How much should an editor of an online publication be paid?
August 20, 2013 6:38 PM Subscribe
If I want to hire an editor to manage the blog for my ad-driven website, how much should the pay be if it's full-time? What about part-time? Other than creating and managing content, managing writers (and bringing on new ones), and promoting the blog and the site on social media, is there anything else I should list in a online editor's duties?
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My ad-driven website has become relatively well-known in my field, with over 12,000 registered members. I want to make my site a hub of knowledge, which includes improving my site's blog content. Currently I pay contributing writers $20 - $50 depending on what type of blog post. It's really kind of open to anyone who wants to add their two cents. I don't really have the time to filter out, assign topics, or edit writing.
Anyway, that's where an online editor would come in. I just want them to find interesting topics to cover or to assign to writers, manage a team of writers, and to do the editing. I'd also want them to do some site promotion/content promotion to increase web traffic. I'd like the posts to be picture-heavy and probably no longer than 500-600 words each, with the exception of a few more in-depth pieces.
Sad to say but most of the pros in my field aren't very good at writing. I don't think I need to hire someone who is the cream of the crop. Just someone who's kind of interested in the field, has a pretty decent grasp of the English language and has some history in writing. Fresh out of college is fine as long as they have some experience.
So when I advertise the position, how much should I be offering? I'd probably be hiring them as an independent contractor. What would full-time rates be? And what about part-time? (I might be able to do half the stuff myself).
What else should I be listing in the position requirements/description besides what I said above? Any ideas on what else a web editor should bring to the table to increase site traffic?