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    What do you do for a living ?
    This is a question for you affiliate marketers. What do you tell people when they ask you what you do for a living ?

    Cause today I was at the bank depositing a couple of commission checks and I guess the bank teller impressed by this was constantly trying to probe me on exactly what it is I do.

    I told her I did some things on the internet. I don't exactly want to tell her what I do because that would lead to more and more questions.

    I wanted to tell her to just cash my checks and keep it moving. LoL

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    We had this discussion a while back on ABW and the best job title I heard was "traffic broker". I either use that or "I run a few websites". Both seem to do the trick.

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    Just tell them that you go onto the internet and sell stuff that doesn't belong to you.
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    You know, I tell people that I run websites on the internet, hoping that it will end with that, but i usually get this confused look with the response of " what like porn?". I usually just go yeah, because that will shut them up.

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    I ask to speak to the bank manager. Tellers aren't supposed to ask personal questions about where the money comes from, especially if it's under $9,999.

    Also with the patriot act in the u.s., be careful what you say to them, about implying illegal activities. Some paranoid teller could cause you a whole lotta trouble.

    Thankfully, all of my commissions now arrive by direct deposit, and the local bank tellers don't know my business.


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    What do you tell people when they ask you what you do for a living ?
    "Internet Sales."

    As for the banks, they wonder but don't ask...when they get to see a check at all. Most of my deposits are direct deposits, but there are still some checks too. However, the bank is usually long shut before I hit, and the only ones who see the checks are whoever processes the ATM deposits.

    Although I must say, they wondered much more, when I used to come in every 3 months, with a 16-cent check.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Leader

    Although I must say, they wondered much more, when I used to come in every 3 months, with a 16-cent check. Dividend on 4 shares of stock.
    Wow, did they actually LET you deposit a check with that small of an amount?
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    My mother, and granted she only started using email last year, was STILL baffled when I took her through it step-by-step on-line of "how it all works"...

    The idea that a click on a banner somehow tracked back to you, gave her all the more reason to stock her Y2K bomb shelter...

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    "Cause today I was at the bank depositing a couple of commission checks and I guess the bank teller impressed by this was constantly trying to probe me on exactly what it is I do."

    Last time i did a deposit i had about 3-4 months worth of checks. Their eyes always seem to light up. I think a few might be on the prowl for a man with a job or something

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    but be very careful depositing a check that even mentions your site(s) . . . some bank tellers have a mental block, some don't even see that the check says "pay to the order of" You . . . and try to block the transaction claiming you need a business account. (that is, assuming you don't have one.)

    I say I get finder's fees for work I do.

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    Actual conversation before I set up direct deposit with Google.

    Bank Teller: "Do you do consultation work for Google?"

    Me: "No, the check would be much larger if I did. I just sell advertising for them, this is my cut."

    BT: "How do you go about doing that?"

    :I pull out a slip of paper, write down google adsense URL:

    Me: "here you go"

    BT: "You mean anyone can do this?"

    Me: "yep"

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    Well, I've never had any bank tellers ask - I guess the bank tellers aren't interested in women with jobs ....

    but lately I have just been saying "Marketing" and if someone asks what kind I say "Internet Marketing" and that is usually sufficient .. but sometimes I have to really explain it "Well I have these website and when people come to the websites .... "

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    I like to keep it simple "I sell a lot of [fill in product they may be interested in]. Here is the address check it out for yourself." If they probe any further I pretend to cry and tell them that it hurts too much to talk about it. So far no one askes a second time.

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    I sell everything that sells.

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    I've got a huge list of job titles and which one I am depends on who's asking. I've got "Ecommerce Specialist", "Marketing Consultant", "Marketing Technology ASP"... lots of general, impressive titles that most people just look at me and say "do you sell on eBay?" to which I respond, "eBay is my client" and they're like "wooww". That usually does it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
    but be very careful depositing a check that even mentions your site(s) . . . some bank tellers have a mental block, some don't even see that the check says "pay to the order of" You . . . and try to block the transaction claiming you need a business account. (that is, assuming you don't have one.)
    Oh yeah ... had this happen about 6 months ago and caused me all sorts of agro. After dragging the bank manager into it, I got my $ deposited into my account. Geesh. I felt like an IRS nazi was on my tail. So, I changed all my accounts to pay to the order or me, not my web site name. God forbid a nosy bank teller shoudl take it upon her/himself to question where MY money is coming from. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr -

    Give a mouse a little power and they think they can roar. Deliver me from small minded people who get a taste of power. They'll use it to torture everyone they can, because it's the only way they can feel important. Another case in The "free sample" food servers at Costco ... they weild their power like swords. Create huge lines and aisle clogs and take their time ... all the while bursting out of their little caps with supposed power ... ARGHHHHHHHHHH
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    porn .... By the time they stop laughing I am usually long gone.




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    I've never been asked by the bank teller, but one guy at the drive-up window seems to know something:

    "Hmmm....Amazon, ebay, google, overstock....sweeeeeeeeet."

    I answered, "Yep, and I'm still not dressed or shaved yet today."

    And, there's no minimum amount to deposit. I banked a check for $0.01 last year.
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