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Poll: Do you have a professional website?
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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
Local time: 21:59
Japanese to English
Not quite Aug 4, 2015

I have a website, but I'm not sure I'm quite ready to insert "professional" between "a" and "website" yet. There's a lot I want to add to spiffy it up first, but I don't have the time/expertise. Might have to hire someone to do all the heavy lifting someday.

EDIT: Everyone's posting their URL! I feel left out! Here's mine: www.japan-translate.com

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 21:59
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Yes! Aug 4, 2015

www.bpt.com.pt

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EvaVer  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:59
Member (2012)
Czech to English
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No longer Aug 4, 2015

I cancelled it recently, it was no use. There is more information about me on ProZ and a similar national website.

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Milena Taylor  Identity Verified
Serbia
English to Serbian
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Yes Aug 4, 2015

www.prevodilac.biz

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David Young  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 22:59
Danish to English
Er, um Aug 4, 2015

Depends what you mean by professional. I did my own (https://instantenglish.dk using Serif WebPlus, which I found very easy to use and enabled me to put a few gizmos on it. So it looks OK, I think.
But I'm not sure what use it is in terms of getting me business. Most of that seems to come by networking/word of mouth nowadays. I guess it gives me an extra profile and presence. And then it doesn't cost much.

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Amel Abdullah  Identity Verified
Jordan
Arabic to English
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A work-in-progress Aug 4, 2015

Mine is here:

http://www.freelancemarketguides.com/arabic-to-english-translation-services/

Am still working on it, though.


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Melanie Meyer  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:59
Member (2010)
English to German
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Yes, another work-in-progress Aug 4, 2015

I recently got one, but, like some of my colleagues here said before, I am not sure whether any additional business has been coming in through my website:

http://germantranslations.us/


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 19:59
English to Portuguese
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Yes! Aug 4, 2015

http://www.lamensdorf.com.br

For the past 3-4 years it has been by far my #1 best source of new clients.

Of course, it evolved gradually from a bunch of disconnected web pages into what it is today. I started out with the most encompassing answers I could write to frequent questions prospects/clients asked me, and which I previously had to answer via e-mail. Now I just give them the link to the corresponding page, and offer to add any other info they need and can't find there.

It should be mentioned that I still know NOTHING about HTML, PHP, Javascript, whatever. I only work on content, using WebSiteX5 to do it and, quite honestly, I don't think I use as much as 10% of the resources it offers.

I'd also like to add that I have spent nothing on SEO. It takes a long time, but having USEFUL content will drive a web site up on search engine rankings.


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Daniela Slankamenac  Identity Verified
Serbia
Local time: 22:59
Member (2011)
English to Serbian
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Yes Aug 4, 2015

www.danielatranslation.com

I am not sure how professional it is since I made it
It is not that I get great number of offers through it, bit it is very convenient to direct potential clients to the site in order to give them more information about my education and work in general.


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Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:59
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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Of course! Aug 4, 2015

My website (www.rebeccahendry.co.uk) is very important for my business. Clients find me online, or are referred to my site from elsewhere. It was well worth investing time and money in getting it done properly.

Any time I am looking for a restaurant, hotel, hairdresser, etc. I look at the website. A professional website and good online presence may not be the only things I'm looking for, but they certainly help. Why should translators be any different?


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 19:59
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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No, but I want to Aug 4, 2015

Although I do have pages in three sites, but I cannot consider these professional sites.

But I want to, and I will soon... hopefully.


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Natalie Soper  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:59
French to English
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Kind of Aug 4, 2015

Mine is http://bellingua.co.uk - but like everyone else, I'm not sure it can be considered professional yet!

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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:59
Spanish to English
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Two! Aug 4, 2015

www.tagtranslations.com for the business and www.opl10nt9n.com for my blog. I've outgrown the blog and so I'm rebuilding it from the ground up with a program called Muse. I'm pretty excited... I'm putting together a video background for it right now (as compared to a color or static image).

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:59
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Yes Aug 5, 2015

www.murieltranslations.com

I got my best customer of all time through my website 4 years ago, plus a few others along the way. It's also a repository for the articles I've written on translation, translation theory, and linguistics.

I always include the link in my formal signature for initial contacts with potential clients (I also use the signature when I acknowledge a PO or submit an invoice.) I think the link adds a professional touch.


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