Creating a Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) listing doesn't have to be a puzzle.
If you've got something valuable to share with educators, getting it up on TpT should be your next big step.
I know it can seem intimidating to create your first (or 100th!) TpT product, especially when we get in our heads, but you don't have to worry. I've got you.
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Once you've created your TpT store, the next step in creating a listing.
How to Make a TPT Listing
Are you a teacher looking to make some extra money by selling your lesson plans, activities, and resources online? TeachersPayTeachers (TpT) is a great platform that allows you to do just that. With over 8 million teacher-created resources available, TpT has become a go-to marketplace for teachers around the world.
Selling your original materials on TPT is easy to do with their user-friendly site. Just follow these steps to get your store up and running in no time.
The very first step is Creating a TpT store, so if you have not done that yet, go to my blog post How to Set Up a TpT Store first, and follow those directions. Then come back and we can get you started with your listings.
How Do I Create Listings on Teachers Pay Teachers
You will need to already have a product created for this part. If you need ideas or tutorials about creating products, check out my Facebook group, where I go live every week and show you how to create a trending product you can sell on TpT.
I also have a great post for you about what sells on TpT you can check out!
Set Up a New Product Listing
Creating a listing for your bundle is pretty simple. You just have to click “add new resource” under the shop icon on any page on Teachers Pay Teachers.
After clicking “Add New Product”, you'll be directed to a new page where you can select your product type.
For this tutorial, I'm going to walk you through a digital download from your computer. This can be a PDF, an editable PowerPoint, a zip file, or any other digital file you can add to TpT.
We aren't covering the other options, but if that's the product you are selling, it would make more sense for you to use those options.
Video is self explanatory, but it would be a video you've created that you can upload on TpT. I've seen sellers use this feature to sell professional development courses, tips and tricks, or to even show buyers how to use the resources they have for sale, as well as other learning opportunities.
You can upload a file up to 20 GB for your main video and 400 MB for supporting information like handouts.
The Google Drive option allows you to choose something from your Google Drive to upload. This would be useful for spreadsheets or other editable Google Suite products. The awesome thing about this is your buyer is able to download it straight to their own Google Drive.
Next is Easel products. These are interactive products similar to Boom Cards. Buyers can purchase and assign them to students all from TpT.
Lastly, you can create a bundle. Bundles are my favorite way to increase revenue.
How do I Title a Product on TpT?
Uploading your materials is easy peasy after you select your product type.
The first thing I do on this page is add my downloadable file, in case it takes a little longer. By the time you finish your whole listing, it should be complete!
The first thing on the next page is Title. Now, I know you want to see this and freak out, and worry about it being perfect.
Everything on Teachers Pay Teachers is changeable.
You can pick a title and then in a few months try for a different keyword if you think this one isn't working.
I walk you through how to name your products in this guide for SEO on Teachers Pay Teachers. You will want to read it to help you understand how to get eyes on your products.
Keep titles short and descriptive.
Think like a buyer, what are they searching for when they want to find a product like yours? Look at the search bar and see what trending keywords your product can qualify for.
Do not name your product for something that it is not, just because it's trending. This will lead buyers to not trust your store, and lead TpT to not rank your products in their search.
Next you'll upload your preview. This of this like a little sales page for your product. People who look at this already WANT to buy your product, they need that extra little push. So talk about all the amazing things about your product here.
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Next, you'll see a little “Auto generate thumbnails from the product file”, and we don't want that one. You CAN do that if you HAVE to, but it just doesn't convert as well.
Click “upload thumbnails now” to add your own listing photos. These should be square listings photos. I use 2000px x 2000px for my images.
Then you'll add a description.
How to Write a Description for Your TpT Listing
You'll structure your description to answer all the questions about what you product has included in it. I give members of my Facebook Group an awesome template for their description.
The first thing on your description is what buyers will be able to see on the search page (on TpT or on Google!) so be sure it includes a great introduction that highlights the main benefits of your product.
Include keywords toward the top of your description but don't overstuff them. Make sure your description doesn't sound awkward when you read it out loud.
You should also include the benefits for teachers. How will this make their life easier? How will it help them in their daily work? How will it help their students reach milestones?
Optimize your description for success by using bullet points, bolded text, and making it super easy to read.
Next up is pricing.
How Should I Price My Listings on TpT?
For more information about pricing, see my full guide about pricing your products on TpT.
If this is a free product, there is a box you can check for that right above where you can list out a price.
Once you fill in a price, it will automatically populate a price for multiple licenses, this is–for example–if an administrator purchased your product for their whole school, and they buy multiple licenses for the multiple classrooms they'll be used in.
You can edit this using the box under “multiple licenses”.
Next is your tax code, and I encourage you to read through the Full Code Descriptions they have as a blue clickable link. Read them over and decide what your product qualifies as.
The next section is all about categories.
First, you'll have to pick up to four grade levels your product works for. Ideally, the fewer you pick, the better. Specialize in a certain grade level if you can, and then you can always recreate this listing for different grade levels.
This of course does not apply to special education which is normally available for several different grade levels at a time. TpT allows you to choose up to four. So pick what works best for your product.
Then you can pick subject area and resource type.
Be specific, and don't choose something that does not apply to your product. If you created alphabet posters, do not mark that as “math”, because it doesn't apply.
When choosing the subject areas and resource types, think about how your ideal client will search for this product.
Next is custom categories and education standards.
Custom Category is a feature on TpT you can use to organize your resources inside your membership. You can create whatever you'd like for these, and a lot of teacher sellers have created elaborate categories that create a unique look on their shops.
If you go to any shop on TpT, custom categories are listing on the left side. You can use several custom categories for each product, so feel free to organize to your heart's content.
You can create up to 75 custom categories in your store.
Now, educational standards are a clickable link that will take you to a list and description of each standard. You can go through and mark all of the standards that directly apply to your product. Similar to the subject area and resource type, you don't want to click anything that doesn't apply.
Only mark educational standards that your resource fully addresses.
There are several different standards you can choose from including Common Core, Texas, and Virginia state standards, as well as Next Generation Science Standards.
Teachers need to be able to find the resource they need when searching for a specific standard using the search on TpT. They can filter search results to only products of certain standards.
Next is Copyright.
This is your decision. It reads: By uploading the selected material I certify that I have read and agreed to the Teachers Pay Teachers terms of service and that the selected material does not infringe on the copyrights, trademark rights, or any other rights of any third party, and:
You will attest that the product is either original work that does not infringe on Intellectual Property, or the work contains someone's intellectual property and you have the rights to use those materials.
Read through each option and decide what is right for you. Most TpT sellers tend to mark the second one, but you will have to decide for yourself what is right for you and your resource.
Last is Product Status.
If you check the “Make Listing Active” box, then your listing will be active after you hit submit. If you uncheck the box, then it will remain as a draft that you can go back and edit later without starting over.
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