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I run a local directory and want to provide maps to local businesses. I am looking for a free map service.
I tried Mapquest. However, I am having trouble getting Mapquest to display the map properly. (It for some reason just wants to display a map for the zip code and not the acutal address.)
My question is, can anyone recommend a free map service that can be used commercially. When I say commercially, I mean the directory does have pay for inclusion features and also runs affiliate programs and AdSense. I plan on sending the user to the website of the map service and am NOT looking for something where the user stays on my site (I think most services like that need to be licenced.)
I had looked at Google Maps but did not get to that page. Unfortunately, that won't work for me a for a few reasons.
From their webiste:
A single Maps API key is valid for a single "directory" on your web server, so if you sign up for the URL [mygooglemapssite.com...] the key you get will be good for all URLs in the [mygooglemapssite.com...] directory.
I have many directories that need to use this service and I am not going to get different accounts for each directory. To be honest, I am starting to feel Google is Big Brother these days and I don't want them collecting data on my sites.
Thanks for the suggestion though, I was not aware of that service. Any other ideas?
Yahoo has a new map API but it just links to their website.
I can tell you with almost 100% surety that the only source of maps that meet the conditions of
1) free for commercial use, and
2) maps display on your web pages
is Google maps.
I am NOT concerned with having the visitor staying on my site. I am happy to send them of to another site with a map. Those services still seem to say stuff about non-commercial use. These clauses are vague and I think they are just being extra cautious in their wording really.
RossWal, I had some trouble getting a map to open up with Mapquest. For some reason, the way many of my addresses are formatted, Mapquest is asking the user to frist select a map it found which is just a map for the zip code and not the full address I provided.
BetterSEO, I was looking for that with Google but could not find it. That is what I will be implementing.
Thanks to all.