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API quotas
Written by Sebastian Donnelly
Updated over a week ago

Google Cloud uses quotas to restrict how much of a particular shared Google Cloud resource you can use. Each quota represents a specific countable resource. For example: API calls to a particular service, the number of load balancers used concurrently by your project, or the number of projects that you can create.

Quotas are enforced for many reasons, including preventing unforeseen spikes in usage and overloaded services, and setting own limits on service usage while developing and testing applications to avoid unexpected bills from using expensive resources.

New Google Cloud users get a free 90-days trial and credits equal to $300 to explore and conduct an assessment of Google Cloud. To complete your Free Trial signup, you must provide a credit card or other payment method to set up a Cloud Billing account and verify your identity. Setting up a Cloud Billing account does not enable Google to charge you. You are not charged unless you explicitly enable billing by upgrading your Cloud Billing account to a paid account. Anyway, if you want to continue using APIs after the trial has ended you will have to upgrade your account.

There we meet another fear - I’ll get billed for hundreds of dollars for the things I do not understand. Don’t worry - Google applies quotas to usage of different APIs that are enough for fetching insights of your locations. To ensure you don’t go beyond these limits you can set up alerts on your ‘Quotas’ page.

To fetch your locations insights in Local Viking, you need the following list of APIs enabled and having quotas above 0:

My Business Business Information API

My Business Calls API

My Business Notifications API

My Business Account Management API

My Business Q&A API

My Business Lodging API

My Business Place Actions API

My Business Verifications API

If some of them have 0 quota - apply for an increase. To do that, go to your ‘Quotas’ page, select a service you want a quota increased for, hit ‘Edit quotas’ and set a limit of, let’s say, 300.

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