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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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=...37053,0.084543
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    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid...0578b541&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?url...ed&hl=en&gl=us

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

    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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