Attention Canadians (And Americans)- Google is looking for you!

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Just spoke to Google regarding their process for hiring "Google Trusted Photographers". I saw that there wasn't any photographers listed for Canada.
Reason is - they will be recruiting in the next month!! This is the time!

Enroll here:

Find a Google Trusted Photographer - Google Maps with Street View ? Business Photos

For those of you helping out with Google Places listings - this would certainly be added value to your business.

US folks - you can still submit your name...the list isn't too long...
Find a Google Trusted Photographer - Google Maps with Street View ? Google Business Photos
#attention #canadians #google
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  • Profile picture of the author ADukes81
    Just called them myself and they are doing the same in my neck of the woods. Appreciate that!
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Portugal out of the list. Ouch
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  • Profile picture of the author iInvent
    Got an email already... Its rolling! Exciting!
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    Very nice of you to share this, Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author iInvent
      Originally Posted by KateStevensB View Post

      Very nice of you to share this, Thanks!
      No problem
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      • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
        Thank you for this post. I filled out the contact form for google in the US. This is great thier are very few people signed up at this time.
        I would recommend this to any one on the forum. I do not know what the pay is,but this could be great for anyone's portfolio or resume.
        Google authorized photograher sounds very professional. It sounds also like away to build a side business. Hire a few high school students train them and send them out to take photo's. It could be a great way to get your foot in the door to local businesses. For paid GP SEO ranking.
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        • Profile picture of the author iInvent
          Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

          Thank you for this post. I filled out the contact form for google in the US. This is great thier are very few people signed up at this time.
          I would recommend this to any one on the forum. I do not know what the pay is,but this could be great for anyone's portfolio or resume.
          Google authorized photograher sounds very professional. It sounds also like away to build a side business. Hire a few high school students train them and send them out to take photo's. It could be a great way to get your foot in the door to local businesses. For paid GP SEO ranking.
          Couldn't agree more - reason why I shared it here on the forum!
          I saw one photographer who stated that his prices start at $250... I think Google gives you a recommended rate to charge but it's really up to you.

          Can't wait to get more info! Waiting on their NDA agreement to move forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author MonteMichaels
    That is a really great idea. I was thinking about the possibility of leads myself when you had mentioned this the other day. Get paid for people looking to improve their Google Places. Not a problem.

    Those that are looking for this service know that you are approved with Google already, so it should be an easy upsell to optimize their place page, and from then on SEO work, PPC, whatever you want.
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    • Profile picture of the author 9999
      Thanks for posting this, this fits into our business model perfectly. Great foot in the door and upsell other services as others have mentioned. Time to make a website page specifically for this service!
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      • Profile picture of the author iInvent
        Originally Posted by 9999 View Post

        Thanks for posting this, this fits into our business model perfectly. Great foot in the door and upsell other services as others have mentioned. Time to make a website page specifically for this service!
        Totally! Working on it myself! Hoping to have everything finalized by next week with Google. I got the NDA and will review the additional info. Then I have a scheduled call with them on Monday...so all is going well! So exciting!
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        • Profile picture of the author 9999
          Got the NDA also along with the training modules. Looks like alot of info in the 3 modules, nervous about the test feel like im in school again!

          Quickly skimming over all the info, looks very promising and a good way to make alot of money.
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  • Profile picture of the author MonteMichaels
    Darn, I signed for it, but it said that they will let me know when they are starting it in my area.

    That's sad for me, but on the other hand it probably eliminated one distraction.
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    • Profile picture of the author 9999
      Darn, I signed for it, but it said that they will let me know when they are starting it in my area.

      That's said for me, but on the other hand it probably eliminated one distraction.
      Said the same message for me. I called the number at the bottom of the page, gave them my area and I got in touch my my rep who said all is good. Give them a call.
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    Ill have to try to do that this afternoon. Thanks!
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        • Profile picture of the author 9999
          Looking at the equipment list, in Canada the fisheye lense is $999 and out of their list of required android phones I am not sure which one is the best one to go with?

          Has anyone tried the test yet?
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          • Profile picture of the author iInvent
            Unfortunately, I believe the list was done for the US as some phones are not in Canada I believe. Also, some equipment are sold by US companies - will need to find alternatives in Canada. All things I want to discuss with them on Monday.

            They also talk about a rental company but here again, they are in the States.
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          • Profile picture of the author JScoppa
            Originally Posted by 9999 View Post

            Looking at the equipment list, in Canada the fisheye lense is $999 and out of their list of required android phones I am not sure which one is the best one to go with?

            Has anyone tried the test yet?
            What is the equipment needed?
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  • Profile picture of the author iInvent
    Talking to them this morning - keep you posted!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Holmes
    Do we do SEO too Mr Business Owner? Damn right we do.

