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Seller Tips: Tagging & Descriptions

In this post, we'll discuss the importance of tagging and descriptions. Considering the effort you put into a single piece of artwork, it's only fair to give it the greatest opportunity to succeed. So, whether you're just starting out or a seasoned vet, these tips should help improve your chances to sell. 

What are the best descriptions for my artwork?

Let's start by thinking like your buyer. A good description is anything that encourages another layer of emotional attachment to your artwork. Examples of this include anecdotes, history, poems, commentary, your process or anything interesting about the piece that your buyer can talk about in the real world.

Why are descriptions important?

Two reasons.

ONE // By giving your buyers the opportunity to become knowledgeable in your artwork, you encourage them to give you real-life promotions. You allow buyers to become passionate champions of your work.

Think of the person who has already bought your artwork on a new iPhone 6 case. When your buyer talks about their phone case (which goes everywhere), they have something unique to share regarding your work. Whoever is listening is more likely to find themselves at your shop because they already have a sense of your work.

TWO // SEO value or Search Engine Optimization value. This is a big one. Google rewards you for interesting descriptions. The more compelling your description, the more likely you'll appear in Google's results when buyers search for work like yours.

We don't expect you to be the next Robert Frost, but it is important to understand there is definitive value in giving your potential buyers something extra to latch onto. Ultimately, more eyes on your artwork means more chances to sell.

What's the difference between descriptions and tags?

A description is something interesting about your artwork.

A tag is a keyword indicating what is found in a piece of artwork. This is priority.

What are the best tags for my artwork?

Again, let's think like your buyer. Add tags that your buyer would want to search for. If your image, titled "Falling Down", is a digital illustration of a bearded skeleton falling off a skateboard with blue bones, add some tags like "skeleton, skateboard, comedy, humor, funny,  skater, skate or die, broken bones, blue, beard, digital illustration".

Add tags related to mood, color, genre of art, mediums used and anything that actually appears in the image. You can use multiple words per tag if you separate with a comma. We recommend a minimum of five tags per piece.

Separate your tags with a comma. 

When your buyers search for something on Society6, our website is looking at your comma delineated tags. That's tech-talk for "use a comma to separate your tags for best results."

Why is tagging important?

By adding tags, your artwork becomes more discoverable - both on Society6 and Google. If your work is easier to find, it's more likely to be seen. The more eyes on your work, the greater your chances are of selling. Respectfully, we ask that you make this a priority when uploading as it helps us help you.

How do I add descriptions and tags to new artwork?

First, click on the "Post & Sell" link at the top of Society6.com. This is where you upload new prints.

Just below the "Add Title" field, you'll see "Add Description & Keywords". It is the second required field when uploading new artwork.

 

Seller Tips: Tagging & Descriptions

 

Once you've added your title, description and tags, chosen your categories, uploaded your hi-res artwork and set your profits, click "Publish This" at the bottom of the page to begin selling.

Seller Tips: Tagging & Descriptions

How do I update or edit my descriptions and tags?

Go to your shop and locate the artwork you're interested in updating. Click into your product page. There, you'll want to click on EDIT.

 

Seller Tips: Tagging & Descriptions

 

Update your descriptions and tags as described above. Again, we suggest adding tags below your description to give your buyer the best viewing experience. When you're done, click "Publish This".

 

In the end, the more attention you give to tags and descriptions, the more attention your artwork gets.

 

Questions? Comments? You know what to do. Add them below.

