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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2018 is well underway and it's time to take a long hard look at your credit score. Not looking so hot? Make a comeback with your credit score this year by employing a few simple steps toward effective credit repair. First off, it's important to know what's a good or bad credit score. Credit scores generally range between 300 and 850, with a higher score representing a lower risk and a lower score representing a higher risk, says My Fico. To put this into perspective, a score of 680 is good but a score of 720 is much better. A score of 800 to 850 is considered excellent. If your credit score is less than stellar, make improvements to it this year. It's never too late!
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Boosting your credit score won't happen overnight, but you can resolve to make 2018 the year of your credit comeback!