Google pays you $10 per business referral

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Google is launching a business referral program, which means that you can earn $10 for every verified business listing that you send Google. You basically go to local businesses, tell them a bit about Google, take down some info, take some digital photos, and submit the information to Google.

Kind of like Yelp, only you don't get to give much of an opinion, and you actually get cash in return.

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.

Want to make some extra cash? You have to be a U.S. citizen, over 18 years of age, and able to fill out a W-9 form. As long as you make more than $25 per month, Google will send you a monthly check. Keep in mind that you will eventually have to declare the income on your taxes.

I've always been slightly wary of stuff that Google does, but seeing as how they pay me to blog, I guess I can't turn my nose up at TOO many of their offers. But don't take this as an endorsement per se. Just an FYI.

*Update* Dumb Little Man beat me to this post. Drat! I thought I was the first one to find out about it.

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Guest's picture

I joined, I hope that Google doesn't take a long time getting back to me on this.

Jessica Okon's picture


Guest's picture

Huh. Not a bad idea, but who wants to give more business to Google?

Andrea Karim's picture

I figure that they're pretty much set to take over the world as it is. You can either make some money off of it, or let it happen without making any money. Or rebel.

Myscha Theriault's picture

Hey, Andrea. Great post. I have no idea how I missed this one. Guess I was busier than I thought. I'm definitely going to check this one out. What the heck?