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1. I'm new to this profession. Is there any way I can help you?

2. Is this a job-bidding platform?

3. How do I register?

4. How does publishing a new story work?

5. How do I find my friends and colleagues on The Open Mic?

6. Why don’t you make The Open Mic membership exclusive for professional translators only?

7. I'm a newbie. Is The Open Mic for me?

8. Can I create my own category?

9. What’s the difference between categories and tags?

10. How safe is it to create a profile on The Open Mic?

11. How can I make my Open Mic stories pop?

12. How to send private messages to your friends and colleagues?

13. What kind of information can I include in my profile?

14. I'm a newbie. Can I publish my stories too?

15. What to do if I'm having problems when updating my profile?

16. How can I republish articles from my personal blog?

17. How do I upload profile photo?

18. What if I'm not a big fan of various "platforms"?

19. Who can join The Open Mic?

20. What is the idea behind The Open Mic?

21. Can I insert images and videos into my stories?

22. Do people really need The Open Mic?

23. How do I change my profile photo?

24. Can I preview my stories?

25. Where will be the featured image used?

26. Why do you only use USD as a base currency for rates?

27. Can I restore an accidentally deleted story?

28. Can I save stories as drafts?

29. What type of profile should I choose?

30. Is registration mandatory?

31. Can I follow other members of The Open Mic community?

32. Can other Open Mic members leave comments on my stories?

33. How can I optimize my stories for search engines?

34. Can I edit or delete published stories?

35. Will The Open Mic help me improve my online visibility?

36. Do you plan to educate our clients about the translation profession?

37. Where can I find my profile?

38. How can I disable push notifications about new stories?

39. Who designed The Open Mic?

40. How do I add a Call-To-Action button to my profile?

41. Where do you see The Open Mic in 5 years?

42. What happens when I click submit?

43. Does The Open Mic promote my stories?

44. Can I sign up/log in with Twitter or Facebook?

45. What can The Open Mic offer me?

46. How do you plan to monetize The Open Mic?

47. Can I send/receive private messages?

48. Seems like there's no moderation. Is that so?

49. Can I write stories in my native language?

50. Is there any way I can help you make The Open Mic better?

51. How can The Open Mic help me be a better translator?

1. I'm new to this profession. Is there any way I can help you?

You can!

Simply by spreading the word about The Open Mic, but more importantly – by participating in the life of our community.

This is an amazing industry and we need more people like you.

Young, talented and ambitious.

Share your stories, read, write and inspire others to follow their dreams!

Join The Open Mic Family

2. Is this a job-bidding platform?

Thank God it’s not!

We have plenty of platforms that foster price-based competition and making another one doesn’t feel right to us.

Instead of creating an environment where every job posting is nothing but a race to the bottom we want to help YOU be in charge.

The Open Mic offers flexible search options for end-clients that allow them to find translators based on the information you’ve provided in your profile.

Your ranking on the Translators Directory depends only on the feedback you receive from your clients.

Translators with a higher number of happy clients will rank higher and vice versa.

Simply put: if you did a great job, ask your client to leave you a 5-star review and a great testimonial. This will help you rank higher and would certainly attract new clients!

Bottom line: a detailed profile with great testimonials and a nice profile/cover photo will attract more clients.

Just like many freelance professionals out there we believe that the idea of reverse auction and job-bidding is extremely outdated and hurting our profession.

We believe that there’s a need for a new community that creates equal opportunities for all freelance translators thanks to a more sustainable and thoughtful process of finding translators.

3. How do I register?

It’s easy!

Just go to https://theopenmic.co/register and fill out the form.

Once you’re done you’ll receive the confirmation email with activation link.

If you haven’t – check your spam box.

The whole process should take less than a minute.

If you’re having any problems, just drop us a line.

4. How does publishing a new story work?

In order to publish your stories on The Open Mic, you’ll need to create a free account.

You can register here: https://theopenmic.co/register.

Once you’re all set you can start writing your awesome stories and blog posts using our user-friendly and intuitive Publishing Tool.

Just go to the menu, click on Publish New Story and start writing.

Simple as that!

Hit “Publish” once you’re done and your story will be instantly published on The Open Mic! Yay!

You’ll see your story on the homepage, as well as in the respective category that you’ve chosen.

Now it’s time to share it with everyone on other social networks :)

You can also share a link to your story with your Open Mic followers in your activity stream: https://theopenmic.co/activity/

Your story might also show up in the menu section called Trending Today, depending on how many views it gets.

Your story can also get featured and will be displayed in an awesome slider on the homepage:

5. How do I find my friends and colleagues on The Open Mic?

The Open Mic has a very strong emphasis on the community.

We’re trying to build a place where everyone is welcome.

No matter who you are: a newbie, a seasoned translator or even a translation agency.

There is room for everyone on The Open Mic.

This is the first translation community that invites everyone to collaborate and work together on shaping the future of our profession.

Sounds ambitious and unrealistic?

Well, maybe it is. But we want to give it a shot.

And we invite you to be a part of it.

