What do you call yourself....

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... when others ask what you do?

Internet Marketer?
Niche Marketer?
Online Guru?
Website Builder?
Internet Sales(wo)man?
Online Entrepreneur?

I'm just curious what you tell others (that have no clue what Internet Marketing is)... just exactly what it is that you do when they ask?

How do they react?

Often times I am not totally sure how to explain my job... more times I just give them the 11,000 foot view, and then sometimes I find myself describing what I do at great lengths only to be presented with a blank look.

Responses have been all over the place (huh?) (hm.) (what is that?) (didn't know you could make money online) (that's not a real job though, right?)

:rolleyes:

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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    Since I have owned and operated several businesses offline, I tell people I'm a Serial Entrepreneur.

    If they ask for further details, I say my current project is marketing online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    Hello Elizabeth. I get that deer in the headlights look too when I say internet marketing. So I say I am an internet marketer. I write content for people who have websites and provide online marketing services.

    I make it a point to say something about my business every where I go. The grocery store, the post office, the liquor store : ) -- I have picked up a few clients doing this and I also consider it a learning experience. I hear things like, "Wow, I have been writing a book for a while now but I don't know how to market it."

    Perfect statement.

    Then I tell them I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss the way I can help them market their book....
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  • Profile picture of the author thebarksmeow
    It really depends on who is asking. Most of the time I just say that I'm a marketer. There's no reason to limit myself by putting "internet" in front of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    I tell them that I'm doing my own thing online. Few ask what about and than I say smth. like internet marketer.

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  • Profile picture of the author Samrath Gupta
    Originally Posted by feetwins View Post

    ...

    Often times I am not totally sure how to explain my job... more times I just give them the 11,000 foot view, and then sometimes I find myself describing what I do at great lengths only to be presented with a blank look.

    Responses have been all over the place (huh?) (hm.) (what is that?) (didn't know you could make money online) (that's not a real job though, right?)

    :rolleyes:

    Elizabeth
    Well, I call myself (SAM)

    Now coming to serious points then I feel that yet so many people aren't aware about these things like Internet Marketer or Online Entrepreneur (Especially in my country)

    People really react like they are Shocked by hearing Internet marketing or something !!

    Yet, m seeking a way to explain them what it is and all that !!
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    I usually say something along the lines of "I'm an Internet Marketer. I help others promote their own businesses, books, and products to people online and also have a few of my own." If they ask for more details, I explain I make websites for small businesses to help them access a wide customer base. I also help people find ways to market books and information products. They usually understand the first half a lot better than the second half.
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    • Although I'm not full time, if I'm asked I keep it vague and say something "Computer stuff" or "Make money off websites"

      If I go into detail about Internet Marketing then all I get is a similar look to this..

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      • Profile picture of the author ronaldmd
        I usually call myself 'Internet Marketer' or simply 'Webmaster'.

        Originally Posted by GoodnightSweetRatRace View Post

        If I go into detail about Internet Marketing then all I get is a similar look to this..

        LOL
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          I just go with "I run a small publishing company."

          If you want to see strangers go cross-eyed, though, you can lower your voice and tell them, "sorry, you don't have a security clearance for that."
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      • Profile picture of the author Marcus Robbins
        LOL love it (the 'burt' pic)

        'Publisher' covers a multitude of sins

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      • Profile picture of the author sal64
        PMSL... ain't that the truth!

        Originally Posted by GoodnightSweetRatRace View Post

        Although I'm not full time, if I'm asked I keep it vague and say something "Computer stuff" or "Make money off websites"

        If I go into detail about Internet Marketing then all I get is a similar look to this..

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    • Profile picture of the author garbs
      Originally Posted by AmandaT View Post

      ...I usually say something along the lines of "I'm an Internet Marketer. I help others promote their own businesses...
      dito

      I told the People that I'm an self-employed Marketing Manager

      What do you tell the People?
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    My name is Magil, but I call myself Lil, but everyone knows me as Suzanne lol

    I just say I have online businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author timpears
    I assume you have a web site at the bare minimum. So you can say you are a publisher as you are publishing articles or what ever to the web. You could say that you are a marketer or are in advertising. If you are not selling products from your web sites, then you must have some kind of advertising on them for monetizeation.

    Or you could just say you own your own business and leave it at that. How much do you want to share with them?
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    • Profile picture of the author Elizabeth Fee
      Originally Posted by timpears View Post

      I assume you have a web site at the bare minimum. So you can say you are a publisher as you are publishing articles or what ever to the web. You could say that you are a marketer or are in advertising. If you are not selling products from your web sites, then you must have some kind of advertising on them for monetizeation.

      Or you could just say you own your own business and leave it at that. How much do you want to share with them?
      I have find myself (moreso lately) going with the latter... I own my own business, working from home. Seems there are many hats that we all wear in this industry! Publisher is a good one, too!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Entrepreneur. Because I like the qualities of being an Entrepreneur.

    When people ask I usually say I'm building an Information Publishing Company to help people with ______.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    To the people that I know well, I normally say I own an online business. Those that know me see the work I do so I don't get the "She is being tricked to think money can be made online." look others give me. The marketing explanation works better and also makes people think I have a more traditional job... which isn't always important, but in the cases of say, signing up for a service, it is important they see stability.

    I remember telling one of my roommates I was starting an online business. He said there was no real way to make money online, especially with no start up money. I remember the day he came in with a bunch of packages for me... my new work computer, printer, and a ps3 for my husband's birthday... he goes "How did you buy that? You have no job?" I looked at him and said "Ya... I own a business! While you were selling TVs at WalMart and playing xbox, I built a business so I can buy myself things like this."
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I usually say internet marketer. If someone questions what that means, I explain that I market products on the internet and earn a commission.

