Customizing and Embedding Google Maps

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Google Maps is my most often “go-to” mapping site. Including a map image on your web page or blog post is a great visual element to supplement your hyper-local content. Instead of posting a snapshot of the map, why not embed the map as an object. As such, your readers can dynamically pan and zoom to get more understanding. Furthermore, if you embed an actual map object, consider also that Google surely associates your map’s geo-location as evidence of your local page content.

What if you wanted to highlight multiple locations in your blog post? Let’s say you wanted to highlight the three different movie theater complexes closest to a neighborhood. Wouldn’t it be nice to show a map with the three placemarkers highlighting the locations? Consider also, how bounded areas are nice to illustrate a location. Perhaps, you are drawing a boundary line around a neighborhood or school district. Google lets you do all of this and you can also save your custom map and embed it in your blog or web page.

To save your custom maps, the first thing you will need to do is get a free Google account. At any of the google pages (such as the main search page, or maps page) in the upper right you will see the links that you need either to sign in by using your email address (if you already have an account) or to click that you want a new account and there are just a few questions and you will be on your way.

Once you are signed in to Google, you are ready to start creating custom maps that you can use on your web pages. The following video tutorial will show you how to do it (runtime: 20 minutes)

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Ray Nellum
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Absolutely awesome video!!  I used it step by step to create and embed my first map!!  Thank you so much!

Nov 17, 2013 04:29 PM #97
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Craig, Thanks for creating this informative tutorial on google maps and their use in blogposts.

Nov 19, 2013 12:16 PM #98
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It is time to update this post.

There is so many changes are going on with Google and AR.

Dec 07, 2013 08:50 AM #99
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Good Morning and WOW what a great Idea,  keep up the good work and great Info,good luck with your business in 2014,  E

Dec 07, 2013 08:40 PM #100
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Thank you, Craig - that's very helpful.

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HI Greg,

Awesome video and tool to use for many applications, now I have go back and add it to some of my older neighbouhood posts.

Dec 08, 2013 06:18 AM #102
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I use Google maps on all my blog posts.  It's a great tool.  Thanks for sharing

Dec 08, 2013 08:19 AM #103
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Good Morning Craig-Thanks for the tips on embedding Google maps well worth the time spent watching your video. 

Dec 09, 2013 12:12 AM #104
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That's is so cool. Thanks for making it so easy.

Dec 16, 2013 11:23 PM #105
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Good job! You always post the best tech tool stuff!

Dec 23, 2013 09:56 AM #106
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Thanks for sharing, i am glad you put the part in there about embedding the html. I always have trouble with that . I will try it now .thanks again

Feb 25, 2014 04:23 AM #107
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This will help me a lot, thank you. Actually going to use this now.

Feb 25, 2014 11:48 PM #108
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Thank you very much for sharing this. And I really love your Blog signature. Can you please share a link of a video or blog that you have done on this. I am trying to update my Active Rain blog signature with widgets of my other Social Media sites. Thank you.

Mar 16, 2014 11:31 AM #109
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This is a great article which I have bookmarked.  My only question is do we have to credit Google or Google maps when we use a picture or embed a map into our articles?

Mar 27, 2014 12:24 AM #110
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Eric - When you embed a google map using the iframe HTML code, the Google attribution will appear automatically. If you were ever to to screen capture and insert as a static image, you are required to give the same google attribution that you see at the bottom of the map when you captured it (i.e. don't crop off the attribution text when you make your image) - good question!

Mar 27, 2014 01:29 AM #111
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Thank you very much for your reply, Craig!  I haven't been using Google Map screenshots because I didn't think that I could

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Thanks.  Just embedded my first map.  See how these posts just live on.

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Thank you. I have embedded maps on occasion but have run into issues at times.

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Thanks Craig Daniels You motivated me to embed my Google maps in my posts again.

Thanks again

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Thanks for this Craig. I've used Google Maps in the past, but it's changed so much that it got over my head. I'm looking forward to some catch up with your video.

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