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How to gain popularity

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 3, 2012, 5:04 AM


I've had various people ask me what they can do to get noticed on DA so I'll write a little journal about my experience with various methods of getting your stuff out there.

I am not at all claiming to be popular myself, I'm just providing feedback.


:star:1. USE GROUPS:star:
Seriously people. It's probably one of THE best ways to get exposure.
There are so many groups too! You will always be able to find one that is suited to your art.
Groups are effective because it gets your artwork exposed to a new batch of watchers (the people who watch the group) besides your own. Try to join groups with lots of members and watchers, as these will give you the most views.
A really great group to gain exposure from is :icongetwatchers:

:star:2. USE THE THUMBSHARE FORUM AND CHAT:star:
Lots of people go to the thumbshare forum and the thumbchat to  find new artists to watch and to share their works. These are great places to meet new people and aquire feedback on your deviations.

:star:3. DRAW FANART:star:
You don't need to dedicate your entire gallery to fanart or be unoriginal. A few fanart pieces can really help you get your artwork out there as more people will be searching for it. Also let's not say things like "OH SO UR TELLING US TO SELL OUT AND DRAW FANART EVEN IF WE DON'T LIKE THE SHOW!". There has to be at least ONE or two shows/games/comic series that you like. We can all find things to creat fanart for that we can enjoy.
I won't lie though, drawing something from a very popular show is more effective.

:star:4. HOST CONTESTS:star:
This can be a little more challenging than the other things I mentioned since you will need prizes. A good way to get prizes is by temporarily opening point commissions  and then when you get enough, start a contest offering premium memberships. Free art can also be a good prize. This will sound harsh, but art as a prize is usually only effective if most people find your works to be good.
The reasons contests help is because everyone likes prizes! More people will want to come to your page if they know you have an event going on that they can benefit from. It's a win win for everyone!
:new: :iconmadison99:CHECK OUT MY FRIEND MADI'S CONTEST:anything-artists.deviantart.co…

:star:5. DO ART TRADES:star:
When you do a trade with another user, you also get exposed to their watchers. It's a great chance to get more people oogling your gallery.


Just doing a few of these things will help you a whole lot! Personally, I think groups are one of, if not THE best method.

Hope this helps!

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sakuraGx4nina Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012   Digital Artist
This was really helpful :iconcuteblushplz:
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OnlyOliveOil Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thanks so much! ever since i joined this is all i wanted to do XD
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faustuga Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Thanks a lot! :D
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maaike1995 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome thanks!
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PokuMii Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012   Digital Artist
I got noticed by drawing MLP fanart and i will admit, my original works aren't noticed that much except for my friends and people who've been watching me for awhile. Not to mention my shitty coloring skills but i am doing Art Trades at the moment and this is helpful~
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Highercode Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg My name is Madi!
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TarynNefdt Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Fantastic suggestions:

I just have one more to add: start trading llamas.

Join a group like :icongiveallamagetallama:

1) It has 22,540 members

2) Once one starts trading llamas, people visit one's profile and it adds to page view counts.

3) It provides a way for people to visit one's page, trading llamas, is like a game. Once one's llama starts reaching advanced levels - really fun.
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nebezial Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
and use friggin keywords.... seriously....
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ShugarSketch Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Tag everything "boobs"
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nebezial Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
it helps XD
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shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I gotta say that number 3 is a tricky one. Sometimes the thing you like and are doing fanart isn't really popular, and thus won't gain you much. Other times, the stuff you will do fanart for is ridiculously popular, and yes will gain you watchers etc but it's only short-time benefit. Most of those people you gained attention via drawing fanart, will stop paying attention to you when you will stop doing fanart for that particular thing.
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Tips will always be tips, and practice will always be a practice.
I kinda have the trouble with tip number 3, because it reminds me of MySpace Whores (see this to understand what I mean: [link]).

Also with number 1, I do not think this tip works that good.
Here, let me show you an example: [link]
Well, it is explained what that is, it has it's place in groups and favorite galleries. But... looking on how many groups have it, and how many likes it has... You don't think it should get a little more than it has now?

Also, I think the first tip o gain popularity should be 'make our nick sound decent' - Because in the marketing field, trademark can make a lot of difference. I know this from personal experience - That DA nick of mine was supposed to be a joke of myself, not to be taken seriously. Yet so Many people take it literally, that I started to loath it - and I can't change it without losing an account. I am, literally, paying the price for lack of thought-process.
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amandas-sketches Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I disagree with #3.

If you are creating art just to get attention, you are creating art for all the wrong reasons.

Everything else are good tips.
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ShugarSketch Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Most people who post their art publicly are hoping to obtain exposure and attention for various reasons.
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songii Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, that does vary. Some people are trying to get this attention and popularity for benefits such as doing commissions open to their watchers/public.

