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Google Sightseeing is a frequently updated blog which covers the best of things to see on Google Earth, Google Maps and Street View.

We attract a technically-savvy audience, mostly aged 25-24 and from United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. The main site is in English but we also provide separate translation sites in French, Italian and Spanish.

Google Sightseeing is unaffiliated with Google, and has been running since April 2005. In that time there has been much press coverage, including LA Times, New York Post, The Guardian, Newsweek, Wired, TIME magazine’s “50 coolest websites of the year”, as well as TV coverage on BBC News 24, BBC World Service and FOX 26.

Google Sightseeing is written and developed by owners James Turnbull and Alex Turnbull, with a small team of contributing writers.

Monthly visitor statistics

Averages based on January – June 2010

  • Unique Visitors: 430,000 / month
  • Page Views: 1,100,000 / month

Web rankings

Complied on 20th July 2010

Visitor demographics

Based on opt-in Facebook fans

  • Female: 25%
  • Male: 73%
  • Ages 13-17: 9%
  • Ages 18-24: 25%
  • Ages 25-34: 32%
  • Ages 35-44: 22%
  • Ages 45-54: 7% Ages 55+: 4%


Advertising on the website is CPM based (cost per 1000 ad views). We use doubleclick ad publishing software which can target users by location, keywords, browser, etc. and can limit delivery by conditions such as frequency or time of day.

BannerAverage impressionsCPM
Leaderboard 728×90
Above the Fold
Top-right medium rectangle 300×250
Above the Fold
Map page banner 468×60
Above the Fold


We’ve got space in various sized ad slots on targeted pages, so please get in touch now and we’ll take it from there!

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

Could you be one of our authors? We're looking for more freelance writers - please get in touch for more information.

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Recent Comments

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