    Think they'd say no after being recommended by the beast itself? This isn't a foot in the door, it's Google kicking it down and saying listen to whatever this guy (or gal) ha to say.

    Thx for the share, I'm normally quick to pick up new things but I had no idea about this.

    MUCH appreciated!
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  • Profile picture of the author Virtualghost
    Anyone know if you must be professional photographer?Also depending on camera fish eyes are cheap on ebay as I checked since mentioned in post.Don't want to sign up if need pros.
    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author iInvent
      Originally Posted by Virtualghost View Post

      Anyone know if you must be professional photographer?Also depending on camera fish eyes are cheap on ebay as I checked since mentioned in post.Don't want to sign up if need pros.
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      Nope you don't need to
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  • Profile picture of the author adrixe
    Thanks for the info! Im actually a professional photographer and this will definitely help my business. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author iInvent
    Just got off the phone with them - seems like I'm good to go! Studying for the next week and then I'll do the quiz

    Canadians - PLEASE tell them that some of the equipment and cell phones listed are NOT available in Canada. I've sent them what is available. Hopefully if we all make the same comments, they will look into this more.

    Keep you posted on future developments
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    • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
      Originally Posted by iInvent View Post

      Just got off the phone with them - seems like I'm good to go! Studying for the next week and then I'll do the quiz

      Canadians - PLEASE tell them that some of the equipment and cell phones listed are NOT available in Canada. I've sent them what is available. Hopefully if we all make the same comments, they will look into this more.

      Keep you posted on future developments
      I'm kind of lost about this. I completed the form and was sent an email saying "
      Dear Applicant,

      Thank you for expressing your interest in Google Business Photo's Trusted Independent Photographer program.

      Your information has been received into our potential photographer database, and a coordinator will reach out to you in the near future. We look forward to building a lasting relationship with you.

      Have a great day!"

      I did not see any phone to call them or see anything about equipment needed or anything.

      Am I missing something? I cant imagine anyone else in my Canadian city has applied for this.
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      • Profile picture of the author iInvent
        Originally Posted by RentItNow View Post

        I'm kind of lost about this. I completed the form and was sent an email saying "
        Dear Applicant,

        Thank you for expressing your interest in Google Business Photo's Trusted Independent Photographer program.

        Your information has been received into our potential photographer database, and a coordinator will reach out to you in the near future. We look forward to building a lasting relationship with you.

        Have a great day!"

        I did not see any phone to call them or see anything about equipment needed or anything.

        Am I missing something? I cant imagine anyone else in my Canadian city has applied for this.
        You can call here :
        Need more information about the Trusted Photographers in your area?
        Call: 1-877-737-8518

        Tell them you are Canadian and that you submitted your application online.
        That you already have a business helping businesses with their online presence... They should put a note in your application. I got an email the same day with additional info. That's when you'll get the list. Can't share it since I agreed to a non-disclosure.

        Good luck! Don't hesitate to ask questions!
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        • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
          Originally Posted by iInvent View Post

          You can call here :
          Need more information about the Trusted Photographers in your area?
          Call: 1-877-737-8518

          Tell them you are Canadian and that you submitted your application online.
          That you already have a business helping businesses with their online presence... They should put a note in your application. I got an email the same day with additional info. That's when you'll get the list. Can't share it since I agreed to a non-disclosure.

          Good luck! Don't hesitate to ask questions!
          Thanks, Invent. Just talked to the girl and she is sending package. They had all my data there and I think my area for about 100 miles around is open. Cant wait. This is MAJOR door opener.
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          • Profile picture of the author iInvent
            Originally Posted by RentItNow View Post

            Thanks, Invent. Just talked to the girl and she is sending package. They had all my data there and I think my area for about 100 miles around is open. Cant wait. This is MAJOR door opener.
            So happy for you! It is exciting!
            Let's keep in touch!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author 9999
      Canadians - PLEASE tell them that some of the equipment and cell phones listed are NOT available in Canada. I've sent them what is available. Hopefully if we all make the same comments, they will look into this more.
      What is available in Canada
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      • Profile picture of the author iInvent
        Originally Posted by 9999 View Post

        What is available in Canada
        Well just 2 phones and a few equipment listed but some of them are US only.
        Can't say more because of the NDA.
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    Well, I'm half way there I guess. Just have to come up with about $2000 worth of equipment...maybe $3000. I think I can make that up in a week once rolling tho.
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    • Profile picture of the author iInvent
      Originally Posted by RentItNow View Post

      Well, I'm half way there I guess. Just have to come up with about $2000 worth of equipment...maybe $3000. I think I can make that up in a week once rolling tho.
      Happy for you!! I wish I could say the same... Let's hope I pass the exam my 2nd way around!!! Wish me luck
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    Super luck to ya, iInvent. Google is infamous for their hard tests.

