Do legitimate Google work-at-home jobs exist? Google is one of the best companies to work for, but there are plenty of scams out there that claim you can make loads of money with Google that aren't legit.
Yes and No
First, Google does hire home-based workers on occasion. Second, Google offers other ways to make money from home. Nevertheless, third, there have been work at home scams using the Google name and logo. Here's an overview of what you need to know about making money from home through Google.
Scammers Using the Google Name
In 2009, Google filed suit against scammers using its name and logo, but that doesn't mean scammers stopped. Because of the scams, you need to be careful when searching for work-at-home options that use the Google name.
Most of the scams using Google's name or logo, do so to dupe people into thinking either they're working with Google, or that Google endorses the program. Google, of course, doesn't. These scams are easy to spot because, like most work-at-home scams, they promise big money with no experience, and are vague about the details. Further, they ask for money, which is a tip-off that the offer isn't a telecommuting job.
Google warns people to stay away from offers such as Google Adwork, Google ATM, Google Biz Kit, Google Cash, Earn Google Cash Kit, Google Fortune, Google Marketing Kit, Google Profits, The Home Business Kit for Google, Google StartUp Kit, Easy Google Profit, and Google Works. Many of these are gone now, but others will likely pop up.
While these kits may provide legitimate information on using a program such as Google AdSense, they're not approved to use the Google name. Further, they use deceptive offers and hype, often overcharge, have hidden fees or continue to bill month after month, and don't offer an easy way to cancel.
If you come across one of these kits, you're better off to stay away. There are plenty of other books, blogs and legitimate programs that can teach you how to use AdSense and affiliate marketing that don't use deception or other scam tactics to lure you in.
Google Home-Based Jobs
While there may be many work-from-home jobs at Google, the most often advertised is "ads quality rater," with other companies hiring workers to perform tasks for Google. However, Google is an online and technical company, which means many jobs are probably open to telecommuting.
To find legitimate work from home at Google, go to its employment and career site. There you'll learn about Google's culture and can search for job openings at Google around the world. This link is in English, but there are various language versions of the site available.
On the English version, click on the "Jobs" tab at the top of the page. From there you can enter a job search term and location. Work-at-home job search terms to try include "telecommute" and "remote."
Once you find a home-based position you're interested in, click the "Apply" button and you'll be taken to an online application form.
Make Money With Google AdSense
Another way to make money through Google is through its AdSense program. Through the AdSense program, you can post ad feeds from businesses that use Google Ads program onto your blog or website. Website and blog owners are paid for each ad click that comes from their site; however, there are strict rules, such as you can't click on the ads on your site nor can you ask others to click on them.
It's unknown how Google determines what you earn for each click. It tends to be small, but if you have lots of traffic, it can add up. Google pays once a month by check or direct deposit if your threshold of earnings reaches at least $100.