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Now Missing - Customize & Preview Embedded Map in Google Classic Maps - Workaround

EDITED by Linda 3/11 - Solution/Workaround in post #20 Below.

One of my colleagues noticed that we can no longer customize embedded maps in the old Google Maps.

Is anyone else seeing this or know of a work around on Google? I know it is still possible to customize the embed code through other means.

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re: Customize & Preview Embedded Map Missing in Google Classic Maps - Workaround

I am seeing the same thing Alex. :eek:

I would love to know what the work around is for this. As we all know, this part of our Local SEO is important for embedding maps.
 

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Oh MAN Alex! Thanks for sharing!

I've been going round and round in my private forum with consultant I train on how to embed the map right. Have a really advanced strategy that revolves around being able to get that map preview option.

And new maps does not do it right and so my consultants have been getting all confused. FINALLY just got them all squared away on how to get the classic maps embed code right.

We've been concerned that CLASSIC would go away. I never thought about them taking the edit/preview option away. Stinky!

One of the MAIN reasons, aside from the advanced stuff I teach, to use that edit/preview is that if you just grab the straight embed code the info bubble is always too high off the screen.

Like this: Cosmetic Dentistry San Mateo - Contact Us - Dental Implants Burlingame - Sedation Dentistry Foster City

But I guess Google giveth so Google can taketh away. :(
 

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Ugh!!!! So disappointing. It makes a map like to one you linked look terrible IMO. Would be nice is this were simply a test, but I doubt it.
 

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There is Preview/edit in New Maps, so you can center, re-size and get things the way you want them but we don't like the way the embed code is.

ALSO with new maps Google (if I remember right) plans to add ADS in the embedded maps so your clients map could have ads for other businesses.

So I guess this is a forced move. If you want to customize/preview maps, you need to use new maps so they can stick ads in them. :(
 
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In local SEO the Sky is always falling!
 

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Ya in the grand scheme of things this is just a small thing compared to other Google changes/issues.

But for me as a trainer, this presents a rather big problem as now I have to figure out a work around and then totally redo a big section of my training. Cuz the embed a map part of the training is right in the middle of a video that includes tons of other info. So this one change makes me have to totally redo the whole thing. Which I don't have time to do.
 
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This is really upsetting. It seems they are really determined to get everyone using the new maps and load em up with ads...
 

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If you create a custom map in the "my places", select the link "or create with classic my maps", you then can customize that map. Custom maps are not the best but you can truly customize everything within the info bubble.

https://www.google.com/maps/ms?msid...ll=44.857147,-93.234015&spn=0.037053,0.084543
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https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=201789660353791660559.0004c2d3a9c6c0578b541&msa=0


Also, if someone can figure out how to enter the place page CID into this link, here is the customizer. I just cant get the marker to show.
https://www.google.com/maps/empw?ur...pn=0.037053,0.084543&output=embed&hl=en&gl=us
 

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Thanks Alex. I'll have to check it out over the weekend. I'm sure with getting more eyes on this, we can figure it out.
 
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Whoa Jamie, very helpful for someone technical enough to go there. (Not me.)

Thanks so much for sharing your spreadsheet!
 

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Thanks for this Alex, however, I wasn't able to get it to generate an embedded map. In fact, the message it produced was "this map cannot be embedded." I'm probably doing something wrong or they close this up. This whole situation is just so discouraging.
 

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Celeste, it lets me embed. It's just the that straight embed code has the info window too high so cuts all of the important info off. So does not look good, but the embed code is correct with name and CID in it.

I've been working on it and am close to having a solution, I think.

Where are you getting the message "this map cannot be embedded."?

I think you are doing something wrong. I think you should just use new maps as that will be easier for you.
 

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I have a work around figured out. It's a little kludgy but def works.

It's too hard to explain via typing and I assure if I try to explain that way folks will get confused, so I'll need to try to find time (and the nerve) to make a vid. Vids still intimidate the heck out of me so I need to work up to it and be in the mood. :p
 

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Awesome! Can't wait to hear, I mean see, this. Thanks Linda.

Maybe a stiff drink will help.
 

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Haha! If I was still a drinkin' woman we'd all be in trouble!

If anything was going to drive me drink it would be Google :eek: :p AND it would have happened by now. ;)
 

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Conquered my fear. Video done. That wasn't do bad.
No libations needed Scott. :p

Waiting to post it Monday AM when more will see it. Sunday's are dead around here. :eek:
 

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Sorry vid is done but now have new and even more mind numbing email problems.

On phone with tech support all day and now going hoping to get someone to remote in.

I won't be posting anything til I get this fixed.

Now I can't even get NEW mail. I'm dyin over here.
 

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OK kids, here is the work around for the missing customize and preview option on Classic maps, to get your embedded maps looking centered and groovy.


<iframe width=700 height=557 frameborder="0" scrolling="no" src="//screencast-o-matic.com/embed?sc=c2eQ0cnFdR&w=700&v=3"></iframe>​


Scuse my stumbles, was in a rush to get this done.

FYI in case anyone asks, the page on my blog that I show in the video that has the map examples I created, is not anywhere live where you can see it. I do map tests in word press and just preview the draft, so it's not published live.
 
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