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Due to popular demand, I’ve put up a portfolio of my software and web development projects at  Drop me a line if you or someone you know needs a website or other customized web application.

I made a new website for translating Chinese news into English at  I know from the front it just looks like any old Wordpress installation, but behind the scenes is an awesome Django app that automatically pulls news from a number of Chinese sources, and provides a really convenient translation interface.

The idea is that I’ll have an excuse to keep up to date with what’s going on in China, and the articles I translate will provide some good content to drive traffic to my consulting business.  Features I’m considering adding in the future include automatic Google translation of all the articles that get pulled in, just for the super curious, and user contributed translations for other likeminded people who enjoy translating stuff like this.

Still not quite sure whether I like China Decoder, chinadecoder, or as a brand.  Actually I was hoping to get but it is being squatted.

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Google thinks my China consulting business is a good idea

I was just curious what I could do to boost traffic to my site (Joel Rosen China Consulting), so I did a little keyword search on Google Insights to see what people are searching for when they need a China consultant.  The findings are encouraging:

  1. Massachusetts ranks highest for searches on “china consulting,” even beating out California.
  2. “china consulting” isn’t nearly as popular a set of keywords as “china business,” but handily beats keyword sets “china market research,” “china market entry,” and “china advisory”.
  3. Most popular searches with the “china consulting” keywords are “consulting in china” and “china business consulting” – the latter of which is rising in popularity.

Looks like I may be Jewish after all.

Joel Rosen China Consulting

China's complicated. We can help.

Joel Rosen China Consulting

I’ve moved back to Boston and I’m starting up a little consulting business to help companies around here get stuff done in China. After agonizing over what to name it for over a week, I settled on Joel Rosen China Consulting. Yes, I’m as professional as I am creative.

Joel Rosen China Consulting

As you can see here I’ve made sort of a logo. It doesn’t really have any particular meaning. I was just playing around in Pixelmator and I was feeling triangles and red. Do you like it?

Well I don’t actually expect anybody will read this post, but for some reason Google seems to respect links from this blog, so hopefully this will help boost my pagerank :)

Off at sea for a while

I’m off traveling outside of China now. Follow my adventure at