We’re excited to learn that Find a Proofreader has been added to the Useful Links page of Copyediting.co.uk. The website is run by Trevor Horwood, an esteemed proofreader and copy-editor who wrote the excellent Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editing – A Guide – a book that I myself read back in 2004 when I first decided I wanted to be a proofreader. Going freelance is an extremely daunting task for anyone, whether they’re training to be a proofreader or a plumber, but this book certainly made me feel more confident in succeeding back then. It provides great tips on how to find work when you’re just starting out, and, amongst other things, it provides some proofreading tests so you can gauge your own ability. It’s a friendly, approachable book and I remember laughing out loud occasionally as Horwood’s writing style is witty at times too.
If you’re thinking of becoming a freelance proofreader or editor, I recommend you read Horwood’s book. And once you’re up and running, come and join Find a Proofreader – where you can advertise your services from just £20 a year!
17/07/2012 | Nick Jones
We blogged a few days ago about the benefits of sending your articles to Find a Proofreader, and it would seem that someone listened! A big thanks to Stephanie Hitch of legalproofreader.co.uk for her submission entitled Please Describe Your Job In One Sentence, which you can read here. Congratulations, Stephanie, for being the first to have their article published on the site.
We hope to receive more articles like Stephanie’s over the coming weeks and months. Remember, you get an additional link to your website as a result, which means increased online exposure for your website (or your Find a Proofreader profile if you don’t have website) – plus the articles themselves will hopefully rank well in the search engines, so you may get additional hits to your site that way.
We look forward to receiving some more articles soon!
16/07/2012 | Nick Jones
Exciting news for all our advertisers! Since the site was relaunched a few weeks ago, we’ve been monitoring our progress in the search engines and we’ve been steadily increasing for various keywords such as ‘freelance proofreaders’ and ‘proofreader directory’, both of which we are now on page 1 for (and our newly joined indexers will be pleased to hear that we’ve gone from total obscurity to page 4 for ‘indexers’ overnight).
This probably explains why we’ve seen an increase in quote requests in the past two weeks, which just goes to show how important search engine rankings are to the directory’s success.
Whilst we’re making clear progress, there are still things that need to be done – and you can help! If you’re an existing advertiser, please consider writing articles relevant to your skills and background so that we can publish them on the Articles page. This will provide you with additional exposure as the article will link to your website (or your Find a Proofreader listing if you don’t have a website). It will also help our rankings because Google loves fresh, relevant content. If you’re not advertising in our directory yet, please join us so that you too can benefit from our growing online presence.
Onwards and upwards!
13/07/2012 | Nick Jones