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How To: Be Popular and Noticed

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:13 AM

Hello there curious Deviant! :iconmeowfaceplz:

So you are reading this now because you are either suffering from very few notice or exposure and feedback, or you are curious to increase your popularity, and get more viewers.

Being a known Artist here on Da is a challenge,  but once you accomplish that you are rewarded with quite a great things. The success of getting yourself or work noticed is dependable on many factors, and I will list those briefly so you can have a general Idea:

:bulletblue: One of the major factors of being known here is the Deviations themselves, nobody wants to watch a person who does nothing but commenting for example, upload some deviations, if you can't draw upload photographs, if that's even hard then submit a story or Poem. And keep your submissions organized and steady, never go out in regular inactive sessions.

:bulletblue: Always interact, you can't just upload Awesome Deviation and expect people to just come and fav your work. You have to work and earn the feedback of people, by both doing a great quality work and interacting with the community.

:bulletblue: Groups are a very good place to start from. Groups helps gather Artists with similar interests and showcase their Artworks, If you are good enough you might interest much of your peers and you will end up with a bulk amount of Watchers.

:bulletblue: Forums are a great place to find people, go there and post a couple threads, engage in discussions and be yourself. But be warned, never spam, otherwise you are risking a stain to your reputation and a possible Ban.

:bulletblue: Help out people, if you are a skilled Deviant then invest some time in lesser Deviants, fav their work, comment and tell them how to get better, even watch them if you think they got potential, you will never know how much people will be watching you back.

:bulletblue: Do Trades, Collabs, And Requests. These activities will bring in loyal friends and watchers, and leave Commissions aside for a while, and making money as well, you have to focus on making a name for yourself and you can't do that by charging people lots of money for a mediocre work.

:bulletblue: Share your DeviantART page out of DeviantART, make youtube videos, drawing tutorials, and even telling your real life friends and family about it!

Those should be enough to get you started! :iconsmile--plz:
Now onto the next part, stuff that you need to Aviod:

:bulletred: Never spam the forums or Groups with your promotional comments and links, nobody loves that and you might end up getting frowned upon.

:bulletred: Never Randomly comment on Artworks without looking at them, that is spam as well and none likes a spammer.

:bulletred: Don't be mean or even Arrogant, DA is no place for those type of people, in DA we help each other out, not abuse and disrespect each other.

:bulletred: Don't get into unnecessary fights, arguments and flame wars with people you really don't need to start trouble with. Just be yourself and be cool, don't be the image people hate to see.

:bulletred: And Finally don't stalk people, that is like commenting on every Deviation, sending them notes everyday, replying to all their Forum Threads, they will just feel creepy and might block you to Oblivion. Unless they are your friends then it is okay :iconlaugh-plz:

So that is it Folks, thanks for reading and I hope you benefited from a point or two. This Journal is aimed to the newly undiscovered deviants, if you are a Hardcore Metalcore Deviant then you don't need this, but thanks for reading and being Awesome! ^^

Wish you all the best and good luck!


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Kaykao Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good journal post, definitely helpful to a lot of people including me! I'll have to get posting more regularly I guess, I keep going on dry spells.. xD But yes, I will have to keep all these tips in mind for the future.

One problem I have that really frustrates me though is that I do have a fair amount of watchers already, but the majority of them seem to pay very little attention when I post stuff... I maybe get two to five comments or favorites per deviation by the same two to five people, and not even that many more views...

Sorry for complaining but I kinda just need to be frustrated about that to someone. >>;
shiroi-kamaitachi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cool one, MK! Nice idea to set this journal up and I'm loving the points in this one.
I especially agree on the points about interaction and helping people.
This journal will surely be a lot of help for the newcomers :)

There are some more points which I think are super important if someone wants popularity, though...

:bulletblue: Hard work

I tend to see lots and lots of people (whether they're new to dA or not) begging for pageviews and watchers, but those deviants themselves are not putting in enough effort to deserve it >A>"...
There are people who draw and upload regularly, but they never draw seriously or put any thought into their art. The things they upload are always void of content or ideas, and completely uninteresting.
There are also people who have potential but always refuses to try and learn new things because "it's hard", or for some other reason. As a result, they don't improve at all even after 2 years.
Lastly, there are people who are arrogant and thinks that whatever they make is nice, even if their skills are still visibly low-leveled, then they start complaining a lot when they don't get pageviews for their "awesomeness".

^There are people who work like these and they actually expect to get lots of watchers and pageviews.

