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    Affiliate Manager guinness618's Avatar
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    Before there was Affiliate Marketing...
    I was talking to a friend last night and we started joking about how we got where we are in life right now.
    Before I was an AM, I was a professionally-trained, award-winning chef.
    I still love to cook, and have a part-time food writing career, but my AM job pays my bills.
    I was wondering...
    Before there was this thing called Affiliate Marketing, what did fellow ABWers do for a living?
    Dyan Carlson
    ["My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."- The Dalai Lama

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    Outsourced Program Manager Chris -  AMWSO's Avatar
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    I've done various things, including

    - Web Dev (which led me to AM)
    - Language Teacher
    - Teacher for kids in Social care
    - Volunteer work in Africa
    - Outdoor/Adventure sports Instructor
    - Bar Staff
    - Casino Croupier

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    Troll Killer and best Snooper!
    I decide when the pigs fly!
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    Whoa, Guinness, I'm impressed! A chef! I love to cook but I could never work in a kitchen. I'm clumsy and distractable and I don't like noisy environments. I'd probably burn the kitchen down. Accidentally.

    I've had two careers, one in biology, which is what I have my degree in, and the other in computers.

    I've been:

    Exhibits Coordinator in a nature center,
    Naturalist in a nature center,
    Systems administrator,
    Workflow/Process administrator,
    Word Processing Supervisor
    Office Automation Analyst
    Telex operator

    (Not in chronological order.)

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    Affiliate Network Rep ayakobing's Avatar
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    I have done:

    *Mom
    *Restaurant manager trainer
    *Social Worker
    *Photographer
    *Pianist (played from 2-18; I can no longer play like I used to though which is pretty sad)

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    Best New ABW Member 2007 sfcom's Avatar
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    Instead of listing the ones I had...how about I list the ones I wish I had:

    Airline pilot
    Massage therapist (for the ladies... ) or even for Google
    Rock band drummer
    Inventor of a widely adopted gadget

    -sfcom


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    http and a telephoto
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    My previous life:

    Always a photographer
    Office Manager
    Customer Service Rep
    Fundraiser (for non-profits as staff and more as a volunteer)
    Advocate for the disabled
    Cat Breeder (yes some people really do it right )
    Worked at a credit union (can't say cashier because we did everything)
    Sold Tupperware, Watkins, Avon, Air Cleaners and many other MLM crap

    There's more but thats an overview
    Deborah Carney
    TeamLoxly.com BookGoodies.com ABCsPlus.com

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    ABW Ambassador meadowmufn's Avatar
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    I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king... Oh wait. That's not it...

    A Tutor (Math/English/Spanish)
    Bookstore clerk
    Network Admin
    Web Developer
    Applications Developer
    Software Test Engineer (current job)

    (that's chronological)
    -Don't criticize anyone til you've walked a mile in their shoes. Then when you do criticize them, you'll be a mile away and have their shoes.
    - Silence is golden. Duct Tape is silver.

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    AM Navigator Geno Prussakov's Avatar
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    - Sales assistant
    - Waiter
    - Free-lance Russian-English-Russian interpreter
    - Russian language instructor (101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY)
    - EFL instructor
    - Ran RussianLegacy.com for 6 years
    - Spent 11+ years in university education (5 different universities in 3 different countries)


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    ABW Ambassador affninja's Avatar
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    Ski Instructor
    Book Shelver
    Painting Contractor
    Online Retail and Lead Gen
    Auto Manufacturer Rep

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    Outsourced Program Manager TrishaLyn's Avatar
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    Customer Service
    Research Director
    Marketing
    Seamstress
    Camp Counselor

    And I went to college for Theatre Arts and dramatic writing. Go figure.

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    Affiliate Manager guinness618's Avatar
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    Let me know if you ever need help in the kitchen Rhea.
    And don't worry, even us professionals accidentally almost burn down kitchens!
    Dyan Carlson
    ["My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."- The Dalai Lama

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    Affiliate Manager guinness618's Avatar
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    And so it begs the question...
    How then did you get into Affiliate Marketing?
    I had no experience in the field, but my boss hired me for my people skills!
    Dyan Carlson
    ["My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."- The Dalai Lama

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    My history:

    Grocery Clerk
    Shipper Receiver
    Bill Collector
    B2B Sales Rep
    B2B Sales Manager

    I started in aff marketing as a lark (2003), sold a Bonsai tree the first day I ran a Google ad ($99.99), and went from there....
    Kevin Webster
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    Kayak Fishing
    Web Analytics and Affiliate Marketing

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    Troll Killer and best Snooper!
    I decide when the pigs fly!
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    Thanks Guinness. I will definitely call on you for kitchen help if I need it. My biggest challenge is making pie crust, although I have a bunch of tricks for it about 1/3 of the time I have to pitch the crust and start over. What can you do with pie crust that's too wet or stiff, other than throw it away? I'm pretty brave in the kitchen. I once made a sweet potato souffle without benefit of a recipe. It came out great, too!

