Google announced of lowering Google Maps API usage fees and simplifying limits for both Styled and regular maps. "We're beginning to monitor Maps API usage starting today, and, based on current usage, fees will only apply to the top 0.35% of sites regularly exceeding the published limits of 25,000 map loads every day for 90 consecutive days" posted Thor Mitchell, Product Manager, Google Maps API.
"We aren't automating the application of these limits, so if your site consistently uses more than the free maps allowance we'll contact you to discuss your options. Please rest assured that your map will not stop working due to a sudden surge in popularity," he said.
You can generate revenue from your Maps API application using AdSense for Maps, which enables you to display relevant ads on or alongside your map.
Here are the details:
- "Changes to pricing. While the Maps API remains free for the vast majority of sites, some developers were worried about the potential costs. In response, we have lowered the online price from US $4 per 1,000 map loads to 50¢ per 1,000 map loads.
- Simplified limits. We're eliminating the previous distinction between Styled Maps and regular unstyled maps. The same usage limits and pricing now apply to applications using Styled Maps and the default Google Maps style," informs Mitchell.
To monitor whether your site might be affected by the Maps API usage limits, use a Google APIs Console key with your applications. Daily usage reports will then be generated in the console. Amd, if you are a high-trafficked site, please consider Google Maps API for Business.
Non-profit organisations aren't affected by the Maps API usage limits and can also apply for a free Maps API for Business license through the Google Earth Outreach grants program.