How to Use Google Maps on Your Website or Blog

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Second Self Virtual Assistance

In a continuing effort to keep my real estate clients and others "in the know" with the latest and greatest, I have stumbled upon a fantastic tool that Google has created to help make your website and blog even more visually appealing and engage your reader.  Have you ever wondered how you could use Google Maps on your website or blog?  Google has made it easy as pie to add a street map, satellite map or even a street view map of single and multiple addresses to your website or blog.  You can even create a widget that allows people to get detailed directions right to your office.

To create a map for one location:

  1. Search for the location on Maps.Google.com.
  2. Specify which type of map you want: Street Map or Satellite Map.  If you want the street view map, you can click on the Pegman icon above the map scale and drag it over to the address you want the street view of.
  3. Click on the "link" tab in the upper right corner of the map. 
  4. If you would like to customize the size, you can click the "Customize and preview embedded map" link located directly below the html code.
  5. Copy/paste html code into blog or website.

Google Maps' satellite view of Second Self Virtual Assistance

To create a map for multiple locations (great for pointing out sites of local community interest):

  1. Login to your Google account.  If you don't have a Google account, you can create one for free.
  2. Go to Maps.Google.com.
  3. Click on the "My Maps" link located directly below the Google Maps icon on the left hand side of the screen.
  4. Click the "Get Started" button located below the video tutorial.
  5. Click on the little blue balloon icon located in the upper left section of the map.
  6. Place blue balloon icon where address of 1st location is and click left mouse button to set it.
  7. Name the icon and add description.
  8. Repeat steps 5-6 for remaining locations.
  9. When finished placing all locations, click "Save" and "Done".
  10. Click "Link" tab at upper right hand corner of map.
  11. Follow the rest of the steps in creating a map for one location above.

Google Maps' multiple locations map in Lake Havasu City, AZ

To create widget for clients to get directions to your office (or open house):

  1. Go to Google Maps' landing page.
  2. Click "Add gadget to your site" button.
  3. Type in the end address (either your office address or the address of the open house) in the Gadget Settings area.
  4. Customize display settings if necessary.
  5. Click "Preview Changes" button to make sure it looks alright.
  6. Click "Get the Code" button to get the html code for your blog or website.
  7. Copy/paste html code into your blog or website.

Any of these maps can be used in a variety of ways for so many different things on your website.  Use the multiple location map to show where ALL your listings are located, create a walking tour of local attractions or even list the best dining/shopping, etc. in the area so that you REALLY look like a local expert.  The directions widget will help anyone be able to find your office or open house without any trouble at allLet me know if there is anything I can help you with.  Google Maps can be of great use on your website or blog.

Pamela Cendejas, Real Estate Virtual Assistant - Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn't Enough of You to Go Around!

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Rainer
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Carol Riley
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Albuquerque, NM

I loved your post. I am learning so much from all you guys at AR!

CarolRiley, Huntington Real Estate, ALbuquerque, NM, CarolsellsNewMexico.co.

Oct 31, 2009 07:23 PM #143
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Carol Riley
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Albuquerque, NM

I loved your post. I am learning so much from all you guys at AR!

CarolRiley, Huntington Real Estate, ALbuquerque, NM, CarolsellsNewMexico.co.

Oct 31, 2009 07:23 PM #144
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Carol Fox

Another question, Pamela.  If I wanted to create a map of a subdivision, how would I zero in on the location without using one of the addresses in the subdivision itself?  Do you know how Google would name such a map? 

Thanks for your help.

Carol

Nov 01, 2009 07:48 AM #145
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Homes

Carol Fox:  There is another way to use a 'freehand too' to draw a subdivision boundaries.  I've done that before and it works great.  She didn't go into that in this tutorial but a pull down shows up with an odd looking link which is the draw menu.

Thanks Pamela for some new items and the refresher course.

Nov 04, 2009 10:58 AM #146
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Sonya Loose
Gladwin MI Real Estate (Homewaters Real Estate) - Gladwin, MI
Wixom Lake, Secord Lake, Sugar Springs and Smallwo

Thank you for sharing this info.  I use google maps but not for multiple locations.  I love that idea and will use it often in my blogs...thank you!

Nov 05, 2009 01:32 PM #147
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Thank you for responding, Sonya and Lyn.  I can't wait to see what Google comes up with next.

Nov 05, 2009 02:44 PM #148
Rainer
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Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux
Keller Williams Suburban Realty - West Orange, NJ
Where Buying & Selling Works

thanks for sharing this with us. this seems very worthwhile and i have bookmarked this so i can use this in the future. enjoy your day.

Nov 14, 2009 08:01 PM #149
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Thank you for responding, Bev and Bob.  I appreciate your comments.

Nov 15, 2009 12:34 PM #150
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Carol - Unfortunately, I don't believe Google Maps has evolved to that extent.  If the sub-division had it's own zip code, you'd be okay.  Here's a thought, though.  If you have an open house, use Google Maps to pinpoint the location.

Dec 10, 2009 02:06 PM #151
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Wayne and Lynda Gomillion
Real Living Hagan Realtors | Pinehurst ~ Southern Pines, NC - Pinehurst, NC

Pamela,

Thanks a million for the informative post... I learned today that Google is pulling the Google Maps program as it now exists, replacing it with a new version and charging for the service.

Any thoughts?

The Pinehurst Home Team

Dec 17, 2009 04:58 PM #152
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Wayne and Lynda - I have heard that rumor from several sources.  I'm looking into it further.

Dec 18, 2009 11:02 AM #153
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Roland Woodworth
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource- SFR - Clarksv

Pamela - Great information here. I missed this in October and found it today doing a search for maps here in the rain.

Feb 03, 2010 10:45 AM #154
Rainmaker
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Roland - Boy, this was an old post.  So glad you ran across it.  Let me know how it works for you.

Feb 04, 2010 10:21 AM #155
Rainmaker
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi John - While you're busy selling real estate, my team and I are busy staying current with the latest information and trends.  Glad you stopped by!

Feb 05, 2010 10:51 AM #157
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Michele Rose
Rose-Colored Staging - Moorestown, NJ
Moorestown Home Staging & Redesign

Great stuff!  Thanks for the post-- I have bookmarked this!

Feb 19, 2010 12:42 PM #158
Rainmaker
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Michele - Let me know how it works out for you.  And, thank you for posting your comments.

Feb 21, 2010 11:07 AM #159
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Jeffrey Ditri
JAD Realty Group, LLC. - Manhattan, NY
New York City Residential Rental Specialist

Thanks for sharing! Google maps is a powerful tool. A buyer can "preview" a potential property without physically seeing it. One can see the street, outside and around the house, in the neighborhood, and surrounding homes. Perfect for first time buyers in a new location.

Jun 27, 2014 04:12 AM #161
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Jeffrey - A lot has changed and improved since I wrote this article in 2009.  However, Google continues to be a valuable tool.  Thank you for your input.

Jun 27, 2014 01:03 PM #162
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Fred Sed
Orange County Short Sale Foreclosure Realtor - Irvine, CA
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Great tips Pamela! I always knew about embedding a map location, but never knew how to pinpoint multiple locations within a single map. Thank you so much for the directions!

Jun 28, 2014 11:24 AM #163
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Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Hi Fred - Happy to help.  Thank you for comments.

Jun 30, 2014 09:52 AM #164
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