How to Find Your Friends and Colleagues

Once you’ve registered on The Open Mic you’ll be able to find your friends and colleagues and communicate with your peers and clients.

You’ll be able to follow other members of our little community and share updates on your social activity stream.

Once you’ve logged in, click on The Open Mic Community in the menu:

Developer Diary 14 How To Find Your Friends And Colleagues On The Open Mic - Community In The Menu (find translators on theopenmic.co)

Just click on The Open Mic Community in the menu

This will take you to the Members Directory where you’ll be able to find your friends and colleagues, follow other people and even send private messages to people you follow.

Developer Diary 14 How To Find Your Friends And Colleagues On The Open Mic - The Open Mic Community (find translators on theopenmic.co)

This is where you can find your friends and colleagues

If you’re looking for someone in particular just type the name of that person and click Search.

There is also a more advanced version of the search that can be used by the clients.

If you go to the homepage you’ll see a big blue button at the top of the page:

Developer Diary 14 How To Find Your Friends And Colleagues On The Open Mic - Advanced Search (find translators on theopenmic.co)

This will take you to the advanced version of translators directory

This will take you the advance version of our search form (mostly used by the end clients) where you’ll be able to use various parameters, including language pairs, fields of expertise, years of experience, average rates, types of provided services, etc.

6. Why don’t you make The Open Mic membership exclusive for professional translators only?

We wish we could, but who are we to decide whether you’re worthy of being admitted to this private club or not?

This creates a very controlled environment and kills all the transparency and freedom of speech which are the two most important values of The Open Mic.

When you create a private community this can seriously damage the quality of ideas being shared.

Strict moderation and overly complicated pre-approval process pushes great people away.

There are so many amazingly talented people who are being silent on Twitter, Facebook, Proz and other social networks simply because they feel like their input won’t be appreciated.

The Open Mic was designed to help them overcome that fear of public speaking and help them spread great ideas with the community that “gets it”.

We need to stop building walls in front of people and start talking openly and honestly about the things that matter.

That’s what The Open Mic designed for.

Honesty, openness, and transparency are the key to emotional and professional well-being.

7. I'm a newbie. Is The Open Mic for me?

of course on The Open Mic (Find Translators on theopenmic.co)

Seriously though, the whole idea of The Open Mic is so that we could improve the image of our profession by sharing great knowledge and educating newbie translators.

You’ve probably learned a great deal about languages in your university now it’s time to learn about marketing, web design, social media, business and all the other stuff that you’ll be doing.

In its own way, your “real” learning has just begun and The Open Mic is a great place to start learning about this industry and our amazing profession.

The Open Mic brings together the brightest minds of this industry.

You’re in a good company here, we can guarantee you that!

8. Can I create my own category?

We really tried thinking of any possible type of story you might write, but we have to admit that sometimes you might want to create a new category.

If you believe that none of the categories fit your story, you can submit a support request and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

Please note that we’re reviewing these requests on case by case basis and we cannot guarantee that we’ll be able to create a category for you.

We’re trying to make things as organized as possible, therefore the more categories we create the harder it will be for others to find your stories.

We hope it makes sense.

9. What’s the difference between categories and tags?

There are 22 categories to choose from on The Open Mic.

They are used to keep everything organized.

We tried to think of every possible type of story you can write on The Open Mic and narrowed it down to 22 categories.

Please, select the most relevant category for your new story.

You can post to different categories, but you cannot select multiple categories at once.

Tags are used to help other people and Google find your story.

Think of them as keywords that describe what your story is about.

10. How safe is it to create a profile on The Open Mic?

When it comes to security we don’t want to take any chances.

The Open Mic is using an SSL certificate to make your connection secure and encrypted.

You should see the green lock in your browser (or simply a lock if you’re using other browsers than Chrome).

This means that your connection is secure and the information you transfer is safe.

For more information read this entry of the Developer’s Diary: Making The Open Mic Secure.

11. How can I make my Open Mic stories pop?

As you could’ve guessed Medium.com was the biggest inspiration when we were designing The Open Mic.

We always admired the cleanness of their design.

Zero clatter. Emphasis on the content and the author. Great usage of white space and images.

Of course, Medium is probably much more advanced than The Open Mic (from the technological point of view, after all they have the best engineers and designers behind their platform), but we feel like we’ve come pretty close.

And here’s how you can make the most of it:

Don’t Forget about the Featured Image

The Featured Image is something that is placed at the top of your story to make it more visually appealing.

It will also be used by social networks when someone shares your Open Mic story on Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

This is how you can add a Featured Image to your story:

1. Click on Select Featured Image

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Select Featured Image on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

2. Upload Your Image

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Upload Featured Image on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

3. Click Choose Image

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Click Choose Image on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

4. The image will show up in the editor box

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Featured Image Added on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

And there you have it :) Don’t forget to click Save Draft.

