September 19, 2013 at 5:28 am #269
Hello! My name is Nate, and I’m a vector artist. I’m in the process of getting my Symbiostock started. I am so excited to get it up and running!
Leo referred me to Colin and Linda of picturemojo.co.nz to help get my site setup and launched. They’re doing a great job. Thanks for the recommendation Leo.
I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, especially how to go about the SEO and uploading of all my images. My portfolio is about 2,000 vectors so I want to make sure I do all the uploading correct the first time. I have a fear of doing a lot of work then finding out later I did it wrong or could have done it better.
What are the top 3 tips you have for newbie Symbiostock users?
NateSeptember 19, 2013 at 5:36 am #2975
1. proof and change your watermark till you are happy with it
2. activate Yoast first (you have tot copy and past your description in the Meta Description manually)
3. upload first 1, than 10, look if they are ok, than go onSeptember 19, 2013 at 5:40 am #2976
Thanks sandorgora! Those are EXACTLY the kind of tips I’m looking for. Thank you.
In regards to Yoast, is there only one plugin I should install?
NateSeptember 19, 2013 at 5:45 am #2977
Leo offers a (small paid) sitemap plugin, specially for SYS
i also have the free Jetpack and a slideshowSeptember 19, 2013 at 5:45 am #2978
I’m in a similar situation – I’m in the middle of uploading my portfolio of images (I have 700 online and another 1800 or so to go).
I don’t know much about SEO, but I am using the Yoast WordPress plugin and making sure that I have a yellow light from Yoast as I publish each image.
I don’t think that it makes sense to write a ton of material for each desctiption – one of Yoast’s complaints about image pages is that there isn’t enough text, but there’s enough to tell a buyer what they need to know. IMO there’s no sense in irritating a buyer once they get to your site by having a pile of padded text in the description.
In many cases, if I had a series of images, I had given them all the same title and different descriptions when I originally set the up (for example a series of spring woodland wildflowers isolated were all titled Woodland Spring). As I’m uploading, I’m pulling a short phrase from the description of each and making that the title because Yoast doesn’t like too many images with the same title.
I’m trying to think what a buyer is most likely to search for when picking the Focus Keyword (and that set of words needs to be in the title, description and URL, in the order given; the words don’t have to be at the beginning of the description though).
Other things to think about: plan what categories and subcategories you will have before you start uploading so you can get things organized the way you want as you upload.
Did you get your watermark done and try it out on a few images to see if it looks right? I made mine 590 x 590 (the largest it can be) with a 393 x 393 “safe area” in the center so that no matter the shape of the watermarked image, the important parts of my watermark (the logo) are not cut off.
For my standard images, the 590 pixels on the long edge means 393 on the short edge; a few panoramas or other “odd” shaped files are different. I think it’s worth spending a bit of time to get something that looks reasonable as every customer is going to be staring at that watermark, either in Google search or on your site.
Good luckSeptember 19, 2013 at 5:55 am #2979
sandgora – Thanks for the recommendation on Leo’s site map plugin.
jsnover – Yep, it sounds like we are in a similar situation. Although you are quite a bit ahead of me in the upload process. I appreciate your uploading recommendations and sharing what you’ve learned. That makes a lot of sense.
For SEO then, are the only necessary plugins Yoast and Leo’s Sitemap?
On my watermark, I’m concerned it isn’t visible enough. But I don’t want to make it too glaring. I’ve been tweaking it, and it should be done soon.
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