If you are using the WordPress plugins for Store Locator Plus® you will need to manage your Google API keys on your own.
Thankfully our MySLP SaaS service users don’t have to deal with this nonsense, a benefit of having us manage the locator software for them. MySLP users login to their MySLP account, manage locations and map settings, and when they are ready copy the “generate Embed” code and past it into any page, post, or widget on their WordPress site — no plugins needed.
If you are using My Store Locator Plus® pat yourself on the back and take an extra 5 at coffee break today. You don’t need to read this article.
Security Through Anonymity
Prior to Store Locator Plus® 5, every time a user visited your map page and typed in an address to be searched — typically the zip code for their town or their home address, this request was sent directly to Google. That means Google now has all kinds of great information they are going to store about your site visitors. They know that the user visited your site, when they visited, that they were looking at your location map, and the address where they were looking for your shop.
A summary of the article Google Searches With ‘Near me’ Surged 34 Times Since 2011 by Search Engine Watch published April 15th, 2015.
Mobile devices have made searching for places near where you are , with your phone, a popular service. You are out there in the real world and want to know what is near you at that very moment in time. A recent article we published shows the searches for restaurants using this technology is one of the most common searches in America.
This article from Spring 2015 delves in deeper into this subject. Here are the highlights.