Local Guides needed for Google Maps - great opportunity for Realtors

Real Estate Agent with Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info DB-17066

Google is known for creating paradigm shifts and they are shifting again!

Remember when Google Maps changed how we used maps?  Then, they improved it adding Google Earth.  Then they added Street Views after sending camera crews down most major public streets.

What they are adding now is interior photos and more localized data.  To do that, they need people to take the time to take and upload photos, and help provide data for them to populate on their Google Maps.  They call these volunteers that upload and update data Google Local Guides.

Jim Paulson Local Guide Google

You earn points for updating and sharing data.  As you earn points, you gain levels and benefits.  The points are obtained by:  writing reviews; uploading photos to Google Maps; answering questions about places on Google Maps; adding new places; and editing existing places.

As a beginning Level 1 Guide (0-4 points), you get the following benefits:

  • Local Guides newsletter
  • Join Google-hosted workshops and Hangouts
  • Enter in exclusive contests for Local Guides

As a level 2 = 5-49 points, you get the following:

  • Early access to new Google products and features
  • Promote your own meet-ups on the Local Guides calendar

Level 3 = 50-199 points will gain you:

  • Local Guides badge in Google Maps
  • Exclusive Local Guides community
  • Moderate Local Guides community channels
  • Receive invites to Google-hosted events

Level 4 = 200-499 points

  • Free Google Drive storage
  • Eligible to be featured in Local Guides online channels

Level 5 = 500+ points

  • Eligible for Trusted Testing opportunities — access Google products and features before they are made public
  • Eligible to attend the Local Guides summit

Currently, I am a level 3 Local Guide.  I have uploaded 89 photos and they have already been viewed 84,118 times!  I am a member of the Greater Boise Chamber of Commerce so I will start taking more photos of Ribbon Cuttings to add and sometimes add them for Place Creation.

Fortunately, I have a Pixel XL phone on Project Fi which allows me unlimited full resolution photo storage as well from Google!  As a Realtor in Boise, Idaho; it only makes sense to contribute to Google Maps and share my knowledge of the local area.  Getting my name in front of people is a huge benefit and it is free!


Get started today as a Google Local Guide by signing up on their website:




Comments (33)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                                   Thank you Jim Paulson 

Mar 11, 2017 06:31 PM
Jim Paulson

Thanks Kathy Streib  - glad to do my little part!

Mar 12, 2017 11:48 AM
Noel Mayer
Upper Montclair Weichert Realtors - Montclair, NJ

Jim, Interesting concept thank you for sharing the information.

Looking to research more on specific regions

Mar 12, 2017 04:57 AM
Jim Paulson

Noel Mayer they don't have regions, as a Google Local Guide, I am free to post my photos and edits and data anywhere I travel.

Mar 12, 2017 11:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good  morning Jim Paulson ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "light-bulb moments" for the week..bookmarked and will check this out!

Mar 12, 2017 05:56 AM
Jim Paulson

Dorie Dillard I am glad as well.  Once in a while, my light bulb has some light left in it.  Unfortunately, it takes longer to power up than it used to. LOL

Mar 12, 2017 11:51 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jim. Thanks to Kathy Steib I caught what I had missed! Great information. Enjoy your day!

Mar 12, 2017 06:42 AM
Jim Paulson

Wayne Martin I can tell the amount of following that Kathy Streib has, because as soon as she including my blog, the comments doubled.

Mar 12, 2017 11:53 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Good morning Jim,  Very interesting.  Thanks to Kathy Streib I saw your post.  Bookmarked to check out.  Thank you.

Mar 12, 2017 06:58 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455 - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose your post to high light this week!

Mar 12, 2017 07:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jim

I'll definitely be checking this out. Thanks for the tips.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Mar 12, 2017 08:23 AM
Jim Paulson

Jeff Dowler this is perfect for ActiveRain members, since they can take photos for Google Maps, but then use their own photos of their community in their posts to localism here on ActiveRain.

Mar 12, 2017 11:54 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so glad Kathy shared this today...how interesting. It's not something I've heard of!

Mar 12, 2017 01:36 PM
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

uh wow and I thought authorship was the way to go until they tanked that!

Mar 12, 2017 05:31 PM
Jim Paulson

Mark Loewenberg Google Authorships is one of Google's many short lived (+/- 3 years) products.  A good thing about being  a Google Local Guide is the data updates/uploads doesn't require any programming knowledge.  Much easier.

Mar 12, 2017 10:06 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

That's great info.  If I were a realtor, I'd be all over this.  My old google maps got an insane number of views.

Mar 12, 2017 08:10 PM
Amanda Hope
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Vero Beach, FL
Specializing in Vero Beach & Sebastian Real Estate

Wow, how cool. Off I go to check this out!

Mar 12, 2017 08:12 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

This is interesting. Thank you for sharing - I did miss this post earlier. Will definitely check it out.

Mar 12, 2017 08:17 PM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Great idea!  One more thing to add to my to-do list!

Mar 13, 2017 05:35 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Thanks for these great posts I missed Kathy Streib .  Definitely going to check them out.

Mar 14, 2017 02:18 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I had not heard anything about this, Jim Paulson ... but amazed that this opportunity exists.  Great share here on AR ... thank you!


Mar 14, 2017 01:43 PM
Jim Paulson

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi  I love it.  It is sure more rewarding than playing a game like Pokemon Go.  I would rather collect data and leads than virtual creatures. :)

Mar 15, 2017 07:02 AM
Deb Harshman
Long and Foster - Christie's International Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor - Potomac, MD
REALTOR & ASPMaster Stager, The Selling Advantage

That is very interesting.  I don't know that I will have to help out, but good luck to Google providing more info to us!

Mar 14, 2017 03:42 PM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Wasn't aware this was a program.  It fits very well with my plan to blog on local places to build my status as the local expert.  Thanks!

Mar 15, 2017 06:43 AM
Jim Paulson

Mick Michaud this should help a lot since it gives you an incentive to go snap photos that you can use without fear of copyright as well.

Mar 15, 2017 07:04 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

I am still enjoying this process.  I am now a level 7 local guide and have 2,295,205 views on the photos I have posted.

Jun 19, 2018 07:26 AM
Xander Neumann

It sounds really interesting, I think I might even become a volunteer. It's interesting, and I'd want to support google maps.

Jul 28, 2021 01:43 AM
Jim Paulson

Xander Neumann it is a fun hobby.  Ironically I was just looking up my views yesterday and am now up over 28 million views on my photos.

Jul 29, 2021 10:07 AM
Fecita Fendy

Hi mate, I think it's a great idea from Google to make the google maps app even more interactive and have a more detailed view of things, just imagine enter map coordinates of a house and being able to see inside it without any restriction, it makes different and incredible. Thank you very much for sharing the post.

Jul 29, 2021 01:10 AM
Jim Paulson

Fecita Fendy I also create Matterport virtual tours which are 3D interactive tours of a home that can be linked to Google Maps.  I don't do that unless it is commercial space due to privacy issues on a home.

Jul 29, 2021 10:10 AM