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Hidden Features: Getting to the top of the Search Engine

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

April 6, 2009

Comments (11)

Voices.com search engine

How does the Voices.com search engine work?

What can you do to rank higher and be found for the kind of jobs you hope to receive?

Learn how you can improve and increase your rankings in this tutorial.

*This post has been updated to reflect changes made to membership levels in January of 2011

How The Voices.com Search Engine Works

You've probably heard the saying "Knowledge is Power", and today you'll gain some insight and further understanding into how the search engine at Voices.com works... information that is powerful, indeed!

The Voices.com search engine is driven by the contents of your profile which is why it makes a great deal of sense to complete your profile and update it as often as required.

For best results, be sure to complete your profile accurately including:

๏ Description of your voice
๏ Gender
๏ Age
๏ Language
๏ Union status

Tags selected from the drop down list are not searchable at this time, however, the description you write for each of your demos is so I encourage you to take advantage of that.

It is also a good idea to include your name in the body of your profile if your username is something other that your first and last name.

If there are multiple results in a search, members are displayed in order of membership type.

The order is as follows:

๏ Platinum
๏ Platinum Lite
๏ Premium
๏ Premium LITE
๏ Guests

* Please note that if you do not have any voice samples on your Voices.com profile, you will not show up in the search results.

Which Demo Shows Up?

As you may know, you are able to select a Primary Demo at Voices.com that is featured on your main profile page. That being said, your selected Primary Demo is NOT necessarily the one presented in search results, as the method of search dictates which voice over demos are presented.

Here are 2 things that you should know about this feature:

1. Language overrides Primary Demo
2. Category overrides Primary Demo

Let's pretend your Primary Demo is a Telephone voice over demo.

If a client were looking for an Internet demo in the Featured Talent Directory, your Internet demo would show up in the results as opposed to your Primary Demo (remember it's a Telephone voice over!), which as you'll agree, makes for a perfect fit.

Similarly, if a client were searching for a particular language, let's say Spanish, they would only be presented with Spanish voice over demos.

Troubleshooting

Not seeing what you think you should in the search results for your profile? Consider the following:

1. How did you navigate to the search results? Was it by clicking the search button, or did you click a category?
2. Check the URL of the search results page.

Do You Have Any Questions or Comments About What You've Read?

Add a comment below!

Thanks,

Stephanie


Related Topics: algorithms, rankings, search engine, union, voice overs, voice talent, Voices.com


Comments


    I'm caucasian but I keep getting audition requests for African American voices (mail and female). Why does that happen?

    Posted by:
    • Laura Branch Mireles
    • April 7, 2009 7:32 PM

      Hi Laura,

      Thank you for your comment and question.

      The jobs you receive are determined by the information found in your profile which does not include fields denoting ethnicity or religion. Given that information, it is impossible to exclude or filter certain jobs pertaining to any of the above.

      When a voice over job is posted that does require certain vocal qualities as stated by the client in their job description, the requirement is included in the title of the job, so if it were someone looking for an African American voice, you'd know immediately and could pass on applying for that job.

      The reason why you received an invitation for both male and female African American voices is because clients have the option to request quotes and samples from A) Both, B) Male, or C) Female. From what you've told me, the job in question was posted using option A) Both.

      I took a look at your profile and there are a few fields that still need to be completed, namely the voice description and accents. I selected the US as your country which will help in location keyword searches.

      Perhaps take a moment now and check to see what other information you can include in your profile. As I mentioned before, there are no fields for certain details, so if you feel you would like to include information of that kind to help attract work, you are welcome to edit the details of your profile to include that information.

      Best wishes,

      Stephanie

      Posted by:

        A ton of useful tips here. Thanks so much Stephanie.

        Posted by:
        • Dave Menashe
        • April 8, 2009 2:15 PM

          That was great! I gained a great deal of insight from this article.

          Thanks,

          Ty

          Posted by:

            I am new to voices.com and posted my demo. My strength is character work yet the choices of how I categorized my demo did not have "character" or even "commercial" when I scrolled the choices. I chose "Business" because selecting "cartoon" would have been misleading. No other choices fit. If not "Business", do you have a suggestion? thanks bruce

            Posted by:
            • Bruce
            • January 15, 2010 4:58 PM

              Hi Bruce,

              Thank you for writing in and for your comment.

              If you were looking for something along the lines of commercials, select Television or Radio. Cartoons is there for character and animation work if you'd like to reconsider and classify your demo as Cartoon.

              Best wishes,

              Stephanie

              Posted by:

                As a preferred member, what are my chances of being seen (or listened to) behind the three membership tiers above me?

                Posted by:
                • David Katz
                • June 2, 2010 11:22 PM

                  Hello. I'm new to voices.com, and I'm uploading my demo. I see someone else had a question regarding categorizing their demo, but I'm still unsure. I'm currently working on a commercial demo, but for now, I have only a narration demo that encompasses business, IVR, documentary and even a PSA. I'm not sure which category to choose, and how that choice affects voices.com's matching. Over time, I'll have niche demos, but for now, I have just the one general narration demo. Thanks so much for your advise.

                  Posted by:
                  • Susan
                  • March 24, 2011 3:49 PM

                    Hi Susan,

                    Thank you for your question and comments! For now, I suggest that you categorize your demo as "Business." Once you get your niche demos recorded, you are welcome to add those to your profile and gain more visibility. Does that sound good to you?

                    Best wishes,

                    Stephanie

                    Posted by:

                      Hi Stephanie!

                      Brand new to Voices.com, and was wondering about my soon-to-be-completed niche demos (I've already inserted three other demos). How will I be able to categorize niche demos from your menu of demo types?

                      All the best,
                      David

                      Posted by:

                        Hi David,

                        Thank you for your comment and question. I hope my reply finds you well. Congrats on cutting some new demos!

                        If the demo is specific to a niche or application you don't see on the menu of choices, pick the closest matching one and title your demo appropriately to reflect the content and application of the voice-over. You can use the description fields and tags well to help identify the contents of your audio files :)

                        Should you have any suggestions for categories you believe ought to be available, a quick email to support@voices.com with the subject line Feature Request will help get your ideas in front of our development team for consideration.

                        Thank you again for commenting!

                        Best wishes,
                        Stephanie

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