Anyone can put a Google AdWords Qualified Individual or Company logo on their website. So how is a small business owner to know that the person or company who claims to be qualified is really actually certified by Google? (Note, I am no longer a Qualified Individual as I let my certification lapse)
There are several ways to check this out, and I strongly suggest that before you hire anyone that claims to be a “Qualified Individual” or “Qualified Company” that you verify this claim for yourself before you do business with this person or company. Read Google’s advice on how to verify this status.
1. Check the Professional Status Page. Try clicking on the logo or looking for a link that will take you to the “Professional Status page”. To see what one looks like, just click on the logo above to see mine. The professional status page should have the business or individual name and should start with “https://adwords.google.com/select/ProfessionalStatus?”, meaning it should be part of Google’s domain. If you don’t see this link, request it. If the company or individual won’t send it to you, take your business elsewhere.
2. Contact Google. You can also contact Google directly by filling out their online Adwords Support Form.
3. Look them up on WhoIsAGAP’s website. This is not an official Google website, and it seems to be sporadically updated since I’m not on the list and I was qualified in January of 2008 – but it doesn’t hurt to check.
In sum, your only solid proof is either looking at their Google Professional Status page or having someone from Google tell you they’re qualified (and have them send you the Professional Status page). Don’t hire someone who isn’t officially qualified. If you want to know what the requirements for qualification are, you can read the Google AdWords Qualified Individual Requirements and the Google AdWords Qualified Company Requirements.Jill
Aldebaran Web Design, Seattle
Jill Olkoski has a BS in Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She delights in using her advanced technical and psychological skills to help small business owners develop cost-effective and successful websites.