If I’m in a social situation where people ask me what I do for a living, I try to avoid the whole *SEO* explanation.
First you isolate people who have a phobia of anagrams. Then, if people do stick out the conversation, by the time you get to “META Tags” their eyes have glazed over and they’re desperately looking for someone, anyone, to provide them with an escape route.
Of course, this can work to your advantage if you want to get rid of someone. In that scenario, I’ve got my fav SEO definition at the ready. “SEO? What’s that?” they ask. And I say: “Bionic, fibulous conglomeration of random search algorithms resulting in superior ascensionic ranking and visitation abilities.” Poof! They’re gone. Sometimes being a geek is fun. And of course Geek is Sexy, as my fav t-shirt states.
But if I’m not in geek mode, I usually respond to the “What do you do?” question with “I’m a blogger”. It’s amazing how many people get excited when they hear this. They’ve either got their own blogs, like to read particular blogs, or are are simply fascinated with the idea that people can earn a living from blogging. Darren Rowse’s infamous post The House that Blogging Built back in 2005 changed Australian attitudes towards blogging almost overnight.
Another question I get asked a LOT is “How do you make money from a blog?”. So here’s my answer. And now for a practical example:
If you enjoy this blog or it has helped you in any way, please buy me a coffee. Lesson over!
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That is absolutely hilarious! I too often find myselves boring the life out of people who want to know what SEO is so instead I cut Internet Marketing short by simply saying “Marketing” as internet marketing makes them think I play a part in Pop-Ups or simply just ad space.
Oops I meant *myself. Need another cup of coffee today!
@ Nick – Yeah, I notice the suspicion creep into their eyes at the very mention of “Internet Marketing” too. Instantly conjures up the idea that we are Viagra spammers I guess? Heh heh
“Oh like a spammer” is the normal reaction I get when I try to explain some of the things I do to send traffic, like social networking, or PPC.
I’ll have to try the “blogger” answer, though my blog is rather dusty…
Brilliant! This is a great post, makes me feel better about the interactions I experience. Geeks are sexy!
I can relate with your post, too brainy explanations makes me ill.. hahaha.. i was looking for some ways to earn in my blog but the SEO thing don’t interest me at the first place but hey! thats what i need to do… nice post..
anyway, id like to mention about SuFaq, maybe someone will be in need of it especially to those people who have some customer service problems.
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