Add a Map to Your Website With Google Web Elements

by on July 10, 2009 · 4 comments

Just the other day Google released a new gadget to add directions to your website. At first blush, this looked like a pretty cool way to add directions to your website, particularly for offline businesses.

A better way to do this is to use Google Web Elements. Google Web Elements makes is super easy to grab a custom map for your business and add it to your website. If you are using the Expand2Web SmallBiz WordPress Theme, the custom options panel makes it even easier.

This video shows you how to get a custom map and add it to your WordPress powered website.

As Matt McGee points out in his excellent post: Google Maps Gadget is Great, But Not for Local SEO you should always include descriptive directions to your business on your map and directions page in addition to a map.

As Matt says in his post:

A well-written, detailed, and thoughtful Directions/Find Us page is still one of the best local SEO tactics around.

Solid advice.

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Jody Yelle July 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Thank you!! It was really helpfull, i’m going to give it a go with my personal, individual very first wordpress weblog internet site.


John Tanner August 5, 2012 at 4:01 am

Hi Don,

I’m using the Small Bizz Theme through Web Weaver Eliteand am having a problem with Google Elements. Do you know if it is only available in the USA?

When I follow your instructions I just get diverted to

Is there an alternative I can use in this section of Bizz Theme?


Thomas August 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

Google discontinued WebElements without any warning or prior notice.

Please take a look at this post:

You can reach us at [email protected] if you have further questions.



John Tanner August 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm


Thanks for the update, I’ve followed your instruction and added through Google Maps.



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