Titles – How to choose a good name.
Getting the title right is crucial to ensuring that visitor find your creations in the catalog. This is because the title carries significant weight when our site’s search bar’s algorithms decide what pages should show up at the top of the search results. Not only that, but it is also the first thing that users will read and they will use this to decide whether it is worth clicking on to find out more or not. So that your content doesn’t lose out, follow these steps:
- Ensure the title is short, clear and concise.
- Use descriptive words that summarize the content’s purpose (e.g. if your content is a pair of shoes, make sure the title contains the word “shoes” or else the search bar won’t know!)
Good: “Women’s Short Cocktail Dress”
Reason: The title contains all the important keywords describing the content that users might be looking for. Make sure not to overload the title with too much information as long titles will get confusing, and the search bar is clever enough to also look for keywords in the content description.
Poor: “Sims 4 Outfit by Bob123”
Reason: The title contains insufficient information and the “Sims 4” part is unnecessary as the search bar already lets users filter by game Sims 3 or Sims 4. Users looking for cocktail dresses or short dresses will not find this item. You also do not need to add the creator’s name in the title as this is covered in the “Creator” section.
Creator – What goes in this field?
As mentioned above, this section is where you would provide the original creator’s name. If you are uploading someone else’s creation on their behalf, you must give their name and not yours in this field. The only exception is if you are uploading an edit, recolor or re-texture of someone else’s creation which you have made significant changes to the original, then you can use your own name in this field as long as you give credit to the original creator in the content description.
Tip: If you regularly upload your creations to the site, make sure you always use the same name in this field. This is because content is grouped together by this field, meaning that users can search for your name in the search bar and it will return all your creations even if they are in different categories.
Categories- How important are these and how do I know which is the right one?
Categories are extremely important! And choosing the right one will have a big influence how many people discover your content (and ultimately your blog/site). Although lots of visitors use the search bar to find what they are looking for, even more of them use the categories and refinements to narrow down their search. On top of that, our front page uses the same category grouping to filter by item type which visitors use to start their search. E.g. If they click on “Houses”, only items which have been placed in the category “Residential” will show up.
What if there isn’t a suitable category for my content?
If your content doesn’t fit into one of the categories on the list, don’t assign to an incorrect one. You can instead request for a new category to be made for you in the Contact page.
What are “attributes”?
Although you may not have noticed them before, if you have ever shopped on Amazon.com you should already be familiar with attributes and the benefits that give to customers trying to narrow down their search. Attributes are additional search filters that only appear within certain categories. They help visitors refine their search results even more. These fields will only appear in the upload form when you select certain categories. For example, if you select “Hairstyle” in the category section, you will then also be asked for “Gender” and “Age Group”. Similarly to Categories, if you can’t find one that is suitable, but it is a mandatory field, you can request that a new one is made in the contact page.
Description – What’s the most helpful description?
This section is your opportunity to give more information that the title or images don’t already provide. Some examples of what you can include are additional images (don’t repeat the same ones as in the gallery or the featured image), technical details such as the file size or EP requirements, credits to others who helped with making the CC, etc. One thing that you must include is a download link, but it does not have to be a direct link. For example; you could link to a page in your blog which contains a MediaFire download link within it, or you could provide the link to MediaFire directly in this field. If you choose to link to your blog first, make sure that when visitors arrive on your blog it is immediately obvious where the download link is (do not send them to the front page and then make them try and find it the long way!).
Images – Choosing good images.
A good feature image can mean the difference between thousands of new visitors discovering your content (and then going on to visit your site or blog) or just a couple of people clicking on it. To ensure yours meets a decent standard, follow these simple rules:
- Make it clear what your content is and place it at the center of the image’s focus.
- Don’t overload images with graphics, keep it simple.
- Choose an image that acts as a summary of your content, it needs to explain everything in one image to capture people’s attention
- Don’t Photoshop or apply filters, players will be suspicious of touched-up images as they tend to be misleading.
- For gallery images, aim for between 5-10. Less than five doesn’t give visitors enough information, while too many photos will bore them.
Specific Image type:
- HOUSES: Provide more images of the external view than internal.
- WORLDS: Give plenty of wide angle views that show the world with lots of context, avoid close-ups as these are less important.
- HAIRSTYLES: Show a front, side and back view in various colors.