Twenty years of extensive experience in web content writing and editing.
Sharp eye for detail, with a knack for quickly spotting grammatical, spelling and formatting errors.
Working knowledge of SEO.
Excellent research skills, including effective Internet use.
Proficiency in MS Office.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Deadline-oriented self starter.
Ability to manage projects effectively and independently.
Freelance web content writer
Write copy for website landing pages, optimized for SEO.
Demand Studios August 2010-2013
FREELANCE COPY EDITOR
Edit and submit approximately 10 articles per day on a variety of Parenting and Travel topics
Adhere to and apply house rules of style as well as AP style.
ODesk.com Jan 2012-present
FREELANCE WEB CONTENT WRITER
Perform various writing and editing duties for web-based companies, including web content creation and SEO articles. Expert at taking rough copy and turning it into web-ready content.
Shipoverseas.com Feb 2012-Jan 2013
Write 3-4 blogs per week in WordPress, responsible for writing, editing, formatting and posting articles related to the car shipping industry.
Write travel articles for related travel website, utilizing given keywords.
MagicYellow.com July 2007-Jan 2013
Researched information from the web on various topics for online directory listings website.
Compiled 600-word articles on each topic, producing informative, unique, easy-to-read copy utilizing pre-determined keywords through SEO.
Created approx. 60 articles per week via online submission site.
Edited short business descriptions at a rate of approximately 60 per hour, utilizing keywords for SEO.
Internet Brands September 2009-August 2011
Produced SEO content for travel sites like Vacation Homes and Vamoose utilizing pre-determined keywords
Created up to 40 articles per month via online submission site.
WSI/Spheres of Change August 2007-October 2009
FREELANCE EDITOR/CONTENT SPECIALIST
Produced compelling, interesting and search engine-friendly content for websites
Created and edited content for client web pages
Researched and compiled bi-annual reports for 25 companies. Reports provided a web statistics snapshot of the website’s performance on a regular basis, with statistics analyses and recommendations for improving website performance.
TravelGator (an operating company of Tembizi, Inc.) May 2007 – December 2008
Compiled and wrote interesting copy for travel web site, completing Attractions listings for major cities and destinations in the United States.
Patricia Seybold Group — Boston, MA July 2005 – May 2007
Successfully met weekly editorial quota of producing two business reports and one cover memo for use on the PSGroup web site.
Compiled and updated company style guide on a monthly basis for use by the entire writing/production team consisting of approximately 10 members.
Co-edited Patricia Seybold’s new business book, Outside Innovation: How Your Customers Will Co-Design Your Company’s Future (Collins, October 2006). Project duration: May 2006 – Aug. 2006
Independent Editorial Project — Londonderry, NH Mar. 2006 – May 2006
Edited self-help book written by Anthony Cardosi, Simple Success (Liberty Skill Center, 2006).
Gartner, Inc. — Lowell, MA Aug. 2000 – June 2003
Edited and formatted information technology (IT) proposals, reports and presentations using Word, PowerPoint and Excel on PC platform.
Reviewed documents for spelling and grammatical errors, adherence to branding, flow and overall presentation; performed quality assurance for desktop publishers and fellow editors.
Collaborated with clients, consultants, editors and desktop publishers on long-term projects, such as indepth technology reports that required many detailed revisions and careful coordination among multiple contributors
Produced greatest volume of page output in the Document Services department; was sought by consultants and management when accurate and expedient editing was required to meet extremely stringent deadlines.
Approved and updated in-house style guide content as member of interdepartmental task force.
Monitored global repository of more than 15,000 consultant biographies and deliverables, verifying file status, nomenclature and metadata.
Town Crossings — Andover, MA June 1998 – Aug. 2000
Involved in the launch of Town Crossings, a bi-weekly newsmagazine focused on family, health and lifestyle issues.
Researched and wrote in-depth articles; edited all pre-press material.
Wrote weekly culinary reviews.
The Methuen Journal — Methuen, MA June 1996 – March 1998
CITY NEWS REPORTER
Reported on city council and school committee meetings, as well as family events within the Methuen community.
Proofread and copy edited pre-press materials; proposed creative ideas to improve content.
University of Massachusetts — Lowell, MA
Bachelor of Arts, English with Journalism and Creative Writing Concentration; Minor, Economics — 1992-1996
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Got a bad back? You're not alone. According to Health magazine, about eight out of every 10 people suffers from back pain, especially women, who tend to carry around extra weight in the form of kids and gigantic pocketbooks. Whether you have lower, upper, chronic or acute back pain, there are ways you can improve your health and posture to help ease discomfort. The goods news is, surgery is rarely needed in cases of back pain, says the Mayo Clinic, and many times, home treatment and improved body mechanics will do the trick.
There are many reasons why you may suffer from back pain. As WebMD points out, weekend warriors are the biggest culprit, as they try to tackle more than they can handle in one or two days. This can be something as simple as participating in a pick-up basketball game with the guys. If you haven't been stretching or working out, and then jump into an intense game, it's no wonder you can't get up off the couch later that day. Also, tackling big home improvement projects, where you're bending, lifting and straining all day, can stress out your back. Another way you can tweak your back is by improperly bending and lifting large objects when you're not used to it, such as when helping a friend move. But it doesn't always have to take a big movement or task for you to strain your back. It could just be a mundane daily activity like taking out the trash or loading the dishwasher, as the risk of injury goes up when you are performing tasks absentmindedly without thinking. A big culprit leading to back pain problems is sitting for long periods of time in front of a computer, TV or even on your long daily commute to work. When you sit for prolonged periods, the discs in your spine don't get the fluid circulation that they need, leading to back stress over time. Constant pressure caused by sitting -- as opposed to standing or lying down -- can even lead to long-term damage and increase your chances of a ruptured disc.
Regular exercise is a great way to prevent or lessen back pain, says WebMD, particularly working out the obliques which are crucial when it comes to back stability. It's also important to know how to properly bend and lift heavy objects. Be sure to bend at the knees, never at the waist. Keep whatever you're lifting as close to your body as possible and never lift something weighing more than 20 percent of your own body. Avoid twisting when lifting, changing direction not with the waist but with the feet. On a daily basis, you can help avoid injury to your back from regular everyday tasks by engaging your core muscles. Simply pull your belly button into your spine throughout the day to strengthen and support the back muscles. If you've been feeling back pain due to long periods of time in front of your computer at work, for instance, there are some things you can do to lessen the pressure. Get up and take a walk around the office every 20 minutes or so. Even a simple stretch and jaunt to the water bubbler will suffice. When you do have to sit and work, avoid leaning over or bending; sit up and ensure your spine is straight. Keep your feet flat on the floor and take anything out of your back pockets that could throw your spine out of alignment, such as a wallet or phone.
Many times, you can trace your back pain to a common culprit. Fortunately, there are home remedies and preventive measures you can take to lessen the pain and ensure it doesn't persist in the future.