In the internet world, SEO is a huge part of gaining traction for your business. One part of SEO for your business is using Google My Business to list your business on Google. But how do you rank ahead of multiple businesses in the same category? Well, there are some tricks, including geo-tagging or adding location to your photos. The more geo-tagged photos of your business location on Google My Business, the better it ranks. In this article, we will learn how to geo-tog or add a location to your images for Google Maps.
How to Add Location to Your Images for Google Maps (Geo Tag)
Multiple tools allow you to Geotag your images for Google Maps. Some tools work offline, while others can be used through websites. We’ve covered some widely used and trusted options in this section. Here’s all that’s covered:
- Geotag SEO
- Aspose Geotag
Let’s now look at each of these image location tools in detail.
1] GPic Sync or GpicSync
GPicSync is an excellent geotagging tool. Photographers or anyone who wants to show off their images and tell where exactly they took the photo. GPicSync can mix the GPS track log with the EXIF header of the picture. So, if you upload them on Google Maps, it can automatically pull the data. Here is how you can Geotag your images.
This software is straightforward to use. You only need to turn on your GPRS or location when you take pictures. After you return, use this software and give images and geotags as input, and it does the Job. Since the time of the snapshot is stored in your image EXIF metadata, and GPRS knows where you were, it knows which picture was taken i.e., geotag Google Maps.
Note: You must use a GPS receiver to record a track log. Also, make sure to set the local time and date of your camera precisely before shooting.
- Launch GPicSync.
- Select your pictures folder.
- Select the .gpx file.
- Set your timezone or the UTC offset manually.
- If you need to add Geonames metadata, check “add Geonames and geotags” but be aware there may be problems with non-English characters (more info here)
- Hit the “synchronize !” button.
- You can stop and adjust your settings at any time.
After this, open the EXIF part of the picture and confirm the location.
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GeoImgr is one of the most reliable online geo-tagging tools out there. With a generous free tier, where you can geo-tag 5 photos for free, you can test the reliability of the website for you. If you subscribe to the pro version of the website, you can tag up to 1000 photos a month and search for specific locations. In the free tier, you have to look up the locations manually.
The website is easy to use and provides all the essential features required for the geo-tagging of the images. The geotags precise and easily read with an EXIF data reader. Here’s how to use GeoImgr:
- Head over to the Geoimgr website.
- Now, sign up for an account. You can only sign up via Google on the website.
- Once signed up, you can drag and drop or click to upload the image.
- If you are on the free version, manually scroll and zoom in to the map to find the desired location. On the pro version, you can proceed with searching for it.
- Once the location is found, click on it to select it as the pin.
- Now, scroll down to the image and click on the write EXIF data. After this, click on the download button to download your geotagged image.
GeoTagSeo is yet another online image geotagging website. The website features a more polished interface, though the features are more or less the same. In the free tier, you will have to look up the location on the map manually and can only process one image at a time. With the pro tiers, you can process up to 5 images simultaneously and up to 500-1400 images monthly. It is simple to use and requires no signups to process images in the free tier. You can export the images in JPEG or webP format. Here’s how to use Geotag:
- Visit Geotagseo Website
- Now, you can either sign up for an account or proceed without one. On the next page, drag and drop or click to upload an image.
- Once the image is uploaded, use the maps on the left to position your pin and tag the image.
- After the desired location is set, you can give tags and meta descriptions to the image. Once the image is done processing, you can proceed by downloading it in Jpeg or webP format.
4] Aspose GeoTag Photo
If you want a completely free option to geotag your images, then Aspose Geotag Photo is the right website for you. Here, you might compromise on elements like a good interface and fast processing, but it allows you to process unlimited images (one at a time) for free. The manual location search on the map can also be a tedious task. You don’t need to sign up to process images on this website. Here’s how to use Aspose Geotag Photo:
- Head over to the Aspose Geotag Website.
- On the website, you can drop or upload your file.
- Once uploaded, scroll down to use the map to pin the point or enter the coordinates.
- After you have pinned the location, click on the Write Geotags button. The website will process the image and take you to a new page where you can download the image.
In this article, we learned how to GeoTag Photos for Google Maps. Some clever SEO techniques like geotagging your photos and uploading them can do wonders for your business. If you liked the article, please make sure that you share it with everyone.
How to upload Geotagged photos to Google Maps
On the mobile app, tap your profile picture in the top right corner, then select “Your contributions.” On the web version, click on the three horizontal lines (menu) in the upper left corner and choose “Your contributions.”
- Select the “Photos” tab. You will see an option to “Add a photo.” Click or tap on it.
Choose the Location:
- Google Maps will prompt you to choose the location where the photo was taken. You can either use your current location or search for a specific place.
- Choose the geotagged photo from your device’s gallery or file system. Make sure the photo has GPS coordinates embedded in its metadata.
- You can add details like a caption, category, or any other relevant information about the photo.
- Once you’ve provided the necessary information, click the “Upload” button. Your geotagged photo will be added to the selected location on Google Maps.
You can choose to share your uploaded photo with the public or with specific individuals. It will become visible to others who use Google Maps.