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Webmasters, (or in fact anyone!) do you need some extra income? Some free food and drinks perhaps? Would you like to pick your own hours? - Casual work is available to you now...

The following is an article taken from Choices Magazine after a visit to the Mystery Shopping Club.

"Wanted: Shopaholic nosey parker with excellent observational skills, a good ear and flexible attitude to part-time work. Anyone can apply. Work available in all areas. Must be prepared to eat free meals, enjoy shopping discounts and visit pubs - and be paid for it."

Believe it or not, the above job advertisement is not as far fetched as it sounds. If you love shopping, you'll be pleased to hear that it's possible to shop for a living. In fact, it's a multi-million pound industry for market research companies who employ "mystery shoppers" to shop up and down the country - all in the name of customer service and research.

There are a number of mystery shopping companies who organise whole armies of professional shoppers on behalf of retailers, pubs, restaurants, banks and other service industries. Their mission? To mingle in, look inconspicuous and file a report on anything from customer service to cleanliness in the restrooms.

If you visit one or two pubs in a night, you'll get your food and drink paid for, travel expenses and you'll be paid anything from £6.00 to £8.00 up for each visit.

But there is one problem with mystery shopping: truly dedicated shoppers never switch off from their work. You'll find yourself compulsively evaluating service and checking ceilings for cobwebs even when you're not on duty. It eventually becomes a part of your life.

To find out more about casual employment opportunities in the "Secret Shopper" industry, please visit's sister site:

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Create traffic with foreign languages

A disproportionate 80% of the world's electronically stored information is in English. This is mostly due to its use by the world's business community, scientists and academics. In addition, throw in the influence of Hollywood, TV and popular music and it is not hard to understand that figure.

However, only just over 15% of the world's population can communicate in English, with only 5% claiming it as their mother tongue. Therefore 80% of the world's population do not speak it proficiently and consequently have difficulty using it to navigate the web.

There also appears to be a statistically significant proportion of IT professionals who seem to be speaking English, but nobody really understands what they are saying :)

Enter the dragon

It is interesting to note that there are slightly more native Spanish speakers than native English speakers and that Chinese, already spoken by over 20% of the world's population, is predicted to become the predominant language of the web by 2007.

Translating your web-site to a foreign language is not only expensive, but fraught with potential problems. For instance:

  • because you are being seen to target a specific country's market, are you operating within their laws?
  • will you consistently remember to update all versions of the web-site?
  • are you able to reply to e-mails written in a foreign language?
  • is your source of translation fluent enough to avoid expensive misunderstandings?

    If you do go down the route, make sure as much information in the chosen language is available on help or "frequently asked questions" pages. This will cut down on the e-mails.

    There is a very strong case for some businesses to publish additional translated versions of their web-sites. For instance, when the Hyatt chain translated their Taipei hotel web-site from English to Chinese, the visitor numbers increased by 13 times. The same experiment with their German hotel sites produced only 4 times the amount of traffic, but still an extremely impressive increase.

    The easier route

    Many foreign visitors search in their own language, but are able to read English. If you want to attract these visitors to your English language web-site, include the relevant foreign keywords in your "keyword" META tags. If they find your listing on a search engine and can understand the English title and description, they will click through.

    Speaking in tongues

    Since 3000 BC, when the first forms of language were written down in Sumeria (modern Iraq) translators have had a daunting task. Misunderstandings due to mistakes in translation remain costly or even disastrous. The problem is not only still very much with us, but even more so.

    Watch Your Language

    With the arrival of on-line translation software the human race has reached a whole new level of confusion. You should be very careful if you use this type of software; it rarely produces accurate results for keyphrases. If you know a native speaker of the language that you are interested in, and they have a web-site, ask them to write/check your translation and offer to write/check theirs.

    You could also provide a link from your page to a translation service like Alta Vista's Babelfish. The link, when clicked, will automatically translate the content. The link could read something like "Click here for a rough translation of this page". Babelfish only provides translation for up to 5-10 Kbytes of text and internally served images do not appear on the page, but it should prove useful to some of your visitors.

    One proviso: Information in a different language may alter the perception of the visitor. For instance they may perceive your product or service differently to those reading about it in English. You may become liable for any incorrect information on the site that helped them make a decision to purchase.

    Click here for a rough translation of this page.

    Copy the code for linking your page to Babelfish below, but you need to change the site name, the .com/ and the page name details:

    I repeat, you should beware of software translators. Just use them as aids and do not rely on their accuracy. An example using Alta Vista's Babelfish to translate English to Italian is shown below:

    Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

    I translated "My pet does tricks and rolls over on his back" into the Italian "Il mio animale domestico trucchi e rotola sopra su sua la parte posteriore".

    I then translated "Il mio animale domestico trucchi e rotola sopra su sua la parte posteriore" back into English.

    This resulted in "My domestic animal makes up and rolls over on its posterior part".

    Conclusion: phone the circus!

    An actual example of an e-mail sent to

    "Att:Director Teachin Area

    Pleasurably we go to you :

    We are a company that we impart teaching ,tecnic training in Spain and Sud America we would want to be able to reach an agreement with your university center and the possibility de to homologate masters,doctor diplome ect.

    Ins another that the one of being of their news takes advantage pleasant the occasion to send them I burnish greeting. And posibility of representacion for general curses for titulation. Respond please." language pages

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