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October 18, 2007

Snap Shot's MapShot | Beta tested, unknowingly, on this Blog.

Writing about web page http://blog.snap.com/2007/10/17/snap-shots-experience-making-your-links-more-interactive-with-snap-shots/

Snap have announced a new service.

The newest member of the Snap Shot family is MapShot which you can activate by typing a very specific address into Google Maps, click “Link To This Page” and copy the URL. Now paste the link into your site as you would a normal link and we’ll add a MapShot automatically.

This new ‘feature’ was working on this Blog back in the middle of August but with branded links.
Check out how to use Google Local to create previews of your own branded page on Google Maps.


August 16, 2007

How to create your own Branded page on Google Local Maps

Writing about web page https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?continue=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Flocal%2Fadd%2FbusinessCenter%3Fgl%3DGB%26hl%3Den-US&service=lbc&hl=en-US&gl=GB

I have been linking to Google Maps in emails and on webpages for some time to help visitors to find locations and to get the directions from where they are.

The page displayed is a lot better if the company or organisation is registered with Google Local. When Google allowed images to be added you can create a branded page on Google Maps, with links back to your site and all the functionality of Google maps, see below.

To set up you own ;

  1. Register your company or organisation on Google Local
  2. Correct your position on the map if needed and add pictures, logos, etc.
  3. Search Google Maps for your postcode to zero in on the area.
  4. Then search for your company – producing one result.
  5. Zoom to the right level to be helpful for navigation.
  6. Click ‘link to this page’ and copy the link.

Click to see Frost’s complete map on Google with Get Directions

Frost Electroplating on Google Maps

Click to see Frost’s complete map on Google with Get Directions

To add these maps to your own website follow the ‘Customise and preview embedded map’ link within the ‘link to this page’ box. This will allow you to change the size & details and generates HTML code for an Iframe that works on most blogs and websites.
See example on the WMCCM Site .


December 08, 2006

WMCCM is on Google Local

Writing about web page http://www.google.com/local/add

I have just finished the process of registering WMCCM on Google Local.
(Follow the link to do likewise.)

You need to have a login, register your company or organisations details and then they send you a letter with a PIN number as the verification step.

I was pleasantly surprised to find 52 of WMCCM’s profiled companies has already got entries.
Join – Get Profiled here.
http://www.wmccm.co.uk/WMCCM/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=3&tabid=798

Some of the entries leave few or zero clues about what the company did. Always put keywords into titles including with your company name to create an effective online brand.

When Google has nothing else to differentiate these local entries it places them in order of the distance from the centre of the location. So check out all possible locations and the competition. In Brierley Hill a presswork company can be found in searches for Walsall and even Wolverhampton but would have no chance under Birmingham.

Yahoo! Local uses the classified entries from the BT phonebook. Again think about the title used in these entries.


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