A couple of things you should bear in mind when adding Featured Images:

  1. The recommended dimensions: 1700 x 700. Smaller images will be stretched out and might look weird.
  2. Be mindful of image size. The image size should be no more than 2 MBeverything that is more than that might take longer to upload and consequently it might affect the page load. Please make sure you re-size the images before you upload them, thank you! :)
  3. Don’t forget to give credit to the author of the image (if it’s required). I normally recommend using images from Pexels.com andUnsplash.com. These are the two most popular websites for beautiful stock images that can be used for free anywhere on the web. Pexeles.com even allows you to select sizes or chose your own size:

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Pexels.com on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

12. How to send private messages to your friends and colleagues?

By default, you can send Private Messages to anyone.

You can also receive Private Messages from anybody.

You can change your privacy settings on your Account Settings screen:

Developer Diary 14 How To Find Your Friends And Colleagues On The Open Mic - Account Settings Menu (find translators on theopenmic.co)

Account Settings in the menu

If you want to send someone a message, just go to that person’s profile page and click the Message button:

Developer Diary 14 How To Find Your Friends And Colleagues On The Open Mic - Send A Message (find translators on theopenmic.co)

This is how you can send a message to Simon, for example :)

All you conversations will be displayed on your Messages tab in your Profile:

Developer Diary 14 How To Find Your Friends And Colleagues On The Open Mic - Messages Tab (find translators on theopenmic.co)

This where you can have conversations with your clients, friends and colleagues

By the way, when someone sends you a Private Message you’ll receive an email notification (this can be disabled in your Account Settings).

You’ll also see a red notification in the menu when you have unread messages:

Developer Diary 14 How To Find Your Friends And Colleagues On The Open Mic - New Messages (find translators on theopenmic.co)

When someone sends you message you’ll see a notification in the menu

13. What kind of information can I include in my profile?

The type on information you provide in your profile depends on your profile type.

For example, profiles of translators and translation companies look different.

The information you provide is pretty similar to any other platform for translators.

You can indicate your languages, fields of expertise, types of services you provide, your rates and much more.

The cool thing is: your profile will look absolutely stunning.

We’ve flexed all of our design muscles to make it look and feel modern and attractive.

We think we nailed it.

Here is a quick example:

More importantly, we’re always listening to the needs of our community.

If you think that something is missing in your profile or if you have an idea on how to make your profiles even more attractive to clients just share your suggestions on our Trello board.

Help Us Make The Open Mic Awesome

14. I'm a newbie. Can I publish my stories too?

Please do!

We really encourage young translators to step up and share their thoughts about this industry.

Because, guess what?

You’re the future of this profession.

You’re the one that will be setting trends in this industry. Your opinion matters.

It’s always nice to get a fresh perspective from a newcomer to this industry, someone who hasn’t been marinating in this language world for years (like all of us, seasoned folks, did).

You’re special because you can shape the future of this profession.

And we think that now it’s your time to shine.

So, please, get that free Open Mic account and start writing.

Join The Open Mic Family

15. What to do if I'm having problems when updating my profile?

We're really sorry to hear that you're having problems updating your profile.

We've tried to make the profile editing experience as simple as possible, but sometimes you might have some problems.

If you're updating your profile and nothing changes here what you can do:

  1. Clear your browser cache and try updating your profile again.
  2. If this doesn't help you might try using different browser. The Open Mic works best in Google Chrome.
  3. If you're still having troubles try editing your profile step by step. For example, complete information in Step 1 and then scroll all the way down and click the Update Profile button. Do you see any changes? If yes, go back to profile editor and complete information in Step 2. Save again. Make sure the changes are reflected in your profile. Repeat this until all relevant fields are displayed in your profile or until you encounter a section that causes problems and doesn't want to save correctly.

Most of the time the step by step approach works for the majority of our members and they manage to complete their profiles without any problems.

But if this doesn't help, you can always submit the support ticket.

16. How can I republish articles from my personal blog?

How to republish articles from your personal blog on The Open Mic

As you probably know, The Open Mic tries to create a unique place where every single translator will be able to find the spot-on advice from people who deeply care about this profession.

It’s a very ambitious and altruistic goal and we can tell you that achieving this will probably going to be extremely hard.

As we wrote in this other blog post, republishing your content is a great idea. If you’re a blogger you should check this article out.

Today we’re going to show you how you can help make The Open Mic a little bit better by sharing your older content.

Despite the popular belief, it’s actually super easy and only takes a few minutes of your time. Which is not that bad considering how impactful and important your contribution can be.

So I decided to take one of my older articles, that I wrote on the Best Russian Translator.

The article is called: Are You A Translator? Then Start Writing!

It was published on July 18, 2015, and it was shared nearly 400 times on various social networks.

So I’m going to show how you can easily republish your older content on The Open Mic.

As easy as copy-pasting

In most cases it all that takes, really.

  1. Sign up for a free account if you haven’t done so yet.
  2. Login to your account and go to our Publishing Tool.
  3. Copy-paste the title of your article.
  4. Write a short subtitle if you like (or you can leave it empty).
  5. Copy-paste the content of your article into the Content Area on The Open Mic (yes, you can copy your whole article in here).
  6. Add a Featured Image, select a category, and add tags.
  7. Add Focus Keyword and fill out the Title and Description for SEO (optional).
  8. Don’t forget to add a link to your original article!
  9. Save as Draft and hit Preview, to make sure everything looks OK.
  10. Hit Submit.
  11. You story is now live!