    Anyone else signed up that we can compare notes with each other?
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    I applied. Standard autoresponder reply.
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  • Profile picture of the author iInvent
    Passed the exam!!! Happy dance!!!
    Can't wait to get moving!!
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  • Profile picture of the author agonce
    I got a reply from a representative who asked me to send him a portfolio of my work, but I am an amateur so I dont really have one. I will have to explain that on monday when I call him back... The equipment is the only thing holding me back from doing this It's wayy to expensive for me at the moment, even though I am sure the money can be made back in less than a month. Oh well, I still have to see if I can do this or not ..
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    • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
      Originally Posted by agonce View Post

      I got a reply from a representative who asked me to send him a portfolio of my work, but I am an amateur so I dont really have one. I will have to explain that on monday when I call him back... The equipment is the only thing holding me back from doing this It's wayy to expensive for me at the moment, even though I am sure the money can be made back in less than a month. Oh well, I still have to see if I can do this or not ..
      Yeah thats sort of the barrier but having doors open all over the city for a "Google Trusted Photographer" is WELL WELL worth the price of admission. Plus its pretty well a 100% write off (at least in Canada) for the equipment so it pretty well pays for itself either way.

      The only really BIG cost of equipment that cannot be reused for other projects is one lens and I have not seen them USED or cheaper anywhere.

      Congrats to you iInvent!

      <EDIT: If anyone else besides iInvent and I are on this program in CAN, please message me to compare notes on equipment and marketing.>
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      • Profile picture of the author winnerman
        Originally Posted by RentItNow View Post

        Yeah thats sort of the barrier but having doors open all over the city for a "Google Trusted Photographer" is WELL WELL worth the price of admission. Plus its pretty well a 100% write off (at least in Canada) for the equipment so it pretty well pays for itself either way.

        The only really BIG cost of equipment that cannot be reused for other projects is one lens and I have not seen them USED or cheaper anywhere.

        Congrats to you iInvent!

        <EDIT: If anyone else besides iInvent and I are on this program in CAN, please message me to compare notes on equipment and marketing.>
        What do you mean that you can write off
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  • Profile picture of the author agonce
    hey iInvent, How was the quiz buddy? I decided to proceed and I started to go through the training material, but being a newbie in photography I am not sure how well I'm gonna do on the quiz. Were the questions all photography related? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author iInvent
    Hey there!

    I failed the quiz the first time by one question. I passed the second time.
    Quiz is really on anything & everything in the module! And we dont all get the same quiz so you never know what its going to be.

    Good luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author PurplePeopleEater
    time to bump this to the top. i read both modules in a day and feel i'm ready for the test.
    iInvent & RentItNow, i'm hoping we can help each other out in this program. can you guys pm me your skype name? i dont have a high enough count to pm yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author winnerman
    I was wondering can we rent the equipment?
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  • Profile picture of the author agonce
    yes, you can rent the equipment. look around a little, i found quite a few stores for the US.

    Anyways, i missed out on this opportnity, the coordinator for my city called me while i was in class and i could not respond. I forgot to call her back until two days after the initial call, she told me the spot for my city was filled in.

    I feel so bad about it
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  • Profile picture of the author TWalker
    I signed up. What kind of portfolio are they requesting? Photos, videos or what?

    Is an HD Android with fish eye acceptable or are they looking for SLR cameras?

    I want to be prepped in case of a call.
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  • Profile picture of the author milburnbry
    Signed up already, Cool.
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  • Profile picture of the author 919492
    Awesome tip. Lets get some leads from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author JScoppa
    Woohoo! I just got the NDA and I am looking through the other material that they attached. Glad I popped in an application.....now to check out the nitty gritty.
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  • Profile picture of the author JScoppa
    Has anyone put together the camera setup....trying to figure the cost of the whole package.......
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    • Profile picture of the author Robert Domino
      I haven't even got so much as an email, even though there are no accredited people in a 4-5 hours drive radius.

      (I did get the automated email, just no followup)
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  • Profile picture of the author rbecklund
    I think you need at least a canon rebel t2i for sure or better (not sure about nikon), a standard or wideangle lens, the fisheye lens, a decent tripod and the pano head for the tripod. That's the main stuff, maybe $2300 roughly.
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  • Profile picture of the author gixmo
    I just received an email from them, but the thing is I'm not a professional photographer.(I doubt it's that hard) I just thought it might help my offline seo service to be a google certified business photographer. Does anyone know what they require ? They asked for my experience as a photographer, being an amateur do you think I should call them up or do I stand no chance ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Hopper08
      Hi Everyone, had anyone outside of the US been able to sign up for this lately? I tried to sign up but the only location option is the US now in the dropdown. I don't see any numbers to call either, what phone number did you guys call to inquire about Canadian photographers?
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