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Embed a Google Map in your blog

posted May 14, 2012, 5:08 AM by Peter Knowles

As you complete your Google Map and want to include it in your blog, follow these steps to allow others to see it. Instructions below are available online at Google.

First: Make sure your map is an unlisted map

You can choose to make your maps public or unlisted.

Public maps are maps that you want to publish and share with everyone. Public maps will be included in the search results on Google Web Search as well as in your user profile (if you have created one).

Unlisted maps are maps that you only want to share with a few select people. Unlisted maps will not be included in Google Web Search results, so they are accessible much like an unlisted phone number -- anyone who knows the specific URL of the map can view it, but there's no directory or search for finding unlisted maps.

  1. To do this, go to "My Places" on the home page for Google Maps.
  2. Choose the Edit button
  3. Below the title and description of your map are two buttons. Choose the "Unlisted" option.
  4. Save.

Second: Share your map's URL

Once you have created a map, you can share it with others. To do this:

  1. Open the map you want to share.
  2. Click Link icon (next to the printer icon) near the top of the page. 
  3. In the window that appears, choose the second option called "Paste HTML to embed in website". Copy the code that begins <iframe width...>
  4. Go to your blog, to the post that you are editing, and choose the HTML  button (next to the one that says "Compose")
  5. Paste the URL from step 3 into the HTML code of your blog. 
  6. Press the "update" button, then preview your page. Your map should appear. When you publish your blog, the map will also appear, along with a link so visitors can open the map, zoom in, and read your comments about the locations you've included there.