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When people ask,
"So, what do you do?"

 9:28 pm on Jan 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

If you do Adsense full time, how do you reply to them? I just got back from a bit of a vacation and while meeting many new people at various holiday functions this question came up over and over again. "So, what do you do for a living?"

"I work at home on the Internet as a web publisher." They then usually ask what I mean by "web publisher". Followed by "Who pays you to do that?". And, finally, they come up with a creative way to ask "How much money do you make doing that?".

On one particular night of being asked what "I do" over and over, I decided to just say that I owned a computer related business. But, this just made things worse. "Oh computers! My brother works for a software company and makes good money there. So, what exactly does your company do in regards to computers?" Then, I was just back to square one, but with more explaining to do.

What do other Adsense full-timers, possibly with employees, say when asked this question? I'm just curious, thanks in advance for any comments.



 12:55 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

My parents, bless their hearts, still don't get really get it.

And how. Apparently my mum reported to my aunt that I had robots working for me.

That's definitely not what I said.


 1:50 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

And how. Apparently my mum reported to my aunt that I had robots working for me.

That's hilarious.... I'd be tempted to let them maintain the impression that you actually have robots working for you. Maybe every so often mutter "damn robots" under your breath when they're around.


 2:00 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

every so often mutter "damn robots" under your breath when they're around

this thread is getting funnier and weirder by the hour


 2:10 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

robots working for me.

Yep, I can empathise with this one!

My group of drinking buddies are well-known as computer geeks and always being asked the most ridiculous questions to technical problems someone may have and expected to resolve it for a free beer.

When it comes to the web we have even been told that all we do is "push a button" and that's it! So you can guess what our stock answer is when anyone asks us to do something, "Sure, no problem mate, I only have to click a couple of buttons and the jobs done! That'll be USD5,000 please."

Needless to say, they don't ask any more.


 2:37 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)


50% of the time its sooo you do porn..
50% what is that.


 3:01 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

A lot of people are advicing against telling friends and family about website if running adsense. So basicly your saying that word-of-mouth is not an option?


 3:03 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

but what do you tell your KIDS?

If you ask my five year old where her mommy works she will say...

"On the computer so she can buy me toys"

If you ask her where Jake works, she will say...

"He works on the computer too like Mommy.... so he can buy me toys"

Lesson? My kids don't care what we do, as long as the toys keep rolling in. ;-)


 3:10 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

"Special Agent" together with a sorry-can't-say-much-more look. Usually works.


 4:05 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

As we are all self employed we could just invent our own job description to suit the audience. I've used the following (although yes most of my family doesn't even know where the on/off switch is on a computer never mind how to use them):-

Computer Consultant
Website Designer
Online Publisher
"I work in advertising"
"I work in sales"
"I work in marketing"

(to myself - poorly paid tax collector)
(to myself - general dogsbody who should hire somebody so he can take a holiday)

Basically most of us do everything so our job involves bookeeper, all aspects of computers involving website (from repairing your own to renewing domains and updating content) so our job doesn't fall into any neat description other than "self-employed". However the next question people have is where do you get your money from? Google (starting with the names they'll actually of heard of) sounds quite impressive, but at least one elderly relative is now under the mistaken impression I'm a Google employee. :) Anyway... it only comes up at social events. Fixing computers is the only part of my job that 90% of people can understand....


 5:11 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Online Advertising Manager

Fo shizzle.


 5:13 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Lots of great ideas on what to tell ADULTS what you do, but what do you tell your KIDS? What do they tell their friends? And what do they say in class? Teacher, my daddy is a....?

I just asked:

6 year old...."Work?....I need a hint"
9 year old " You work on your website & make lots of money"
11 year old "You write articles for the internet & make money"
15 year old "My mom has websites...that's all I'm allowed to tell you ( hee hee hee) "

So there you have it. That is how my house perceives what I do for a living.


 5:28 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I usually tell that I make travel destination websites - no mention of the way this monetizes.

My father who's 82 recently found out what I make on the websites, and whenever we talk internet he asks me if I still make as much, and then grins like I've found the biggest scam around. :-)


 5:38 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think my response have worked great :

what do you do?
I have websites.

how much do you charge for a website?
I create websites for myself.

how do you make money?
Advertising, people pay to get announced, it works like a magazine.

That have worked really good.