It took me 2 minutes :)

And this is how the final article looks like on The Open Mic: https://theopenmic.co/are-you-a-translator-then-start-writing/

Now that’s something that is easy to fit into your busy schedule, right? 

But wait, there’s more…

Remember you’ve added a link to the original.

There’s a reason for that.

The Open Mic uses this link as a Canonical URL.

Simply put, when Google finds your story on The Open Mic, The Open Mic says:

“Hey, Google! Thanks for stopping by and reading this awesome story. Just so you know, we’re not the original authors of this content, but here’s a link. So why don’t you go to that amazing blogger’s website and give them all your search engine love? Thank you!”

And just like that The Open Mic solves the duplicate content problem.

So, to sum up: you won’t be penalized for republishing your content on The Open Mic.

On the contrary – The Open Mic gives you an extra distribution channel that can help you to:

Oh, did we tell you that by republishing your blog posts on The Open Mic you also earn cool badges, take a look at Elena’s profile, for example:

We know, maybe these badges are silly, but we love them! :)

So what do you say?

Let’s make The Open Mic a little bit better?



17. How do I upload profile photo?

That’s fairly easy!

  1. Go to your account.
  2. Click on the little cogwheel on the right hand side.
  3. Click Edit Profile.
  4. You now click on your Profile Photo.
  5. You should see a text that says Upload Photo, click on it and upload your photo.

See? Easy-peasy :)

18. What if I'm not a big fan of various "platforms"?

Look, we get it.

It’s really hard to trust somebody you don’t know.

Especially after a decade of various bidding platforms with paid membership dominating the market.

We know that it’s not easy to believe that this whole Open Mic thing is not some sort of the ploy to trick you into sharing your ideas and then stealing your money.

We’re really skeptical about those things too.

What makes The Open Mic so different is that membrship here is absolutely free and that’s how it will remain.

Give it a try and if you hate it you can always send us your suggestions or write a blog post about it.

The Open Mic values the freedom of speech an expression.

If you don’t like some features or ideas of The Open Mic you can always express your concern.

You can also decide what features to use, whether to share your ideas or simply sit back and enjoy reading other people’s thoughts and opinions.

You can even hide your profile from everyone.

It’s ok to be skeptical, but sometimes you just need to have a little bit of faith.

We believe in this project with all our hearts and we know that it can do a lot of good things for this industry.

19. Who can join The Open Mic?

Any translator or interpreter can sign up for a free account. Registration takes less than a minute. You can register here: https://theopenmic.co/register

In the future The Open Mic will also add profiles for Direct Clients, Translation Agencies, Project Managers, Translation Associations, and Translation Technology Companies.

Each account type will have different roles and permissions.

The end goal is to build a convenient online space where clients can meet translators and find the best experts based on their experience and skills and not just price alone.

20. What is the idea behind The Open Mic?

The Open Mic was born as an idea of uniting the brightest minds of this industry.

Knowledge-sharing is the essence of The Open Mic.

The goal of The Open Mic is to build an amazing environment where seasoned translators can share their experience and ideas with newbies, helping us improve the image of our profession.

While newbie translators can learn from their peers, find inspiration and learn something new every single day.

We also want to make our community visible outside of the translation industry and work together to attract new clients and create opportunities for every single member.

21. Can I insert images and videos into my stories?

Yes!

You can embed videos straight from Youtube simply by copy-pasting the link into the editor.

You can also upload images by clicking the Add Media button in the editor.

Pretty much anything that can be embedded into a standard WordPress post can be embedded into your story: images, videos, podcasts, tweets, etc.

22. Do people really need The Open Mic?

You know what?

That’s a very good point.

The Open Mic cannot replace you your favorite Facebook group or your personal blog/website or your Proz account that allows you to bid on jobs and win new projects.

And to be honest, it’s not what it intends to do.

The ambition behind The Open Mic is to build a knowledge temple, a next-generation community.

A place where you’ll be able to learn and teach, find inspiration, motivate people.

This is what The Open Mic is about.

It’s about writing and sharing great ideas.

The Open Mic is a the first blogging platform for translators.

Yes, it has a social media vibe to it (with personal walls, followers, profiles, notifications, etc), but the main idea is to make it a place where great ideas are born and live.

A place where you can simply relax and enjoy great stories, shared by the amazingly talented translators who are passionate about the translation profession and want to make it a little bit better.

But more importantly, everything you write on The Open Mic is easy to find.

Your stories can be found on Google, there are lots of great tools for sharing on social media, your profiles are extremely beautiful and engaging.

And the membership is free!

The Open Mic has a lot of depth and we’re sure there will be something for everyone.

We also believe that The Open Mic can revolutionize the way people find and hire professional translators

Well, at least we certainly want to make it the next best thing in the industry by creating fun environment and an opportunity for our clients to meet us and connect on a more personal level.

23. How do I change my profile photo?

So we guess, you want to upload a new profile photo, right?

