Google Enterprise a Reality at Real Estate Webmasters
Real Estate Webmasters is proud to announce we have completed the paperwork and are awaiting activation of our enterprise level Google mapping API.
We are now able to provide much more timely and complete Google geo-coding, without the limitations of the Google free API. We can also enjoy enterprise level telephone and email support from Google staff, and implementation assistance for any and all existing and new Google mapping technology.
What does this mean for REW customers?
- Faster and more complete geo-coding of very large custom IDX applications
- Reduced programming bills: With access to Google staff, we are
able to reduce billable time on implementation, research, and
testing / workarounds for complex Google Map mashups — we can go
directly to the source.
- Greater flexibility without restriction: The sky is now the limit for Google Maps based technology development. The Google free API has many limitations that could hinder large or ambitious projects, such as a time delay on geocoding, and a daily limit on the amount of queries allowed.
- NO ADS! - Google Free Maps don't show ads, but this may change in the future. In fact, if you read their terms of usage they reserve the right to show ads on Google Maps in the future. With REW and enterprise level support, we will never have to show ads on our Google Maps.
What is the cost?
Luckily the costs to the average REW customer using Google mapping will be minimal. In fact, fees are a miniscule $10 USD per thousand geo codes.
To put it in perspective, if you are using the REW search engine friendly IDX framework as an add-on for your REW website (or our iframed solution for non-REW hosted websites) and you service an area with 10,000 listings upon development, your fee would be $100 USD to geo-code your entire IDX.
Now let's say your MLS adds an average of 300 new listings per week. Your fee for geo-coding would be a whopping $3.00 USD per week.
The changeover to Google enterprise should be completed by May 15, 2007. At such time, all REW hosted customers making use of Google mapping will begin effective billing for their applications, and begin reaping the benefits of this new and improved account.