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”

Episode 3: Selecting Pictures

Adding pictures to places on Google Maps is one of the main activities of Local Guides. But which ones should you upload? What should you pay attention to?

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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Hello, and welcome to the third episode of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. Today’s episode is all about pictures, one of the main activities of local guides. Which ones exactly should you upload? What should you pay attention to? And lots more. My name is Jan Van Haver; I’m a local guy from Belgium but also spending quite a bit of my time in Germany. And I have created this podcast to share some of the experience I’ve gained in my own journey as a local guide. Continue reading “Episode 3: Selecting Pictures”

Episode 2: Categories

All places on Google Maps have a category. What exactly is this? Why are they so important? How to select the right one?

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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Welcome to Episode 2 of the LetsGuide Podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. Today we will be talking about categories. Is a place of interest, so a point on the map, is that a baker, is it a school or perhaps a travel agency? (Yes, those do still exist). That’s what the category is used for. In today’s episode, we will look into why exactly those categories are so important and how to pick the right one. Before we dive into it, I want to point out once again that I have no official link to Google or the Google Local Guides program. I am just a local guide like most of you. Everything said in these episodes is just my personal interpretation. This episode is recorded at the end of February 2019, and is therefore describing the situation and It is today. If you’re listening to this episode at a later point in time, things might have changed, of course. Continue reading “Episode 2: Categories”

Episode 1: The basics

In this first episode we cover the basics. What exactly is meant with Local Guides? Can anyone be a local guide? Why should you become a local guide?

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The official Google intro video on the Local Guides program

 

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Jan Van Haver 0:06
Hello, and welcome to the very first episode of the LetsGuide podcast, the ultimate podcast for Google Local Guides. My name is Jan Van Haver, and I hope to be your host for a new episode in this podcast roughly every two weeks or so. Most people listening, I assume, are local guides and so are well aware of what it means to be a local guide. But some people might have stumbled upon this podcast and have no clue what it is about. And also, since I plan to promote this podcast quite heavily on my personal, private social media accounts, I guess some colleagues from work or family and friends might be listening to at least part of this. So it’s a great opportunity for me to explain what the heck I’ve been doing all this time.

Jan Van Haver 0:51
Today, therefore, I will simply be covering the basics. What exactly does it mean to be a local guide? Who are these people? Why are they doing it? Future episodes will typically deal with one specific aspect of the local guides program, and could include some tips and tricks or best practices. It’s up to you to stay tuned and find out what exactly next episodes will be about. A very important remark before we really kick off is that I want to point out that I am not a Google employee. I have no official connection to Google whatsoever. I’m just a local guide myself. And this means of course, that anything I say in this podcast is simply a personal interpretation of things. This episode is being recorded the beginning of February 2019 and is therefore describing the situation as it is today. If you are listening at a later point in time, things might have changed by then, of course. Continue reading “Episode 1: The basics”