Certified Digital Marketing Specialist Search

As an in-demand digital marketing discipline, this certification will provide you with the latest techniques and tools to improve your search marketing and lead generation efforts. Through dynamic lectures and case studies, you will possess the expertise to create, manage and implement advanced search marketing strategies using AdWords, PPC, display and remarketing techniques.

Certified professionals will gain the knowledge and skills needed to plan and implement search-marketing campaigns for companies of any size. An internationally recognized certified professional badge will also be available for you to promote on your LinkedIn profile.

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Course Modules

This program consist of eight modules and upon completion of this course you will be awarded an invaluable and career changing specialist certification. This will help you stand out from the crowd as a search-marketing specialist which is validated by the Digital Marketing Institute’s Industry Advisory Council. These modules are:


This introductory module will provide you with a solid foundation in the key technical concepts of search marketing. You will learn how the core elements, including SEO optimization, PPC advertising and analytics work together to drive targeted and high-converting traffic. These skills will help you understand how each discipline in search marketing interacts with, affects others and influences the wider digital marketing practice.

SEO Setup

The SEO Setup module introduces you to the key concepts relating to Search Engine Optimization, how search engines work and the key components of Search Engine Results Pages. You will understand how to set your business, website and SEO objectives and become aware of the free and paid tools you can use in your SEO activities.

SEO Content

This module will help you understand the importance of content and the technical aspects of on page optimization. It will also help you enhance search traffic, and develop broader engagement levels across different channels. The SEO Content module will help you set goals, research and develop audience personas, conduct informed keyword research to identify topics and create strategic content campaigns that convert and exceed targets.

SEO Workshop

You will be introduced to the relevant laws and guidelines, including privacy and data protection laws that pertain to the different aspects of SEO. This will enable you to conduct a comprehensive SEO audit, analyze what SEO tactics work, where to optimize your strategy and use these insights to tweak your strategy.

Paid Search

The Paid Search module introduces you to the fundamental concepts of PPC advertising. You will learn how to set up an account, interact with the interface and understand the AdWords hierarchy. These skills will help you implement Google AdWords campaigns, become adept at keyword research, understand the rationale behind bidding and determine success through analytics.

Display Advertising

The Display Advertising module introduces you to the key performance indicators in display campaigns, including Click-Through-Rate (CTR), Conversion Rate, Average Cost-Per-Click (CPC) and Quality Score. You will understand how to develop a strong creative strategy to target a variety of personas, understand how to effectively advertise on social networks and create Gmail and engagement ads for maximum reach.

Analytics with Google Analytics

The Analytics module begins with the fundamentals of web analytics and the associated legal responsibilities and best practices concerning data collection, consent, and privacy that enable a digital marketer to draw actionable conclusions from website or marketing channel data. It demonstrates how to set up and configure Google Analytics and install Google Analytics tracking code to glean insights about the website’s traffic and audience.

Strategy & Planning

The Strategy & Planning module will teach you how to devise an all-encompassing strategy using the PROPEL model. Made up of three distinct parts, you will learn how planning, researching, setting objectives, preparation, execution and learning are the key components of a successful social strategy and ROI.