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Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:12:58 PM
SPAM ALERT!
'Mark' appears to have added links to the quote from Gina in the post above - as 'he' seems to have done on his other two posts so far.

ps. hover your mouse pointer over the blue number 4 in the quote to see what I mean.

Steve.

EDIT: The first was on the day this particular member appears to have joined Zazzle.
Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:12:56 AM
I'm still really new, but I was also wondering about what constitutes inappropriate tagging...I've recently been seeing some odd tags on products that don't seem to belong together, and several from the same vendor...found these tags for example on products with a stock photo of wire kitchen whisks...weird:

equipment, man, made, object, kitchen, utensil, shiny, vertical, still, life, studio, shot, indoors, close, metal, spiral, color, image, three, objects, people, wire, whisk, white, background, preparation, alkali metal, racing bicycle, atomic number 40, mavic, broadcasting studio, wire wheels, alkaline metal, wheel, countershot, bicycle, firing off, bicycle frame, atomic number 70
Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2012 5:42:12 PM
tag spam isnt intentional, zazzle has a catagory problem a severe one, several catagories repeat in the catagory tree, some are to veag and there are alot that simply do not exist and with products taking well over 100 hours or more to show up in search, what do you expect, who knows where they will show up.
Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:25:44 AM
@interstellaryeller,
sometimes it most certainly is intentional; as with the 'tag-stuffers' mentioned earlier. I agree about the categories set-up, but still think keywords should be relevant.

Steve.
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:14:52 PM
Just a little vent, I am making graduation stickers. Clicked on graduation stuff on the front page and then on "Graduation stickers". There are tons of wedding, and all sorts of random nonsence stickers in graduation stickers. Makes me wanna slap some people around. Grin Sorry had to vent.
Posted: Monday, May 28, 2012 5:17:17 PM
after 4 month reporting an user who has thousands of products with spam tags it looks like zazzle does not really care - makes me think that the tos are not valid for power users :-(
Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 11:16:39 AM
I make humorous designs for people who play various types of musical instruments. Not much room for tag creativity there. If it's a humorous graphic/saying about violin players, my tags might be:

violin fiddle player humor funny saying graphic image picture

And in truth, I wonder if everything beyond the first couple of tags is really needed. I mean, if someone comes to Zazzle looking for a tee-shirt about violins, are they going to search on anything except "violin," in most cases?

Also, I wonder about the application of this "rule" that Zazzle implemented:

You should only state what the item is, not what the Product may become or potential uses for the Product.


In many of my product descriptions, I say something like, "Makes a great gift for the violin player in your life." Am I violating the rule because I'm suggesting a potential use for the product -- namely, as a gift? Smile
Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2012 11:34:36 AM
@Instrumentals
Quote:
In many of my product descriptions, I say something like, "Makes a great gift for the violin player in your life." Am I violating the rule because I'm suggesting a potential use for the product -- namely, as a gift?

I don't see any problem at all with you putting something like that in your description, and I would be extremely surprised if Zazzle did/do.
Those new rules were brought in to address some of the issues discussed in this thread (and others), many of the examples referred to in the threads were just blatant abuse and something obviously had to be done - and was.

Steve.
Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:41:36 AM
Something rather simple occurs to me. Why not limit the number of tags, period? Other sites limit keywords to seven.

Question 2: I include occupations I think would or should be interested. Izzat wrong?
Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:49:53 AM
rbpahl wrote:
Something rather simple occurs to me. Why not limit the number of tags, period? Other sites limit keywords to seven.

Question 2: I include occupations I think would or should be interested. Izzat wrong?


You shouldn't use tags that are not relevant to the design. If you create, for instance, a business card, do not tag it with every possible occupation it can be used for. Instead, use your description area to say something along the lines of "This card can be customized to suit your occupation." The same goes if you create a business card for a salon... That is a specific design, and can be tagged as such, but can't be tagged for all other occupations.

This may help you:
http://www.zazzle.com/sell/designers/tutorials/tagging

Oh... Tags are now limited to 40. Your first 10 tags are considered Power Tags.
Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 4:35:09 PM
Thanks again for the info. I have a question- when adding tags, is it bad practice to use variations on a word i.e. girl, girls, girly, young girl, girl looking, girl sitting.... and so on..?


Anime, manga, video game and tattoo inspired designs
Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2012 9:31:56 PM
JadedJasperJewel wrote:
Any idea how to include unique product inventory tags, such as "d01" and "d01a", that actually work?