 

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Saif Chowdhury commented on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:09pm
Great and informative post, I'm guilty of just tagging and not being descriptive about my work at all, will remember to do so next time :-)
Alexandra Davidoff commented on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:31am
Thanks for putting these tips together. I think a lot of people don't understand the importance of descriptions. Every time a new friend sees the amount of effort I put into mine their reaction is always something along the lines of 'wow, that was a waste of time. I'm not into descriptions'.
Gréta Thórsdóttir commented on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 10:40am
Great! thank you so much:)
Kyle Chicoine commented on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 3:04pm
I'll have to put some of these tips to good use in my item descriptions! Thanks for sharing.
Lisa Marie Robinson commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:16am
Excellent tips. I definitely need to go back through my work and update my tags on more than a few pieces. I tend to do a description and forget to do the tags, oops!
micklyn commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:42am
What a great and informative post. Thank you. : )
UrsulaWilliams commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:58am
One thing I've noticed: I use a lot of commas in my arts' descriptions. It seems to cut off the descriptions and add elipses (...). I don't think the buyers/viewers are seeing my entire descriptions.
Obvious Warrior commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 8:05am
Thank you for this article. I've learned (the hard way) that I was tagging my work through my perspective when I should be tagging from the buyers perspective.
RED ROAD STUDIO commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 8:28am
Didn't think about the tagging part so I'm off to sort that. Thanks for updating us!
3vial Art commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 8:29am
Thanks for the tips. :)
Lauren Elizabeth commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 9:11am
Definitely going to be applying this!
thank you, super informative :}
Dena Carter commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 10:44am
Great, thanks! And thank you for the visual example of how a post would look.
DelusionalDiva commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 10:44am
very kooooool article. Thank you SOCIETY6!!
Jay Boucher commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 11:35am
Good to know to add tags in the description.
Rideth_Mochi commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 1:09pm
Good to know info!
Wendy Townrow commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 2:33pm
Thank so much for the tips :-)
Collagevallente commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 2:56pm
So helpfull!!! Thanks society6!!!
Wendy Townrow commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 3:31pm
has anyone else but me decided to go back and fix descriptions and tags :-)
jezhawk commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 6:03pm
Thanks for this - I had no idea how tags should be created so I am now going through and updating all my pieces!
PieTowel commented on Thursday, October 2, 2014 8:13pm
Finally! I was a little turned off by 'Only add a Description if it helps to tell the story.' in the other article.
IoGoodnezz commented on Friday, October 3, 2014 1:16am
swweeeet thank you!!!
Paul Stickland for StrangeStor… commented on Friday, October 3, 2014 1:44am
Good to know, thanks. That'll be my task this morning, cats, owls, robots, art!
Leigh Erickson commented on Friday, October 3, 2014 11:18am
Thanks for the tips, much appreciated!
ghennah commented on Friday, October 3, 2014 1:35pm
Thanks for this! Will be updating for sure!
Cryptohelix commented on Saturday, October 4, 2014 9:02pm
s6 should consider one field for description and one field for tags, instead of a hard return and strings separated by commas. You could also mine those tags easier for trends and data. For example, look at tag functionality on RedBubble and SoundCloud.
Viviana Gonzalez commented on Monday, October 6, 2014 7:46pm
Awesome! thanks so much for the tips! :)
Alpine Seaside Landscapes commented on Monday, October 6, 2014 8:17pm
It's always good to be reminded of these things. I find myself going back to lots of posts on a rainy day just to update and add to my descriptions and keywords and then Google it to find it really does work! Thanks :)
Strawberringo commented on Monday, October 6, 2014 8:56pm
Thank you for the tips! >v
STUDIO MEDIUM commented on Monday, October 6, 2014 11:08pm
This is really helpful! Thanks for the tips.
Vitta commented on Monday, October 6, 2014 11:53pm
Thank you so much for the tips!
anipani commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 12:35am
I didn't know any of this!! I have often included a poem as a natural complement to my artwork, but didn't have a clue about tags - i have some editing to do!! thanks so much for this post!
josemanuelerre commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 1:13am
Thanks for the tips. This is always very important in order to be found by a potential buyer.
Greg Stedman Illustration commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 2:30am
Right, that's my afternoon sorted then! Thanks for clarifying.
Charon Lloyd-Roberts-Ledi Pere… commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 3:23am
I've been nagging people constantly to read my image descriptions finally a post that has some awareness on the subject.
apfel z commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 6:14am
thanks!!
Lovedart commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 7:11am
Yes! Thank you!!! It can be hard to know how any given site or community uses these bits, so this is very welcome. xoxo
Cameron Booth commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 8:17am
Another tip: you can also use the description/tags field to add a unique hashtag that can simulate an album if people search S6 for that hashtag. For example, I have a lot of transit map-themed artwork, which all have the hashtag #transitmaps. If you enter that tag into S6's search box, only those artworks are shown. Neat!

