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I have been an active member on Google maps since past few years. I have been adding new places, editing places details, adding photos and reviewing new places.

Recently Google started a new Google Local Guides program in which users who contribute to the Google maps places data get points for the contribution. Guides get 1 point each for adding a photo, adding a review, adding new places, editing existing page details (information) and answering questions.

Gmail - You’ve earned 1 TB Google Drive storage, Google local guides level 4
You’ve earned 1 TB Google Drive storage

Because I have been doing this since quite a while, I reached Level 4 in few weeks and got an email from Google that I will receive an email to upgrade the Google Drive storage in 1-2 weeks time. In the end, I did receive the email (screenshot above) to upgrade the storage by clicking on the link. Finally, my Google Drive storage was upgraded to 1 TB for 2 years for free. Nowhere in the Google Local Guides page did they mention that the upgrade will be only for 2 years. But still I am not complaining. After the upgrade, I had to manually cancel my existing 100 GB Google Drive storage plan for $2/ month.

I think this is a great approach by Google to make their existing market-leading Google Maps data, even more, detailed and it will be win-win situation for Local Guides, users of Google Maps and Google itself.

Levels and Rewards

Level 1

Get the inside scoop with the Local Guides monthly newsletter.

Join Google-hosted workshops and Hangouts.

In select countries, enter in exclusive contests for Local Guides.

Level 2

Get early access to new Google products and features.

Promote your own meet-ups on the Local Guides calendar.

Level 3

Get noticed with your Local Guides badge in Google Maps.

Connect with other Local Guides in our exclusive Google+ Community.

Lead the conversation by moderating Local Guides community channels.

Receive invites to Google-hosted events in select cities.

Level 4

Upgrade your Google Drive storage free.

Be eligible to be featured in Local Guides online channels.

Receive an annual thank you gift.

Level 5

Be a Google insider, testing new products before public release.

Apply to attend our Level 5 Local Guides summit.

Important Links

Signup to become Google Local Guide

Tips for Guides

Local Guides Community and Events

Discover Benefits

Local Guides Program Terms and Conditions

Points, levels, and badging

Local Guides Help Center