38 episodes

The ultimate unofficial podcast for Google Local Guides

LetsGuide Podcast Jan Van Haver

    • Society & Culture

The ultimate unofficial podcast for Google Local Guides

    Episode 38 - Connect Moderators

    Episode 38 - Connect Moderators

    Google provides a dedicated forum for Local Guides to get in touch with one another and share their experiences. That is - as you will probably know - Local Guides Connect. On that platform the moderation is handled on the one hand by some Google employees, the Google Moderators, and on the other hand by selected Local Guides, the Connect Moderators. In this episode we’ll have a closer look at those Connect Moderators, and you will actually hear the info from those Connect Moderators themselves.

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    • 35 min
    Episode 37 - Artificial Unintelligence

    Episode 37 - Artificial Unintelligence

    AI (Artificial Intelligence) is definitely one of the most used buzzwords in recent years. And Google is definitely a major contributor in that field. But when it comes to using Google Maps and being a Local Guide, some of the things we see pop up or get proposed by the algorithms don’t seem to be intelligent at all. In this episode we will cover some specific examples of what I would rather call Artificial Unintelligence and suggest possible fixes. Let’s hope it can help the Google team deliver an even better user experience.

    Check out the shownotes on https://www.letsguidepodcast.com. To get in touch, just send an email to letsguidepodcast@gmail.com.

    • 24 min
    Episode 36 - News & Updates

    Episode 36 - News & Updates

    There are a bunch of novelties again, both about Google Maps and the Local Guides program, so it’s time for another News & Updates episode.

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    • 19 min
    Episode 35 - Adding Roads

    Episode 35 - Adding Roads

    When you click on the profile picture of a local guide in Google Maps, a screen pops up listing the number of contributions (s)he has made, split up by type of contribution. In most cases there are high numbers for Photos and Answers, sometimes also for Reviews. But the contribution type where you are most likely to see a 0 is ‘Roads Added’. Perhaps all the roads have already been added? Or perhaps it is extremely difficult to add roads to Maps? In this episode you will find out that this is most certainly not the case and you will get loads of tips on how to get rid of that nasty 0, should that be there on your local guides profile.

    Check out the shownotes on https://www.letsguidepodcast.com. To get in touch, just send an email to letsguidepodcast@gmail.com.

    • 24 min
    Episode 34 - Make Money with Maps

    Episode 34 - Make Money with Maps

    The Local Guides program in Google Maps is 100% based on volunteer work. There is no payment for the contributions we all make on Maps. Still the topic Local Guides and money is at times heavily debated, so in this episode I want to answer some questions relating to this topic, such as: What exactly is not allowed? And are there nevertheless ways to earn money with Google Maps? (Spoiler: yes, there are.) And if so: should you go down that path?

    Check out the shownotes on https://www.letsguidepodcast.com. To get in touch, just send an email to letsguidepodcast@gmail.com.

    • 24 min
    Episode 33 - Fighting Spam

    Episode 33 - Fighting Spam

    Not everything you see on Google Maps belongs there. Quite a few entries are in fact spam, often added on purpose for malicious or at least deceptive reasons. In this episode I discuss that topic with Jason Brown, an absolute specialist in fighting such spam entries. Jason is a Platinum Google My Business (GMB) Product Expert. He’s also a Local SEO specialist and - the main reason why we have him here - a dedicated GMB spam fighter. On Twitter he even calls himself the “Unofficial Sheriff of Google”.

    Check out the shownotes on https://www.letsguidepodcast.com. To get in touch, just send an email to letsguidepodcast@gmail.com.

    • 27 min

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