Customizing Google Maps - What's New 2014

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Perhaps you've seen my tutorial video on customizing Google Maps. I recorded that back in 2011. Over the past year, Google Maps received a pretty big makeover in how it looks. Just in the past week, one of the last pieces was upgraded. This is the piece where you can create "My Maps". A custom map is the ability for you to draw on a map with boundaries for instance. You can also put in "markers" on places that you want to highlight. This is an awesome feature for real estate bloggers, because you can not only create these custom maps but you can embed them into your posts.

Yesterday, I recorded a quick 7 minute video that gives a whirlwind tour of how to find the things that you were accustomed to in the "classic my maps" interface. I wanted to get this out there ASAP because the new interface may be a bit challenging... until, someone shows you where to look for your tools.


Here's an example of a custom map that I create in the new tutorial


And here is the new tutorial "what's new" video for you to watch
(viewing tip: bottom right of the window below is a full screen mode button)

If you want a little more information to read on what's new and what's possible, here are a couple of references for you:
Google Maps Blog - The New My Maps

Lifehacker - Best Ways to Use Google's New(ish) My Maps Tool

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Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Eric Boucher :: Whenever you put a google map on your site with the iframe embed code, you automatically get all the attribution to Google that they require. However, if you were to do a static screen capture as an image, you must always leave whatever attribution text is at the bottom of the map on the image. You can see the Google maps TOS on this page and note point 9.4 specifically. Basically, they require you to maintain attribution for using their material.

Sep 26, 2014 12:40 AM #51
ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists

Thank you very much, Craig!!

Sep 26, 2014 01:55 AM #52
ba`B Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Craig you just gained another follower....ME thanks to Lenn Friedman re-blogging your post. I clicked on a few of the links Lenn provided and I most definitely will benefit following your post. Thank

Sep 28, 2014 01:36 AM #53
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

Have a wonderful week!

Sep 28, 2014 05:29 AM #54
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I took a few  moments to 'like' the comments on your blog to provide a little extra support for those who are supporting your efforts.

Sep 28, 2014 05:33 AM #55
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Always great info, Craig.  The map and video didn't show up in my email but I was able to click on the link and go to AR to see it.

Thanks so much,


Sep 29, 2014 08:22 AM #56
Mary Stewart
Keller Williams Atlantic Partners/Southside - Jacksonville, FL

I bookmarked this post so I could read it again.  Good stuff!

Sep 29, 2014 08:58 AM #57
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

This is going to be good like usual. Bookmark time for me, too. 

Sep 29, 2014 01:02 PM #58
Scott Gleason
RE/MAX Select - Westfield, NJ
Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist

Thanks for information, Craig.  Your tutorial makes working with Google maps a lot easier.

Oct 07, 2014 04:19 AM #59
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Craig, Thanks for the information. I too am bookmarking this page for further study. I am a novice on Google Maps.

Oct 08, 2014 05:02 AM #60
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning Craig,

You always have great post, keep on sharing, thank you:)

Oct 11, 2014 10:59 PM #61
Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial

Fantastic video of creating a custom google map. Thanks for creating this and looking forward to using it in a number of different ways.

Oct 13, 2014 10:11 AM #62
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Awesome! I've had trouble lately with "my maps" and hopefully watching your video will get me back in synch with the process. Thank you.

Oct 13, 2014 10:19 PM #63
Jeremy Joslin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Professional Real Estate Marketing and Sales

I could see how this would be nice in our blogs. Thanks

Oct 31, 2014 12:00 PM #64
Ann Marie Clements
Remax Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD
Montgomery County & Frederick County

Thank you so much for sharing this information. Maps are so important to us in our everyday life and business. 

Oct 31, 2014 09:50 PM #65
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Craig,

I came over to say thank you for offering a solution to Micheal's issue this morning. I hadn't seen this post and am bookmarking it! You are the best!

Nov 01, 2014 10:17 PM #66
Richard L. Sanderson
Richard L. Sanderson Consulting - Kalama, WA
helping improve local property tax systems

Graig:  Just came across this on a search of AciveRain. I'm a real estate appraiser and always interested in better ways to use Google Maps. I've been a subscriber to your blog for years now and this post indicates why I need to continue to watch what you are up to. All the best in theis new year!

Jan 10, 2015 06:25 PM #67
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Craig - Thanks for sharing this mapping information. I could see how this could benefit us when writing about our local areas as well as our real estate posts.

Mar 04, 2015 03:13 AM #68
Ernest Villafranca
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Oakland, CA
3923 Grand Ave. Oakland CA, 510-418-9443

Thanks for video. I picked up a couple of things. Cheers.

Jul 18, 2015 01:55 PM #69
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Thank you Craig for taking the time to educate us on the changes with Google Custom Maps!

All the best.


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