The Bengal Cat Directory: How to register for the website and create your Breeder listing
(you may want to print this out to use as reference as you create your listing)
Register: by using the “Register” button in the very upper left corner of the website (or Register). You will create a username (use one-word name, no spaces), insert your email, and create a password. Make sure to make note of your username and password; however as long as you have entered your email address correctly, you will also receive confirmation of your username and password by email.
Use the “Add/Edit Listing”: button in menu bar, follow the link at the bottom to the Code of Ethics (COE) Agreement. This is a basic agreement based on the TICA COE. Read through and use the “Click Here” link. (If you have not already registered you can register from here, or if you are not logged in you can log in from here)
Select a Listing Plan. Please note the specific options and inclusions! After selecting a plan, hit “Continue”.
Fill out the Listing Information page:
Title: Cattery Name
Address: You can use your exact address or just a city, state and zip code (city, province, territory, country as applicable if you are outside the U.S.). For privacy purposes, you may not want to include your exact street address.
Find on map: Click this button to create a google map for your location which will be used in your listing
Listing type / Category: Select which primary category you want to be listed in. For free/basic listing, you can choose one category. For paid listings, you will have multiple choices. Note that if you use the “Brown Bengals” category, you will be included in with a higher number of other listings in searches, and if you are using the “Featured” option there will probably be a lot more catteries listed along with you in the “carousel” of featured images at the top of page. (When there are a larger number of listings, those images will load randomly to give everyone a shot at being seen.) If you focus on silvers, or snows, or charcoals, you may want to select that category to give your cattery more visibility when someone is interested in those colors. If you have the ability to select multiple categories, of course please just choose categories that apply to your cattery!
Agree to the Breeders Code of Ethics: select “Yes”
Associations: select the associations your cattery and/or cats are registered in
Contact info: All of these fields are optional. Of course most important to include is your website, it should be the primary method of contact for anyone searching. If you don’t have a website, make sure to include your phone number. Currently email option is not included to cut back on “spammers” collecting emails from the website. But you can include your email in the description section if you like.
Listing images: You can select up to 5 images to upload. Please load the image you want used for your listing thumbnail photo FIRST. (A future version of the directory will have a checkbox to let you select the image you want featured, if you have a problem, use the contact page for assistance). Maximum image size for uploading is around 1.1 or 1.2 MB. After your listing is approved, you will be able to go back and edit your listing at any time, and include description titles for your images.
Business Description: Enter whatever text you like to describe your Bengals, cattery, breeding practices, etc. If you currently have a website, the intro text you use on your homepage would work well. Please do *not* include your website again in this section since clicks from this section are not included in site statistics.
Tags: These are “keywords” you’d like to include that will help visitors find your listing when searching. Browse some of the current listings for ideas. Suggested keywords would be: Bengal cats, Bengal kittens, “your city”, “your state”, “your country”, “cattery name”, “snow Bengals” (if you specialize in snows). Using the words “bengal cat”, “bengal kitten” etc, serves to improve overall popularity of those terms to the website in general but don’t overdo it! If you’re not sure what to include here leave it blank and we’ll help out.
Hit the “Next Step” button and you’ll be taken to a payment screen (if applicable) to finish your listing.
Your listing will not be seen publicly on the directory until it is approved by the administrator.
Note the “Edit Listing” button; whenever you are logged in to the directory you can edit your listing at any time.
Use the “contact” tab on the website for further assistance.