Zazzle's system is ignoring these tags even if they are power tags. I want to use these tags to cross reference to designs stored on my computers and to provide customers with a way to find similar products.

Here's a thread I started explaining the matter:

http://forum.zazzle.com/create/tags_and_search_not_working_power_tags_ignored?m=709558#709558

I do not see anything in Zazzle's tag guideines that state why these would be filtered out or not work.



EDIT:

Interesting, Zazzle removed the entire thread I referenced. This is the second time Zazzle has removed such a thread, yet I am provided with no answers as they ignore any emails. Unfortunately my level of trust in them has now dropped to zero.


Sometimes when I've started a thread in one category, I later found it in another. Sometimes the threads get moved to where they think it is a better fit.
Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 12:34:52 PM
i have to admit, i HATE the time it takes me to write a description and to enter the various tags for my items/desings! it is not my favorite thing to do, as my brain is just wanting to design more products Smile

that said, i'm sure that i have tagged my items less than perfectly.

SO, i will be reading your posts for comments, info., and suggestion s to help me do better.

thanks to all who are out there to help us all succeed. i am still a novice at all ot the selling techniques that i need/want to master to do a better job selling my designs!
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 9:57:00 PM
Has anyone noticed tags added to your product that you did not add yourself? I recently logged in and found this on a bunch (if not all) of my products. I did a search for one of the tags within the Zazzle market place and found a bunch of other products with the tags. Is this some sort of tag spam? Did Zazzle's staff add them? Did I get hacked?

Thanks,
Jon Roach
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 10:26:42 PM
jonroach wrote:
Has anyone noticed tags added to your product that you did not add yourself? I recently logged in and found this on a bunch (if not all) of my products. I did a search for one of the tags within the Zazzle market place and found a bunch of other products with the tags. Is this some sort of tag spam? Did Zazzle's staff add them? Did I get hacked?

Thanks,
Jon Roach

I think artsprojekt has added those.
Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 3:34:39 PM
please help me with tagging, I do 90% patterns so there's no object so I mostly use colors as tags cause there's really nothing else that describes the pattern, any suggestions is very appreciated, thank you
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:38:08 AM
rbrendes wrote:
please help me with tagging, I do 90% patterns so there's no object so I mostly use colors as tags cause there's really nothing else that describes the pattern, any suggestions is very appreciated, thank you

I understand what you're saying about patterns which don't use actual objects, but for the ones which do the keywords can be expanded in two which I've looked at, this one;
http://www.zazzle.com/planes_planes_custom_tie-151538572178902801
has the keywords 'plaines,flying,pilot,helicopter'
For a start 'planes' is misspelt, but there are also variations of the word which could be used;
aircraft,airplanes, for instance
likewise for 'flying';
flight,fly, and any others you can think of
You mention 'helicopter' but what about the rest?
helicopters,jets,airliners, (I wouldn't use tags such as Boeing, Lear and etc., as your products would most likely get pulled)
So now we've got;
planes,aircraft,airplanes,flying,flight,fly,pilots,helicopters,jets,airliners
You could also use more general words such as;
transport,air+transport,machines,travel,air+travel
In addition to keywords you need to look at your descriptions, for this product it's just 'plaines',even spelt correctly it's not very descriptive of a design featuring various aircraft such as airliners, light aircraft, executive jets and helicopters!

In a similar vein, for this one;
http://www.zazzle.com/sports_balls_1_neckties-151278504208809768
The keywords are;
sports,bowling,tennis,basketball,soccer,football
I've expanded the keywords here just from the balls featured in the design, also added 'puck' for the ice hockey puck, and a couple of variations on 'sports';
sports,sporting,sporty,baseball,ice+hockey,puck,bowling,tennis,basketball,soccer,football,rugby,golf
Again you need to describe the design, at the moment the description is just 'sports'

For your designs where the patterns do not use objects you'll need to think about the type of pattern and also you could use the colours in the design as keywords.

Lastly whenever you have more than 10 keywords for a product you'll need to give a little thought to which ones are most important and make sure they're in the first 10 as Zazzle will only look at those, the rest will still be used by Google and other search engines though.

hope this is of some use,

Steve.
Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2013 12:48:28 PM
I've been having trouble finding some of my own items in very specific searches. My fleur de lis pillow designs were buried under kittens, cowhide, leather, lions and roses. I finally found the 'Report Violation' box at the bottom of the page and spent time reporting a ton of designs that didn't belong. ALL were from 2 pro sellers. I won't use this forum to throw them under the bus (not cool) but it's very frustrating and I hope Zazzle notifies them.

