Google Wants You To Be a Door-To-Door Salesman

My good friend David Pitlyuk gave me the heads up on Google’s new Local Business Referral Service. Basically, Google is looking for people to go from business to business to get information for Google Maps and tell them about Google AdWords.

As a Google Business Referral Representative, you’ll visit local businesses to collect information (such as hours of operation, types of payment accepted, etc.) for Google Maps, and tell them about Google Maps and Google AdWords. You’ll also take a few digital photos of the business that will appear on the Google Maps listing along with the business information. After the visit, you submit the business’ info and photo(s) to Google through your Local Business Referrals Center, and we’ll pay you up to $10 for each listing that is approved by Google and verified by the business.

You will receive $2 when the business you submitted is approved by Google and another $8 when the business itself approves the information you submitted. Referrals are approved by Google based on the completeness and quality of data supplied by representatives. Businesses verify their information either by sending them a response postcard or verifying their information online. As long as your earnings total at least $25 a month, you’ll receive a monthly check.

How To Apply

To apply, you’ll be asked to answer some basic questions about your interest in this position, your experience with Google products, and to tell them in detail about why you want to become a representative. If you’re approved, you’ll receive an email telling you how to sign into your Local Business Referrals Center, view the training materials, and start making referrals.

You don’t get reimbursed for expenses like gas, digital camera, etc. And there is no mention of exclusive territories. Knowing Google, they won’t give anyone exclusive territories and business will be bombarded with one Google rep after another Google rep asking for their information.

Good Income Potential For First Movers

This could be a very good moneymaking deal for the people who sign up first. From the looks of things, this is an easy sell. Just go into a businesses, tell them you’re going to add them to Google, take their business card, write their hours and accepted payments on the back, give them a sales sheet about Maps and AdWords and then tell them to confirm their info when Google contacts them. Shouldn’t take more than five minutes per business. If you were to do this on a five hour day, that’s $600 per day! However, you pretty much have to be a first mover. Once words of this program spreads, you’ll be competing against everyone and their dog for sign ups. I would say Google will cover all 21 million businesses in the US within a few months.

Those who are really evil won’t go door to door. Instead, they’ll go to the headquarters of chain stores and try to sign up every store in their operation. An outfit like Home Depot or Walmart has thousands of stores. One sales call could land you every single one of them. 😈

Currently, this offer is only available in the US. Apply here.