Website / Does a freelancer need a website?
Thread poster: Atena Hensch

Atena Hensch  Identity Verified
New Zealand
Local time: 04:50
English to Farsi (Persian)
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Oct 7, 2007

Hi everybody
I am in the stage of expanding my translation work. I though maybe it will be worth to have a website to promote my skills. I was wondering if you could tell me if it's really worth it? There are not so many jobs in my language pair and I have to be careful about spending money. What do you suggest? Shall I at least get a free website to start with and then get a domain?
Thanks for your help

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Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:50
Member (2002)
German to English
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Try hosting Oct 7, 2007

Hi Atena,

I have had three web sites for quite a few years: one in English, one in German, and a German-English dictionary site for a specialised purpose.

These web sites are hosted by, and I have the advanced hosting package, which gives me 250 MB of space. I need extra space because I have a dictionary, which I am gradually expanding.

If you become a full member of you can have a web site with 100 MB of space (quite sufficient for a basic web site) in with your membership, at no extra cost. This might be a good option for you.

Best regards,


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Doron Greenspan MITI  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:50
Member (2005)
English to Hebrew
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Recommended Oct 7, 2007

Hi Atena,

When I started freelancing full-time, the first thing I did (after joining Proz, of course...) was getting my own domain and site.

This is an excellent marketing tool, since I found from experience that many who come to me through Proz and other sites also visit my website - to see "what's it all about", I guess, and verify to themselves that this guy has 'presence'. The same applies to those who phone following recommendations.
Also, I hope, they do it in order to check my history and download my CV. It does impress people that you invest in a full-domain site, same as it would for any other professional person or business.

I went straight to the full hosting option (Yahoo! - about $10/month), since I wanted to register my domain name (translighting) before someone else catches it...

I also use my site to post my photographs, although there are today much better alternatives, of course.

A possible 'Against': my pair is a very popular one, in a small, competitive market. I'm not sure how that applies to your pair, as you mentioned.
Also, Proz, of course, serves as an excellent site in this respect.

Hope that was useful, Doron

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Paul Merriam  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:50
Member (2008)
Russian to English
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Cost/benefit Oct 7, 2007

If you haven't done so already, you should find out the costs involved in designing and hosting a website. But unless you're paid very little and/or websites are very expensive where you live, three or four jobs a year should pay for the website. A good website should lead to at least that much work (particularly if you indicate elsewhere that you have one and what the URL is). That is assuming, of course, that the market is not saturated.

You've indicated that you're in the process of expanding, so you probably can take on three or four additional jobs per year (and if the website leads to more than that, so much the better).

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Local time: 16:50
English to Italian
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Yes, indeed Oct 7, 2007

Hi Atena,

I believe a website complements your job if you want to expand your activity, it’s your online business card.
I’ve just finished mine and I worked on it for quite a while, it’s been running for two weeks now and I already received several (genuine) estimate requests which will likely turn into a job.
So, based on my recent experience I do encourage you to have your own. The sooner the better.

Maria Grazia

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Cristina Heraud-van Tol  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:50
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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I think he/she does Oct 7, 2007

Hi, Atena!

To be honest, I have my own website only because my husband is a web designer and he loves to makes designs and to change them from time to time plus updating them. And let me tell you that it works! I've got some translation jobs from people who were complete strangers and from other countries, who found me through the website. Check:

If you don't want to spend in buying your PROZ membership (in order to build one), there are also other free possibilities around the web to do so. The only thing is that either: 1) You are stuck to use a certain name/domain (Angelfire, Geocities, etc.); 2) you have limitations of design, space, etc.; and 3) Not all of them come with an easy guide on how to make your own site, so you will probably have to pay a web designer to do it for you.

If you are not satisfied with the possibilities, my husband can create a nice design for you, of about 5 pages of information for US$50 (plus the yearly cost of the domain which ranges between US$6 - US$8). If interested, just contact me.

Good luck!

[Edited at 2007-10-07 14:57]

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Suzette Martin-Johnson
Member (2007)
French to English
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It helps Oct 7, 2007

Hi Atena,

I suspect it will give you more business just like in any other field but I don't have one and get enough work anyway. I've even had to turn down work. Joining will do that for you for only $80 for six months - try it.

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Spencer Allman
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:50
Finnish to English
No result Oct 8, 2007

I had a website for a couple of years and did not get one job from it

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:50
English to German
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Only if you pay extra for the search engines and listings Oct 9, 2007

Other than that your web space is as good as an online picture of your left shoe. profile pages are the ultimate website.

I noticed that web design rates were offered in this particular forum that equal a translator's rate of 0.0001 cent per word.

Please don't do this.

Let's not propagate dumping prices into similar professions, i.e., anything that is related to communication.

When offered in USD, qualified and good web designers have an hourly rate between $ 60 and $ 150 per hour.

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Local time: 23:50
English to Chinese
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More a nice to have Oct 16, 2007

Spencer Allman wrote:

I had a website for a couple of years and did not get one job from it

I agree that if you are not buying key words from Yahoo! or Google, a tiny amateur website is basically not drawing any traffic. My site could have zero visits for several days.

On the contrary, I find that my proz profile was listed on top if I search particular key words on Google. I hope in the long run, this prestige may bring me some queries from direct clients.

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