I teach SEO both in the real-world at the fabulous AcademyX, home of SEO Training Class in San Francisco, and online for the JM Internet Group. So whether you are one of my online students, a student from my real-world SEO classes in San Francisco, or a potential student, this page gives you a test of getting SEO certified, informally, through my class. It’s informal, but if you can do well on this test you at least grasp the basics of SEO. And you therefore deserve Certification in SEO.
By Jason McDonald
Senior SEO Instructor – JM Internet Group.
Posted: February 21, 2010
I am not a huge believer in certification, since I have a Ph.D. from the University of California and a B.A. from Harvard. I learned a lot at both places, and my mom has some fancy diplomas on my wall back in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Hey, SEO shout out to SEO Training in Tulsa Oklahoma!) But the papers on the wall are worth less than the knowledge in my head, and I could have probably done just as well at the University of Oklahoma or University of Texas. (Hey, SEO shout out to SEO Training in Dallas, Texas!)
That said, many of my San Francisco SEO students as well as my online SEO students, have asked for feedback about what they have learned in the course and more effective ways to internalize the knowledge about SEO. So, I thought, how about an exam. And even better how about a public exam, so that – over time – I could track the community’s thoughts and we could poll the audience.
So here is my promise to you.
- Paying students – either from AcademyX or from the online JM Internet Group – if you take the test, email me and I will personally grade your exam and return to you in PDF format. For JM Internet Group students, I will also provide an SEO Certificate.
- Non-Paying Students – take the exam, and email me. I will email you your exam in PDF format and you can compare / contrast with the answer key below. (Self-grade).
I teach SEO in segments or modules, so I have divided the exam into 15 minute modules. Simply click on a link below to begin. If you’ve already taken one exam, you will be returned here to take the next module. That way, you can span your test out over a few days or weeks, depending on how you progress.
Here they are:
Here is an ‘answer key’ for each topic:
Once you are done with the exam, be sure to email me so I know to grade your exam. I will send you your answers and you can compare / contrast with my answers via PDF. And if you want SEO certification, just indicate on the last metrics exam and I will create a PDF certificate from me. It’s very informal, but it does show that at least you took an exam of sorts and are on the path towards becoming the SEO guru that we both know you truly are.
I love my students, each and every one of you. So don’t hesitate if you have questions to email me with any questions or issues you have about SEO or SEO Certification. Did I mention SEO Certification? (Another SEO Shout Out to SEO Certification; I am trying to get this page up there in Google on SEO Certification, so throw me a link out there with the correct syntax and those keywords: SEO Certification. I’ll write you a very nice letter of recommendation, if you do.) 😉