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Create an interactive map of your listings using Google Geo-Tags
Released 7 March 2011

Geo-Tagging can establish your real estate agency’s website as an interesting local map resource and allow you to market the properties you’ve listed or sold.   

What is Geo-Tagging?

Geo-Tagging is the process of tagging photographs with location data in order to display them on a map. Google takes that data and situates the photo on Google Earth with a link back to its source (in this case Picasa) where your Picasa profile is set up with photos.

What you’ll need
The easiest way to automatically tag your photos with GPS data is to buy a camera or smart phone with a built-in GPS receiver. However, there are ways to manually Geo-Tag images using online applications. 

How to manually Geo-Tag a photo
  1. Load photos you want to tag onto your hard drive and view them using Picasa (free photo-editing software).
  2. Select a photo you want to tag and add a caption. This information will appear when someone selects your tag in a Google Earth map.
  3. Click the ‘Geo-Tag’ button in the toolbar at the bottom of the window. Google Earth will open, as well as a small Picasa window in the lower-right corner.
  4. Navigate and zoom to the location in Google Earth that corresponds with where your picture was taken. Place the yellow cross-hairs on your chosen spot. Alternatively, you can enter the address of the property in the search engine at the top left-hand corner of the screen.
  5. Click the ‘Geo-Tag’ button to place the selected photo.
  6. When all of your pictures are Geo-Tagged, click ‘Done’ to finish the placement.
  7. When you exit Google Earth, click ‘Yes’ to save the Geo-Tagged locations in your 'My Places' folder. You’ll then be able to access the photos in ‘My Places’ any time you open Google Earth.

How to create a Geo-Tagged map
  1. The Picasa album name is the title of your map, so make it appropriate and relevant (e.g. McGrath listings Cronulla).
  2. In the Picasa software window, press the ‘Sync to web’ button in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Once your album is synchronised, click on the ‘Web Albums’ link. This will open a browser window and take you to your online album.
  4. When you have the album open, there is a small map and a link to ‘View Map’ at the bottom of the screen. Click on this link to view your map in Google Maps and Google Earth.
  5. Click the ‘Back to album view’ link at the top of the screen. To embed the map into your website, click the ‘Link to this Photo ’ hyperlink and copy the URL under ‘Paste HTML to embed in website’.