“I’m an Internet Marketer”

Has it ever happened to you that while discussing your job with friends or family people don’t have any idea about what you do.

Or your classmate who you haven’t seen for ages, talks about career and suddenly asks: “And you?” “I’m an Internet marketer” (here you feel a surge of pride), “Sorry, what?” Not “Wow!”, not even “Really?! Tell me more about it!”, just this humiliating “What?”.

I know the reason why they do so. You may be surprised, but many people are still ignorant of the Internet, let alone SEM, PPC and other 3-letter online businesses. To believe them, Internet marketers are those who

  • sell e-books (btw, what does “e-book” mean?);
  • flood your inbox with spammy messages, like “Order 9 $1 bottles for $10 and get one more absolutely FOR FREE”;
  • just scam;
  • waste time in front the computer screen, looking through multiple stupid pages (this refers to all the three).

The thing is that people who don’t use the web treat it like something unreal: you can’t try on sneakers from a virtual shop or hear the ring of coins sent to your online account.

And unreal allegedly stands for unreliable. Have you experienced such an attitude?

All in all, how to convince your relatives/friends that you are neither a spammer nor scammer, but a serious businessman?

Don’t try to explain the inexplicable. Don’t show them your website(-s) and stats reports. Don’t answer their naive questions.

Just invite them some day to voyage in the yacht (not that I have one) you bought from your online revenue and they’ll believe, I bet!

I’d love to know if you’ve ever been in this situation or simply tell me your thoughts about this, even if you’re a part-time Internet marketer…