(Of course, this hack relies on you using a unique hashtag that no one else has used!)
MLauxDesign commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:17am
I always added tidbits in my descriptions which served more like captions to follow my pieces, not keywords. I didn't want my description to look too cluttered with a bunch of words, but I will definitely add them now!
little pineberries commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:30am
Great article, big thanks for sharing tips with us.
Corbin Henry commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 11:20am
This is VERY helpful! Thank you, Ben Renschen!
JUSTART commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 11:50am
Descriptions are nice...but...a customer (who has not created an account yet on S6) cannot read the description I give. It only is seeing a title and the product.
Alan Hogan commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 1:03pm
Thanks for the heads up!
Mouki K. Butt commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 1:12pm
Thanks!
Jan Marvin commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 6:01pm
Thanks so much!
Sarah Maurer commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 8:58pm
Thanks for the tips!
Kitsmumma commented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 10:32pm
Most of the descriptions I've added to my work have been cut off halfway and cannot be read - are you able to correct this please? They used to be viewable in full. I stopped adding them once this began to happen as there is no point not being able to read it.
Klara Acel commented on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 1:07am
thanks so much for your helpful information
Rasul Mono commented on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 2:02am
Thank you!
Woolpecula commented on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 2:31am
Yes, thanks.
Koning commented on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:02am
I'm having the same problem some people related, the descriptions (specially the tags) are getting cut off halfway. Is there a way to fix it?

Otherwise, thanks for the very helpful post!
gunberk commented on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 12:05pm
cool work:)
Annabella Rharbaoui commented on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 2:34pm
Thanks for your information!
Egberto Fuentes commented on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 3:01pm
Thank you for the info, I support the motion of avoiding cutting off descriptions.
Terry Fan commented on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 5:01pm
Thanks, all good to know!
Diane Nicholson commented on Thursday, October 9, 2014 3:29am
thank you very helpful, I didn't understand how important the tags were, cheers :)
Lassana commented on Thursday, October 9, 2014 4:52am
grrrr
Elizaveta D. commented on Thursday, October 9, 2014 5:10am
Thanks for the advice!
Antoine commented on Thursday, October 9, 2014 8:19am
its great but who can see those descriptions?
because most of the items changed to that adress http://society6.com/product/(nameofart) and then there is no description available anymore.
Antoine commented on Thursday, October 9, 2014 8:21am
for example http://society6.com/product/gopher-an...print#1=45 that everyone can see don't have anything . I still love the website.
Caeruuart commented on Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:47pm
Thank you for this tip! Much appreciated! :D
Sycen Liong commented on Sunday, October 12, 2014 1:19am
Thank you for the tips.
Vibrancyphotos commented on Sunday, October 12, 2014 5:40pm
Oh my goodness, I haven't tagged any of my work at all! I think that definitely costed me any potential growth in my audience. Oops.
Ilya Konyukhov commented on Monday, October 13, 2014 2:51am
Thanx you for helpful
DesignPassion commented on Monday, October 13, 2014 8:26am
useful, thank you!
RJsART commented on Monday, October 13, 2014 10:00am
What is the proper resolution for my images before uploading?
When I attempt to upload an image, it says insufficient resolution.
Victoria Herrera commented on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 3:00am
Thank you so much for all the info!
Cristian Veloso commented on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 9:42am
This will surely go a long way.
Luz Batista commented on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:51pm
I had no idea we could even add tags lol figured it was categories and that was it xD
expressionit commented on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:52pm
Thank you, great info!!
Brown Eyed Lady commented on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 5:43pm
Thank you for this info. Knowledge is truly powerful.
AlfsToys commented on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 6:57am
Thanks, Fantastik!
AnnaF31 commented on Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:59pm
Thanks for this post! Very useful
Project M commented on Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:16pm
Thanks so much for the tips!
Steffi Louis commented on Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:59am
Great post, try to do it this way in future! Thanks!
Raquel Trave commented on Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:49am
Thank you for this post! Greats advices :) I'll add descriptions for my works
X V I I I commented on Monday, October 20, 2014 1:11pm
I rarely ever use tags so I'm going to make it a habit now to do so. Great advice thanks!
Travis Clarke commented on Monday, October 20, 2014 5:33pm
I only recently realized that tagging was bundled in there with the description.
Amy Gale commented on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 7:40am
very helpful post!
Capracotta Art commented on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:00pm
super helpful post ! :-) thanks I will be adding better descriptions moving forward.
vernando commented on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:21am
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Carol Farnum Art commented on Friday, October 24, 2014 10:08am
excellent post. thank you!
logoloco commented on Saturday, October 25, 2014 3:04am
Thanks for sharing. Now I'll have to change all my items descriptions :)
Alice Wieckowska commented on Monday, October 27, 2014 3:07pm
Thanks for the tips! Keywords and enticing descriptions are really important and are a great way to generate traffic.
Andrea Jean Clausen - andreaje… commented on Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:37pm
Thanks for the tips! Much appreciated!!! ;)
SEB Market commented on Sunday, November 2, 2014 9:11am
this is super helpful! xoxo, Faith
M.Mancebo commented on Monday, November 3, 2014 12:22pm
very nice work
Lady Love commented on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 4:29pm
this was soooooooooo useful!
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kaicastle commented on Friday, April 17, 2015 12:13am
Hello, I'm unable to add tags successfully. The tags I put are automatically placed as a description. Any tips?

