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Skreened Help / FAQ

First, sign up for a free SKREENED account. Fill out some basic contact information, and you can get started creating your very own SKREENED shop in which to sell your designs.

With your shop, you get your own unique web address that you pick (e.g. http://skreened.com/yourStore). You can set your own commissions and start making money as soon as people order your designs.

Yes. Some people make their sole income on SKREENED. They also put quite a bit of time and energy into creating new designs and promoting their shop on blogs and such. They generally do quite well. Some people just use SKREENED for fun or to make things available for their friends or other groups. It's all what you make of it.

Of course! Your success is our success. Feel free to tell us about it if you do - we love it when people blog about their shops.

Yes! You can have funny t-shirt designs in one store, and another store dedicated to politics. They will each have their own unique URL, and can have a different design and title that fits the look and feel you want. You can further organize each store by putting your designs into categories.

You can organize your designs in your SKREENED store by setting up categories. Your visitors can browse everything, or just designs in the category you have set up. Designs and stores don't have to have a category, but some people find it useful. In addition to organizing designs by category, you can use tags to help everyone find your designs when they search for a certain topic. Each of these categories also has their own RSS feeds.

Tags are words or short phrases, separated by commas, which describe the content of your design. You can also put tags on each of your stores. This is how we power our search on SKREENED. It's also how the rest of the web finds your work! Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines use tags as part of how they find content on the web, along with titles and descriptions. Be sure to title, describe and tag every design with relevant and descriptive words.

Tag Hints (From the guy who does this for our website):  

1. Be Relevant: When you're coming up with key words to describe your shirt or store, they should reflect what is actually in the store or on the shirt. Using popular terms that you think will cause people to "stumble" upon your design won't work. For one, search engines notice that your content doesn't match your keywords, and they can shuffle you to the bottom of the list. Example: If you have a design with a cat wearing sunglasses, a good set of tags would be: Cat, T-shirt, sunglasses, cool, kitten. (Note: the most relavent terms should be at the front.)

2. Be Brief: The more concise your key words are, the more success you'll have at targeting people who might be looking for your design. A keyword term like "that one shirt that charlie brown always wears in the peanut cartoons" may be very descriptive, but it's waaaaay to long and contains a bunch of useless words. Try to imagine that you're only allowed to say a maximum of four words to describe your shirt, and the fewer the better. "Charlie Brown Shirt" would be better, as it includes no unnecessary information and you have a pretty good idea of what it is.

3. Don't Repeat: Don't repeat, don't repeat, don't repeat. Using the same keyword five times will not make it five times more likely that a search for your design will pop up. It will make it five times more likely that you've tripped Google's alarm that you're "keyword loading." It's a practice they don't take kindly to, and that's reflected in their search results.

4. 5 Keywords MAX!: We didn't just put that 5 maximum keyword limit on their for our own health. Five is the perfect number to really make it clear what your design is or is related to, while not lessening the relevancy of the content of your page or pages. To be clear, a keyword doesn't have to be a single word, it's a term, and sometimes that's preferable. For example "Hammer" could be a keyword, as could "John Henry". If you enter in "John" and "Henry" in as seperate keywords, and not together, then each is competing against all the instances of "John" and "Henry" over the entire internet. If "John Henry" is one term, then when someone types John Henry into Google, Google will show results pertaining to John Henry as one term before they delve into all the Johns and all the Henrys. If someone types "John Henry with his Hammer shirt" into google and you've got the tags "John Henry, Hammer, shirt" on your design, then your design is only competing with other John Henry shirts in which he's got his Hammer, thus, you're further up the list.  

5. Update!: Writing keywords and phrases is a lot like trying to pick out the NFL's MVP before the season even starts. There's some science to it. It's not entirely random, but sometimes, you may have to go back and make adjustments. (Note: if you notice that the minute you update a set of keywords that it doesn't jump anywhere in a search engine, fear not. It usually takes between a couple hours and a couple days for search engines' "Crawlers" to rescan...THE ENTIRE INTERNET so they can make adjustments. Be patient.)