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    Antisocial Media Expert ProWebAddict's Avatar
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    What Do YOU do...What do YOU do....Blah
    Yes this has been discussed but I need some new phrases as we end 2007.

    I am tired of people asking me "what do you do?". Yes I know it's part of being an adult and people equate you with your occupation but still....I don't feel like explaining because no one understands and they only say something dumb once you tell them.

    Let me add that I am a tad bit antisocial at times and I don't like small talk.

    I recently moved and got hitched so I am being asked this far more often than I'm used to. I've been going with telling people I'm an exotic dancer but that's getting old.

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    How about something like this:

    Internet advertising. You know when you see an ad for a site on another site, yeah that's what I do .... No not the banner stuff, more so with products, like when you search for a product in google and then click the "buy now", that's what I do.
    Or
    Internet Sales Pimp
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    I run ads on my websites.
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    At breakfast with Brian in Vegas at that Summit I said the following:
    "We sell STUFF we don't own to people we don't know"

    Ruth Ann reminded me that I had heard that @ ABW...

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    I had to go through this Saturday at my cousin's wedding with a relative I haven't seen in many years. He's one of these inquisitive types, though, so he kept delving further in further into it and asking questions. "How would I find you?", "How do you connect with these merchants?", "How would I know if it's one of your sites if I search for X?", etc.

    I usually just tell people I do online marketing. That usually draws a typical [I'm still confused] slow nod with an "Oh, ok".

    My dad just tells people I build websites. Which is true, just not the whole picture. But alot of the times he doesn't understand what I do either, and he's known what I do for the past 3+ years.

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    "I do outsourced internet sales " (well that and teach ESL and do translations)

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    Life is Supposed to be Fun! Rexanne's Avatar
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    I've just started telling people "I have web sites ..." and they seem to "get it" better than if I say anything else. I do try to avoid delving deeper as what we do is pretty unexplainable (is that a word?!) to someone who isn't also doing it.

    That's what affiliate events are for ... getting to talk to people who "get it." :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haiko de Poel, Jr.
    Internet Sales Pimp
    I love it. I should put this on my business card.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rexanne
    I've just started telling people "I have web sites ..."
    I believe unexplainable is a word. I am going to try that. Before I would say something that would lead people to believe that I was a web designer. But I guess if I say I "have" websites that should help.

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    "I run a few websites" - that deals with the vast majority.

    How do you make money from that? - it's commission based on sales the sites attracts, deals with the other 1%.

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    My wife tells people that I own an Internet business - and goes no further. That seems to satisfy most people's curiosity.

    If (and that's a big "if" - I seldom go further) I need to explain further, I tell people I am a travel agent that works on the Internet; which is where I stated. I show them my ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) card, hand them a business card, and usually let it go at that.

    Few people can grasp the idea of what affiliate marketing really is. And I sure don't like to confuse them - unless they are buying the drinks, that is.
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    "Internet Sales Pimp" Yup, that's my new answer I love it Haiko

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProWebAddict
    Yes this has been discussed but I need some new phrases as we end 2007.

    I am tired of people asking me "what do you do?". Yes I know it's part of being an adult and people equate you with your occupation but still....I don't feel like explaining because no one understands and they only say something dumb once you tell them.

    Let me add that I am a tad bit antisocial at times and I don't like small talk.

    I recently moved and got hitched so I am being asked this far more often than I'm used to. I've been going with telling people I'm an exotic dancer but that's getting old.
    Well, this i new, but it might at the end!

    Since this question have been asked many times here before, and since we all get asked that question a lot from some of the new people we meet, and even from some of the people we already know............


    How about answering that question with more questions?

    If they ask:

    What Do YOU do?

    You then ask:

    Do you use the internet for anything?

    If they say no, just tell them that you're self-employed, and that you work on the internet, but that you're late for work and can't talk to them right now, because you have to go laid some links that you left open, and need to anchor them with some name tags before the owner Mr. G pass, and do an inventory of those links.

    If they say yes:

    You ask:

    Have you ever bought anything from the internet before?

    If they say yes:

    You then say:

    Well, almost every time you have bought anything from the internet, at least about 10% of the money that you have spent on those producs, are going to be paid in commissions to someone that do what I do, so the next time that you need, or want to buy anything from the internet from this day forward, just use My Links Here, that way, you will get what you want (your products) and at the same, time I will get what I need. (my commission)

    If they say no:

    You then just give them your business card and say:

    Here, this is the place I work, when you have a chance, visit my office and see all the stuff I sell there, if you ever use your credict card to buy anything you see on my place of work, then in 30 days after you get your merchandise, I promise to tell you everything you need to know to make money the way I do from the comfort of my house, and on my underware, but........ If you return the product before my commission get lock, then I would have to charge you $197.00, to tell you just some of what do to make money on the internet, while I am still here talking to you about "what I do".




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    I just say I have my own marketing business that I run from home.

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    someone on ABW said this some time ago:


    "I sit on my computer all day and people send me money"

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    I got a kick out of "I sell products I don't have to people I don't know". Although I like the one about have you bought anything online 1 or 2 above me. That's a good response.

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    I just say "Traffic Broker". Folks that don't want long winded answers don't ask me to explain that and those that don't mind longer answers get the nickle tour.

    "Internet Sales Pimp" would probably generate a lot more inquiries!!!
    Following everyone else is a GREAT way to become average.

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    Just curious.......

    If you men are the "Internet Sales Pimps", what would that make us ladies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bettylou
    Just curious.......

    If you men are the "Internet Sales Pimps", what would that make us ladies?
    Heh, heh, heh....

    Internet Madams?

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    It's easier to explain being an affiliate to people that don't understand what we do than to explain being an OPM actually. I don't want people to think I design websites, then they all want one. Like when I tell people I am a professional photographer and they want portraits done.

    I use the "I help people sell stuff they don't own to people that shop on the internet."

    And yeah, Internet Sales Pimp or Madam has been brought up in conversation
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    Quote Originally Posted by bettylou
    Just curious.......

    If you men are the "Internet Sales Pimps", what would that make us ladies?
    Ladies can't be pimps? Sales pimp sounds better than sales madam....Madam sounds so pornographic.

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    Mistress, not Madam. Hubba, hubba.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bettylou
    Just curious.......

    If you men are the "Internet Sales Pimps", what would that make us ladies?
    Internet Sales Pimps Products

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    Tell them you make and sell an food delicacy that involves wrapping bald eagle meat and spotted owl meat in baby seal skin and then you hand server it people that net over 2M a year because they are so rich they have personal feeders.

    Whoa... no coffee yet. brb !
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    I gave up... even my own family asks...

    "So how's Vegas? You still doing... uh... something on the Internet?"

    So, I just do "something"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merchant Consultant Team
    At breakfast with Brian in Vegas at that Summit I said the following:
    "We sell STUFF we don't own to people we don't know"

    Ruth Ann reminded me that I had heard that @ ABW...
    It's unlikely that the following linked page is the original source of that quote but my Grandma who is in a nursing home defined AM a couple of years ago without even knowing it... http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread.php?t=62467

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