I really like goofing around with my Google Earth layer. The ROI on the time spent on it is next to nothing, but I enjoy it.
There are a bunch of things I want to try and do with my current KML file.
1) I’d like to create a simple template for all my pins. I know you somehow create a consistent background color and font for each pin, but I don’t know how yet. Currently I’m just doing HTML on every pin.
2) I’m going to integrate Google AdSense into the map. I know it is possible, I just need to figure out how. I have no problems doing this.
3) As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to integrate the map into the header of my website. I’ve wanted to do this since I launched the site. A lot of travel sites use a map as some sort of graphical effect. I think i can use it in the same way, but also have it serve a very practical function.
4) One problem I’ve noticed is that the size of the balloons you get when you click on a pin is usually far to large for the size of the map on an web page. It looks fine in Google Earth, but not in Google Maps.
If anyone has experience or suggestions for how I can improve my map, please let me know.