Episode 10: Level 5 in a Day

To reach Level 5 as Local Guide, you need to “score” 500 points. That sounds like a lot, but it is actually perfectly possible to do that in a single day – without violating any of the rules and, most importantly, by making genuine and meaningful contributions.

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Episode 9: Local Language Categories

The list of categories that you can use in Google Maps to classify places is designed in English and the category names are then translated into other languages. What is different about these local language categories? What should you pay attention to when using them?

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Jan Van Haver 0:05
Hello, and welcome to the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. You’re listening to episode number 9. The topic today is local language categories. The list of categories that you can use in Google Maps is of course designed in English and the category names are then translated for use in the other languages. So what is different about these local language categories? And what should you pay attention to when using them? Before we dive into the content, I want to please beg you to take into account that I only know European languages myself, so apologies in advance if some of the things I say here make no sense for, for example, Asian or African languages. And feel free of course to add your comments. I will share the contact details at the end of the episode, as I usually do and of course also include them in the show notes that you can find on the letsguidepodcast.com website.

Jan Van Haver 1:08
I want to also point out that I have no official affiliation to Google or the Local Guides team. I’m just a local guide like most of you; everything you hear is therefore my personal interpretation of things. This episode is recorded at the mid of July 2019, and the situation you will hear described, including all of numbers in today’s episode, is of course as it is today and might change at any point in the future. Continue reading “Episode 9: Local Language Categories”

Episode 8: News & Updates

The way local guides can and should interact with Google Maps is constantly being updated. What has changed since the podcast started? What is new? Are there updates for the topics we already covered?

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Jan Van Haver 0:00
Hello, and welcome to yet another episode of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. This is episode number 8, and today it’s a bit of a special one because we will not be talking about one specific subject as we usually do, but will cover the news and updates.

Jan Van Haver 0:15
The way local guides can and should interact with Google Maps is constantly being updated. So we’re going to look today on what has changed since the podcast has started a number of months ago: What is new in Google Maps? And are there any updates for the topics we already covered? As usual, at the start of the podcast, I want to point out that there is no official link between me and Google or the Google Local Guides team. I’m just a local guide like most of you. Therefore, anything you hear in the podcast is just my opinion/interpretation of things. This episode is recorded in the middle of June 2019, and therefore anything you hear is the description of the situation as it is today. Continue reading “Episode 8: News & Updates”

Episode 7: Local Guides Connect

Google provides an official platform for local guides, called Local Guides Connect. What exactly can you find there? What can local guides do there? And why should you definitely check it out?

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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Hello, and welcome to yet another episode of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. This is episode number 7, and today we will be talking about Local Guides Connect, which happens to be the official platform provided by Google. What exactly can you find there? What should you as local guys do there? And why should you definitely check it out? As usual, I want to point out that I have no official affiliation whatsoever to Google or local guides team. I’m just a local guide like most of you. So everything you hear today is just my personal interpretation. This episode is recorded the end of May 2019, and the situation described is therefore the one as it is today and it might change in the future, of course. And actually, some of the things I wanted to talk about about today have changed. Exactly today, a couple of hours ago, a post was released announcing some changes. So we will definitely cover that as well. Continue reading “Episode 7: Local Guides Connect”

Episode 6: Breaking the Rules

What happens if you break the rules set by Google? Should you care about that? This episode covers the main issues that can bring Local Guides into trouble – no matter if they are breaking the rules on purpose or by accident.

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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Hello, and welcome to the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. This is episode number 6 and the topic of today is ‘Breaking the rules’. So what happens if you break the rules set by Google? And should you even care about that? This episode will not cover everything it all details, because that would take, like, 20 hours – not the targeted 20 minutes – but it will cover the main issues that we’ve seen to bring Local Guides into trouble, whether they are breaking the rules on purpose or by accident. What I always say before every episode is that I have no official connection to Google or the Local Guides program, and I’m emphasizing this even more for this specific episode: everything you hear in this podcast is just my personal interpretation, and it’s based on things that I have noticed, either in Google Maps itself, on social media accounts, or platforms related to it. Continue reading “Episode 6: Breaking the Rules”

Episode 5: POI Names

The first thing you see about a point of interest (POI) on Google Maps is the name. What is the proper way to enter it? What are the best practices? What should you not do?

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Jan Van Haver 0:05
Hello, and welcome to episode five of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. Today we will be talking about point of interest names. So the names of the places on Google Maps. Obviously the first thing you see about the place on maps is the name. But what is the proper way to enter it? What are some of the best practices and what should you not do? Before we dive in, I want to point out that I have no official affiliation to Google or the Google Local Guides team whatsoever. I’m just a local guide like most of you. Therefore, my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. (Yes, that is a Baz Luhrmann quote – for those who recognize it – and you should indeed wear sunscreen). This episode is recorded at the beginning of April 2019, and therefore the situation described is the one as it is today.It might change at any point in time. Continue reading “Episode 5: POI Names”

Episode 4: Unclaimed Businesses

On quite a few places on Google Maps you will see a button ‘Claim this business’. What is meant with this? How does it work? And why should all businesses do it?

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Jan Van Haver 0:05
Hello, and welcome to the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. It’s been about two weeks since I released the last episode – high time that we dive into it again. So here is episode number four. Today we will be talking about unclaimed businesses. What is exactly meant with this ‘claiming’? How does it work? And why should all businesses do this as soon as possible? This episode is recorded at the end of March 2019, and is therefore describing the situation as it is today. If you listen to this episode, at a later point in time, things might obviously have changed. Continue reading “Episode 4: Unclaimed Businesses”