Trust me, if a drawing doesn't have much seriousness or hard work in it, it's probably not going to attract watchers, however many of them were posted DDD:
Maybe just 3-10 faves and nothing more, unless the person's skills is already really, really good...
I think that to get watchers, the deviant himself/herself first needs to learn to be a 'proper artist', with the right mindset :)
Art really shows the artist, so to be a good popular artist, being a good person as well is important ^^

:bulletblue: Gallery vs. Scraps

One major deciding factor before someone clicks that Watch Button is your main dA Gallery.

If you often post unfinished stuff (WIPs), or maybe even deviations which you feel is quite unsatisfying/unlikeable, into your main gallery, make sure to move them to Scraps after a few days or so.
Or just submit them to Scraps from the beginning.

The Gallery tells what type of stuff will show up in the Watcher's Inbox (in other words, what they can expect to see from you) in future.
If the Gallery has only 2-3 serious, finished works, while the rest are WIPs and stuff you're just drawing 'for fun' that's not really satisfying, you might repel a lot of the more serious deviants from watching you >.>"

Posting sketches are ok, especially if your style's mostly sketchy. Just be reminded that you might attract more of the sketch-type artists to watch you ;)
Basically, just run a check through your main Gallery again and imagine what type of Watchers that Gallery might get. Put yourself in the Watcher's shoes, pretend you just visited your page for the first time, and analyze what thoughts came to your head.
Move everything that might repel people into Scraps and think about what's better to post where in future (Scraps/Main Gallery)

Additionally, you can also divide the Gallery into Folders to make it easier for potential watchers to navigate & see your interests owO,,

:bulletblue: Patience

A lot of people tend to give up and leave dA if they don't get watchers or pageviews in a short time.
Basically, people just need more patience and do their best never to give up.
They need to know that as their skills improve with time, they'll automatically become popular ^^
Before anyone starts wanting pageviews/watchers in dA, I think they should ask themselves whether they want to be serious as artists or not.
If they don't have the willpower and determination to keep getting better, I think they shouldn't aim for popularity >.<

^Mostly that.
Pageviews & Watcher count are really interesting topics ^^
If people are low on them, I think that instead of being disappointed with themselves/the world, they should see things positively and use it as a pushing factor to make them grow better XD
Mkemaster Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I learned a lot about art and DA through journals here on DA, and other websites, so I decided to give back the love and make a helpful Journal myself! :)

I couldn't agree more on what you said, I even learned a thing or two from them. I really need to get my gallery cleaned and move all those bad apples to the scrap folder. Nice point.

As for Hardwork, that is very well said, lots of people do 'cheap' and 'fast' art and expect people to tell them how epic it is. And others just don't know how hard it is to gain people FAST.

Love your points, very helpful and well written!!! :D
UnicornOfShadows Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

This would totally help my friends out.
Thanks for the help there~
Mkemaster Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are quite welcome bro :D
LittleKaiju Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Really great journal post! :noes: Especially for me, because I feel like my previous accounts got more attention than this one! Maybe I became more lazy, or antisocial ... who knows! Still, it's good to be reminded of actions I can take. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this for us! c:

I don't understand how people can get into fights (BIG flaming fights) on deviantart though ... honestly, I don't understand it. So many of the people I watch post journals talking about other deviants that are saying bad things about them. So many people are hacked by other deviants that hate them for some specific reason. I never experienced drama on deviantart, and I've been on this site for over six years!
Mkemaster Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot and you are quit welcome, glad to be helping! :la:

Me as well, all my life on DA I never bumped into one of those harmful people that you find all over the internet, but they still exist here, and I have seen some in the DA forums... That is why I'm starting to avoid the DA forum and join other ways of interaction on DA instead :)
Idellechi Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a great guide!
Mkemaster Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^
Idellechi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
MDarts Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
man i have been inactive for 2 years as well... it was a nightmare! since i had my daughter i hadnt got the time at all so i had to quit before becoming a professional! now im back into it i feel alive again! thanx to all ya guys in the community too, positive feedback gave me my energy back!
Mkemaster Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
YOu are welcome! ^^
yami-joey Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
JMPhotography35 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Good news!
Xinaug Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
YorukoChikokoro Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Being inactive is one of the worst things you can do lol. I hate that I haven't been uploading too much lately cause of school but i have tons of commissions and request to get done over christmas break so I hope that helps with getting more people :)
Mkemaster Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I myself been inactive at some point for a period of 2 years... can you believe it? After that I started to slowly get into DA. And since November I have been extremely active.

Good luck! ;)
YorukoChikokoro Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Lol since last summer I've gotten really active. It's all because I finally got my own laptop and didn't have to share with my brothers, so I was never on. When I got my laptop I'm on everyday and uploaded a lot haha.
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