Yesterday I installed a program called FlyingUpload on my computer. It allows you to automate uploading artworks to 15 different print on demand websites. Which is super awesome!
But I came across a snag in the upload process. I viewed my upload on Teepublic, and some of the keywords had glitched. The long list of tags I’d added on FlyingUpload was getting truncated randomly. Why was this?
I investigated, and found out that Teepublic bans certain keywords. When the uploader reached one of those words, it caused an upload error.
In this blog post, I will list all the words I’ve found so far that are disallowed, so you know to avoid them. That’ll save you time in your own uploading of artworks/products.
What Types of Keywords Are Banned?
Generally, the banned keywords fit into one of three categories:
- Words that are very generic and don’t provide value to a search. E.g. ‘cool’
- Words that describe products, which is already applied by the website’s filters and therefore redundant. E.g. ‘t-shirt’
- Words just designed to get clicks, e.g. ‘best selling’
If you try and enter a banned keyword, you will get the following pup-up message:
In some cases, the word simply refuses to be input. In other cases, it will be auto-corrected to a non-banned keyword. For example, ‘baseball tee’ will autocorrect to ‘baseball’.
List of Banned Keywords
Generic or Style Keywords
- graphic design
- digital art
- laptop case
- wall art
- baseball tee
- kids hoodie
- tank top
- phone case
List of Allowed Keywords
- best seller**
Style and Medium Keywords
- mixed media
- long sleeve
- tote bag
- throw pillow
- spiral bound
** Not recommended according to Teepublic’s Tagging 101 video
If you avoid these keywords with using FlyingUpload, as well as the tags mentioned in my other blog post about Redbubble’s banned tags, you’ll be able to got through your upload process with much more speed and ease.
Do you know any keywords I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below.
Peace, love and sunshine,