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Go to your account.
  2. Click on the little cogwheel on the right hand side.
  3. Click Edit Profile.
  4. You now click on your Profile Photo.
  5. You should see a text that says Change Photo, click on it and upload your new photo.
  6. Click on the check mark on the right to save your changes.

24. Can I preview my stories?

Yes!

When you save your story as a draft you can preview it and see exactly how it will look like when you publish.

Every time you save your story as draft you will be able to preview your story:

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Preview Drafts on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

If you click on the Preview it will take you to the real-time preview of your story.

You’ll be able to see exactly how it’s going to look like on The Open Mic when you publish it.

25. Where will be the featured image used?

The Featured Image will be used in many places.

It will be used on The Open Mic as well as when someone share your story on other social networks.

Here are a few examples:

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Featured Image in Page header on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

It will be used at the top of your story

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Featured Image on home page on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

As well as on our homepage

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Featured Image on Twitter on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

When someone shares your story on Twitter

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Featured Image on Facebook on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

When someone shares your story on Facebook

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Featured Image on The Open Mic itself on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

Even when someone shares your story on The Open Mic itself :)

26. Why do you only use USD as a base currency for rates?

The reason for one currency was to avoid confusion among people who’re looking for translators.

Imagine you found 10 freelancers, you look at their rates and all of them are in different currency. That might seem confusing and disorganized, right?

Unfortunately our coding skills doesn’t allow us to add currency converter that would change prices on the fly depending on client’s preferences (plus we’re not sure how it would even work, giving that different banks have different conversion rates. Which one should The Open Mic use?)

That’s why for the time being we decided to stick with the most commonly used currency – USD.

If you’d prefer to be paid in EUR or any other currency there’s a field for notes underneath the rates section.

You can add a message for your clients that you’d rather receive payments in EUR.

As for the units of measurements it seems like words and hours are the most common units of measurements in the translation industry. There are also lines, but they’re only used in some countries and languages and not all international customers (and especially first-time translation buyers) understand them.

Either way, the field with additional notes under the rates section is there for you so you could include any additional information you like, from preferred currency to payment options, payment policy and the units of measurement you use in your quoting process.

We understand that we have translators from all other the world here and we all have different approaches to pricing, payments and units of measurement in our work. Integrating all of the possible variants could create a lot of confusion among clients.

In our humble opinion less is more as it creates more clarity and simplifies communication.

We hope it makes sense.


27. Can I restore an accidentally deleted story?

Not out of the box, but you can submit a support request.

We normally store a back up copy for this situation for 24 hours before we delete all stories permanently.

If you’ve accidentally deleted a story, please send us a message right away and we’ll see if we can help you.

You can use this Support Site to Submit a Ticket.

We'll be happy to help!

28. Can I save stories as drafts?

Saving and Managing your Drafts

When you’re writing a new story on The Open Mic we recommend you hit that Save Draft button at the bottom of the form every now and then to make sure you won’t lose anything.

Every time you do this, you will be able to preview your story:

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Preview Drafts on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

All of your drafts and published stories can be found here:

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Manage Your Stories on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

This will open a page with all your stories.

You’ll be able to view them, edit your drafts and recently published stories.

This is what it looks like:

You can also delete any story or draft any time you like.

29. What type of profile should I choose?

There are 3 types of profiles on The Open Mic at the moment:

1) Translator
2) Interpreter
3) Translator & Outsourcer

Each role has different sets of permissions on The Open Mic.

Plus their profiles might look differently.

In the future we plan to add profiles for:

4) Translation Agencies
5) Project Managers
6) Associations of Translators & Interpreters
7) Direct Clients

These role should cover the majority of situations.

However, if you have any specific requirements or would like to suggest a different role for our website just drop us a line.

30. Is registration mandatory?

Absolutely not! If you’re here to read and learn, then go ahead, jump straight to our home page and start reading: https://theopenmic.co

However registration opens a ton of cool features! You’ll be able to share your own stories, participate in the life of our little community, talk with your colleagues and share updates in our activity stream, follow your fellow translators and send direct messages, create a stunning profile, meet clients, improve your online visibility and much more!

We know it sounds too good to be true, but that’s what The Open Mic is all about!

And it’s FREE!

Join The Open Mic

31. Can I follow other members of The Open Mic community?

Yes, you can!

You can follow any other member of The Open Mic community and they can follow you back.

This means that everything that they post on their wall will be displayed in your Activity Stream.

Basically this makes The Open Mic the first fully-functioning social network for translators.

You can share updates, upload images, share links to articles, YouTube videos and even Soundcloud tracks on your wall.

Your followers will see everything you post on their Activity Stream.

Your followers will be able to leave comments to every single post and you’ll be able to reply to those comments and have conversations.

32. Can other Open Mic members leave comments on my stories?

Yes, they can!

On top of that you’ll receive email notifications about every new comment to your story.

We’re using a state of the art commenting system by Postmatic.

With Postmatic you can even reply to new comments via email!

You don’t even have to visit The Open Mic for that!