Thank you and more power!
Beatriz Chamussy commented on Friday, May 1, 2015 5:09am
Hello, I have a question, why you didn't put one field for tags and another one for description? Could this be helpful for the artists when uploading an image and for the costumer to read better the descriptions instead of finding it mixed with keywords?
Thank you!
HippieChildTerra commented on Monday, May 11, 2015 2:04pm
I'm a little confused. Why do some peoples products in their store have a "About the Art" section with a description and no visible keywords, but other people only have the "Description" section show up with the keywords, in smaller, gray, italic print. I only see the one area to add a description and tags, plus the title section. What am I missing?
BZP ART commented on Monday, July 6, 2015 9:28pm
Thanks for the article, im a newbie here so that helps!!
Uta Krauss commented on Friday, July 24, 2015 4:25pm
_Thank you for sharing!!! :)
Schwebewesen • Romina Lutz commented on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 2:55pm
Great article, thank you so much!
I was wondering about this: when I search for a specific keyword, sometimes artwork in the front row shows up which is not tagged at all (even the title has nothing got to do with the requested keyword)... anybody experienced the same?

https://society6.com/mina_burtonesque
RasaOm commented on Sunday, October 18, 2015 11:37am
awesome!!
C. J. Swanson Art commented on Friday, October 23, 2015 11:44am
Thank you for the thoughtful and educational advice!
Dominique Vari commented on Sunday, November 8, 2015 5:34pm
Thank your for sharing your insight about tags, it's very early days for me so better to build on the right foundations!
Julie Northey commented on Monday, November 16, 2015 1:44pm
when I edited , the whole poster pricing comes back up again, I just want to edit the tags not..."everything..." what am I missing? Thanks :)
Adoria Moon commented on Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:23am
Thanks for the advice! Will need to add those! :)
Wall Threads commented on Friday, June 3, 2016 11:22am
Why aren't my tags showing up?
Color and Color commented on Thursday, August 4, 2016 8:27am
Thanks for your advice :)
followzrainbow commented on Thursday, September 1, 2016 10:56am
thanks!
Marigold Studios commented on Sunday, September 18, 2016 5:16am
Interesting read. Thank you for the help.
kiseu mei commented on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:54am
Thanks for the post!

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