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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William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Property and Asset Management

Craig, Thanks for creating this informative tutorial on google maps and their use in blogposts.

Nov 19, 2013 12:16 PM #98
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

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
Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

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
Raymond Denton
Academy Mortgage Corporation - Irvine, CA
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Thank you, Craig - that's very helpful.

Dec 08, 2013 12:52 AM #101
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

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
Randy Shamburger
Movement Mortgage - Greenville, SC
FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert

I use Google maps on all my blog posts.  It's a great tool.  Thanks for sharing

Dec 08, 2013 08:19 AM #103
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

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
Mike Baltierra
Rise Realty - Eastvale, CA
Full Service at Your Service Realtor-Eastvale CA

That's is so cool. Thanks for making it so easy.

Dec 16, 2013 11:23 PM #105
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Good job! You always post the best tech tool stuff!

Dec 23, 2013 09:56 AM #106
Angie Murphy
Coldwell Banker - Fort Worth, TX
Professional with a Personal Touch

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
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

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
ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
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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
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

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
ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists

Thank you very much for your reply, Craig!  I haven't been using Google Map screenshots because I didn't think that I could

Mar 27, 2014 05:35 AM #112
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

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

Jul 04, 2015 04:43 AM #113
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

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

Aug 12, 2015 01:52 PM #114
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

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

Thanks again

Aug 12, 2015 02:15 PM #115
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

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.

Sep 27, 2016 01:00 AM #116
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Craig Daniels ,

I'm so glad that Lise Howe re-blogged your post so many years later! What a fantastic post to refer to..bookmarked!

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