    If they press on, I use that Directv commercial as an example (where you refer a friend and get $100 bill credit).
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    • Profile picture of the author Elizabeth Fee
      Originally Posted by BloggingPro View Post

      I usually say internet marketer. If someone questions what that means, I explain that I market products on the internet and earn a commission.

      If they press on, I use that Directv commercial as an example (where you refer a friend and get $100 bill credit).
      I like that analogy. I might have to steal that one if you don't mind.
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        • Profile picture of the author Tom Ryan
          I just say I'm a web publisher, or run a publishing business.
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    Hm, what I call myself?

    Happy!
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    Internet marketer. Then I embrace the blank stare
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    • Profile picture of the author IMBotz
      I usually say I do freelance work and sometimes I've an online business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Says
      Originally Posted by Pierce View Post

      Internet marketer. Then I embrace the blank stare
      Haha. I get that all the time when I mention similar words.

      It's funny how people have no clue that people are spending and earning money all throughout the internet, even from people just viewing something or clicking on something.

      The biggest question I end up getting is "Do I spend money when I click on something?!"
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      • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Jackson
        I say I'm an Internet Marketer, if someone asks what I mean I tell them I promote other people's products and earn a commission.

        If they still don't know what I mean I explain it to them like this,

        someone asked me for directions to Wal-Mart so I told that person how to get there, the person spends $100, Wal-Mart pays me $50
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  • Profile picture of the author Phillip McGough
    I consider myself an Internet Marketer or an Entrepreneur, and yeah I get the blank stares too and the non-believers, but when I'm out doing things they can't afford to do I just smile!
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I am a freelance writer, proofreader and editor. My title is easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Intermission
    I will do some website design as a means to work with a client if need be, so I usually (first) say I do website design and depending on the reaction, I may add that I help local businesses with marketing. I keep my own internet marketing business/websites to myself and never mention them. People (and family and friends that just don't get it) then think I only do work for clients. Keeps it simple.

    All that to say, I say "Website Design (& Marketing) for local businesses".
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  • Profile picture of the author fredlee
    After I lost job for 1 year ago, I chose this working-at-home job, and I told my friends that I became an internet marketer. But my friends did not believe that there was the job making passive money like that. I did not care what they were thinking about me. And now, I spend most of time on my computer. My wife calls me a computer addict.
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  • Profile picture of the author flx89
    sometimes i just say i am building website to those that have no idea about Internet Marketing. To those that know, i am a SEO developer
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  • Profile picture of the author feliciayapsl
    Yup.. I get those blank looks a lot too. I tell people that I do some internet stuff.
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    I say I'm a Internet Marketer and do SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    Recently a bunch of my friends were making fun of me for not having a job while we were out at a bar, normal teasing from them since they know what I do. A new guy hanging out with us goes "Seriously though, what do you do?" My response: "Well... they are right, I don't have a job. I sit in front of my computer and watch my PayPal fill up with cash." Of course, I explained a little bit after, but his face was priceless.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Originally Posted by feetwins View Post

    ... when others ask what you do?
    Depends who's asking and and what kind of mood I'm in.

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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by feetwins View Post

    ... when others ask what you do?
    I'm a business consultant and marketing coach.

    Of course, I've also done 20 years of time in corporate America to back that up.

    BUT...

    They're not asking to find out what you do.

    They're asking to establish which of you has the more important job, and to find out if they can squeeze you for free/discount services.

    It's all about them. Not you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Elizabeth Fee
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post


      BUT...

      They're not asking to find out what you do.

      They're asking to establish which of you has the more important job, and to find out if they can squeeze you for free/discount services.

      It's all about them. Not you.
      LOL - Interesting perspective... and now that I think about it - so TRUE!
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    • Profile picture of the author sal64
      When I am in a good mood and a stranger asks me, I simply reply:

      I am a psychiatrist.

      The usually reply: Wow that's interesting.

      Then I ask: Why do you say that?

      then they'll give a reason and I ask: How does that make you feel?

      That usually screws them right up.

      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      I'm a business consultant and marketing coach.

      Of course, I've also done 20 years of time in corporate America to back that up.

      BUT...

      They're not asking to find out what you do.

      They're asking to establish which of you has the more important job, and to find out if they can squeeze you for free/discount services.

      It's all about them. Not you.
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by sal64 View Post

        That usually screws them right up.
        I always like it when people ask me "but what do you DO?" after I tell them I'm a business consultant and marketing coach.

        Because that's when I get to explain "I tell people things they already know. They call me a genius and write me a check. Then I go home."
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        • Profile picture of the author sal64
          I like that.

          The old "I'm unemployable" also gets them miffed.

          But it just goes to show how ingrained the concept that the only path to success is with an education and a career is in 99% of the population.

          Trouble is that job security as we knew it went out the window about 20 years ago.

          Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

          I always like it when people ask me "but what do you DO?" after I tell them I'm a business consultant and marketing coach.

          Because that's when I get to explain "I tell people things they already know. They call me a genius and write me a check. Then I go home."
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  • Profile picture of the author pagunston
    I would love to call myself any one of these things however the truth is, I haven't made a cent from internet marketing. I am only new to this concept and I have a lot to learn. I really hope that I am on the right track because I REALLY want to make this my job one day.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    I just tell them that magiclouie has the magic of making money online.
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    • Profile picture of the author Watchman220
      I am more into the geekie techie side of things...so I tell them I am an I.T. Consultant who specializes in several areas including Search Engine Optimization to get top ranking in Google.

      If you can scale the Google Mountain...it really does not matter what business you are in...almost.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kecia
    I usually still say I am a freelance writer. Most people seem to get that. They look really confused when I say internet marketer.
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    I can say i am an internet marketer. But still trying to achieve more.
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    I say that I'm a business analyst and consultant.

    Because I am.

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