Setting up Google Maps for Local SEO

Did you know that you can display a map of your location on your site using All in One SEO?

Displaying a map is helpful to visitors who want to find you and get directions. It’s a good signal for local search as well.

To get started, click on Local SEO in the All in One SEO menu and then click on the Maps tab.

Local SEO in the All in One SEO menu

You should see the Google Maps API Key settings.

Google Maps API Key settings in All in One SEO Local SEO settings

Creating a Google Maps API Key

The first thing you’ll need to do before you can add a map to your site, is create a Google Maps API Key on the Google Cloud Platform.

Follow the steps below to create this key:

  1. Go to the Google Maps Platform and log in with your Google account
  2. Click the Get Started button
  3. You will need to select your billing account or set up a new billing account to use Google Maps API
  4. Next you’ll be asked to select or create a project, you can use a name appropriate to your website
  5. Once this is done, you may see a popup with four questions about your organization
  6. You will then see a popup with your API key. Copy this key and paste it into a text file you can keep in a safe place for later
  7. Finally, click the MAYBE LATER button and you’re done

Configuring Maps Settings

Now that you have created an API key for Google Maps, you can paste it into the API Key field in AIOSEO.

Google Maps API Key input in the API Key field

Once you’ve pasted your API key into the field, a sample map will be displayed.

If your API key is invalid, you’ll see a notice.

In the Map Settings section, you can select how you want to display your map on your site. The choices are:

  • Widget – this can be added in any widget area by going to Appearance » Widgets
  • Shortcode – this can be used to display a map on any page, post or other content if you’re not using the Gutenberg Block Editor
  • Gutenberg Block – this can be used to display a map on any page, post or other content where you’re using the Gutenberg Block Editor
  • PHP Code – this can be added to your theme template files to display a map
Display Map setting in Local SEO

You can learn more about these choices in our article on Displaying Maps on Your Site.

Below the Display Map choices is a drop down for Default Map Style. You can use this to choose between Roadmap, Hybrid, Satellite or Terrain map.

Default Map Style drop down

When you select a map style, the Map Preview will change so you can see how your map will look.

You can override the Default Map Style when adding a map using any of the Display Map options.

The last setting is Custom Marker. Here you can upload an image to use as the position marker on the map.

Custom Marker field

Your custom marker will be shown on the Map Preview so you can see how it looks.

You can override the Default Map Style when adding a map using any of the Display Map options.

Adding Your Location to Your Map

Now that you’ve configured the map settings, you will need to add your location to your map.

This will depend on whether you have a single location or multiple locations:

  • If you have a single location, go to All in One SEO » Local SEO » Locations and scroll down to the Map section. Enter your address in the Enter a search query field. Check out our article on Local Business SEO for a Single Location for full details
  • If you have multiple locations, go to Locations in the WordPress menu and edit your location. Scroll down to the Map section and enter your address in the Enter a search query field. Check out our article on Local Business SEO for Multiple Locations for full details

Displaying Maps on Your Site

Finally, you can display your map on your site. Check out our article on Displaying Maps on Your Site for details.

This feature was introduced in All in One SEO version 4.1.4. There is no legacy documentation available.