Some ways to organize the metadata for your designs

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Written by Jeff Schnitzer
Updated over a week ago

Tags Are Ordered

Most POD platforms only accept a limited number of tags, some as few as 10. To ensure your designs are published with the most relevant tags, you should prioritize your tags. Furthermore one platform (TeePublic) treats the first listed tag in OrbitKit as a special "main" tag.

Each design has its own independent list of tags and tag order.

Tags Can Be Private

Tags that start with $ are private to you - they are not published to POD platforms. Adding and removing private tags will not trigger exhibit updates. Their order is irrelevant.

Tags Can Be Favorites

Drag tags from your designs or the Tags page onto the sidebar to save them as "favorite" tags. Click on them to select those designs. Drag them off the sidebar if you don't want them anymore.

Tags Change When Published

To make searching within OrbitKit easier, tags in OrbitKit are always lowercase and use dashes instead of whitespace. So you might have tags like cat-lover  and dog-lover. When published to POD platforms, OrbitKit automatically converts these to cat lover  and dog lover.

Don't Put Product Names In Tags

Some sellers try to cram product names into tags, eg grandpa-shirt, grandpa-iphone-case, etc. This is a bad idea for several reasons:

  1. Your design will be put on many products, including things that are not shirts and phone cases. The tags will be wrong.

  2. Platforms universally dislike this kind of tag spam.

  3. Some platforms (notably Redbubble) silently drop spammy tags. If you put 'shirt' in your top N tags (where N is the max tags allowed by the platform), your products will be published with no tags whatsoever.

  4. There doesn't appear to be any concrete evidence that this sort of search engine gaming actually works.

Bulk Editing

Don't forget to check out CSV metadata import! You can edit your name, description, and tags of your designs using a spreadsheet on your desktop. When you submit this CSV file, OrbitKit will update its database.

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