It seems a few bloggers are getting excited about the upcoming launch of Google Maps for web sites. The new feature–launching next week–will allow you to embed a Google Map into any web site or blog. It will work in a similar way as embedding a YouTube video.
“To embed a Google Map, users will simply pull up the map they want to embed–it can be a location, a business, series of driving directions, or a My Map they have created–and then click ‘Link to this page’ and copy and paste the HTML into their Web site or blog,” the spokeswoman said.
If you can’t wait until next week, and use WordPress, there’s a great plugin that does all of this and more for you. The Geo Mashup plugin is easy to install and allows you to link your blog posts to a Google Map and let your readers actually “see” the corresponding location.
It’s hard to explain, but easier if you see it in action. Take a look at the interactive Hawaii map we placed on GoVisitHawaii.com.
The new feature from Google will allow you to add a map to a specific post page, but the WordPress plugin allows your readers to explore all tagged locations, from a single map.
Hat-tip to Scott, who originally told me about the plugin.