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Going door-to-door for Google

Google soliciting people to snag business listings for Google Local and offers to pay $10 per listing.

So, you want to work for Google but you don't have a graduate degree in computer science from an Ivy League school. How about being a Google local search ads sales rep contractor? As such you can earn up to $10 for each business listing that is approved by Google and verified by the business.

According to the FAQ on Google's Web site:

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Google offers to pay $10 per listing for contractors who sign up business to advertise on Google Maps Google

"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.

Asked for more information on the program and whether it is supplementing or replacing a traditional ad sales force, a Google spokeswoman offered a statement that included this comment:

"This program will help people find local information using Google and Google Maps and help businesses take advantage of the Internet even if they don't have a website or online store. This is currently a pilot program intended to help local businesses in the U.S."

Back on the Google Web site the motivational speak is poured on thick:

"All you need to be a successful Business Referral Representative is a passion for helping local businesses succeed, a love for the Internet (some knowledge of Google is great, too), and access to a computer and a digital camera." Oh, and some good walking shoes, possibly a car and plenty of free time.

But don't expect to get any of the benefits or perks that Google employees get, like free food, paid vacation and health insurance.

Now, get out there and sell some ads!