This is what it looks like in your inbox:

Can other Open Mic members leave comments on my stories (find translators on theopenmic.co)

And this is what it will look like on The Open Mic:

Can other Open Mic members leave comments on my stories - Comments on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

33. How can I optimize my stories for search engines?

Search Engine Optimization on The Open Mic

You’ll notice that The Open Mic has several fields for Search Engine Optimization aka SEO.

You don’t have to fill them out if you don’t want to, but I suggest you try them, as this can certainly improve the rankings of your story on Google.

Here’s a quick example how you can use it.

Let’s say, you’re writing a blog post called: “How to write a marketing plan for translators“.

This blog post describes the process of writing a marketing plan for translators: what is involved, best practices, do’s and don’ts, etc.

Here’s what you can do to improve your SEO.

  1. Pick a Focus Key Word or a Key Phrase. In your case, it could be “Marketing Plan For Translators
  2. Use this phrase in the Title and in the body of your story. Don’t overdo it, though. Use it with moderation, 7-8 times should be enough.
  3. Add this phrase to the dedicated field:
    Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Focus Keyword on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)
  4. Fill out the Post Title and Post Description fields (don’t forget to use the Focus Key Phrase in them)
  5. Let The Open Mic handle the rest :)

The Open Mic is powered by the best search engine optimization algorithm fromYoast.

These guys are the leaders in their field and we’re super excited that we can use it to spread great ideas about the translation industry and improve the image of our profession.

34. Can I edit or delete published stories?

Yes, you can edit or delete your articles and drafts any time you like.

To do this go to Menu > Manage Your Stories.

You’ll see a list of your published stories and drafts and will be able to edit them by clicking on a pencil icon.

Or you can delete them by clicking on a trash bin icon.

35. Will The Open Mic help me improve my online visibility?

You know, that’s a very tricky question.

We think the best answer is that you’re the only one who can improve your online visibility and there are no platforms on the web that will turn you into a translation superstar.

Everything you do online requires some effort and The Open Mic is not an exception.

The good news is The Open Mic offers some pretty cool features that simply cannot be found anywhere else.

It’s main focus is on you and your content, by sharing great ideas about translation industry you can improve your online authority and attract new clients.

Your Open Mic profile can also attract people if you put a little bit of time and effort into it (don’t worry, I made it super easy and intuitive).

Plus you can invite your existing clients to rate you on The Open Mic which in turn improves your ranking and overall online image.

It’s the combination of those factors that can make it work for you.

Build a great profile, share great content, ask for testimonials and we're sure The Open Mic will definitely help you improve your online visibility, find new client and build a business.

Join The Open Mic Family

36. Do you plan to educate our clients about the translation profession?

Yes!

We really need to improve that.


When was the last time you’ve read a great piece that explains how to find translators, what to look for, why quality and experience are important, etc?

And I mean like a really well-written article, that was meant to educate people and not to promote someone elses business (like many translation agencies do on their corporate blogs).

We’d say that the only good educational material is the ATA’s “Translation: Getting it right“.

We need more of this stuff!

The stuff that was written by the people for the people and in plain English.

That’s why The Open Mic wants to create an abundance of educational materials in the forms of blog posts and web pages that will help our dear clients understand the value that we bring to the table and why our services are so important and expensive.

37. Where can I find my profile?

You can access your profile by going to Menu and clicking on your name.

Here’s what it looks like:

Developer Diary 13 How To Edit Your Profile On The Open Mic Your Name on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

That will take you to your profile page.

From there you’ll be able to edit your profile, change your account settings, change your profile photo, view your messages, publish something on your wall and do many other awesome things.

38. How can I disable push notifications about new stories?

The Open Mic uses push notifications to notify our incredible readers about new stories the moment they’re published on The Open Mic.

Right now we’ve added this functionality for all users who use Google Chrome.

Our intention was to create a fun and engaging way to notify our audience about new posts and stories.

And frankly speaking it works quite well.

We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of comments, views and shares.

All of which motivates our amazing contributors to share even more, give back to the translation community and help us make this industry a little bit betterone story at a time.

We believe it’s a great cause, but we realize that this kind of interactivity may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

We’re really sorry if you find these notifications annoying and apologize for any inconvenience.

If you want to disable them in Google Chrome there are two ways to do it:

  1. Go to The Open Mic and click on the green padlock that you see in your browser’s search bar and change the notification settings on the Permissions tab.
    How to disable push notifications on The Open Mic in Chrome (find translators on theopenmic.co)
  2. Right-click on the next notification you receive and disable all site notifications.
    How to disable push notifications on The Open Mic in Chrome Part 2 (find translators on theopenmic.co)

Once again, we’re really sorry if those notification came at a very bad time or were distracting.

We’ll do our best to improve them in the future and make The Open Mic experience more enjoyable for all our users.

Thanks!

39. Who designed The Open Mic?

The Open Mic was designed by Dmitry Kornyukhov.

You might know him from his blog: Best Russian Translator.

Everything you see here, every single element, every feature, every word was written by me, I mean him, I mean… (jeez, sometimes it’s really hard to figure out whether I should talk from the first-person or The Open Mic perspective). :)

The point is: I FREAKING LOVE this profession and I genuinely want to improve it.