 5:49 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

The true reason people snicker when you call yourself a webmaster, INFOMERCIALS

How much would you expect to pay for website-in-a-box? $99.99? Audience, "yeah!" Announcer, "Nooooooo!" $49.99? Audience, "yeah!" Announcer, "NOOOOOOOO!" Would you believe that for the low one time introductory rate of only the one small one time fee of only *$29.99 if you call in the next five seconds, and thats not all, if you call right now, we'll throw in these 75 compact discs including, how I made a million dollars in one day using the internet-in-a-day toolset and the wildly popular how to sell useless cheap merchandise like gold watches that the only people who would even consider wearing them are people who can't even pronounce the word "internet" correctly!

* $29.99 does not include the monthly incurring hosting charge of $99.99/month and there is no guarantee, well no possible way, that you would ever make enough money to cover the hosting fee. After two months of false promises we will inform you of our $499.99 cancelation fee.

Since many peoples only experience with website design is late night infomercials. It's no wonder they say, "no really, what do you really do for a living?"


 7:07 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Advertise "Infomercial" Products on the internet...

replies... oh.. huh? and you don't do anything else?

my replies...

That means. 1) I do not have a boss. 2) I keep my own hours. 3) I sit on my lazyboy l-shaped couch in shorts and a t-shirt, making money from using my laptop. 4) I get to take naps. 5) I'm not chained to a desk, or office, or really anything.

Which means, it's better than everything else, outside of simply filthy rich.


 7:56 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

Most often when I am asked this question I will answer with my 9-5 job title "New Media Director" and that usually gets a blank face.. I then go on to tell them I take care of the website for the paper where I live (as well as retail webdevo, verticals.. etc,etc) that is normally where they say the "Oh, little Timmy down the alley does that, he had a webdesign stand(like a lemonade stand, only with a better chair) out front of his house this summer"


 8:44 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

9 days and 20 pages... wow.. moving thread.

i never answer this with an honest answer. sometimes i go for shock factor and say "internet porn". sometimes i tell them "i study complex matricies that link xyz site to my website, kinda like 6 degrees of separation". other times just come with "internet marketing". they usually reply "like [fill in anything a common user would know about the internet]" and i reply "yes, exactly".

**porn's the best answer**


 9:21 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I reply with, I build websites.

It's really not hard to answer. If you have trouble, chances are you're a shady shady operative, and your "portal"...well, no one likes it :)



 10:17 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I mostly do client work and have the same problem. A girl asks me what I do (yes - single) and I respond "I'm a web designer," thinking it's straightforward enough and maybe a bit interesting. Then she asks, "Can I see your designs sometime?"

{pictures of webposition reports go through my head}


 11:46 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

You guys have got to be freakin KIDDING me. This is the biggest case of worrying about the small stuff I've ever witnessed in my life.

You guys are full-time adsense'ers and your biggest concern is how to introduce yourself at get togethers?

FOR CRYIN OUT LOUD. That's awesome that you were able to build sites that generate passive income - and enough to live off of! I'm hoping to be able to do so myself some day.

You should be worrying about what countries to travel to with your spare time and cash. ;)


 12:37 am on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

ya but its a real "issue" for people making a living off the web. Most people still think that if you are making money on the web you are doing something shifty or a web designer.

I almost always say something different like:

gas station employee
car washer
ferret breader

I've gotten too tired to explain it every time.


 3:55 am on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Nice KevinC, I'll have to add the ferret breeder.

my list is the following, Ive got great stories on each...

Thai Elephant Trainer
Professional Tiger Hunter
French Pastry chef



 4:12 am on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

ferret breader

Indeed, there's nothing better than breaded ferret, served up with some potatoes n' gravy ;)


 4:28 am on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Breaded and then fried, I assume.

"You guys are full-time adsense'ers and your biggest concern is how to introduce yourself at get togethers?"

I also worry about which shoes to wear.


 5:12 am on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

The annoying problem is if i say i am a webmaster the next question they ask is what is your website :)


 5:26 am on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

doble u doble u doble u dot care dot much.


 9:15 am on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm a traffic broker. I research consumer browsing/buying patterns and then use SEM to get people to my network of websites. I then sell the traffic to whoever is willing to buy it.


 6:09 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

"What do you do for a living?"
"Oh yeah? What, the stock market?"
"No...intellectual properties"
"What's that?"
"If you don't know what it is already...it's something you could never understand"


 6:52 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Breaded and then fried, I assume.

Good grief! Fried?

Can't you people eat healthy food:-))


 7:31 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

well they say ferrets are low in fat but you eat more of em ;)


 9:04 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

Though the problem is that one is not enough:-)

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