Prices would vary - a lot. Some are experienced, others are not. Some have a great command of grammar whereas others, couldn't care too much. I think it all depends on if getting paid hourly, by per word, per hub? I highly recommend shopping around and negotiating.
Although I offer editing and proofing services, I would feel weird working on Hub Pages and being paid by another hubber.
I'm here to write my own hubs or volunteer.
Not find clients.
Too close of a community for me.
But others likely feel differently about it.
I would certainly proofread hubs to get paid. There are two main reasons: 1)Any writing is content and is therefore up for grabs in terms of asking for my services and 2) HubPages wants quality content. So, if me proofreading means there will be more quality content, then I am all in.
Like Dame Scribe says, the rate would vary. With my regular proofing services, the client would have the choice of a flat rate (mostly for manuscripts), per word, or per page. Since hubs tend to be on the shorter side, I would probably charge per word or a flat fee after assessing how much work might be required. I would also based the rate on what the hubber wanted me to read for. Some people just want a light proof, for grammar, mechanics, etc., and some want a heavy read for context, ideas, connectivity, etc. So it all depends on the client and his/her expectations.
I would feel more comfortable with proofreaders being non-hubbers. It is too close being checked by peers.
I'm not sure I think they would necessarily need to be non-Hubbers, but anyone who decides to pay for proofreading should be VERY careful that the person doing it actually has proven the necessary understand of grammar. It's not at all uncommon to see Hubbers who think their grammar skills are better than they really are. If someone for whom English is not his/her first language pays someone for whom English is, there's a good chance the the paying person won't recognize less-than-stellar English grammar in a proofreader.
Someone interested in paying for proofreading services may be better off looking for a proofreader on somewhere like ODesk where people can prove their skills by being tested, demonstrating skills over a certain level, and including "certifications" with their profiles.
I just picture someone's paying "any-old-English-writing" Hubber to proofread, only to discover that his/her Hubs still run into problems over grammar issues. A lot of people offer proofreading services on their HP profiles, and a lot of them really shouldn't.
This is the first time am hearing about this Proofreading Jobs.
I'm not sure there are actual jobs being offered - it sounds like a hypothetical question at this point. Deciding what to charge would be tough. I have seen some writing in various places (not always Internet) that I wouldn't proof for any amount of money. Proofing the work of someone who is already an accomplished writer and just needs a back-up set of eyes is indeed a paid skill. But it is much less time consuming (and frustrating) for the proofreader than trying to 'proof' a piece by someone with little command of writing, even if they're native speakers, or someone who simply has no skills yet and does not express things well.
I do both proofreading and copy editing. If I accept a job, the first one is complimentary. After that, I charge based on my estimate of the work involved. As a professional linguist and translator, most of my work has been with non-native speakers of English.
Having said that, I really hesitate to make my next point in the same reply, but there is no other way to do it. I have read many hubs promoting editorial or proofreading services. Most of the promotions themselves include grammatical errors, misspellings, typos and errant in-text links (from misuse of the "suggest links" feature). Many authors who need a proofreader would find it difficult to spot those errors. I suggest that after two or three potential proofreaders have been identified, it would be advisable to ask a third party to review them and make a recommendation.
Your point about those who think they need a proofreader for their Hubs is my concern "on behalf of" those considering paying someone. The person who would consider getting a proofreader isn't likely to recognize some of the flaws in those profiles (or elsewhere). If nothing else, one wonders why someone who offers proofreading services wouldn't at least run grammar check (which would pick up SOME things) on his own profile (and that's not even addressing the fact that those people make some of the errors they do in the first place).
I would proof hubs for pay. I suppose the amount charged would depend largely on the word count of the hub. That said, I'm not sure if it would really be a great idea. I can already foresee disagreements arising about the nature and quality of the work performed, and before you know it the site will be full of people badmouthing each other.
Nope! I have a hard enough time proofing my own Hubs. Why pay $$$$ to have a Hub proofread when you can use that professional service on something like a novel??? A Hub, at the most, will pay you in pennies over time. You will probably spend much more on its proofreading than what it will earn. Way more.
I am special English riter for proofings on the internet. Many many valuable customers will praise my readings and give me whole lot of dollarz in the PaymentPal.
I say NO - too many peoples are asking mes for work. In some exceptionatical casements I will do extra work for extra money but I am not cheep.
Pleased to inform me of your interest to put the two heads together. Writings on the webpages I do with great frequency and vigor.
Haha, Mark! I can't afford to hire you, but perhaps we can exchange goodies. I have a lot of extra black markers and sharpies around the house.
When I were a English teechr, I had to eddit essays on a daley bassis allmost. Sense I retared, I hav dun edditting an prufe redding for uthers. I'm rilly gud!
I can help you proof-read one a week for FREE. I did this a while ago for 2 Hubbers who wrote, but English was their second language.
That was nice of you. That would be rough trying to blog in your second language. I can picture me blogging in my broken spanish. I hope no one wants to talk about anything other than my family or grocery shopping. LOL
Kudos to you! I've done the same thing for a few hubbers, but time constraints are a big problem now.
I've edited others' hubs and it was worthwhile to them because bounce rates went way down. My editing includes proofreading, developmental editing & keyword research.
Plenty of hubbers write pretty well but have glaring mistakes in their opening sentences. Unless the topic really interests me, those errors make me want to click away. It's because the person's trustworthiness goes down.
It would be of very little economic advantage to pay someone to proof read your hubs, but that is just my opinion. In the past I have actually helped friends for free, and maybe you should ask someone who would be willing to do that. Now if you are going to be submitting your writing to a publication, I think paying someone would be the way to go.
With all due respect to SweetiePie, paid revisions do make economic sense for some hubs. If a hub is promoting something valuable such as estate planning services or is linking to valuable classic cars on eBay, then one great article on HubPages can be worth much more than the editing fee.
Per Hubpages rules we are not supposed to write overly promotional hubs promoting services like that. The average person is not going to benefit from paying someone to edit their hub, and I highly recommend someone looking ask friends to help out for free first.
There seems to be a misconception here about making money and being overly promotional. "Content marketing" is now very well-rewarded by Google's ranking algorithm. Content marketing involves providing useful or entertaining material (articles, videos, infographics, etc.) -- stuff that IS NOT directly selling but just naturally draws a crowd. That's what I'm talking about. For example, if I had half a brain, I would take the time to link my Hub account to eBay. Then my article about Louis Wain's schizophrenia and cat paintings, which is not at all salesy, could link to a $5000 auction item of his work. This is how it can be worthwhile to have a professionally reviewed hub. If anyone wants to read more about content marketing, see my article about it here: http://vabulous.com/content-marketing-t … business/.
To me it sounded like you were promoting a specific estate planning service, and that is not allowed according the Hubpages TOS. Also, the average person is not going to be writing hubs about things like that, so I will stand by my point suggesting the majority of Hubbers save their money, and ask a friend to help with proof reading. You could also buy a book on Amazon, and teach yourself much of what an editor would do anyway. When friends band together they do not have to pay someone to read a hub, and such.
I'm with you that helping each other or trading is best . Still, lots of people think that their friend's or mother-in-law's editing skills are great, for example, but in reality their skills don't transfer to the web.
Well, if you can find someone who has expertise with English and editing, then that would be a good idea. Not just asking anyone, but I just would not invest this much effort in a hub . Now if I had my own website where I was running my business, I could definitely see hiring someone to edit that.
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