Did you ever dream of working for Google? It is a dream job that almost everyone wants. Worry not. There is a fun way of working for Google. Now you can do so by becoming a Google Local Guide in 2020.
Google’s local guides are power users of Google maps that offer great online local experience through their reviews, images, answers to questions, and by editing other entries on Google Maps.
As we all know, Google is the leader of local search as there are about 57.5% of all the locations on the planet are listed on Google’s Maps and search results.
Individuals under the Local Guides program make sure that Google continues to do better by providing authentic reviews and local data. Google local guides work as an authoritative source on Google Maps and they are always looking for new local guides.
What is Google Local Guide?
Google’s local guides are those people located globally who contribute to the continuous improvement of Google Maps and help improve the information provided by Maps to its users.
Individuals who want to become a local guide get an outlet to publish all the information and share their local knowledge and experiences online to guide others looking for more information about a hotel, store, business, or restaurant.
Google launched this program to enhance the quality of information about Google Maps so that people can get more key information about different places.
When you become a Google Local Guide, you will contribute to the maps and get some perks while becoming a guide. Whenever Google’s local guides take any action, they are rewarded with specific points, like when they provide fact-checking information then they get 1 point per fact, when they add a new business, they receive 15 points, and so on.
Local Guides level is determined by the number of points the user accumulates and there are 10 levels to reach. When the user reaches level 4, they will get a local guide’s badge next to their name on maps. For the local guides who climb the ranks, Google offers rewards and perks like early access to Google features and other perks from its partners.
The main question now is whether a Google Local Guide is paid for their services, but as far as we know, the program is voluntary and local guides only get rewards from Google.
How to become a Google Local Guide?
It is very easy to become a Google Local Guide as all you have to do is visit the website and join it.
If you have an existing Google account, which most of us have, then all you have to do is link it to Google local guide website.
After this, all you have to do is leave reviews and ratings and upload images of places you visit. When you visit the website of Local Guides, here are the steps to follow:
- Click on the Join button at the top of the screen.
- Sign in to your Google account and check the boxes that you are 18 years or older, You agree to Local Guides program rules and you agree to receive emails from the program.
- Now you need to press ‘Sign Up’ and Google will then confirm your entry.
Why become a Google Local Guide?
If you love to review and share information about the places you have been to then you can become a Google Local Guide.
If you always were interested in travel and tourism but were not able to become a tour guide then this position is definitely for you.
You will be an online guide of your local city and you can list your favorite dishes, favorite places to visit, or some favorite spot you love.
Share it all on Google and make sure to give the people the best experience they can of your native place by mentioning the best places to visit along with not-so-good-ones.
You can unlock incentives, levels, and badges and get a status from Google with the title of Local Guide through the reviews that you will leave.
You will earn points by giving star reviews, written reviews, and photos and this will carry you through various levels of the Local Guide program.
Google Local Guides are referred to as a community and the members of the community are the locals of a place who go out and rate a local business by taking photos, sharing their experiences, answer questions through their knowledge and leave reviews.
They can also add places that are not listed on Maps and check the facts. These participants are further rewarded with points, badges, and perks. Since Google gives rewards for this work, this work is quite meaningful for them.
These guides are their army of researchers and fact-checkers that are located around the world.
Google local guides need to search, note down, and upload local business information in real-time.
These guides are like a hive mind for Google and make sure that the maps are more accurate, up-to-date, and better than competitor’s maps.
The entire Google Maps is literally powered by these local guides when they work in their towns and cities located throughout the world.
How to score points on Google Maps?
It is very easy to earn points on Google Maps as the best way is to rate places. There is a star rating present for every place you visit that you can select and submit.
You could also leave a written review of any place with more or little details and earn points. Make sure to write descriptively and share the good points and bad points of the place.
Write what the place looks like and what vibe it has. These reviews help future visitors and business owners, as well as they, can make their services better with the feedback they receive.
While writing a review, make sure to write legitimate concerns if you are being critical and write these concerns in a reasonable manner.
However, most points can be earned by posting photographs.
Upload as many photos as you like so people can get a feel of the place easily. Whenever you are visiting a place then make sure to take pics and share them on the maps so that people can get a real experience of the place.
Google Local Guides can also add a venue or a place in case some business is not listed on the Google My Business page and you can help them do so.
You will be the person who will add the place to Google Maps and help them gain popularity.
Local guides can also edit existing information that is out of date and not relevant any longer.
Many times there are businesses listed on Google as open, but they are closed and it sucks for people visiting from outside.
In such cases you can suggest the opening and closing time or whether the establishment is temporary or permanently closed.
Moving up on higher levels, you will be asked questions about the places you have reviewed or visited and these questions will get you more points and badges.
Your answers can help the visitors of the place explore the place in a better manner through your experience. Questions may be like is the place suitable for the elderly or children or does the restaurant serve vegetarian food.
The points and badges you earn can be traded for rewards with Google partners so all you need to do is make contributions to maps to start earning points.
How to contribute?
- Give a rating to local business.
- Review some local business.
- Share photos.
- Upload videos.
- Answer questions about the place.
- Edit wrong information.
- Add missing places.
- Check facts.
Protocols to be followed by Google Local Guides
- Share thoughtful reviews: Pay attention to all the details of the place and write required information about the place like describing the ambiance, design, experience, and highs/lows. For the restaurants, mention what you ordered and would recommend. For shops, make sure to mention the variety, price range, and services. Do not duplicate the reviews as they will be removed.
- Take accurate and clear photos: Photos tell the story of a place but the images must be relevant and clear. Use more natural light and try shots from various places. Remove dark or blurred photos and make sure not to duplicate photos of other users.
- Be trustworthy: You should contribute based on real experiences and information, not on fake editing, duplicate photos, off-topic answers, and incorrect edits. Untrustworthy users are removed from the local guides program.
Perks that you will get by becoming Google Local Guide
When you work with Google to become a Local Guide, you will get many perks. Whenever you review any place, add photos, or videos then you will gain points. With the help of these points, you start leveling up and get a badge at the 4th level.
As you level up, you will get many perks like movie tickets, meetups throughout the world, or access to online newspaper subscriptions.
Before you leave
Becoming a Google Local Guide is an amazing way to work for Google and you can help other people by providing ratings, reviews, and photos of local places of interest, restaurants, and shops.
Here are some questions that you might have.
Do Google Local guides get paid?
No. You can’t get paid in cash by becoming a Google Local Guide. You can however earn and redeem rewards that are occasionally offered by Google team.
How to become a Google Local Guide?
Go to https://maps.google.com/localguides/home and Sign-in with your Google Account. You will then be able to contribute to Google Maps and viola! You just joined as a Google Local Guide.
How do Google Local guides make money?
Google Local Guides earn vouchers and rewards but not cash money. However, they can get sponsored by local businesses by showing their Local Guides profile and this way they can start making handy amount of money.
If you want any help regarding tips and tricks on how to raise levels quickly, then feel free to contact us. We can also help your business set up on the Google My Business page to attract new clients with great ease.
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