Things are going well with Google Ads consulting. After I obtained my Google Adwords Search certificate more jobs came my way and I steadily start building a portfolio of clients. I have to be selective in accepting new clients, to meet my Agency Goals of Advertising for Sustainable Businesses.
Yes. I recently upgraded my Upwork profile to Agency. How exited is that. Google is ‘just one’ channel for advertising. It is an important one. The thought came up to become google partner. It keeps popping up. So well, before I knew I found myself on the fast track to become a Google Partner.
What do I need to do to get my Google Partner Badge?
Getting certified for a couple of specializations is one of the requirements. Well, so far I passed my Fundamental Exam, and Search too. Merely because clients requested it I learned all about Display Advertising too. Here is my Google Ads Display Certificate. It is valid one year.
Google Ads Certification
Managed Ad Spent has to be over 10.000 USD in the past three months
Client retention and meet performance
Just as easy as 123 Isn’t it?
In your Google Ads Manager Dashboard you can see if you meet all requirements. I recently met the second requirement of ad spent too, so now it is just wait and see. Continue to show steady growth and deliver awesome improvements on the results for my clients.
How long will this take you recon? Future will tell!
At least untill 3th of April 2019. I may oficially call myself a Google Adwords Search Certified professional. I was awarded with the certificate after passing the AdWords Fundamentals and Search Advertising assessments. Since January 2018 these Google certificates are issued by Googles Acedemy for Ads.
Why did I want to become certified?
It requires certain investment of time to study the course materials – and skill set – to be able to pass first the Fundamentals and later the Search exam. There are no exam fees whatsover, but still. Basically I had to because you required me to have an Adwords Search Certification. About half of the job postings related with Google Adwords on Upwork ask specificaly for certified professionals. Also, to keep myself sharp it is good to keep learning!
So, what is next?
When creating my google partner profile I noticed that the only publicity about my Certification I can make is sharing my certificates. That is about it. If I want to use a google partner badge, I need to meet several additonal requirements. One of these is registering my company as a candidate to become an official Google Partner. To become a Google Partner, you need to show expertise in various advertising fields and a 3 month ad spent of at least 10.000 usd.
If things go well this may be something to opt for.
My Google Adwords Search Certification
For now passing the first assessments to obtain my Google Adwords Search Certification is fine enough. This will help me manage more Google Adwords accounts and build my portfolio as advertising professional.
You can hire me directly to manage your Google Awords Campaign or use the Upwork escrow platform to handle the administration.
I noticed there were some words left to reach 300 in this posts wordcount. I am not always going to be compliant, but it would be nice if this message gets indexed well. Because even though Advertising is great, there is nothing like good old Organic Traffic.
It is incredible. The things I learn from my clients. I apply what I learn doing consultancies in my own projects. Visa versa, the things I learn doing developing my own endeavours are directly improving my clients results in every following assignment. A great example is Google AdWords.
I hated paying for advertisements. I was radically against it. A few months ago, I compared it with using cancerous pesticides. Now I have seen the other side and doing well form the start. How different is that with Facebook Advertising. A steep learning curve, problems with installing Facebook pixel in WooCommerce and only access to existing clients. AdWords is much more intuitive.
I am not saying there is no learning curve with AdWords. Perhaps it is just because I am playing over a decade with AdSense, the publisher side of Google Online Advertising Vehicle. It helps to know how site publishers think and the other way around it is important to understand the advertiser’s perspective. For that reason, I finally accepted the Google coupon they were sending me occasionally during the last 10 years.
First impression of Google AdWords
The initial set up was dead simple. Only in a later step you get access to the full interface, that may be a bit overwhelming at first… You know what, I am not going to write yet another AdWords Tutorial here. It is easy to find good tips on implementation and optimization. The most important factors I found are the advertising strategy, ad copy, exact keyword bidding, account organization in ad groups with few related keywords, Click Trough Rate and Quality Score. Ofcourse, the landing page and product offer has to be spot on and in sync with your ad copy.
I did not exactly register my time invested in setting up and optimizing my first campaign. I can assure It occupied me during the last two weeks. If not logged in I cannot stop thinking on keyword optimization, audiences and so on. The good thing (for you) is that I passed through his process, so the next time I set up a campaign it will be straightforward.
Successful campaign for my digital product
At this stage I am still figuring out and optimizing various factors. A/B tests are ongoing, but for some keywords I have steady double digit Click Trough Rates with my ad copy. The product page itself has gone to some zillion revisions to optimize sales, but from the start, Google AdWords, is a profitable channel to target new site visitors that are highly interested in buying. For this single campaign it is. I can not wait to write ad copy for AdWords and set up campaigns for others. I am really exited about it and that is why I wanted to share my first steps into AdWords.
Do you think I should become AdWords Certified? I wonder how many customers really care.