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Poll: Do you have your own website for your business?
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Jun 30, 2010

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you have your own website for your business?".

This poll was originally submitted by Srdjan Stepanovic. View the poll results »



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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Sort of Jun 30, 2010

I had a free, kind of jokey one, and am now slowly making a more serious "quasi-professional" one.
I may be some kind of oddball but I often find highly professional-looking websites off-putting ...


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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Yes but... Jun 30, 2010

...the only person who has contacted me through it was an old school friend who Googled me!

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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yes Jun 30, 2010

It's a comprehensive, quick way to give details that cannot be found in a CV.
I provide the link so a potential client can see everything related to my experience.
This lead to shorter emails.

I do not know if new clients contacted me because of the website, but I am sure all the potential clients I contacted have seen it and from their emails I know they have appreciated.


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Yes, but I don't need one... Jun 30, 2010

would be the fifth, missing answer to this poll.

I had one for about 10 years, it looked professional enough, and was easy to find through Google, however I found it to be completely useless. The only people who contacted me through it were:

1) Translators offering their services (an own website immediately gives them the impression that I'm an agency),
2) Private clients that I don't find trustworthy,
3) People wanting to translate tattoos, "I love you" etc for free,
and 4) People looking for some "friendship" or other!

Last month I finally decided to hide the website.

All the serious clients I ever got were either through Proz, the ITI website, or personal recommendations.

[Edited at 2010-06-30 16:14 GMT]


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Paula Truyens  Identity Verified
Spain
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Yes - I think it's a good idea to have one Jun 30, 2010

I was contacted by a potential client recently who thought my site looked good. My existing clients have also commented positively on my site.

[Edited at 2010-06-30 14:29 GMT]


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Ildiko Santana  Identity Verified
United States
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no longer have one Jun 30, 2010

Nesrin wrote:
... the fifth, missing answer to this poll...


If you replace "ITI" with "ATA," my answer would be exactly what Nesrin wrote, word for word! : )


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Emin Arı  Identity Verified
Turkey
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Yes, I have one but it is nothing more than a expanded CV Jun 30, 2010

A personal web page is not a must but it is surely handy for giving detailed information about my service. However, a detailed CV also works fine instead of a well looking web site.

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Darío  Identity Verified
Spain
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Yes, of course Jun 30, 2010

An additional way to promote my work in a more graphic and visual way.

I get clients through it, even a few who want me to translate to/from all kinds of languages!



[Editado a las 2010-06-30 18:18 GMT]


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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
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So having one sounds like a waste of time, then... Jun 30, 2010

...if no more than one person among the 1100+ poll respondents has come forward to say that they have got worthwhile new business from their website.

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Laureana Pavon  Identity Verified
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Many translators have acquired worthwhile business from their websites, I'm sure Jun 30, 2010

Although it is by no means very fancy and I have not done any SEO (search engine optimization), I too have acquired excellent private clients through my own website.
However, I do agree that for those who consider private clients untrustworthy it might be a waste of time as I believe no agency will contact us through our websites.
As others, I too use it to supplement my CV.

[Edited at 2010-06-30 21:55 GMT]


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Sara Senft  Identity Verified
United States
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Not unless my profile page counts Jun 30, 2010

I would say "No," unless you count my profile page here at ProZ. I have considered a professional website through another host, but I question how necessary it is.

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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i thought of doing it Jun 30, 2010

but haven't gotten around to it. If I had my own agency or business, yes, but I think it would just end up getting a lot of junk mail.

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Vicky Nash  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Yes Jul 1, 2010

I have one and have had several trustworthy direct clients approach me through it, so I would definitely say it's worthwhile. It hardly costs me anything to run (no web-hosting costs as it's through ProZ and £6 or thereabouts for my domain name for two years!)

Vicky


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Simon Bruni  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Some kind of special offer? Jul 1, 2010

Vicky Nash wrote:

It hardly costs me anything to run (no web-hosting costs as it's through ProZ and £6 or thereabouts for my domain name for two years!)

Vicky


That' strange, I have just been billed $ 20 for my Proz-hosted page for one year!


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