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Make Money On The Road – Be A Web Editor

What Is A Web Design Editor?
According to the Princeton Review, a web editor develops the content and editorial plan of a website, working with a team that may include a creative director, a writer, a designer, and an information architect. If you work for a web developer that produces original content for different companies, your work will be more project-oriented.

What Do Web Page Editors Do?
Website editors develop material for a range of clients, ensuring that the information is accurate and conveys the true voice and tone for the site. The editor’s work includes a wide range of writing and can run the gamut from writing a short article or product description copy to creating a script. Copyediting and proofreading might also be part of your job.

What Skills Do You Need To Be One?
You have to know the web to do this job well. Learn HTML and know how to do research on the Internet. You must also understand site structure and navigation. You can take a course in web design at your local community college, or, if you have the discipline, teach yourself, using the different books, videos, and other tools available online and in bookstores.

Most sites will create a template for their content. Your job as editor is to see that the content is correctly poured into the template. One of your most important tasks will be to take a lot of information and make it short, but readable.

Some of the tools you will need as a web editor:
  • You must use Microsoft Word well enough to follow a template, apply styles, copy and paste, and make your text look impressive, or convert it to ASCII.
  • You should know how to create a web page.
  • Get familiar with Microsoft Excel to keep track of your hours, articles, authors, editorial schedule, and budget.

As a webpage editor, you will need to be organized, self-directed and flexible. It also helps to be ethical and persistent – you’ll be dealing with a lot of artistic people, as well as a lot of business people, so you need to be able to work with a variety of personalities.

You also need the ability to scan a lot of information and glean its essence quickly, and sufficient knowledge about different subject areas to know when something is missing. If you want to be a really good web editor, don’t do all your research online. The Internet feeds on itself and the same information is used repeatedly across publications.

Web editing is perfect for the RVer on the go, because all you need is a laptop and an Internet connection. You can create a website to advertise your services, or you can find clients through outsourcing sites like Elance.com and Guru.com.

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