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"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.
"And if you listen very carefully.....(pause in conversation while I cup my hand to my ear and listen intently for a few seconds)... KERCHING! That's me making money"
- it usually gets them interested - or turns them away thnking I'm some kind of lunatic! :)
I am logging in to my adsense account from dozens of computer in different offices of my company
I logged into my account when I visited my internet promotion clients in their companies.
This was before I started to read here "I got banned" discussions.
Now I spend money for my GPRS connection, even when I could use the network of my client where I visit.
If its a GUY - I SLAP him and shout "NEVER EVER ASK MY PROFESSION AGAIN!"
If its a GAL - I HACK ATMs. Wanna see me working?
And she says "oooo, thats cool. Lets GO!" ;-)
Just kiddin guys. I love this forum. I am just one of you. I am just a part time Adsenser. So, dont need to give goofy answers.
Basically everyone that I graduated with now thinks I am involved in porn (not just having sites but actually being in the pictures).
Instead of saying I have an internet business, I now say I have an advertising business in which I help advertise financial services (my website is about investing).
People think that the only way to make money online is from adult entertainment. This is far from the truth.
The number one thing I hear in response to that is: "Oh, so you must do a lot of stuff on ebay and stuff huh?" Basically whatever they say I just nod and smile. I stick to the loose lips sink ships motto. Some friends think I am in the Mafia. Some think I build computers. Some think I am planning a hostile takeover of the internet/microsoft/the world. None of them are even close. Well, except the taking over the world thing...
Even our other direct advertisers assume we make very little to nothing from GAd and assume we just use it as place-fillers
My son was astonished to learn that AdSense was a major source of revenue for my site. He'd always assumed that I earned only a pittance from "those little ads."
I say: "I'm a publisher and own some internet properties."...
"Do I make money? Put it this way: if I stopped working today I'd still be making good income for the next 2 years without doing anything."
If that doesn't work: "Besides that I got in early on the dotcom bubble and did pretty well, so I spent a couple years travelling and I just do what I enjoy now."
"How do I make money on my websites? Have you heard of Google? I make money the same way they do, in fact they are one of my partners."
The worst is when they say something like... "It sounds like your doing pretty good with that stuff, you should try to get a job at Google!"
Farmboy: I am single and have the same problem--the chicks just aren't digging us self-employed guys. I think perhaps being a bit flashier would help... or else they think you are a deadbeat who can't get a job.
I'm captain of a virtual ship named My Destiny.
I stay home and drink fruit juice and vodka from a coconut shell.
I sell trips on space vehicles (living in New Mexico I could work for Virgin Galactic or space aliens in Roswell).
I never, never mention AdSense or Google.
I get asked this a lot and it's best to be honest and modest. When you start saying stuff like "I work for google, tribal fusion, etc", "I am an webmaster", and "I run several business" you'll end up trapping yourself in a situation where you'll have to explain more about what you do. And in the end, they'll feel disappointed when they understand what you REALLY do.
• First of all, I don't say I work for a company because I am self-employed and I pay a self-employment tax. I am not an employee of any company.
• Second, I say I am a web developer. Don't ever use the word "master" (ex. webmaster) because people will think you went to university for 8 years or for those geeks, they think you're jsut another wannabe web designers.
• When I tell them I'm a web developer, they'll have an understanding but won't know what you really do so I tell them that I manage websites.
• Then they'll ask how I make money so I tell them that I place advertisements on my website.
They might have a hard time imagining my job but my objective is to prevent a question from turning into a discussion. By saying "I say I'm a self-employed Web Developer. I manage websites and I sell advertisement space on it.", it answers all their questions and they'll say "cool" instead of asking "what's your job like?".
Sometimes people will ask how I earn a living from the site ("Are you a travel agent?" "Do you sell ads, or what?"). I say that the site is supported by advertising, just like a newspaper or a magazine, and that usually elicits a respectful "Oh, cool!" that ends the discussion. There's no need to explain that the banners are CPM, the Google ads are CPC, and the partner links are CPA. (And if I ever did try to give an explanation with those terms, the people would probably say "Uh...yeah, right" and move on to a more complex but familiar topic like the weather or sports.)
1 Some people will think you are into porn
2 Some will think you are a lazy bum who can't hold down a 'proper' job.
3 Some people (if they are smart) will go to your website and think about setting up in competition - or think they will do you a favour by clicking on your adsense ads a hundred times.
I find the simplest response is to say "I'm in the widget industry" (substitute widget for whatever niche you happen to be in)
If they press for further details, I just say I'm involved in the advertising or marketing side of things (which is true, because I do a lot more than adsense).
Honest answer - and doesn't lead to further probing questions