Does anyone know how? Will they get an email, will they be marked as a repeat offender and if they continue...something happens? I'd love to know that it's strictly enforced as it says when you're creating designs. I'd like the same fair shot at reaching customers who know what they want in a search. Thank you.Sad
Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2013 5:59:20 AM
kind of made me rethink using "stocking stuffer" for small inexpensive products as a tag - could be considered spamming I guess.
Definitely going to recheck all my tags as I know I copy and paste often and have found some errors I've made myself.
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 4:34:59 AM
Zazzle add the name of the item i.e. "wris*ch" to the title we use.
With reference to tagging: Am i suppose to use the name(s) of the items ("watch, wris*ch") as tags? Or do the Zazzle system automatically add the name tags of items?
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:58:56 AM
aaagh.. how do you report tag spamming when there's over 1600 products of it from the same SK!? I guess I'll have to make do with about 30 and an email. Some people are so persistent! We really need a report SK button

A late answer to the above, Zazzle add the product names.
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:47:49 AM
ruralfrance wrote:
We really need a report SK button


+1

If I find that I am reporting a SK for multiple violations, I put a note in the description area suggesting someone from Zazzle go through the SK's inventory.
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 8:45:09 AM
Hello, my problem is that I use google chrome to translate traductos for me and sometimes makes outrageous in my translations. I accept suggestions.
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:59:17 AM
Karina Barrios wrote:
Hello, my problem is that I use google chrome to translate traductos for me and sometimes makes outrageous in my translations. I accept suggestions.


I looked at some of your products, and unfortunately, your titles, tags, and descriptions don't make a lot of sense. Before you add any more items, do you have someone who knows English who could help you?
Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014 10:49:03 PM
A few days ago I searched for "Robert Kennedy Posters" and got five or six Robert Kennedy Posters and 23 space shuttle posters. That's got to be tag spamming!
Posted: Wednesday, May 07, 2014 3:57:11 PM
When I'm shopping, tag spamming is my biggest pet peeve (not just on Zazzle, but all over). I absolutely hate getting non-related search results, it is a waste of my time, and since my internet is slow, by the time the products load, they better be the right ones! Many times I'll go to a different site altogether. Even when I stay on the site, I won't even look at the shop of a seller who does it. They are too unprofessional to get my hard-earned money. I know people are bound to make mistakes, I'm sure I have some in my own products, but it is pretty easy to tell when it is intentional.
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 12:44:41 PM
I noticed one store had 30 to 40 tags on every products. Why not limit the amount of tags you can use?
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 9:00:53 PM
Tag spamming can sometimes be intentional, but Zazzle translations are also spamming products with irrelevant tags. I made shirts with the name of a town (as per Zazzle guidelines for me to make them in the Spanish site)…Zazzle translated those tags to things that have NOTHING to do with my product and I did not include those tags.

Example a shirt with Sabana Grande made on the Spanish site and it was translated by Zazzle into SAVANNAH…which of course, could be considered tag spamming as the image has nothing to do with SAVANNAH…

Another was changed to SALT MINES thanks to the translator and it has nothing to do with SALT MINES…so there is a huge issue here, as many can complain about tag spamming but believe me, that if you go to the other language sites most of your tags would be considered SPAM as the translation is so poor.

This is a huge issue and it seems that no matter how I have tried to explain to Zazzle that this is not just a simple "we are complaing about translations", but rather a HUGE SEO and tag issue that causes very bad results in the MP as well as online searches, nobody seems to care. I am stuck between making a product on the US site that is in Spanish and having the Spanish translation and tags be completely off and not related to the product, thus never found by a customer or making it on the Spanish site and then have someone complain because I "spammed with tags" that were irrelevant, when we have no choice as it is done automatically.
Posted: Monday, September 01, 2014 8:13:33 PM
Jacobien wrote:
I noticed one store had 30 to 40 tags on every products. Why not limit the amount of tags you can use?


The thing is it's kinda Zazzles fault. When you first start out and do some research you get the idea that many tags are not only important but standard. Someone who is very new at this with a limited pattern design will struggle to create relative tags for their products and will wind up spamming. Even people who come to this forum asking why their products are getting limited sales/exposure will usually get a reply of not enough tags.
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:33:40 PM
Can someone please give me some advice on what type of tags to use for the store tags in the "basic information" settings? I have searched here in the forums every which way I know but cannot seem to find any information about this. Are these specific tags supposed to be related to the designs or products or both? I have been here at Zazzle for a long time, but have always been confused as to these particular tags. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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