How to reach next level in Google local guide
Recently Google has overhauled it’s local guide program. It added a few more levels to the existing 5 level game. Besides that, Google has also changed the way you garner points. You will now get more points when you add a new place to the map. Definitely, you have more motivation now to climb to next level. But, how to collect points quickly? How to reach next level in Google local guide? Here I am going to share my personal experience on reaching the next levels of Local Guide. And believe me, it is extremely easy.
1. Start with a nearby location –
This one is the most important. You cannot select a random location and start reviewing the establishments there. Initially, you will fetch some good points, however after sometime, there are chances that you will mess up the things. So, start with your nearest market, complex, road or Bazar. Because you know the area, this will make your target quite easily. Moreover, getting more points will give you more motivation.
2. Make a goal –
Until you fix a target for the week and the month, you are not going to achieve it easily. You must set a goal in the form of points. So, If I set my goal as 500 points per week, I will be able to reach 2000 points in a month. However, goals must be set keeping in view your time availability and goal feasibility. Minimum 250 points per week is my goal. As I work only on weekends, one hour of my time on Saturday or Sunday is more than sufficient to achieve my target. You can check here – what motivates me to work with Google local guide.
3. Plan it –
Like a goal, you have to have a plan too. A plan is your blueprint for your success. Make a plan of what all locations you are going to cover in coming weekend or month. While making the plan, you will prioritize the locations according to their difficulty level. For example, You may not want to go to the area near the airport which has just a dozen shops and most of them are already listed on the map. Planning our activities in advance also gives us a fair idea of the total points which might be accumulating from the visit.
4. Add more pictures and videos –
Google map gives you 5 points for uploading each picture. So, if you click one hundred pictures in a week, it will easily add 500 more points to your kitty. Click 5 snaps minimum in one place and you will reach the target after reviewing/adding just 20 venues. Let’s understand this with the following simple calculation –
There are 10 shops and cafes which don’t exist on the map. You add all those places with 10 pictures of each place.
Pictures → 10 * 10 = 100 = 100 * 5 = 500 Points Videos → 2 * 10 = 20 = 20 * 7 = 140 Points New addition → 10 = 10 * 15 = 150 Points Reviews → 10 = 5 * 10 = 150 Points Ratings → 10 = 10 * 1 = 10 Points ————————————————————–Total Points = 950
You can see here, by just adding 10 new places, you made around one thousand points. Not a bad deal 🙂
5. Add more new places –
After the new update, Google is giving more points for adding a new place which is not listed on the map yet. You can get 15 points for adding a single place. You can easily find such localities which are not that developed. There are chances that you will find more missing places there. Please check the above calculation to understand how this works for you.
6. Be honest –
This may sound like a cliche, however, when it comes to Google, honesty is always the best policy. Google local guide has a very intelligent algorithm and it may penalize you for giving a fake review and false data. If Google detects your lie, your points may reduce without any notification. So, be candid while working with the local guide.
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A summary – How to reach next level in Google local guide