This post is based on my own views and experiences. My mind has grown a lot in the past year or so.
Some of you may or may not know that I translate a Chinese novel into English. Due to my translations, I have managed to gain over 600k views on my blog. Compared to huge sites with millions of readers, 600k is actually a very small amount. However, I’m very proud of what I have built on my own. From translating, I’ve learnt that:
1. People are giving me views because I am giving them something they want
This is a crucial point. The only reason why 95% of my readers come to my site is because they want to read the novel but they cannot read Chinese. Therefore, they have to come to me in order to read the English version.
So, if I want to gain more views or make more ad revenue, I need to give the people what they want.
2. Translating is short term pain but long term gain
Honestly, translating a novel takes hundreds and hundreds of hours. It is extremely difficult, tedious, and requires tremendous amounts of concentration. In fact, it is so hard that most people quit after a couple of chapters.
I translated for three months before I received my first donation. Even with donations, you never know when/if you’re going to get any. Due to ad block, I need roughly 300k views just to make $100.
So you’re probably thinking: Wow. What a waste of time. Totally not worth it!!
But the thing is, once I build it, it’s here to stay. Nowadays, even if I don’t do anything, I get around a thousand views daily.
It takes a long, long time. But I can definitely make a passive income out of it. It honestly depends on how hard I’m willing to work.
Currently, this will be my 240th post. Out of the 240 posts, 134 of them are translations related. It may sound like a lot to you, but there are many translators out there who have translated more than 3x my amount. Some have actually translated over a thousand chapters.
Imagine if you get around 5000 views per chapter and you have 1000 chapters. That is 5 million views. Once you get to a certain level, you wouldn’t have to do anything else and the views will keep racking in.
3. I can’t do it on my own
I’ve realized that if I want to grow my site, I can’t do it on my own. It’s either I recruit people on my site, or I join a bigger site. The reason being is because there is way too much competition and I can only do so much in a day.
For example, I normally translate around 10 chapters a month. However, there are sites out there that can publish 20 chapters a day because they have multiple translators working for them. It would take me 2 months to publish the same amount of chapters that they could do in one day.
At first, I didn’t want to join any sites because I wanted to grow my own site. I didn’t want to help make other people rich. But I’ve realized that having my own “department store” is unsustainable unless I get enough traffic. It’s better that I have a small store in a very popular mall than have my own store at a corner where very few people know or have the incentive to come in.
Therefore, some time next month or so, my translations will actually be hosted on Volarenovels. (My originals will still be on my site)
Anyhow, that is it for today. Next week, I will be writing about Modern Romance!!! It is actually based on a book with lots of research backing it up. It will be super interesting so stay tuned!!