Do you want Google Guide Points? In the quest for the next Google Local Guide levels a good strategy can be the small strip malls.
Tip 1 – Add a new place for the strip mall
Most of these strip malls do not have an official Google place. Remember that adding a new place is worth 15 points. That is by far the highest point value awarded for a single event in the Google Local Guide program. Here are three examples:
Tip 2 – Add a new place for each new store in that mall
These malls are often places with a bit of turnover. It takes a while for new businesses to make it into Google maps. Some business owners will be proactive, but a lot don’t. You can add them and do a service to the business, your community and your Guide level. These stores are worth 15 too. Two locations in this strip mall were not on Google maps. Here are two places that were not on Google:
Tip 3 – Pick up the edit points
Editing a place on Google maps gives you 5 points. In these strip malls many of the stores will have a pin at the same place in the strip mall. Usually near the center. Find the place and then suggest an edit. Choose the “marker incorrectly placed on the map,” and move it to the right location. Bam! 5 points. There also may be closed businesses and marking them closed or moved elsewhere will give 5 points as well.
To the right I have included a screen shot from Google. This is the day after I made the edits. Many of these were originally all near the center. See the white stripe across the middle of this building? That is where most of them were.
Summary of added places
So before I even add any pictures there are a lot of points picked up.
|Add Ashley Square (15 each)||15|
|Add 2 stores (15 each)||30|
|Adjust 7 map markers (5 each)||45|
Tip 4: Add the photos
It is not difficult to get pictures of all the stores in these malls rather quickly. I do it by parking my pickup near one end of the mall when not much is going on, launching the Mavic and pretty much just flying sideways down the mall taking photos of each sign. If you don’t have a drone you can do this with your SLR or even your cell phone.
I added a total of 14 images to this place. 2 for the mall itself and 12 for the individual stores. There was a 13th store, but it was closed. If a place goes in here I can make those edits too.
Each image is 5 points so that is another 70 points.
So if you are point hunter this works pretty well.