I was looking at my Google Adwords campaign data and noticed a referral for the search query SEM Agency (Search Engine Marketing Agency).
A quick Google search for SEM Agency produced the first Adwords ad I had seen from Google promoting its Google AdWords Certified Partners program.
I was one of the first people worldwide to receive the original Google Qualified Individual designations shortly after Google announced its program.
I qualified for certification again several years later and then let my status lapse.
Coincidentally for the past two weeks, I have been reviewing all of the Google Adwords Certified Partners program materials in preparation for taking the two tests necessary for gaining Certified Partner status – again.
While I never received any business from Google for being a Google Adwords Professional in the past, I think the Google Agency program and their marketing of it might now finally have some benefits for company’s like mine.
In the interim, if you want to search for a Google Adwords Certified Partner, Google provides a convenient way to search for partners @ the Google Adwords Partners Search page.