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When people ask,

"So, what do you do?"

     
9:28 pm on Jan 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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.

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Web designer works well for me and it's partially true. I do both webdesign/programming for clients and adsense, I just neglect to mention the last part.
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<Can you tell me how to find the square root of 75 with a Comptometer? Or how to divide 75 by 32? >

No! I am far too young ;)

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Web Designer is good for me but I'd also like to indicate I do the research and write the content. I can't think of a short way to say that. I'd like to find a good phrase to put on my business cards. Any ideas?

If they ask how I earn money I just say my sites have ads on them related to my topics.

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Web Designer is good for me but I'd also like to indicate I do the research and write the content. I can't think of a short way to say that. I'd like to find a good phrase to put on my business cards. Any ideas?

Web Designer and Analyst?

I've heard of a lot of people outside of this thread refer to themselves as freelance writer, which covers a lot when it comes to people who aren't familiar with things like AdSense (even if it's not a precise description).

They are writing for themselves (i.e. their website), but somehow freelance writer may sound sexier or whatever, but it tends to end what could be a drawn-out conversation.

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I build websites and hire companies like Google, Tribal-fusion, etc to sell ads for me which I place on my websites.

Before I adopted my "Trust No One" approach, I got cocky on one first date and tried to impress her with my response to the inevitable question.

"Well, I have this business relationship with Google"

Her response: "What's a google?"

Oh well, I tried.

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Guy: So what do you do for a living?

Me: I have a home business.

Guy: What do you do?

Me: I buy and sell fishing lures on ebay.

Guy: How much money do you make?

Me: Last month alone I made $3,500

Guy: No way, you don't look rich to me?

Me: Of course not, I reinvest all my money into fishing lures. I plan on retiring in 10 years.

Guy: Oh really, how does it work?

Me: I just happen to sell a CD tutorial that explains how to make money on ebay. It's only $899, but i'll let you have for a one time introductory offer of only $299 today only.

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Slightly off topic

The one thing that always makes me laugh is when someone who has set up a little website describes themselves as CEO or president - without a trace of irony.

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Slightly off topic

The one thing that always makes me laugh is when someone who has set up a little website describes themselves as CEO or president - without a trace of irony.

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so after how many monthly million visitors can I paste that coveted CEO title? you only need a registered business for that, and zero or more sites and visitors.
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I say, I make money on the Internet. Their next question will be, How much? I say, Very much.
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This has always been a tough one for me. To this day I have been unable to come up with something that works.
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How about saying online researcher

I just say I work with computers. What makes me smile is in one of the pubs I go to they joke that I must run porn websites - if only they knew. (even if it is only the few snapped domains parked at ppc companies)

Slightly off topic it reminds me of the poker player who replied to what do you do? as "I am a real time risk/reward analyst"

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"Traffic Cop" as per my profile on this site for several years!

"Traffic Cop" always stops those conversations dead, everyone hates "Traffic Cops".

I'm not really being dishonest about my occupation, they wouldn't understand the type of (web) traffic I direct in any case!

Like you I don't want to talk about work, so the sooner we can move on to another subject the better :)

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Most people around here assume that my husband is the family breadwinner, so when they ask what I do they're asking out of politeness more than curiosity. I say I'm involved with internet advertising and that keeps me on the computer a lot. That's enough to satisfy most people. I like to follow with a question that will get them talking about their own work instead of mine.
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Be vague, then ask "what about you?" :)
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e-Commerce
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Someone should share the "Loose lips sink ships" motto with the publishers who agreed to be interviewed for the Business 2.0 article.

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I would've thought it was the other way around. ;) Keeping schtum leads to problems on the scale of the Titanic sinking. Eg not said:-

"Why do we have more passengers than lifeboats?"
"What happens if we hit an iceberg?"
"What happens if the ship tries to go to fast, navigation wise?"
"How many people would be killed?"
"Is the Captain the right one for the job?"

etc etc etc

So, loose lips sink ships is IMHO boulderdash. ;)

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My fav is "and can you show me how to do that".

My response- "Absolutely! My consulting rates are $250/hour. When would you like to schedule an appointment?"
That should end the conversation right there. And if it doesn't, you just picked up a client. :)
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I think we are an important part of the G contextual business.
May be it’s time that Google design or print for us cards with the logo and a title like “Contextual Partner Advertiser/Publisher”.
What do you think about this Googleguy?
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So, loose lips sink ships is IMHO boulderdash. ;)

Do you understand the origin of the term?

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LOL with FarmBoy...

I was thinking of the exact same thing, but couldn't think of a polite way to say it...

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For anybody interested, here's a bunch of the "Loose Lips Sink Ships" type posters from WW11:
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Why is the only one you left out this one?

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> Why is the only one you left out this one?

I didn't get it as "Loose Lips Sink Ships" poster. Do you?

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Good point
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Loose lips getting a lot of WWII soldiers killed is a bit more serious than a click attack but it's best to not tell too many people that you get paid by click.

On the business card description of the job maybe website desiger and writer or maybe author. Not freelance writer tho. I have enough work doing my own writing.

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I tend to say whatever springs to mind.

One of my friends who was already quite entertained by the fact that he had heard me say to people on different occasions that I was web designer, freelance journalist or an industry researcher, couldn't stop smirking when I revealed to someone new that we'd just met that I was a "magazine publisher".

Probably a little over the top but I couldn't help it - it just slipped out.

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I tell people I own some Internet properties and sell advertising on them. This usually kills all conversation about my occupation - and I never reveal the secret details, even to family.

However, after the purchase of my company car, my insurance company wanted to know what I REALLY did. ...well, I write articles for my website... say WHAT?... Turns out they just needed to know if the car was for service or sales.

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i earn money from my website and i am also a guru
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