How do I use the Tags/Categories Tab in Tentacles Publishing?
posted this on May 12, 2010 08:18
The Tags / Categories tab is where you add a description of your product, create keyword tags and select one or more categories to identify your product within search results. You should use only keywords that represent your product quickly and accurately. It is also important that you provide detailed information within your description, including any special features and if your product uses special tools such as external renderers or other plug-ins.
The Tags/Categories tab is critical to successful publishing as this is where you help identify and describe your product and provide the TurboSquid search system all of the information necessary to quickly find it within user search queries. The more specific your keyword tags and description of your product are, the more likely it will be found in a search and displayed for another person to buy it.
Depending upon the type of product you are publishing (determined within the Name/Price/Specs tab), the Categories section will update so that its options are appropriate. By default, no category is selected and the text header of the section is red, indicating that if you don't select at least one category, you won't be allowed to publish your product. Use the provided dropdown menus to select the category that best fits the product you want to publish. If you feel that your product fits in more than one category, use the second set of dropdowns to include that categorization as well.
Once you have selected a category, the header text will turn black indicating that you have entered enough information to publish with as shown below.
Keyword tags for a product play a vital role in how a model is searched within the TurboSquid library. As such, you should spend some time on this area thinking about good, descriptive terms another user might come up with to try and find your product. If you a publishing a car model, you wouldn't just want to use the single tag car. In this case, other users might think of auto, automobile, car, vehicle, sedan, coupe, etc. If you need to, consult a thesaurus to come up with good keyword tags that help identify your product.
To use this dialog, simply type in each keyword you choose separated by a blank space. You need to have at least one keyword in order to be able to publish, so the header text will turn black only after you've entered one keyword.
NOTE:While inputting multiple keywords can help find your product through various searches, do not abuse them. If you're publishing a car, do not use truck, van, transportation or other keywords that will add "noise" to searches and yield incorrect results. Not only does this not help you or your potential customers, in many cases they will not buy models from you if they feel you are "spamming" the keyword list just so you get found
The short description is a 300 character (including spaces) version of your full description. It is presented to the user first upon viewing a product for sale and resides above the thumbnail images on the TurboSquid website. As you type, the total number of characters remaining will be displayed above the dialog box. While it is a recommended part of your product's description, it is optional and you can publish without filling it in.
TIP: If you're not sure what to put for your short description, skip down and create your full description. Once done, you can take the best pieces of that longer description and re-purpose them into this dialog for a short, snappy version of your product.
The full description is a critical aspect of the publishing process and gives a potential customer a detailed understanding of what your product is, and what is required to have a good experience after they buy it. Provide as much detailed information about your product as you can here to help others understand the value of your product and how it can help them. If you're providing a 3D model, be sure to explain what comes with your product in terms of Level-of-detail (LODs) variants, texture maps, multiple material libraries (new vs. battered) etc. Also, if your product requires external tools to make it useful, such as 3rd party renderers, plug-ins or scripts, then you should make it very clear in your full description that this is the case. It will help users make good purchasing decisions and will help you avoid returns. You will not be able to publish a product for sale without some form of Full Description filled in here as the header text indicates by color.