By Stephanie Ciccarelli
April 6, 2009
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
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:
à¹ Description of your voice
à¹ 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:
à¹ Platinum Lite
à¹ Premium LITE
* 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.
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.
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.
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