Confessions of a Demand Media Title Editor

Updated on: by Jess Weaver

Demand Media Studios TitlingWhat is Title Editing?

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Work at Home Adventures has discussed Titling from Demand Media for quite some time. Check out Miranda’s blog post to get a more in depth feel for what Titling is. In layman’s terms TE-ing is exactly what it says. I am simply editing titles that will later be used for writing articles.


How long have you been editing?

I have been editing for a few months now. I sent an email and received a test and heard back pretty quickly from Demand Media. I feel like I am finally getting a good grasp for it. However, I still keep one eye open because I do not like to get too comfortable  for fear of slipping. Anyway, title editing takes a lot more time than some of the other titling roles. However, it would be weird to not be doing editing, since I have become so used to it. While it is not the most loved of all the titling jobs- it is still near and dear to my “egg” heart.


Any tips for upcoming Title Editors?

Take your time at first and then dive into it. Those are famous words from Miranda Grimm. Your first couple of weeks it is really important to take your time and learn the ropes. Talk to some other title editors and get a true feel for what Demand Media expects of you. Visit the forums frequently. At first I did not take that advice seriously, however- over time I visit that forum several times a week. If you have ANY questions make sure to direct them to John Clark @ Demand Media. He has been an excellent resource and he is very quick at responding. With that said, do not bother him over every title, especially questions that can simply be asked on the forum.


The Need to Knows

Several issues I was having with titling when I first got started was.

– I was too slow.

– I wasn’t following all of the rules correctly; like capitalization and editing words.

– I was getting frustrated with my lack of knowledge.

My advice? Take your time over the next few weeks. I know how frustrating title editing can be because of the amount of time it consumes. I cannot give an hourly wage advice because mine varies but I can tell you it is always over $9.00 an hour. Sometimes I average about $12.00 an hour. However, I have grown to love the fact that I can stop and come back several times a day. Sometimes I will only do $2.00 at a time. It goes pretty quickly and I can knock out titles faster that way!


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What are your tips for other Title Editors?

Want to be a Title Editor? Check out the Titling Role Post to learn more

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Katie Jones

August 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

Excellent post! I didn’t even think about doing it in $2.00 increments! I always try to go for the full amount but that sounds way easier, lol. Thanks Jess!


August 4, 2011 at 10:22 am

This is excellent Jess. I’m going to share this with a few people I know who are new to title editing. Very helpful info for people who are new to it.


August 4, 2011 at 11:58 am

Anna- I agree. Sometimes this position is put down. But I think you gotta work whatcha got sometimes 🙂

Carla E.

August 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Title Editing with Demand Media seems like a great side hustle. I also will be sharing this with others in my network.


August 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Thanks Carla. 🙂


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