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Hello freinds

Maps.com have starated a new program where cartographer like us can sell our map.If someone have started to do this type of projects , can you suggest me how should I proceed.

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Maps.com have starated a new program where cartographer like us can sell our map.If someone have started to do this type of projects , can you suggest me how should I proceed.


1: Make a map
2: Upload to maps.com
3: ???
4: Profit!

Or, in a not-so-simplistic way... Take a look at what's already on there and try to make a map that's not like any of the others. Make it special somehow. You've got to make people want to buy it.

It's not really a new program, it's been around for a while... I did upload one map, but it didn't sell (although to be honest, I find it difficult to produce a map when there's no outside client with a specific request to work for...)
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I'd look closely at the terms of the agreement. Last I looked, I believe it was 30% for you, 70% for them. I realize they have the traffic (I often refer people to them) and handle the transaction and so on, but considering all the effort that goes into designing a map, that seems abusive to me in most cases (except maybe printed or wall maps).
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I'd look closely at the terms of the agreement. Last I looked, I believe it was 30% for you, 70% for them. I realize they have the traffic (I often refer people to them) and handle the transaction and so on, but considering all the effort that goes into designing a map, that seems abusive to me in most cases (except maybe printed or wall maps).



Thanks for reply.But have you submitted your design to them? And any earning from them.

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I'd look closely at the terms of the agreement. Last I looked, I believe it was 30% for you, 70% for them. I realize they have the traffic (I often refer people to them) and handle the transaction and so on, but considering all the effort that goes into designing a map, that seems abusive to me in most cases (except maybe printed or wall maps).

If you don't have any other way to sell your maps then 30% might not be so bad.

Pramod,
You should just design a map and give it a try. Why not? They also have a freelance program. I haven't tried it myself, but I'm sure we have a few forum members who have.



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Even if you don't make alot of money from this aspect of maps.com other freelancers will notice your work & that's the key to get your foot in the door. I'm thinking about producing a map of the Minas Basin area, where the highest tides have been recorded.
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It's true that 30% and exposure is better than no sales and no exposure -- I'm just annoyed with seems to me to be an unfavorable cut. But that's a gut reaction: I don't know what the going rates and percentages are on other sites. If someone was ambitious enough, there might be a niche for a web store in this area...

I've never submitted anything to Maps.com but I have been a part of their affiliate program for some time and I get a small check every few months. I focus mostly on small digital maps for websites, and I regularly recommend customers to visit their site when I can't adequately meet their needs (such as wall, zip code, or street-level maps). That gets me to thinking -- if anyone would like me to send customers their way, don't hesitate to send me a message with a link to your site and the kinds of maps you specialize in.
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I think a 30% cut is reasonable, considering maps.com handles the printing, laminating, order fulfillment, marketing, and customer service.

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thanks to every body for there view points regarding maps.com.




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