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03 Nov 08 4:50 am
Depends on how open minded they actually are. A lot of people equate "internet marketing" with "spamming" or "multi-level marketing" and "pyramid schemes". So until you can break this connection and show how ordinary and boring affiliate marketers actually are (!!) you might not convince them of much. The internet marketing industry (being people who "sell the knowledge") is very much like a giant infomercial land as well, and that doesn't help the image.
If they're reasonable folks, you just need to show them where the money is on the internet. Most people will be aware of advertising, but not so many are aware that a lot of the reviews and advertisements you see on the internet are affiliate promotions. If you can show them a few sites, and show them how they're making money, it starts to become a little clearer.
You could even show them our lesson in the introduction section ( "http://www.affilorama.com/introduction/affiliate-website-examples
" ) where we go through a bunch of affiliate sites and show how they're making money.
I'm not sure how old you are, but another thing to remember is that your parents are just trying to look out for you. They don't want you sinking your time and effort into something that's going to hurt you, or your future. So try to be understanding and non-confrontational about it. A lot of parents think they know more than their children ;) If you're wanting to quit school/college/work to become an internet marketer... you might want to try doing it part time for a while until you see some cash coming in. People don't want to see you "trading in your future" on something that may not pay off (in their minds). The simple act of earning money is usually enough to silence the critics :)
And aside from the idea of earning money yourself, you're learning some pretty valuable skills in this industry anyway. It's not so bad being a web designer if all else fails :) Try that line of argument as well.
I'm sure there will be some more opinions on this subject to come... just don't be discouraged. Keep it up, quietly and steadily, and you'll soon be earning enough to get them off your back!
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