Many websites we have created over the years have included Google Map embedded into the site somewhere, often on the home page, about us, or contact page.

They are very helpful for businesses that Digital Marketing Agencies Bournemouth have a location set that they want people to know and come to visit. You might have been looking for an address or business location on Google yourself and use it to guide you to your location.

If you have not checked out Google Map on your website in time we encourage you to do so, and if you see the error shown in the figure below, we know why and we know how to help.

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On June 11, 2018, Google Maps changed its name to Google Maps Platform, and now requires each site that displays the Google Map to have a valid API key and Google Cloud Platform billing accounts. Once you’ve enabled billing, you will get access to the $ 200 of monthly usage is free to use for Maps, Routes and Places product. What this means is that display Google Maps on your website is still possible, but you will have to make some modifications to how to organize, including giving Google your credit card.

For more information about what has changed, review Billing API-specific changes and guidelines for billing comprehension.
You can also estimate your monthly bill under the new pricing model with the price calculator.
You can read more about the restructuring of the Google Maps here.

Without an API key, any sites displaying Google Maps will no longer be supported, and any requests Maps will display only low-resolution maps of the watermark by “for development purposes” unless there is a credit card associated with i

Another option is to do a screen grab and link to a google map page, but it does not lose the interactivity of the map on the website is not user friendly.

Getting a simple API key. Start by registering your project in Google’s Cloud Platform Console and then create an API key by following the steps below. If you do not have a Google account you can look to establish one here. In

Go to the platform and create a new project
Create your billing account.
Go to the Google Cloud Platform Console
Select an existing project created in step 1
Enable API with click ‘Continue’
On the ‘Credentials’, get an API key
restrictions in the ‘Key Restriction’, adding necessary (optional)
You can then copy this API key or send it to the developers website or The Creative Collective to install it for you.


A new pricing structure pay-as-you-go billed monthly, with no annual fees or upfront, and all subscribers will receive their first $ 200 of free monthly usage. According to Google, the monthly use most customers will keep them in this layer, so it is unlikely that the majority of businesses with only a Maps link on their website will pay nothing for the new platform Maps.

google maps MAPS screenGOOGLE payment platform BILLING STRUCTURE
To see your billing statement that you have activated the credit card billing, go to the Google Cloud Platform Digital Marketing Agencies in Bournemouth Console, click on Maps, open the left-hand menu on the console, click the ‘Billing’ then select ‘Report’. Now you’ll see your recent billing statement.

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