Search Engine College Graduate Profile: Bob Schaller

Bob Schaller graduated from Search Engine College five years ago and says his SEO Certification helped to open new doors for him professionally.

Bob has graciously offered to be our first Search Engine College ‘Graduate Profile’ featured here on Ask Kalena.

Q: Hi Bob!  What State/Country are you from?

A: California, USA

Q: What year did you enroll in Search Engine College?

A: 2007

Q: What was your employment situation at the time of enrolling at Search Engine College?

A: Ecommerce Manager, taking on the role of SEO.

Q: What made you decide to enroll in one of our courses?

A: I looked all over the internet for an online curriculum. Search Engine College was exactly what I was looking for – many courses, self paced, knowledgeable mentors/instructors.

Q: What course/s did you take?

A: Search Engine Optimization 101

Q: What did you like best about the course/s you took?

A: The material was relevant to my current position. I was able to apply concepts immediately.

Q: What should we change (if anything) about our courses to improve the user experience?

A: This was my first experience with online education. I think it was perfect for my needs.

Q: What have you been up to since graduating from Search Engine College?

A: I worked 5 more years at that company doing SEO, PPC, link building and marketing.

Q: Have you changed jobs or careers as a result of gaining SEC Certification?  

A: Currently I am at a media agency where my SEO experience got me the job. I would not have gotten this position without the certificate.

Q: Have our courses helped your employment situation? In what way?

A: As I mentioned, I used the knowledge right away. I was able to use the Search Engine College website for reference. I applied my knowledge to successfully implement SEO / SEM strategies. I changed jobs and stayed in the SEO / SEM arena.

Q: What sort of role are you in now and what do you love best about your job?

A: I am a full time SEO consultant for a media agency. I review and apply SEO to all the agency clients. I conceptualize and implement new strategies.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to persons starting out in the search industry, what would it be?

Never stop learning – be it online education, or industry literature, or conventions, what have you. Always be in front of development and trends.

Thanks Bob! All the best with your new role and your continued career in SEO. If you are a recent or past graduate of Search Engine College and would like to be featured here, please read this blog post and get in touch.

 

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Calling All Search Engine College Graduates

Hundreds of students graduate from Search Engine College every year and one of our favourite things is hearing from alumni and finding out what they’ve been up to since graduating.

With students in over 50 countries, experiences are quite diverse. Here are some examples:

  • Gone on to work for a major search engine.
  • Offered 3 jobs in a single week after publishing certification status in online CV.
  • Poached from a high-paying SEM job to another high-paying SEM job with double the salary in just 6 months.
  • Launched a web design and SEO company with sister.
  • Left a high paying job in government to start own SEO/SEM consultancy.
  • Became a freelance online copywriting expert.

Having launched in 2004, the alumni of Search Engine College is rapidly growing and we’ve realized that other former and current students would enjoy hearing from past students too. So we’ve decided to regularly feature a ‘Graduate Profile’ on this blog.

If you’re an alumni of Search Engine College, no matter how long (or short) ago, we are eager to hear from you. We’d love to know:

  • What have you done since graduating from Search Engine College?
  • How have our courses helped your working situtation?
  • Have you started a new business or job as a result?
  • What role are you in now?
  • What do you love best about your job?

We’d also love to know:

  • What made you decide to enroll at Search Engine College?
  • What are your plans for the future?

Please Contact Us with “Graduate Profile” in your subject line and preferably attaching or linking to a photo you’d like used in the profile. We would be delighted to receive profiles in audio or video format if you’re particularly keen!

All graduates profiled will receive a Google AdWords voucher to the value of USD 75 and a link to their web site.

 

 

 

 

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25 Percent Discount Coupon for Search Engine College

coupon code for Search Engine CollegeI just realised that I hadn’t yet shared this promotion on my blog so here we are.

If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you’ll know this already, but to celebrate the milestone of Search Engine College having enrolled students in 56 countries, we declared September to be Study Month. For the entire month of September, we have been offering a 25 Percent Discount on ALL our courses, including our popular multi-course Certification Pathways.

Study Month came about after the fantastic response to our CRAZY Day Sale in July. Many of our readers contacted us, asking if we could offer specials on courses other than our Search Engine Optimization Starter. We listened to your feedback and decided to celebrate Study Month with 25 PERCENT off any / all courses at Search Engine College.

You read correctly! If you order ANY course/s from us in September and use the Coupon Code – STUDYMONTH - you will receive 25% off your shopping cart total. That’s 25 percent off the total amount in your cart, so the more courses you add, the more you save.

Remember – the coupon is only valid until midnight on 30 September 2012, but your course key is valid for 12 months from the first day you enter it, so even if you don’t have time to study now, you can lock in your savings and study when it suits you.

But you’ve got less than 72 hours to take advantage of the discount so get cracking before the coupon expires. Be sure to read the instructions for using the coupon.

Happy Savings!

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Free AdWords Credit Vouchers for Search Engine College Students

Hey everyone

We were accepted into the Google Engage for Agencies program last month and as part of that status, we are now able to distribute vouchers for AdWords credit to all our Search Engine College students.

If you are a current or past student of Search Engine College and you would like to receive a Google AdWords credit voucher to the value of USD 75 – please contact me either via the in-course message system, or via our online Contact Form quoting your name, your student number and/or the date you signed up as a student.

There is a catch though – vouchers are only redeemable for new AdWords accounts or accounts that are less than 14 days old. If you are a PPC student, the voucher can be applied during the AdWords account set up process that you go through as part of your lesson material.

If you are not yet a Search Engine College student, never fear – sign up and you will be issued with a voucher at some point soon after your enrollment.

Happy spending!

 

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Search Engine College now teaches students in 54 countries

SEC-smiley-150x178We’re feeling pretty chuffed at Search Engine College this week, because we now teach students in 54 different countries around the world.

The College reached the 54 country milestone this week when a new student from Scotland enrolled online.

Since its inception in 2004, Search Engine College has set new industry standards for education and training in the field of Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing and we are very proud to have produced over 1,500 happy graduates.

Here’s a list of countries where we have enrolled students to date:

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Barbados
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
China
Croatia
Czech Republic
Dominican Republic
England (UK)
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jordan
Kuwait
Latvia
Malaysia
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Montenegro
New Zealand
Norway
Pakistan
Philippines
Portugal
Romania
Russian Federation
Scotland (UK)
Singapore
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Thailand
The Netherlands
Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
Ukraine
Uraguay
USA
Vietnam
West Africa

I wonder which country will be next?

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