Believe it or not, Google Maps can be a great free tool to make money online from.
Whether you want to do something part-time for easy extra money or you want to make $30/hour or more and build a full-time business, you can do it with Google Maps.
Here are some great options to consider:
1. Local Marketing Services
By using Google Maps, you can find all kinds of service businesses in a major city that need help getting more customers.
The only thing you're really going to need before doing this is some marketing and maybe some web development skill.
You can learn marketing online using YouTube channels like this one I've been working on with lots of tutorials and tricks, take online courses on sites like Udemy, etc.
Once you know quite a bit about SEO, Google My Business pages, ads, etc., you can follow the guide below.
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do this:
- Open up Google Maps and pick a major city
- Look for a type of service business like home cleaning, landscaping, electricians, roofing, etc.
- Find listings that are not already at the top 3 of local results for that business and look for ways they could improve.
- Contact the ones that have very few reviews, dated websites, haven't claimed their business, etc.
- First, help them claim their business on Google. You can charge money for this or do it for free. If you do it for free, they might trust you more and you could just charge for future services.
- Optimize their Google business page with hours, contacts, photos, etc. You can get lots of ideas just from looking at top results.
- Next, help them improve and update their websites.
- Then, help them get on directory sites like Yelp, Facebook, The Good Contractors List, Better Business Bureau, etc.
- Help them have more methods for collecting payments, create easy ways to have customers review them, etc.
- Consider outsourcing certain things if you can get a good deal on Fiverr or other sites.
From here, you just rinse and repeat the steps above.
And what's nice is this can be done with pretty much any kind of local business in just about any city.
The only other question here is: How much should you charge for your services?
So, as I mentioned above, the main skills you'll need for this include SEO, web development, and ad management.
SEO Specialists earn around $45,483/year or about $22/hour.
Web Developers earn around $67,584/year or about $32.50/hour.
And Ad Managers earn around $75,072/year or about $36/hour.
If you average those, that's about $30/hour.
Now, how much you charge should probably depend on the cost of living in your city, which of these tasks you're doing the most of, etc.
But, at least you can see what a nice starting point looks like.
2. Map Analyst
The second way you can make money from Google Maps is by becoming a Map Quality Analyst or a Map Data Analyst at Lionbridge.
Lionbridge is a company that works with search engines like Google to make sure ads, maps, search results, and other internet-related elements are accurate and working properly.
The Map Analyst-related jobs pay $10-$16 per hour and are VERY easy.
It's also a job you can do in just about any country around the world.
What you do
Here's what Lionbridge says you'll be doing for this job:
“The tasks will involve determining the relevance and accuracy of information by performing online research and referring to guidelines provided to you. The tasks will mainly be map related but it is possible there will be non-map related tasks you are required to work on from time to time.”
In other words, you have to make sure that Google Maps and possibly other map programs are accurate and working properly.
They also mention these jobs are usually part-time and involve working a flexible schedule of up to 20 hours per week.
Here are the qualifications you need to apply for a Map Quality Analyst or other similar position:
- Fluency in whatever language the job is in
- Must be living in the country the job is in for the last 3 consecutive years
- Have a working knowledge of local and national geographical areas
- Pass an online evaluation to demonstrate capability of reading and applying the guidelines
- Experience/know-how of using online maps, search engines and website research
- Have familiarity with current and historical business, media, sport, news, social media and cultural affairs in your country
- Access to and use of a broadband internet connection and associated computer and software to perform the work (provided by you)
This is also an independent contractor position, so you'll have to do your own taxes.
But, there you have it.
You can make some good extra money or even build a full-time business using Google Maps.