Making Money with Google Earth

It doesn’t take long for most people to realize Google Earth is a new paradigm for visualizing information from the Internet. You can not only put in Placemarks showing the location of things, places, news, etc. But, you can also share information (text and images) through the descriptions of the placemarks and even more importantly links to other Internet based information. With the network link you can even make that content dynamic. Furthermore, you can either use the built-in browser in Google Earth or your external browser to view web pages.
I have seen some people market their web sites and through this their products in Google Earth files. But, I have yet to see anyone take the next step and actually link directly to products for sale through Google Earth. After all, buying a product is only a link away. By way of example, here is a simple placemark from the recent story I did on the Lord of the Rings showing Hobbiton – the town where the Hobbits live. If you click on the placemark “Hobbiton” you will see that you can click on some images to either buy the movies or buy the LOTR Locations Guidebook from Amazon.
One thing I discovered is that placemark descriptions do not accept IFRAME tags, so you can’t use the more advanced Amazon HTML links to sell books and things. But, the more basic image links work just fine. Maybe IFRAMEs will be supported in a later version of GE.
So, GE can be used to sell things. And, for the right type of application (something tied to locations) it’s probably even better than a web page by itself. What do you think?

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. I found a Japanese website that has incoporated bidders MapAds to a weather map as a way of advertising. Not a bad idea.

  2. Agree, i’m not a close watcher of google, but i suspect that google has a longterm strategy that involves geolocation on a broad scale: “Wherever you are, google will provide the info you want/need.” e.g. Walk on some city street and you’ll get advertisements on the top of your ‘searchlist’ of shops that are just 100 feet away, etc.
    Signs of those times:
    Google is setting up broad wifi networks.
    Google is working with opera, an expert company on small (=portable=wireless) device browsers. technology.
    etc. etc.

  3. Kurzer Review der letzten 14 Tage

    Massig, was in den letzten 14 Tagen liegen blieb, z.B.:
    Via Google Earth Blog ein Hinweis auf den neuen Service Placeopedia, mit dem Artikel aus Wikipedia in Google Earth passend zur regionalen Ansicht gefunden werden k├Ânnen:
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  4. I used this in my example Howto: Geotag anything. The Tagzania KML output can easily be used to link to items for sale. I also used ElfURL to make the Amazon affiliate links smaller and also so I can get stats from ElfURL to see how many times the links have been used.

  5. Ahh, so someone else is trying this out. I knew it would only be a matter of time.

  6. Hello, thank you very much for your posting. Very usefull and help me to making money online

  7. I am trying to figure out how to incorporate this into the sale of website advertising space specific to a geographic area.

  8. I really enjoyed the post and the information good job thanks.

  9. Good article and thanks for the useful information. Now I will try to make money with Google earth….

  10. I do agree it is probably better than the actual web page is self. Thannks for the post I have been reading your site for 5 minutes and liking.

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