Geocoding is the process of translating address, city, state, zip, and other location information into map-able (latitude and longitude) coordinates. If location information already contains latitude and longitude information, there is no need to geocode the data and a map can be made in as little as a few seconds.
You can geocode address information from an Excel spreadsheet by pasting your data into our service. We use the Google Maps API to do the geocoding for you. Once all the items have been geocoded, they will be placed on a map. Sometimes addresses or locations cannot be found, other times they get placed in an incorrect location. When pins are mapped to the wrong location they can be moved when editing the map.
Our service gives a rolling estimate on the time it will take to finish the geocoding based on how fast some of the previous items have been processed. Generally smaller lists process at a faster rate than larger data sets. Google's geo-coder slows down after 250 address. If there are more than 250 address to geocode, the map will stop and present a message. After saving the map, the other addresses can be geo-coded automatically on the bulk geocoder page. This will process 250 addresses at a time then reload the page. When geo-coding more than 250 addresses is completed, the edit page will be displayed.