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How do you explain SEO to someone?

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  1. Kyle787

    Kyle787 Junior Member

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    Now just random, I am still in college and make but loads more than friends doing SEO work for local clients. However, when someone I meet or a friend asks me what I do or what my job is, I find it impossible to explain SEO to them.

    Anyone else been in the same boat?
     
  2. pr0ject

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    Simple don't explain...less competition for us :D
     
  3. englandrm

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    Ha, when people ask what I do, I usually just say I run a web design company (even though 99% of the work I do is straight SEO).

    I have yet to find an easy way to explain it. It usually comes out with "I help people show up higher in search engines."

    If you find a better way to say it that anyone could understand, I'd be happy to hear it.
     
  4. Kyle787

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    haha both posts made me laugh. Just have yet to discover a way to explain SEO to a grown up 4 year old :)
     
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    "I get my clients websites to rank number one in google" lol
     
  6. eloquenceeee

    eloquenceeee Regular Member

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    I just say I own a web design company.
     
  7. royce22

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    Lol yea tell them get them top search engine rankings. for building quality backlinks to help the get found more through google.

    and build good content to help them stay up there. tell them thats the simple way to explain it

    to the top!!
     
  8. englandrm

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    It's a very rare occasion that I come across somebody who actually knows what SEO or even Search Engine Optimization is. Everyone knows what websites are though, so its my "go-to profession."
     
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    and how will you explain social media marketing
    Fist thing they say is "btw wht is social media"

    I define SEO as marketing websites of my customers something i think they can understand
     
  10. Kyle787

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    I like
     
  11. cyrsss

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    Simple Give them Straight Answers

    1-You work with search engines like google,yahoo etc

    2-Do custom Code programming

    3- Make website appear in Rankings against Keywords

    But Dont try to explain them each in detail just overview them.If they are curious to learn ask for payment

    This is Golden Rule :D
     
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    me: you know those spammy links you see all over the internet?

    them: yea

    me: ;)
     
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    Awsome after SEO explaination :D
     
  14. rapidecommerce

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    just tell them you build websites. it is easier for the tiny little minds to understand
     
  15. hgear

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    here is how I do it.

    them: what do you do
    me: You know how most business go out of business within 1 year like 90% because
    they don't have enough customers...
    them: yes that's true
    me: well what I do is help business stay in business by getting more customs and leads Guranteed. Do you know someone who who might need something like that?

    them: yes...ME!

    A-B-C
     
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    Thinking about it now, "I run an online marketing company" isn't the worst thing in the world.
     
  17. Chrisss

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    You are working with online advertisement :)

    Either be creative or just drop the subject.
     
  18. Kickflip

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    I say:

    Say you run a company selling Jeans. If someone searches for where to buy Jeans, don't you want your company to come up first? I can do that.
     
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    I have problems telling people what i do as well, i just usually tell them I'm unemployed though.

    I don't really do SEO though :eek:
     
  20. HostStage

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    I'm them, so me too !!! :p

    Very appealing explanation ;)