    And if you ever need help identifying a snake or crustacean, please ask! They're my specialite de la maison!

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    ABW Ambassador Boom or Bust's Avatar
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    Ok, starting from the very beginning cir;1964...

    * Lawn mower
    * Airbrush artist, monster car shirts
    * Busboy - Mr. Steak
    * Busboy - Harrahs, Tahoe
    * Salesman - Radio Shack
    * Lawn mower (again), my college campus
    * House painter, car washer, yard cleanup, earthquake damage shelf re-builder - College job office opportunities
    * Cash register mechanic ("field engineer") - NCR before electronic CRs.
    * Artist - Oils (actually sold some paintings)
    * Business systems service manager - Valley Business Machines, Modesto
    * National field services supervisor - Mervyn's IT
    * Built and sold PCs - moonlighting (1993)
    * Website, database developer - moonlighting (1995)
    * Network/systems/computer consultant - moonlighting
    * IT at an engineering firm - Rader (parent company filed bankruptcy)
    * Expanded all moonlighting activities into fulltime self employment (1999)
    * ISP/Webhost/Consultant/System services/eBay merchant/eCommerce website merchant
    * Affiliate (natural progression/addition)



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    I got into affiliate merketing because I lived in the middle of nowhere and needed a way to earn some money while staying at home. Back when I started in 2002, I was not legally allowed to work in the USA.

    By the time I got my green card, I was earning money doing aff. marketing. I still live in the middle of nowhere. This certainly beats going out to work though.

    It is kind of weird coming to America and ending up doing aff. marketing

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    Ohmygod.

    VampireSkunk has done so many things over the centuries.

    More recently:

    Musician
    English Teacher
    IT support

    Currently studying hypnotherapy but having a hard time finding people willing to be hypnotised by a vampire.

    Honestly, such lack of faith.

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    Just so many varied things......

    Farmer
    Fast Food
    Retail Clothing Sales
    Defeating Communism (in a BUFF if you know what that is)
    Ladies Clothing Distributor
    IT Marketing
    IT Systems Distribution
    Systems Administration Training
    Managed Services Provider
    SaaS / IaaS

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    OPM and Moderator Chuck Hamrick's Avatar
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    I've done various things, including
    Freelance and Consulting
    Vice President /Operations Director Search Engine Optimization SharpNet Solutions
    Director/Operations Digital Camera Company
    Account Representative Connecting Point (sales)
    Project Director INX International Ink Co.
    Technical Services Acme Printing Ink
    Maintenance/Groundskeeper Rural Electric Coop
    Big Dumb Farmboy who milked cows in high school

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    Affiliate Network Rep ayakobing's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Hamrick
    Big Dumb Farmboy who milked cows in high school
    Chuck, I am so jealous. I saw cow up close for the first time in my life a few months ago. It's one of my dreams to milk cows

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    ABW Ambassador CCBerries's Avatar
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    This is all over the place (and in no particular order)

    Teacher (K-12 private girls school in Miami)
    Underwater demolition
    Global system administrator for HP
    Director of IT
    Systems Manager (and just about every IT title you can think of below this one)
    Prostitute programmer
    Chocolate
    Taught summer camp classes in marine biology, mechanical drawing.....
    Worked in a artwork framing shop (and had a 8x4 piece of glass broken over my head)
    Construction : helped remodel Dezi Arnezís (Ricky Ricardoís) old house in the Keys
    Dade County State Atty Office, Major crimes (murder...) intern
    Last edited by CCBerries; November 7th, 2008 at 04:22 PM. Reason: forgot one

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    OPM and Moderator Chuck Hamrick's Avatar
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    Ayako - just make sure its not the bull!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayakobing
    Chuck, I am so jealous. I saw cow up close for the first time in my life a few months ago. It's one of my dreams to milk cows
    Wow, you aren't from the country are you. We have cows crossing the roads here

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    Troll Killer and best Snooper!
    I decide when the pigs fly!
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    ccberries, what is that? A test to see if we're paying attention?

    Okay, so how I got into affiliate marketing, in a nutshell. In 1999 I made a web site for fun. Then someone told me I could put Amazon and CJ links on it to make money. so for a lot of years I had a couple of hobby web sites that generated a few hundred dollars a month in income, but I had a full-time job, too. Then hubby took a job here (middle-of-nowhere on the other side of the mountains from Julian) and the job prospects were dim or distant. So I decided to see if I could make my web sites into a full-time job. Within a couple of months I was making a real income, so I stuck with it. It's all been kind of a series of fortunate accidents, really.

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    Rhea, really, all of it is true.. if you need the details of any of it just ask.
    the underwater demolition was realy cool, down in Key largo: a jackhammer underwater is like like being surrounded by a constant stream of heavy bubbles.. you can't see anything until you release the handle

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