations they inquire about.

Google is rumoured to be charging £2 per 1,000 views in excess of the limit.

Google maintains the high limit of 25,000 free hits before charging “will only affect 0.35% of users”.

Google said it was aware that developers needed time to evaluate their usage, determine if they were affected and then take action as appropriate.

“We understand that the introduction of these limits may be concerning,” said Thor Mitchell, product manager of the Maps API at Google.

“However, with the continued growth in adoption of the Maps API, we need to secure its long-term future by ensuring that even when used by the highest-volume for-profit sites, the service remains viable. ”

Dr Search has long debated the accuracy of Google Maps- they are linked to the flawed StreetView and Places options within the Google databases.

Don’t worry if you do feature Google Maps on your website as there are FREE alternatives available from at least Yahoo and Microsoft at: http://www.bing.com/maps and http://www.maps.yahoo.com

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