This week I took and passed the GAIQ Test for the second time. Last time was back in 2009 and so with a 18 months certification term I was way overdue. The thing is that Google Analytics will never let you know when your certification expired so you should make a note to yourself if want to stay enlisted in the Qualified Individuals ;) I didn’t do much preparation this time around but I took some notes during the process. These steps and tips should be useful for the folks looking to pass the new version of the test, let me know how it goes!
That topic has been discussed at length in the SEO community but recent events got me back to it. I have to tell this story and get it off my chest as I found myself both on the validation advocate side and the seo side.
So a few days ago I stumbled upon a huge traffic drop over the week-end, like half of the traffic was gone, gone. That evening, I checked all the possibilities on why the heck half of a site traffic would suddenly disappear; maybe some referrers? search position drop? email delivery? etc. to no clear signal. Everything was going the same direction: down. Continue reading Code validation and SEO
Edit: July 2012 – new GAIQ Test released by Google
I have passed my Google Analytics Individual Qualification (IQ) test on 31 December 2009. It has been on my to-do list since it was announced earlier this year. Happy that I’ve been able to check that out of my to-do for the new coming year, with a respectable score of 91%.
The Google Analytics Individual Qualification is a proof of proficiency in Google Analytics that is available to any individual who has passed the Google Analytics IQ test.