Poll: Do you find it helpful having a webpage or a blog to get more jobs as a freelance translator?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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There was no in-between option. My website got me my best client ever and a couple of others. It hasn't been a key tool for my business, but I wouldn't dream of *not* having one. It's the professional thing to do.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Thankfully, I've never had to seek more jobs this way, and currently have more than enough work to keep me going. I basically regard blogging as something people do as a kind of hobby or self-promotion they do when they haven't got any real (i.e. paying) work, and I don't see how a website would be useful to me, professionally or otherwise.

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Teresa Borges
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Ditto Jun 24

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

It hasn't been a key tool for my business, but I wouldn't dream of *not* having one. It's the professional thing to do.


It’s one more marketing tool to elevate your presence in the market and help bring customers to you.


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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My web site is my major source of NEW clients Jun 24

It took a while, I'd say 7-8 years after the present version was up, for my web site to become my major source of new clients.

Of course, I had to pack it with lots of useful information to make it rise naturally in search engines, without investing any $$$ in short-lived SEO campaigns. I mean, they must be short-lived if there's a way to actually buy your way to the top, and anyone can do so.

Two friends of mine, both Brazilian translators, invested heavily on blogs. IMO a blog implies a commitment to publish new material every day, or every week. Who has time for that? They had tremendous success, became extremely popular in the industry, but eventually gave up after some years.

One organized the content of his blog into a best-selling book in the translation industry.
The other reduced the frequency of his daily posts to weekly.

I chose what might be called a PLOG, a permanent log with articles, not associated to the date they were published. If anything changes, I can always go back there and update.


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Reed James
Chile
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Does everyone have locks on their doors? Jun 24

I know I do. I've never been burgled, and I hope I never am, but I would be crazy if I didn't. It's the same with having a website/blog. You may never receive a response, but then again, you very well just may. So, why rule out that possibility?

As for not having time for blogging...you have to make time. With that argument you could say you don't have time for invoicing or proofreading!

You can always write several posts and schedule them. You can also quote an article snd write a few sentences about it. Where there's a will, there's a way.


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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
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No Jun 25

This poll has been posted less than two weeks ago. Repetitiveness should be a concern.

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