Right now The Open Mic is a team of 1, but if you want to get involved in the development process you can check out our Trello board for updates on the development process, new ideas and suggestions.

I really encourage you to share any ideas and suggestions on our Trello board.

It is important that we work together on building this amazing community.

Your active participation and involvement is what makes The Open Mic so unique and different from any other platform for translators.

40. How do I add a Call-To-Action button to my profile?

Call to action buttons are awesome!

There is no doubt about that.

Hundreds of blog posts have been written about them.

Many marketers agree that a properly placed call to action button can easily boost your conversions and give your potential clients the much-needed push in the right direction.

That’s why we decided to add the call to action buttons to user profiles on The Open Mic.

Of course, at the end of the day it’s up to you to decide whether you need a call to action button in your profile.

But here’s the rub:

The folks who are viewing your profile probably would love to contact you. So you must oblige: give them an easy way to send you a quick email.

Who knows, maybe that cheeky call to action button can land you your dream project?

Because when done properly a great-looking call to action button can easily convert your visitors into clients!

Isn’t it what we’re all looking for?

Let’s Learn Some Coding

Don’t worry! Nothing complicated!

Just some very simple HTML with copy-pasting.

Below is the code for the call to action button that you should add on Step 4 when editing your profile.

Simply copy and paste that code into the corresponding window.

Here’s how it should look like:

Copy paste you call to action code on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)3

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you’re copy-pasting the code into the Text tab and not Visual tab, otherwise it won’t display correctly when you update your profile.

But, wait, don’t click that Update button just yet. There’s still some editing you need to do.

As you can see in the example above there are quite a few things that you can change.

For example your email address right after the mailto parameter. You should change it from yourmail@yourdomain.com to any email address you like.

Next: the subject of your email. In my example the subject of the email is: I’m looking for a translator. You can change it to anything you like or leave it as is.

It’s up to you.

Same goes to the body of your email and what will be written on the button (in this case it's Let's Send Him My Carrier Pigeon, but you can change it to anythin you like.

Let us know if you have any questions or having a hard time adding a call to action button to your profile and we’ll be happy to help!

41. Where do you see The Open Mic in 5 years?

Wow!

That’s a really good question, thank you for asking!

Our dream is to make The Open Mic a go-to place for new knowledge.

A place where everyone is dedicated to improving the image of our profession.

A place where newbie and seasoned translators can co-exist, learn from each other and inspire one another.

A place where you can get the much-needed motivation and spot-on advice.

And if we could make this place an ultimate destination where clients can find translators that would be super awesome too!

42. What happens when I click submit?

Your story will be published on The Open Mic.

Instantly :)

We don’t have the review or approval process.

Everything you publish goes live the moment you click the Submit button.

So, please make sure you proofread everything and make sure you don’t violate our site rules to avoid any embarrassing situations :)

On top of that you’ll see a super encouraging Thank You message and an email with a link to your post.

And that’s it.

Now you can share your awesome story on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks.

Don’t forget to spread the word about The Open Mic too.

Because The Open Mic is free and awesome and we need more people who care about the future of this profession and could contribute to our cause by sharing their ideas on The Open Mic.

43. Does The Open Mic promote my stories?

Everyone loves a great story.

And we’re no exception.

When you publish your stories we will share them on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus.

You can follow us on those social networks, by the way.

Open Mic on Twitter

Open Mic on Facebook

Open Mic on LinkedIn

Open Mic on Google Plus

Open Mic on Medium

We also have a pretty cool section for featured posts on the homepage:

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Featured Story on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)2

If your story gets a lot of views it can also appear in the Trending Today section in the menu:

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Trending Stories on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

We will also promote top stories by pinning them to the top of our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Developer Diary 9 Writing Stories On The Open Mic Post Of The Day Facebook on The Open Mic (find translators on theopenmic.co)

In other words, The Open Mic promotes great content both on our platform and beyond :)

44. Can I sign up/log in with Twitter or Facebook?

Currently, no.

I know, I’m really bummed out about this too!

We’ve had this functionality before but it has resulted into some major bugs and errors during registration process, so we decided to nip it in the bud.

We might bring those buttons back though!

But for the time being, please use the good old login + password combinations.

By the way, we use cookies, so you won’t even need to remember your login a password all the time.

The Open Mic will remember you the first time you log in.

In case you forget your password your can always request Password Reset.

Hopefully we’ll manage bring back Twitter and Facebook signup soon.

45. What can The Open Mic offer me?

The Open Mic doesn’t really intend to be an ultimate marketing tool for translators.

It’s more of a community of like-minded people who want to improve this industry.

I’ve been trying to tell people a million of times: “We need to write, we need to talk about the problems this industry faces, we need to work together.”

The Open Mic offers you a new way of sharing your great ideas and inspiration with newbie translators.

Yes, it won’t replace your personal website or blog in terms of exposure.

But we believe that with your help The Open Mic can become an ultimate knowledge base for translators from all over the world.

This project is purely altruistic and was designed for people who want to give back to this industry by spreading great ideas that can shape the future of translation industry and change the lives of translators.

