Tags are used to describe your icons. They are essential for the system to work since the search algorithm is based on finding icons that have tags matching the search query. You should describe all of your icons with as many relevant tags as possible.

Number of tags

It's tempting to add a lot of tags to make sure the icons are showing up on many different search terms. However, to avoid spamming, we give icons with too many tags a penalty. You should try to keep the number of tags around a maximum of five to seven. Keep in mind that if you add more than seven tags the icon will get a lower rank.

Filenames

Filenames will be used for suggested tags and will be divided by space “ “, hyphen “-” and underscore “_”. All generic tags such as numbers, icon, vector etc. will be marked with orange and users might have to remove them.

The bad tags

When tagging icons, you should avoid what we call non-descriptive tags. All non-descriptive tags will be flagged and coloured orange. These are tags that do not directly describe the motif of the icons. In other words, do not use tags that does not describe what the icon represents.

Avoid the black list of generic tags

Unless your icon actually represents one of these term, you should avoid these  non-descriptive tags:

  • icon
  • icons
  • svg
  • vector
  • symbol
  • glyph
  • flat
  • ai
  • vista
  • 3d
  • simple
  • button
  • black
  • pictogram
  • raw
  • pixel
  • perfect
  • pixel
  • perfect

Be aware of filename-based tags

Iconfinder will automatically try to extract tags from your filenames. But if the filenames include bad tags like numbers or style tags, you should remove these before submitting the icons.

No Typosquatting allowed

Don’t include misspellings of words such as “facebok”. Our search algorithm handles misspellings. Also make sure you spell check tags before submitting them.

Tags should only be pluralized when there are multiple instances of an object in an icon

If you submit a user icon you should not include both the tags “user” and “users”. If the icon shows a single person use “user”, if it shows multiple persons use “users”. This could be tagged with "user", but should not include "users":

This should be tagged with "users", but not "user"

Tags for icons can be divided into different categories. Each category represents different types of searches.

The guide to descriptive tags

These are the different tags you should to describe your icons.

Nouns

Nouns are by far the most common search term for icons. Noun tags most concret represent the motif of the icon.

Heart

Multiple nouns

Quite often an icon can represent multiple nouns, equally important to different users.

User, Man, Person

Plural nouns

In general tags are in singular form. But in some cases the plural form of a tag is the most descriptive.

Users

Cars (que)

Verbs

Some icons represent an action rather than a thing. Dancing, Walking, Talking and Flying are all verbs that can be represented by icons.
Dancing

Walking

Talking

Flying

Imperatives (actions)

Searches for verbs in imperative mood are used a lot in software interface design. Action related icons are often used to describe what happens, when users click buttons.

Delete

Download

Abstract Nouns (phenomenons)

Some icons represent a phenomenon. Phenomenons are technically nouns, but represent mostly abstract nouns.

Abstract icons can include

Security

Love

Abstract nouns can also be concepts where the understanding of the motif relies of cultural understanding or contextual interpretation.

Traffic

No entry

Some concepts share their descriptive tags with others, making for mixed results. But in high level relevance all tags are equal. Stop as an example can both be used to control a media player as well as a prohibiting a person from entering a room.

Stop

Logos and trademarks

Some of the most popular searches are for company names, specifically social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. It is alright to use trademarked names such as "Facebook" or "Dribbble" as tags, but the icons need to be offered for free, for legal reasons. 

Facebook

Dribbble

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