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A Career as a Web Content Editor

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The Internet has provided several new career options for those who have a flair for writing. One of the lucrative job options provided by the internet is of web content editing. There are plenty of online publications and services available on the World Wide Web that has spurred the demand for web editors. Web editing is a fairly new career compared to newspaper editing or editing in publishing houses.

Online editing jobs are flexible and depending on your schedule you can take a full time or a part time editing job. There are options to work full time with an IT company or have the freedom to work from home. Web editing could be based on freelance jobs where you can get paid per words, number of hours or number of pages written/edited.

Responsibilities of a Web Content Editor



Online editors have to resurrect and edit written materials submitted by other writers. As a web editor you need to edit by refining the language and content of blogs, web content, articles, etc. Even the best of the creative writers can make grammatical errors. Web editors play a crucial role as they ensure that the final piece of writing is free from grammatical errors and is well-written and formatted. They also need to check the content for plagiarism as web content needs to be original. They also need to ensure that if it is SEO writing the use of keywords is done suitably.

Web editors need to reword sentences that are not well-written. Most of the time they need to do research and enhance information. They also need to conform to the writing standards suggested by the company. Web writing is very different from newspaper writing and in the same way web editing is also different.

Web editing can include editing content on a range of topics like educational, health, finance, etc. Variety makes the job more interesting as there is always something new to work on. They need to allocate work, co-ordinate with team members, discuss projects, provide feedback to juniors and communicate with clients. Getting a job as a web editor is fairly easy and you have to register yourself with an online headhunting firm.

Educational and Skill Sets Required to be a Web Editor

Regarding educational qualification to work as a web editor a degree with major in English, mass communication, journalism, etc. are preferred. There are plenty of online diploma courses offered in editing which can be pursued for additional advantage over the competitors. Qualifications and experience make it easier to thoroughly appreciate the style guidelines which have been provided by the publisher. It would also ensure higher pay. A flair for creative writing and excellent grammatical expertise is mandatory to get a web editing job. But you should also market your skills over the internet and establish a network with other writers. You should have a knack to identify errors amidst complicated sentences and replace them with simpler words. Good communication, interpersonal and team management skills are also required.

The Future of Web Editor Jobs

Getting a job as a web editor is fairly easy, and you have to register yourself with an online headhunting firm. There is an array of low-paying editing jobs available where experience does not matter. Such jobs should be sought at entry level stages, but with experience you should go for higher paying jobs. You can also apply for the post of a web editorial assistant to get some experience in this field. As a web editor you can expect starting salaries of about $5 for 1000 words, or $15-$20 on an hourly basis. Salaried employees can expect a package of about $600-$800 per month. Those with experience can earn anything from $10 to $25 per 1000 words, or $1,500 to $2,000 on salaried basis. In a month, one can earn up to $58,000 from this job.

Web editing jobs have a bright future. With a few years of experience one can also purchase one's own content firm. Depending on how good you are at procuring projects and delivering quality work on time you can earn an attractive sum. You can easily work from home if you are dedicated and disciplined.
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