So, to answer your question: The Open Mic can offer you this amazing feeling, a feeling of doing something important, something that will resonate with thousands of people.

We need more successful people that can share their experience and help newbie translators avoid the most common mistakes.

Will you be that person?

46. How do you plan to monetize The Open Mic?

That’s probably the first question that pops up in everyone’s head.

And that’s normal.

When you see something of such a massive scale it’s quite natural to think that everything is designed to generate profit.

We’re not going to lie to you.

The Open Mic needs money.

Building and maintaining The Open Mic is not cheap at all (right now it’s something around 200 USD per month and it will only go up the more we grow).

But we feel like it’s not fair for us to create paywalls or paid memberships.

And we certainly don’t want any ads here!

This is why the fate of this project will be entirely in the hands of The Open Mic community.

Right now we’re funding the project with our own savings, but in the future we want to raise funds in the form of donations (like on Wikipedia).

It will be absolutely voluntarily and no one will ever force you to support it or accuse you if you don’t support it.

We want to make The Open Mic the most transparent project on the web because we believe in honesty and transparency in business.

The results of donation campaigns (if any) will be shared publicly.

One thing we know for sure: the membership on The Open Mic will remain free for everyone.

Forever.

No matter how hard it will be to achieve this.

Because it’s fair, because it’s the right thing to do, because we need a project like this.

Does that sound crazy?

Oh, and one more thing: we don’t believe in job-bidding here.

We think it’s absolutely outdated and it’s about time we’ve created something more effective and fair.

We’re pretty positive that The Open Mic will bring a lot of value both to translators and to the people who’re looking for translators.

47. Can I send/receive private messages?

Yep.

You can send message to and receive messages from pretty much any member of The Open Mic community depending on your and their privacy settings.

To send a message go to Menu > The Open Mic Community and find a persons you’d like to send a message to.

Can I send or receive private messages (find translators on theopenmic.co)

When you receive replies you’ll be able to view them in your Messages tab in your Profile:

Can I send or receive private messages - Messages Tab (find translators on theopenmic.co)

48. Seems like there's no moderation. Is that so?

Of course not.

We’re afraid that’s just impossible.

There are a few basic ground rules, that are described here.

The main idea is that every story you share has to be relevant, not offensive to social, ethnic or religious groups and not infringe copyrights.

No character assassinations too, please! There is no place for this on The Open Mic.

The Open Mic has a unique moderation system for newly published stories.

You can actually help us make The Open Mic a little bit better by reporting stories that violate site rules.

The authors of the stories that violate site rules will receive notifications and implement all the necessary changes to meet the site rules.

If they fail to do it, the story will be moderated in accordance with the site rules.

There is also an ongoing effort to combat spam and various scammers.

A system of account verification helps us add an extra level of credibility to your profiles and protects you from impersonation.

We would also like to find like-minded people who share our passion for this profession and would love to help with moderation.

We’ll see how it goes.

49. Can I write stories in my native language?

You can, but there's a little twist.

The whole idea of The Open Mic is to spread great ideas about the translation industry and our profession.

English is the most popular language in the world that’s why it kind of makes sense to keep everything in one language so that anyone could read and enjoy great content.

When everyone starts writing in different languages, it creates chaos.

Granted, we’re translators, and we can make sense of pretty much anything.

But we believe that having one language would make things much easier and more enjoyable for every single member of The Open Mic community.

Does it make sense?

That being said, we are not opposed to the idea of localization, we simply don’t know how to approach it yet.

One of the ideas we have is publishing bilingual articles.

Your language + English translations.

If you like the idea, connect with awesome people on The Open Mic and find someone who can help you translate your story into English.

We're sure that there are plenty of amazing people who will be happy to help.

Plus it's a great exercise and a perfect opportunity to showcase their skills in real time.

Don't forget to give a proper credit to translators who helped you translate your story.

They will appreciate it.

50. Is there any way I can help you make The Open Mic better?

You can help by sharing your ideas, by taking a stand and writing about the things that matter and spreading the word.

As an experienced translator, you know this industry like no one else.

You know what’s missing.

You know what’s better.

You know how to change things.

And the only way we can change things is by not being silent.

So, please, give The Open Mic a try.

Sign up for an account and start writing or re-publishing your great stories.

Stories that will change this industry and shape the future of our profession.

If you’re a blogger you can also help us grow by re-publishing your best content (or all of it) on The Open Mic.

The Open Mic uses canonical links to give all the credit to your original article and your website.

In a way, The Open Mic is absolutely unique because it helps you give new life to your older content and promote it to your target audience which we think is truly amazing!

51. How can The Open Mic help me be a better translator?

You know what?

A lot of people underestimate the power of reading.

The most successful and influential people in this world are avid readers.

The Open Mic gives you a unique opportunity to follow and read stories from them most inspiring translators, people who are altruistic and simply want to improve this industry by sharing their experience, ideas, and knowledge.

Simply by reading their tips, stories and observations you can tremendously improve your skills and become a better translator.

Just remember – this world needs great translators, we’re not competitors here.

We’re friends who want to help each other be better.

That’s what The Open Mic is all about.