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Permalink | Posted by Patricia Pomerleau on Monday, January 19, 2009

Examples of maps you can embed on your blog

Below you will find five examples of the way you can use Google maps within your blog.    They include both business and personal uses. 

To see a map integrated with a blog, just click on the "Indochina Blog" tab above and scroll down to the second post.  Click on the markers to see descripitons and pictures.  

How do you add a map?  It's easy. To get started: sign into your blog and click "Add Google Map". (next to "add post".  See graphic to the right) 

The first time you add a map you will be prompted to set up a google "key"    Just follow the prompts--it takes only a minute and is easy.   Then you can add all the addresses you want as well as set your "master settings"    As you can see below, you can set different defaults for each map.  

Directions on using and having fun with the maps are found next to each map below.

Permalink | Posted by Patricia Pomerleau on Thursday, September 11, 2008

Using a map for Real Estate Sales

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If you are selling your home or another building or house, use the CEOExpressions blog to highlight the neighborhood.  

In this case  I have chosen an "X-large" map (in "map settings" under the manage google maps link, ) and set on on "map view".  You can set your map to default to "map", Satelitte, or hybrid.   Your end users also have the controls to toggle between options at the top of the map.

Just click on "manage google map" and add as many addresses as you want any where in the world.

I set up this map for the building where the CEOExpress offices are located as my "primary" marker.  There is space to rent in this building and I am pretending to be the leasing agent.  I have set the map to be a close zoom.   You can set the map at any deafault zoom setting you would like using the "master settings" in your google map link at the top of each post.  Your end users have the zoom tools as well in the upper left corner of the map.

As soon as you have more than one address, you will get a drop down menu on your map.  I have also set up a marker to "Harvard University"    Use the dropdown to see how to get from "One Broadway" to the "Harvard" site.  Toggle between "map" and "Satellite"  and "Hybrid"

Click on the markers and see the information and photos you can add.

You can even link to another document or webpage for more information.

You can also add "driving directions"  to each marker if you wish when you are setting up the address.

You can choose different markers.   You can set a "default" marker, but then you can choose a different marker for each location.   Note the building maker for "one broadway" and the bubble marker for "Harvard"

Permalink | Thursday, September 11, 2008

You can have a map of ALL your favorite landmarks in your neighborhoor or the world!

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Just enter the names or addresses of national, international or local landmarks.   Google may not have them all, but they have most. 

Use the dropdown menu on the map to the left to travel around the world by satellite.

Zoom in for a close up of the landmarks.
Permalink | Thursday, September 11, 2008

You can even feature a famous landmark like the Pyramids

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If you are traveling and want to combine your photos and blog with satillite imagery--its a snap! 

Did you have any idea that the Pyramids were so close to Cairo?  Look at the map.   Amazing. The Pyamids are now a suburb!  What would Ramses think?
Permalink | Posted by Patricia Pomerleau on Thursday, September 11, 2008

You can get really, really close

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You can turn on the hybrid or satellite views and get a close up
of the property you are marking.   This is particularly useful in real estate matters or if you are traveling and want to show a close up of a monument.

This is a view of my condominium building on Boston Harbor.  Click on the marker to see how you can use this application in your business and personal life. 
Permalink | Thursday, September 11, 2008

You don't need to stay local with your map!

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You can map cities and towns all around the world.

In this map, I have chosen the "Satellite view" as my default.  

You can hover over each marker to see the name of the city.

If you like you can insert pictures and text with each "bubble". 

To see a good example of inserting pictures and links into blogs, look at the map on my Indochina blog (click on "Indochina Blog" tab at the top of this page to see a fun way to use the map)  
Permalink | Posted by Patricia Pomerleau on Thursday, September 11, 2008