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Jennifer Baker  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:08
Partial member (2004)
Italian to English
Nov 5, 2006

Please move this thread to another forum if more appropriate-
A question: if I type in "Italian to English Translation agency" into Google, the following link appears on the first page of the search results: http://www.proz.com/italian-to-english-translation-services/0
I personally never knew that this page even existed, and I don't understand the order of the freelancers listed. The first two have very few kudoz points in this pair, and the third has an empty profile. I didn't check any more of the profiles after the first three...
I certainly don't want to offend anyone, but if the general rule is kudoz points for establishing rank in the directory, shouldn't that rule also to be applied to what I consider to be a pretty powerful marketing tool (a direct link through a google search). There is also the fact that the "Previous 50" button just keeps taking you to the same page. It actually seems to me that the order of the translators is listed with the most recent new member at the top- Can someone tell me what criteria is used for listing members on this page?
Many thanks,
Jennifer


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Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 19:08
Italian to English
Does it matter? Nov 5, 2006

If you do a more closely targeted Google search, for example "Italian English wine translation", the first link is to my ProZ profile. You'll get the same result if you search the ProZ freelancer directory.

I'm very happy with this, particularly because I have now started to get some serious enquiries through ProZ, which suggests that the freelancer database is at last big enough to be of some use both to outsourcers and to freelancers.

The trick could be to rethink your profile, and refocus your KudoZ activity, in order to attract the customers you want to hear from.

FWIW

Giles


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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:08
German to English
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not an official Proz page Nov 5, 2006

IMO what you're seeing is just a results page generated from a search for Italian to English translators on the Proz site -- in fact the second page of the search results. It happened to be present on a computer that is accessible to the google search robot (perhaps a Proz server) and was encountered and registered by the robot. If you use google fairly extensively, you will often find similar search results pages.

In other words, it is not an official page of the Proz website.

[Edited at 2006-11-05 21:28]

[Edited at 2006-11-06 09:57]


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Jennifer Baker  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 11:08
Partial member (2004)
Italian to English
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Just curious- Nov 6, 2006

Hi Giles,
I actually wasn't searching Google to see where my own profile comes up, and I really don't participate it Kudoz often. My question was of a more general nature, as I came upon this page totally by accident while searching for something else. I had never seen it before...

Jennifer

[Edited at 2006-11-06 06:19]


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