New GOOGLE Tools for Your BLOG - Customized Mapping

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy

When I think of the old traditional maps, I still think of the ones in my glove compartment.  You know the one, you unfold it six times to open it, stretch your arms across the entire front seat of the car to read it, and then you're never able to fold it back up the right way to get it back in the glove compartment again. LOL!  I use to get those maps from AAA before going on road trips with my family, just 2 years ago.

Today, there's GPS, Google Earth, Mapquest, Mapopolis, Yahoo maps, TREO's and other options to finding our way around the planet.  So clean out your glove compartments! :-)  In my research to find a marketing tool for a client today, I discovered a Blog that talked about customizing Google Maps!  It's the Google Lat Long Blog. DETAILS>>>  We are creating a map showing all her listings, and one for open houses Sunday.

Customize your maps with icons, photos, images, graphics and more. Here are some links to some helpful sites  using Google Maps!

                                                            



Use Google Maps on your phone: Learn more »


Add or Edit your business: Learn more »


Advertise with Google Maps: Learn more »


Add Google Maps to your website: Learn more »


Get free local info. 800-GOOG-411: Learn more »

 

Next, here's how to customize your maps. Personalize Google Maps using Google Real Estate Search, Photos From Picasa, Photos from Panoramio, Gas Prices from GasBuddy.com, Distance Measurement Tools and Browse other Popular Maps for ideas.  Add these to your listings, open houses, MLS tours, flyer's, address domain names, and even your website.  Here's how: Go to Google Maps:

Select "My Maps" to begin creating hundreds of customized maps for you, your business, your clients, and personal use.

 

 

Click the option to "Create new map" and you're ready to get started with customizing your map.

 

You'll notice that you have the option to: add place marks, draw borders and custom lines, import graphics from other Internet sources and much more.

 

Take the time to explore Google Maps and all these possibilities.  In less than a few minutes, you can create some really cool and useful maps which are great Blogging tools as well.

 

If you want some support with doing this, there are support and instructional links and Blogs at Google's support Blog!

 

I think anything you do to advance yourself with these "new" technology tools will help keep you on the cutting edge, and ahead of your competition.  

 

To View a Sample Map I created, CLICK HERE!

 

 

   Once you're done, you can link or email with the URL address, or you can embed the map into your Blog or Website.  The HTML code and links are provided by Google.   THIS IS AWESOME!!  Do I seem to be a little over excited?!? I think this new feature is the Bomb!!  It's making me Crazy all this new stuff!!

  
                                                                    
                                                                                                         MY SAMPLE MAP

 

Just to show an example of how powerful this customized mapping can be, these guys are thinking really BIG! 

Look what Google has done with maps in their International project, Cleaning Up The World.  You're invited to participate in this project/event too.  Pick a spot and join on in.  Join Google, and the rest of the world, in the International Crusade, Cleanup Weekend!  3 EASY STEPS

 

I love how Google is making an impact "outside" of the Internet too!  Taking a cyber-space tool to help our communities and our planet.   I hope you can use these maps to make an impact in your area, and for your business as well!   :-)


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Tracy Santrock
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I had the mapping feature integrated and stopped using it for some reason. I think I need to resurrect the old google mapping tool.
October 10, 2007 03:33 PM #101
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Tracy - it's resurrection time!! :-)  There are even more new features coming out for this soon. Better get back on the wagon with us!!  LOL!!!   B-)
October 10, 2007 11:57 PM #102
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Brad, you are my most bookmarked blogger!
October 11, 2007 09:14 AM #103
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Dan - thanks!!  I'm honored and humbled!!  It's a great feeling knowing that the time spent here is bringing some value to those who read my ramblings.  Your comment helps to build credibility to my Blog...and that's priceless!  I sure appreciate it!!  :-)
October 11, 2007 10:43 AM #104
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I use Google map for so many things - on my website I have an interacive map to my office so my clients can get driving directions to me... on my individual listing websites I have the overhead images so buyers can see how close the house is to the water, or to the main highways, etc...

 Google makes it easy to do!

October 11, 2007 03:51 PM #105
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Ginger - that's awesome! Google really rocks, but now I'm preaching to the choir!!  LOL!  Thanks for commenting.
October 12, 2007 12:07 AM #106
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Buy your Google stock now....
October 12, 2007 12:27 AM #107
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Troy - it's over $500.00 per share!! Are you kidding?!  Wish I already had 500 shares!!
October 12, 2007 02:16 AM #108
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Your timing was perfect, I was just finishing a blog that needed a map and I’ve since took out the .jpg map I had and added the html from google. It was a lot easier, since google didn’t have this location on there. I was able to pinpoint it and add that to the blog. Thanks, Todd
October 16, 2007 12:38 AM #109
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Todd - it's your timing that made this perfect! :-)  Glad you were able to replace the .jpg file, those maps are gone out the door now.  You might even want to check out google earth for some 3D images and some of their mapping tools as well.  Leave your blog url so I can check out what you've done, inquiry minds want to know! :-)
October 16, 2007 12:49 AM #110
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Dale Campbell
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Terrific information!! - Thanks, Brad!!!

October 20, 2007 12:00 PM #111
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Dale - no worries, glad you enjoyed and can use it! :-)
October 21, 2007 12:42 AM #112
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WOW! Thanks. I always used yahoo maps, I'll be changing to google maps. ther is so much more.

I hope to read AR more often. It is time

October 21, 2007 09:18 PM #113
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Wynne - you're welcome. Yahoo maps is cool too, I find uses for them both. They keep competing with each other, so just stay up on what they both have to offer.
October 22, 2007 01:36 AM #114
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These maps are truly the Bomb! I just had a client that used them to create a "moving Sale" and "Garage Sale" map. She's going to be taking a listing on Tuesday because of these maps and her efforts! Love it!!  :-)
October 28, 2007 11:40 PM #115
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One month ago, I placed a google map on TechKnowBabble, and we have already had 494 guests sign in on it!  These things really do work.

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Just sent this post to a member in Kentucky, I hope she likes this mapping tool.  Thanks for the email Elizabeth! :-)

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Brad, Right under my Maps is an option to search google real estate when I do that most of my lisitngs come up. Any idea how to capture the map that the real estate search does and save it as my map? Thanks for your help.

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Brad, Right under my Maps is an option to search google real estate when I do that most of my lisitngs come up. Any idea how to capture the map that the real estate search does and save it as my map? Thanks for your help. Sorry I was not logged in on my comments.

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Terry  - there is a "my maps" tab and directions how to create your own map, and then even embed it on a site or Blog.  It's been a while since I have done it, but I know you'll find it there on the "My Map" tab at the google maps page.  You can view a sample of the one I did in the post above and again in the comments about half way down.  If you need more help, you know how to reach me. My consulting fees are really cheap! LOL~ :-))

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