Should I include my own name in the sample name?
No. The algorithm prioritizes your name before the sample name. So, if a client searches for your name, your profile card will appear in the search results. Including your name in the sample name doesn’t have additional benefits.
What is more important, search keywords or other fields?
All fields in the sample form currently have the same importance. The fields just serve different purposes. If you include a voice style, there's no need to include that keyword in the sample name. This has no additional benefits. The sample name (and, eventually, the search keywords) will act as differentiators. They're what make your sample distinct and what clients will look for through the search bar. Be sure to accurately describe the sample in each field to improve your chances of being found and contacted by clients.
Should I include the same keyword multiple times?
No. Repeating a keyword in several fields is a missed opportunity to include different keywords that can increase your chances of being found.
How should words in the sample name be separated? In the past, we were told to separate each keyword with space dash space. Is this still relevant?
Use a space, a comma (,), or a hyphen (-).
However, we suggest you use spaces, as it will be more helpful to understand for clients at first glance. You can see examples in the ‘Sample Name’ section of this article.
How can I optimize my sample descriptions?
The key here is to differentiate yourself. To do that, follow these best practices:
- Have multiple samples showcasing your different skills.
- Maximize your input in each field regarding the number of keywords as long as they are relevant to the sample.
- Don’t include the same keyword in a sample more than once. This has no additional benefit and is a missed opportunity to include other keywords that may help clients find you.
I feel this new sample structure is limiting; why can I only add up to a certain number of keywords per sample field?
We know these changes might feel limiting; the goal is to complete your profile with samples, not demos, that showcase specific parts of your voice so clients can find exactly what they're looking for.
Will my samples appear if I maintain the old method if I don’t update my samples?
Samples that have been updated have a higher chance of being found by clients, as these samples include additional fields that clients will use to search.
What is the weight of the additional sample details field?
This section has minimum weight and only serves when there are no search results for a given keyword or after the most relevant search results. If a client searches for 'internet', samples with that word in the additional sample details will appear after samples with 'internet' in the search keywords or sample name.
This means you can take advantage of this section. However, be sure to include keywords that are relevant to the sample to provide clients with what they are looking for.
Is repeating search keywords on the playlists a good practice?
First, repeating search keywords in a playlist or repeating them in your samples is the same. Playlists are for clients to view your samples in a more organized way. But you can repeat them when they are needed. Here’s an example:
You have two samples in your profile that impersonate Morgan Freeman.
Because of the nature of the samples, one of the samples has ‘warm’ and ‘natural’ voice styles.
The other sample has ‘deep’ and ‘conversational’ voice styles.
A client looks for a ‘warm’ ‘Morgan Freeman’ style voice.
The sample with ‘warm’ and ‘Morgan Freeman’ will appear first in the search results, over all those other samples that only have ‘warm’ or ‘Morgan Freeman’ in their fields.
If I put "trustworthy," will that lessen my chance to be seen than if I put "trusty," "trusting," or "trustful"?”
Once the word has the same base (in this case, 'trust'), they will be treated equally. Therefore it doesn't matter if you write trust/trusting/trustful/trustworthy etc, they will all have the same weight.
What is the difference between voice styles and search keywords?
While you can include Voice styles from a predefined list of options, Search keywords is an open field where you can include any word to describe your sample that you feel your clients will search for. This includes voice styles that are not available in the predefined options.