Unfortunately none of that matters to this perception of the internet though. People have this idea that internet marketing is "sleazy" or "a scam".
Ironically, these same people that think that way also spend all of their time on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, whatever...and those free services are MUCH more sleazy than I will ever be in my entire lifetime. They take your data and then throw ads in your face 24/7.
Me, I'm just this one guy that offers the best possible quality that I can, selling a very affordable product as a means to monetize all of the free content that I put out. I have spent hundreds, maybe thousands of hours just on my free content alone. There are people that never buy a single thing from me, and they thank me constantly about how much I have helped them for free.
When I share a piece of free content, I make it easy to buy what I'm selling, but I don't throw it in your face either. I'm not super aggressive about pushing a sale on anyone. I focus mainly on producing and sharing high-quality, FREE content.
But because my medium of reaching my audience is the internet, I get called out for being a "scammer" sometimes.
For example, a few months ago I spent 7 days putting together a free video, which was packed with free content. This video was not designed to sell anything...it was just a video that I was really excited to make and put out for free. Getting a bunch of positive comments and "thank you's" is also rewarding to me too, so I also get "paid" through the feelings that I get by genuinely helping people.
Anyway I shared this video on Reddit, and the first comment that it got was "I hate marketing shills".
Another example from today - I just posted a 2-part video today, which is on my website. The 2 videos collectively took me 2 weeks to make, and I just gave it all away for free.
First comment I got - "It's just an advertisement".
Stuff like this literally makes me want to smash a hole through a wall.
I won't do that though. I'm just venting here.
I'm not going to stop doing what I do, and I know this perception of internet marketing as being "sleazy" will never change, but I just needed to vent.
Thanks for listening.