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Thread poster: Triston Goodwin

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
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Dec 24, 2015

Hi!

So, I know that a lot of you aren't big fans of using social media to promote yourselves, but there's some interesting news for those that are. Facebook has launched a service meant to compete with Yelp and Google Business and is, essentially, a huge directory of local businesses. That means if anyone in your area is looking for a translator, you could easily appear at the top of that directory and catch that business. You can see it for yourselves by going to www.facebook.com/services

I'm putting together some information on how to optimize and publish these pages before this service has been officially announced. I'll post links to it once I'm finished. If you don't have one of these pages set up and you want one, send me a message and I'll see what I can do to help out.

[Edited at 2015-12-24 20:27 GMT]


 

Tom in London
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Link doesn't work Dec 24, 2015

"Sorry, this page isn't available

The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed."


[Edited at 2015-12-24 20:18 GMT]


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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I added a "." Dec 24, 2015

Tom in London wrote:

"Sorry, this page isn't available

The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed."


[Edited at 2015-12-24 20:18 GMT]


I accidentally added a period to the end of the link. Sorry! https://www.facebook.com/services


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
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Thanks Dec 24, 2015

Thanks but predictably, the London UK page has already been invaded by agencies. I think I'll give this a miss.

 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Ah, but that's the beauty of it! Dec 24, 2015

Only a few people know that this exists. They might be on there, but they're not optimized to stay there. That's why I'm putting this material together so that freelancers can kick those agencies out of the best spots. Then it's just a question of maintaining them.

I'm taking a break from translation for a while and focusing entirely on building tools for translators to compete with agencies on the larger platforms. This is one of them ^_^


 

Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
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Thank you Dec 25, 2015

Thank you, Triston!

Not sure how to use it but sounds interesting:). Thank you for sharing.


 

Dani Karuniawan  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 11:29
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It does not include translation service Dec 25, 2015

Triston Goodwin wrote:

Hi!

So, I know that a lot of you aren't big fans of using social media to promote yourselves, but there's some interesting news for those that are. Facebook has launched a service meant to compete with Yelp and Google Business and is, essentially, a huge directory of local businesses. That means if anyone in your area is looking for a translator, you could easily appear at the top of that directory and catch that business. You can see it for yourselves by going to www.facebook.com/services

I'm putting together some information on how to optimize and publish these pages before this service has been officially announced. I'll post links to it once I'm finished. If you don't have one of these pages set up and you want one, send me a message and I'll see what I can do to help out.

[Edited at 2015-12-24 20:27 GMT]


I don't find translation service enlisted in the page.


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:29
Member (2008)
Italian to English
$$$$ Dec 25, 2015

Triston Goodwin wrote:

I'm taking a break from translation for a while and focusing entirely on building tools for translators to compete with agencies on the larger platforms. This is one of them ^_^


Are you charging for this service? If so, how much?


 

Morano El-Kholy  Identity Verified
Egypt
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Is this the service that you mean? Dec 25, 2015

Dear Triston Goodwin,

Is this the kind of service you are talking about?

How do I turn on Location Services for Facebook?

https://www.facebook.com/help/275925085769221?sr=2&query=How%20can%20I%20post%20my%20services%20as%20a%20translator%20in:%20https://www.facebook.com/services&sid=0UVUcJD2Z5GnYSWvl
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https://www.facebook.com/services/Translator/132478556820146/Cairo-Egypt/115351105145884/?page=0
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Thank you for spotting the light on this new service.

Kind regards.


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Limited categories Dec 25, 2015

Dani Karuniawan wrote:

Triston Goodwin wrote:

Hi!

So, I know that a lot of you aren't big fans of using social media to promote yourselves, but there's some interesting news for those that are. Facebook has launched a service meant to compete with Yelp and Google Business and is, essentially, a huge directory of local businesses. That means if anyone in your area is looking for a translator, you could easily appear at the top of that directory and catch that business. You can see it for yourselves by going to www.facebook.com/services

I'm putting together some information on how to optimize and publish these pages before this service has been officially announced. I'll post links to it once I'm finished. If you don't have one of these pages set up and you want one, send me a message and I'll see what I can do to help out.

[Edited at 2015-12-24 20:27 GMT]


I don't find translation service enlisted in the page.


There are only a few categories right now. The one you want is simply "translator".


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Yes Dec 25, 2015

Tom in London wrote:

Triston Goodwin wrote:

I'm taking a break from translation for a while and focusing entirely on building tools for translators to compete with agencies on the larger platforms. This is one of them ^_^


Are you charging for this service? If so, how much?


I run a small search engine optimization and digital marketing business on the side, and I am charging my clients to set this up (about $350 per business page). If people here are interested, I'd be happy to help. My intention wasn't to sell my services, only to let people know about a new tool.


 

Ekaterina Kroumova  Identity Verified
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Interesting but... Dec 25, 2015

I don't work locally. What if I want to target a foreign market?

 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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That's the one! Dec 25, 2015

Morano El-Kholy wrote:

Dear Triston Goodwin,

Is this the kind of service you are talking about?

How do I turn on Location Services for Facebook?

https://www.facebook.com/help/275925085769221?sr=2&query=How%20can%20I%20post%20my%20services%20as%20a%20translator%20in:%20https://www.facebook.com/services&sid=0UVUcJD2Z5GnYSWvl
*********************************************************************
https://www.facebook.com/services/Translator/132478556820146/Cairo-Egypt/115351105145884/?page=0
****************************
Thank you for spotting the light on this new service.

Kind regards.


I'm on my tablet now, but once I get back to the office I'll take a look at the other link. If it's for your personal account, there should be an option to turn them on. If it's for one of these pages, you should be able to set you area under the settings tab.


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
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Foreign markets Dec 25, 2015

Ekaterina Kroumova wrote:

I don't work locally. What if I want to target a foreign market?


It's designed for local businesses, but you can cheat a little. What you need is an address in the area that you are targeting - virtual offices and things like that work just fine. I live in a small town, but I'm thinking about signing up for a coworking space in the capital near here so I can place myself in the middle of everything. I have another that's beenset up with a PO Box. I just used the post office address and marked my PO Box number as my suite number. It's a bit of an investment, but it generates more money than it costs.

[Edited at 2015-12-25 19:26 GMT]


 

Tom in London
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:29
Member (2008)
Italian to English
Glad to hear it Dec 26, 2015

Triston Goodwin wrote:

My intention wasn't to sell my services, only to let people know about a new tool.


Glad to hear it, although to me it does sound like you are advertising a paid-for service.


 
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