If you have ever read a book from a really well known and respected novelist and as you were reading you encountered a really jarring printing error, that made a complete mess of a sentence or misspelled a word, you were probably really surprised because you expect the books you have paid good money for to have been thoroughly proofread and checked for any errors. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen too often.
However, websites and web content don’t seem to receive the same amount of attention when it comes to the quality of writing. A website owner might be an expert in gardening but not so much in spelling! Content gets thrown up unchecked and visitors arrive on the site and either laugh or click away (usually both). It doesn’t need to be like this, even when budgets are tight, it’s important to get the message of a website through professionally.
What these sites need are good writers and someone with good proofreading skills to check all the content before it gets posted for the entire world to see. Good proofreaders are worth their weight in gold because the skill isn’t an easy one and certainly takes time to master.
Proofreading isn’t just about correcting simple spelling mistakes either but about checking the overall flow of a piece of writing, including sentence structure and punctuation. Good proofreaders usually have fairly adequate writing skills too because they have to be fully aware of all the things they are looking for as they study a piece of text, word by word, sentence by sentence.
Perhaps you like the sound of proofreading and think you would be pretty good at it but didn’t realise there were jobs available in the sector or didn’t know that there were actually courses you could study that will teach you everything you need to know about the world of proofreading.
Proofreading courses are becoming more and more popular, especially with the content explosion on the internet. Google (and other top search engines) are clamping down on badly written content and penalising sites that are poorly presented from this point of view. This all means that there is extra room for proofreaders!
An online proofreading course is probably the best way into the subject. A course that can teach you all the aspects, from the ground up and provide you with all the skills you need to start applying for proofreading jobs can prove to be very beneficial for a future career.