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How do YOU explain what SEO/IM is to people?

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  1. MrBeastsOnToast

    MrBeastsOnToast Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    So im at the point now where im telling people i meet about my SEO and IM when i get asked "so what do you do".

    Its so damn hard to explain what it is we do to people.

    i either get a look like im doing some kind of black magic, or im some kind of identity fraudster.

    I cant be the only that has had this problem. So how do you guys explain what you do to people when they ask?
     
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    Cnotey Power Member

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    I don't tell them anything, because I don't want them to become interested in it and create more competition. That is the best thing about IM, hardly anyone realizes it's there. Loose lips sink ships.
     
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  3. Effin

    Effin Registered Member

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    A little paranoid aren't we?
     
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    chad362wiley Supreme Member

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    Same. I dont tell my friends shit. For all they know i sling crack on the interwebz.
     
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    I just tell them I deal drugs and make porn...Then they laugh and don't ask anymore haha
     
  6. Kosher1

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    I explained to someone once, rich guy, he laughed and said "really? I didn't know you can live off that kind of work.."

    Ppl don't have the slightest idea what it takes to be a good Internet marketer, nor can they ever have any appreciation for it. The only people that will ever get close to understanding what you do is those that are paying you a lot of money and seek quality results.


    Life is too short for anger!
     
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    I just say I am into "internet sales" and I get websites found in search engines and make money off of them.

    Then when they ask another question like "how does that work?" Then I usually laugh and call them a peasant.

    Seriously though when you try to explain it to people, act like you are talking to a 4 year old and then you might have a chance of them understanding. It is funny though because some people get it right away, and some people just don't.
     
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  8. MrBeastsOnToast

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    lol im glad its not just me then, the best thing ive come up with so far is "i get websites to the top of google". Just dosent seem to do it justice!
     
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    I dont waste my time trying to explain to anyone, because 98% of people just look at you like you are full of crap. No one believes you can make money from this, unless they actually do it themself
     
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    steelballs BANNED BANNED

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    Tell them the truth that you are

    A lifeguard at the car wash!
     
  11. travisle

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    Just downplay it and people will think that you have a boring job like them. :D

    Just say "Yeah I have a desk job and I sit in front of the computer all day." Maybe they will leave you alone then.
     
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    i just lie honestly if i don't know the person. i used to say "i make websites, kind of complicated" now i say "i manage online media for companies, kind of complicated". not like anyone really cares in my experience unless they really know you
     
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    Yup. I always say something that not even what I do at all. They never really care most of the time they ask they just intrested a bit but not really, a simple end of discussion reply will end the convo.

    now with family members and such I tell them I run a few websites for people and maintain it and they pay me monthly. Then comes all the ' O really can you teach me, I need to make some more money too' lol people are funny,
     
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    I say...you know that netflix ad you see on aol? well netflix doesnt really put it there, I do.

    I rent the space on aol (and other sites) and promote offers

    If I do it right, netflix pays me more than I have to pay aol and I profit from the act

    This is how I make a living
     
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    I dunno. 1st I find out if they have a business. Than I found if they have a website. Then If they have a website than I tell them exactly what I do and say i'd love to help them as well.

    But if they don't own a business or anything like that. I just say I make websites.
     
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    I say I am into digital marketing. The same way products are marketed offline, I help market websites . I manage their social media and how they appear in the search engines like Google. By this time their brain will be farting and they will stop asking further questions.
     
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    I either say web designer or "dirty fucking spammer"
     
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    Make it sounds confusing as hell so they don't ask you to teach them, especially if you are young. If you are still young, people will think that you found some magical trick online to make money just because you are young. They won't actually think that you have the work ethic or skill to actually make money with hard work.
     
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    I deal with this situation almost everyday. I'm living in a foreign country where there are not many people from Asia so they ask me where are you from? What are you doing here? What kind of job you have? blah blah blah. I was sick and tired of explaining the same stuff to everyone. So I made up a story which works pretty well.

    I tell them I am a guinea pig (ginny pig) for an international experiment on global warming. People from hot countries are made to live in colder countries and vice versa. Every month they take samples of my blood etc etc for experiments and that's how I get paid.

    Funny part is numerous times I have been asked if I could refer them for this job to live in another country :D
     
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    Now that is funny!:congrats:

    Last time I shared properly with anyone it went like this - I told a couple what I did after an afternoon of "ale appreciation" at a friend's house party. They both seemed nice and interested so I just said I had a few sites promoting hardcore pr0n, oh and loads of filthy adult stuff. This was a shame as up until that point I had been making friends in a new town. I think the wife had some issues as she totally lost it and I had to make my excuses.

    I reckon I'll use/adapt this to suit more as I like to keep things simple. KISS.