Explaining about blogging and Internet marketing to someone out there in the society is one of the hardest stuff I’ve ever come across. When they ask me, what I do? I reply them “I’m a professional blogger” and they say “Oh, Good”. But after 2 minutes they ask me something “What is professional blogging?” 🙁
I start to reply them with a story “Once upon a time” -_- . Seriously, I faced this situation today also, one of my friend asked me what I’m doing expect from all this academic stuff. I said him that I’m a professional blogger and I’m blogging since around 3-4 years. The weirdest thing happened is that he replied me “Ok, great job bro”, but after that he came to me and asked me “What is blogging” 🙁 .
This is the situation of bloggers and as well as the people around us, none of them know about blogging and digital marketing, but they’re so much aware of Quantum mechanics. The 99% of the people who ask me about all these stuff are engineering graduates and well-qualified peoples. I think the reason behind this kinda situation is our education system and trust within the field of Internet. I’m not sure about your location and the mindset of the people but here in Kerala, people are really scared about making money online and investing money online. Let me say one of my experience with a bank nearby my location,
One day I went to the nearest bank and requested a debit card with more priority so that I can use it to make my PayPal payments, you know that paypal only supports few type of cards. The lady who sat there asked me to meet the manager and I went into the managers room. The manager asked me about my requirments and I said him about PayPal, Google Wallet and stuff like that. He asked me a single question,
“What is PayPal?”
I was really shocked by hearing that question, as a bank manager of a famous bank, he doesn’t even know the world’s largest online bank 🙁 , this made me really sad, but wait!
We had some discussion and I teached him more about PayPal and stuff but finally he said that they’re not offering any cards which is compitble with PayPal and Google Wallet. I asked them curiously “Why” ? and he replied me,
“Son, the companies like Google, PayPal etc cannot be trusted. They can even misuse your card details and the customers will run behind us if anything wrong happens.”
I simple replied them, “I trust Google and PayPal more than your bank locker services sir 🙂 Thank You!
This was one of the weirdest experience of mine, and I’m sure that you guys might have come across these kinda situations too. The people around us are really unaware of how things work with the internet, but I don’t think it will last for many years as because many people started learning more about Internet 🙂 . Still as bloggers, we are facing a lot of problems with these questions
“What do you do online? what is blogging? how do you make money from blogging?
Answer #1: Usual
The usual way of answering this question is easy for us, but the easiness entirely depends on the understanding ability of one who is hearing your answer. The answer is
I’m a pro-blogger and I own few blogs or websites. I write a lot of articles in them about some products or services or anything which interests me. I’ve displayed ad on my blogs, you might have seen ads on websites right? Yea, I display ads and when someone click on them, I earn a few buck 🙂
Quite okay! If you’re getting more questions, just move onto the second answer.
Answer #2: Advanced
At times, when the number of questions increases or if the understanding ability of the one who is listening to you is “less”, then you need to come up with a more advanced answer like
I’ve websites and I make money from them. When you search for a mobile review, then you might have seen many blog links right? Yea, I write articles on my websites or blogs and I work damn hard to get on to the top of google for a word you’re searching. So just like you, 10000’s will be searching the same thing and almost everyone will be clicking my link 😀 . So I get a lot of visits daily and I’ve displayed ads on my website. These ads will generate me money if any of my visitors are clicking on it.
Confused?! No words then!
Answer #3: Super Advanced
This answer is simple, yet powerful!
I’m a web desinger and I make websites, but I don’t do it for free! okay?
I’ve ended up the conversation by saying this answer many times. I really feel frustrated when people’s keep on asking me all this shits. Some people never understand our pain and they call it easy money. Blogging is not easy money as far as I know, the mental strain which you’re putting in matters a lot. I’m strongly recommending you not to waste your time explaining more about blogging and Internet marketing to anyone around you unless she’s your girlfriend 😉 .