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Creating Effective Google Maps For Your Hubs

Updated on August 12, 2015

Why Put Maps Into Articles

If you are writing an article about a pacific place then adding a map to show its location is a great visual tool that will help your readers.

Maps can be used to show the location of many different places in a Town or City or even a County or Country. They can also be used to give people directions from one place to another, to make places and attractions easier to find.

Placing Maps In Hubs

Placing a map into a hub is as easy as placing any other capsule. All you have to do is choose a location you want to place the map and insert a map capsule.

Example Map 1: Place Locations

show route and directions
A markerBlackpool -
Blackpool, UK
get directions

B markerFleetwood -
Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK
get directions

The above map is the kind I like to place at the top of a travel article as it shows the location of the place that the article is about.

show route and directions
A markerBlackpool Tower -
The Blackpool Tower, The Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 4BJ, UK
get directions

B markerFleetwood -
Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK
get directions

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Adding Useful Driving Directions

You can add directions to your map easily. All you have to do is click on the show directions button at the bottom of the maps editing window, once you have added at leased two locations. See images to the right. This will bring up the driving directions for you to see. The button is visible to your readers so they can choose to view them if they wish. This means that even if you don't check it while editing readers will still be able to view them.

This is a great tool to show your readers places to explore in and around their chosen location.

In the example above I have set up driving directions from Blackpool Tower to Fleetwood. This would be useful if the reader did not want to take the tram between these locations.

I found this to be a great tool in an article I'm compiling about Scotland as I have been able to create a set of maps that guide the reader from one location to the next easily.

US States

The map capsual is also a great tool to help in educational hubs where the aim is to show readers where each US state is in relation to each other. To do this just focus the map on part of the us and zoom out untill the desired effect is acheived.

World Map

To create the above just open up a map capsule and zoom out until all the continents are visible, then line it up. This map is usefull in lots of geography related articals, like where one country is in relation to another. The only problem is that to get both the artic and antartic to show you have to take the map to a point where it shows the continents twice. (See Below).

World 2

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    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you so much for that helpful advice. I'm going straight back to my hub to try it out! Really grateful.

    • Wendy L Henderson profile image

      Wendy Henderson 20 months ago from PA

      I've seen that you can add a map to your hub, but I have never done it. I guess it seemed a bit intimidating. Thanks for sharing this valuable information with me.

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