Google City Experts

Jul 31, 2013 • 8:28 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps

Google City ExpertsGoogle has quietly launched a new local program called Google City Experts. They announced it on their Google Local New York Google+ page.

In short, it gives those who are active Google Maps reviewers, i.e. users with at least 50 high quality reviews, and at least 5 reviews in the current month, special perks like event invitations, custom swag, special access to contests and more.

You can apply to be a "Google City Expert" over here.

Google said those that are accepted get access to:

  • Access to fun, exclusive events in their local areas
  • Free custom swag
  • Special online recognition

I guess this will help encourage good reviewers to review more.

Forum discussion at Google+.

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Ranu Jain

07/31/2013 01:02 pm

Well, would it contribute in rankings or SEO? Seems like Google is giving weightage to all these things

Barry Ricks

07/31/2013 03:42 pm

Well people do love free stuff. I sure do.

TheeDesign Studio

07/31/2013 04:15 pm

I wonder what special online recognition will involve? Kind of like Authorship markups? Anyway, it sounds like a good idea for Google to help engage users and increase reviews. They are trying to create a program similar to Yelp's Elite Squad. And of course, as with anything Google does, it will be interesting to see its effects on SEO.


07/31/2013 05:52 pm

They should fix all the problems they have with Google Places, Google+ Local, etc. before adding more things.

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