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Sophia Swanepoel

Editor, proofreader, content strategy, SEO

Can work in or around London

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  • Suggested rate £350 / day
  • Experience 7+ years
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Location and workplace preferences

Location
London, England, United Kingdom
Can work onsite in your office in
  • around London and 10km

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Languages

  • English

    Native or bilingual

  • Afrikaans

    Native or bilingual

  • French

    Basic

  • Dutch

    Basic

Categories

Skills (11)

Sophia in a few words

Hi, I'm Sophia. I'm an editorial, content and SEO specialist with a 20-year background in magazine journalism, online publishing, and content SEO.

I can help with:
- copy editing and proofreading (I'm extremely pernickety about English grammar, punctuation and formatting!)
- content strategy, including content audits, style guides, content plans and content calendars
- SEO keyword research, gap analysis, competitor research, topic ideation, writing and on-page optimisation
- light technical SEO audits

I specialise in creating unique, well-researched content that is authentic to your brand, adds value for the customer, and cuts through the noise.

At a parenting news site, I created and executed a new content strategy focusing on excellent, expert-led evergreen content. Organic traffic to the site improved by 1,001% within three years and a project to supply free educational resources attracted an additional 1 million users per year.

I love using words and tech to help build a better world!

Experience

Self-Employed

E-commerce

Content & SEO Consultant  - As a freelancer

London, UK

July 2022 - Today (4 months)

I've been helping various e-commerce sites with their SEO and content:
- SEO audits: content and technical
- Content: audits, competitor, audience and gap analysis, and content strategy and plan.

QA Ltd

Tech

Digital Content Lead

London, UK

January 2020 - July 2022 (2 years and 6 months)

- Successfully created and executed content and SEO strategies.
- Created style guide, performed content and competitor audits, and content gap analysis.
- Set KPIs for content, SEO and social media.
- Managed all SEO: keyword research, on-page optimisation and technical audits and fixes.
- Managed social media exec and led the social media strategy.
- Continually used data analysis to reiterate and improve the strategies.
- Our focus content area grew by 98% in a year. Average keyword position improved by 32% and CTR improved by 46% despite our classrooms closing during the pandemic.

Self-Employed

Publishing

Editor & translator  - As a freelancer

London, UK

May 2019 - January 2020 (8 months)

We relocated to the UK and I took a few months off to house-hunt, find a school and help our girls to settle in. While doing so, I was doing some freelance editing and translation work.

24.com

Publishing

Editor of Parent24.com

Cape Town, South Africa

September 2015 - April 2019 (3 years and 7 months)

Parent24 was the biggest parenting website in South Africa by a large margin, reaching at least half a million unique readers monthly. It was a vertical of News24, Africa's biggest news site, and has now been incorporated into the main site.

- Created new editorial and commercial strategy, building a trusted brand and focusing heavily on SEO.
- Managed a team of four plus freelancers in daily content creation, analytics, social media and SEO.
- Smashed high traffic and revenue targets with top trending and high-quality evergreen content.
- Organic search traffic shot up 1,001% in three years.
- In two years, we more than doubled our mobile traffic and grew desktop traffic by 50% despite a downward trend in the SA industry.
- Extensively used data tools for daily decisions and monthly reports. Google Analytics (Universal, 360, GA4), Nielsen, Effective Measure, Narratiive, Cxense, Native AI, and Chartbeat for daily, weekly and monthly reports.
- Attended Poynter Institute Digital Leaders workshops, INMA and Wan-Ifra World Editors conferences.
- Passion project: Parent24 LEARN. Became advocates for free study resources for South Africa's learners. Within two years, LEARN hub was getting a million monthly pageviews, greatly aided by organic search traffic, and won the 24.com Best Editorial Project 2019 award.
- Sad as I was to leave my job and colleagues in South Africa, I was excited about the opportunity to come back to London.

Media24

Publishing

Online editor

Cape Town, South Africa

October 2009 - August 2015 (5 years and 10 months)

I made the jump into digital in 2009 as editor of YourParenting.co.za, the magazine website for Media24's parenting magazines, and we started the process of transforming print into a viable digital offering. It was a steep learning curve but I took the challenge head-on.

- My position involved a relaunch, editorial and commercial planning and strategy, innovation, digital brand marketing and daily operation of the site and social networks – all on my own.
- The site offered a deep archive of expert pregnancy and parenting articles, handy tools, a lively forum and a small e-commerce shop, and we built a sizable following (450,000 combined) on Facebook.
- I worked closely with the developers and we launched mobi sites and apps and played with all the tech we could get our hands on.
- I often met with clients and created proposals, and within a few years the digital revenue added a substantial boost to the overall publishing budget, at the same time that print advertising started to decline.
- In September 2015, Media24 consolidated their digital offerings and merged YourParenting.co.za with Parent24.com, a vertical of News24, South Africa's biggest digital news site.

Various companies

Publishing

Writing & editing  - As a freelancer

Cape Town, South Africa

November 2005 - October 2009 (3 years and 11 months)

- After relocating to Cape Town, I was part of the launch team of a fashion and lifestyle glossy for young women.
- For my two-page column "Eco Babe", I received an SAB Environmental Journalist Merit Award in 2007.
- My role included mapping out a website strategy and developing the magazine's style guide, and I was involved in training too: mentoring the young editorial team; helping to formulate the Media24 Code of Practice for plagiarism; and assisting Educor in brainstorming and editing a sub-editing course.
- I later continued editing and writing for numerous South African books, travel guides, consumer and B2C magazines, including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Psychologies, Time Out, Eat Out, Drum, Fairlady and PnP Fresh Living.
- Freelancing needs quick adaptability – working to different house styles and alongside new people every week – but I'm meticulous, creative and love working with people, and I loved the challenge.

Highbury House Communications plc, 38 Titles

Publishing

Copy-editor

London, UK

April 2002 - August 2005 (3 years and 4 months)

- Copy-editing on various lifestyle magazines in London sharpened my skills in rewriting, fact-checking, liaising with medical and legal experts, setting up production schedules, flat-planning and liaising with the repro house.
- I worked on Real Homes, Baby & You, Pregnancy, Front Magazine and others.
- I learned to do whatever it takes to create order out of chaos. I still take great joy in massaging content into a beautiful, meaningful and factually correct narrative without losing the author's voice.

Education