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Creating country-specific pages

When a company is looking for a translator, they are likely to include the name of their country or city in their online search. However, as any freelance translator knows, there is nothing to stop us working with clients anywhere in the world.

One way we can attract more potential clients is to create specific pages that target those living in a particular place.

Here is a list of the pages I have created for certain target markets. Note that many of the pages are written in the client’s target language. This list is also useful to ensure the pages are included in search engine indexes, since I don’t have links to any of these pages on my main site.


Interesting online dictionary (ES,EN)

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While searching for a term on the internet, I’ve just come across a rather interesting online Spanish-English dictionary: Babelpoint. It seems to have a lot of technical vocabulary, and it is all well presented in nice columns. It’s a shame you can’t get the whole dictionary up in one big column, as it would be a nice thing to add to a terminology database. Only with time will I be able to see just how reliable the dictionary is, but it certainly looks promising. Let me know what you think of it.


Foxit, a faster pdf reader

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Sick of your browser crashing when you try to open or close a pdf file? Well, the first thing I recommend you should do is set up your browser so that pdf files open in your default pdf reader. In Firefox, this can be done by going to Tools>Options>Content>File Types_Manage. Type pdf in the search box, then click Change Action and click “Open them with the default application”.

Most of you – Windows users at least – will have Adobe Acrobat Reader as your default application. Today, I came across Foxit, an alternative reader that opens up so much faster. Any translators still using Adobe Acrobat Reader in Windows should definitely give this a try, as I’m sure, like me, you’re often opening up pdf files. Once you install it and open it you’ll be asked if you want to make it the default reader. Say yes, and then all your pdfs will open in Foxit by default, including links on the internet if you followed the steps in the previous paragraph.

Added at 2007-02-25 01:08

It would seem that the search function does not always work correctly in Foxit, which is a bit of a pain for translators, so make sure you keep Adobe installed as well.