So, my mission should I choose to accept it, (which I have) is to have myself (or my domain name) appear on a Google Maps search for ‘nathan pitman berkshire’. Right now I’m listed... well, my work place is anyhow. But I want my house to be highlighted! That would be super neat.
So, here’s how I think I’m going to make it happen. The business look up is provided by yell, this is how google know what to display in the business list on the right, so I’m thinking I just need to be listed on yell right? Right!
I trot off to yell.co.uk thinking that this is going to cost me some Â£‘s but discover that you can actually apply for a free basic listing that appears not only on yell.co.uk but also in ‘the book’. Wow, how neat is that.
I enter my details, list my business as ‘nathanpitman.com’ select the relevant categorisation, enter my address… blah blah blah… eventually I get to complete my listing and then get my confirmation email. My listing is being ‘processed’!
All I can do now is wait, will I get listed, and when I do, will I show up on the Google Map… only time will tell!
Update: I’m listed on yell but still not showing up on the google map… :/
Having noticed geographical data in the meta tags of many blogs recently I decided to investigate a little further and work out how to indicate the geographical location associated with my website. It took a bit of digging about, so I thought I’d share the results with you all.
Step 1 – Your Longitude and Latitude
First off you need to discover your longitude and latitude. If like me you don’t have a GPS device then you can use a number of online resources. I plumped for Streetmap. Simply enter your postcode and then on the map screen scroll down to find the line of text that reads “Click here to convert/measure coordinates”. Click on the link and make a note of the latitude and longitude figures that are returned.
Lat: N 51:23:31 ( 51.391924 ) Long: W 0:44:45 ( -0.745941 )
Step 2 – Generate ‘Geo’ or ‘ICBM’ tags
Now we can generate the most commonly used geographical tags to place in the head of our web pages. I used the Geo Tag Generator at ‘Geotags.com’ to generate by ‘geo’ tags and the instructions for adding a site to the GeoURL database at ‘GeoURL.org’ to generate my ICBM tags.
Your tags should look something like this:
<meta name="ICBM" content="51.391924, -0.745941">
<meta name="DC.title" content="nathanpitman.com">
<meta name="geo.position" content="51.3919;-0.7458">
<meta name="geo.region" content="GB-BRC">
<meta name="geo.placename" content="Bracknell">
Step 3 – Use those tags!
Now simply place your tags in you document head and start adding yourself to geographical databases such as:
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I just finished working on ‘another’ site for the wife of a cohort of mine. Mrs Tiffany Kemp runs a commercial management business called Devant. Much like her husbands website, the devant site needed a re-fresh, so that’s what we did, and this is the end result.
Let me know what you think.
I just finished working on a site for a cohort of mine. Mr Simon Kemp is perhaps the best wedding & portrait photographer ever but his old website just didn’t cut the mustard. We did a bit of a deal and this is the result.
Let me know what you think.