Google recently launched their Google Local Business Referral Program. What this program does is it allows you to contact local businesses and ask them if they would be interested in submitting their business info (such as hours of operation, types of payment accepted, etc.) to Google Maps. As a side note Google would love for you to also talk about Adwords, but not necessary.
Google is paying out a commission of $10 for every business you get to sign up. Not a whole lot of money, but this is where is getting exciting. Let’s say you own your own SEO business, or a website design company, or maybe your a Qualified Google Adwords Expert, these initial contacts with local businesses can be huge. If the business owner is at all internet savvy and understands the benefit of having his websites listed in Google Local & Google Maps, then you’ll be a shoe in for your own products and services.
From what I have seen in my short period of time in business for myself, is that most small business owners don’t do any marketing on the web because, the don’t know where to turn to get help. Thats where you come in. The best thing about it, is that Google is going to cut the bill while you’re out doing your cold calling.