Otherwise, I do agree partially with your comment.
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simoneheld Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
I like your ideas although they're already well known but still well done :clap:! BUT all of those ideas require spending LOTS of time on dA. I'm not sure whether it's worth it. I still think the best way to gain popularity is by working on your skills, improving your artworks :).
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Choumesuke Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
I totally agree with you. Instead of joining groups and posting fanart, we could practice and develop our skills, making our deviations more appealing.
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simoneheld Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
yeah, I think this is should be the most point of this article as the points stated rather promote dA as some kind of art-Facebook which it is not but people just keep forgetting.
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Choumesuke Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Exactly. This site s for promoting ART, not SOCIAL ACTIVITY.
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simoneheld Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
:nod:
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DerpRay Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
New on Deviantart
''How to be a douchebag''
Serious guys..Serious...
But i agree with 'Raine-angel
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StardustEmerald12 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks. I'll try it out. ^_^
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lucas420 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
these are good tips.
i swore you were gonna say something like "make journals with this title and everyone will look at you" because it's very true! :lol:
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Strudel--Cutie4427 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Writer
XD You have a point
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raine-angel Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I found the best way to get attention on DA is and always has been to just be an active member of the community and utilize as much as you can. People look at my gallery and assume I get pageviews because of my style... well I got pageviews, favs, and comments long before I even decided on my style! They see a photo and think it's got so much attention because it's in groups- when my stats tell me it's been one of my more popular pieces YEARS before groups.
I just interact. Check out the work of others, use groups, use journals, use forums, get involved, do fun community things. I think that's always the best way. There are people on here with no galleries and a lot of watchers and views simply because they're active!
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Kereska Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Agreed :)
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Borbonne-le-Bonne Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Do you think the contest thing would work for groups as well? I'm afraid my li'l group ain't so popular :saddummy: I don't care so much about personal popularity, but I feel like having an unpopular group sort of defeats the purpose.

And I'm working on a Luvcrush stamp, by the way! :la:
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ShugarSketch Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
It would be awesome for group exposure!

omg really? That's so sweet of you :)
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Borbonne-le-Bonne Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Good good. :>

Yeah really :'D I'm just having a little trouble with the border, lol~
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RozenSora Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
nice tips!!
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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
I tried the fan art thing. The only problem with it is that most people want to see fan art from a certain fandom ONLY. It really drives certain people away while bringing in others and when you draw other things, those fans end up leaving too.
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Kamie-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Draw MLP, Homestuck, Pokemon and Hunger Games.
And of course spam any bandwagons you see e.g the cat april fool's.
/end troll

But you do have helpful advice, thank you for the info.
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ShugarSketch Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Though everything you said WAS true
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Zalcoti Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
More like draw nothing but My Little Pony until the next uber popular show appears.
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ListofApologies Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Writer
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Kadenko Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
:iconthisplz:
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ColburnK Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ^.^ I just joined and have nobody looking at my stuff x)
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madison99 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaw bby thank you so much for tue feature ;u;.
it means so much from you :heart::tighthug:
and thankso much for the helpful tips :hug:
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Waito-chan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you :3
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Numbdaydreamer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks
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samuelskanvis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
The groups advice is a good one, but I think if you want the best exposure from them try and find ones that don't get an absolute ton of submissions in short spaces of time, it can be very off-putting for people when their message centre is full up of one group's stuff which they can never get rid of, so they never properly look at it. I think finding a group which has a submission limit or not a massive following is good to avoid this.

Also, going a bit on =vedil 's point, the best way to get popular (if that's what someone really wants from this community) is to just be active on here, keeping their gallery up-to-date without 'spamming' it, and actually trying to self-improve. I think since I started here about 4 and a half years ago, I've posted no more than 3 pieces of fan art, yet have a decent following of people because I keep posting improvements, and asking people how I can improve further. To me, it's all about communicating with your peers.
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vexnir Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a nice journal and all, but I must admit it makes me sad to see popularity guides in the footer once in a while. I don't get why everyone strive for popularity so much, totally overlooking the important factor - art. That is just sad. Instead of enjoying the amazing world of art and expressing yourself, focusing on improving, people try to become popular and cool, no matter what it takes. So that is why we get lots of quick fan art drawn instead of thoughtful pieces. Don't get me wrong - fan art is okay and there is a lot of absolutely beautiful fan art out of there, but when one draws it because it will make them popular or look cool... it just defeats the purpose of art.

Cheers.
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Borbonne-le-Bonne Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I don't care about personal popularity, but I do care about whether my group's popular or not. :B
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ShugarSketch Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Most people want their art to be seen. If they didn't they would just draw at home and not post online. Some people also try to make a career out of art. being popular doesn't take away from the joy of art, it just makes for more possibilities to make a living and get feedback to improve.
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CyberUnitItalia Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Most people want their art to be seen. If they didn't they would just draw at home and not post online."

it's the same thing i'm doing

i've used to do a lot of 3d works, but after a bit it started to be more annoying than else having 400+ deviations on a time period of 2 and a half years which almost no one looked, faved or even just commented about.

as you'll see now, the gallery has a quarter of what i had because i made a clean up of ALL the real 3d works and left only those not entirely made by me such as screenshoots from games and a few photos.

i have 13-14 watchers, those who usually comment and/or fave are 2 or 3.
once i made a journal asking to watchers what was their method and reasons of watching me, one of said that he likes "silent watching" and that he doesn't fav nor comment for that (personal note, i found that rather contradicting and, maybe exagerating, insulting).

in the past i've been in something like 4-5 groups at once, and of which i had to leave because it was one of those "we don't want newbie artists' works here" groups.

ooh and i've tried multiple times following these "be-popular" guidlines from multiple people. i think you can guess the result given i'm writing this right here.

i've promised myself that i'll re-start posting my 3d works on the 3rd year anniversary from when i joined da, but i think it'll end up like now: no faves, no comments, no one who suggests improvements, no one who asks for stuff, nothing at all.
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Sprucetail Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
it makes you feel good too :D lol
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Cake4Never Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice tips! :D
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Lexie-Star Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are some great tips. ^^
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JamesOxley Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd post more in groups but most of the art work I post are sketches and never finished pieces that are group worthy xD I'm glad they came out with the group feature. :D

I used to draw fanart a lot. Mostly Mario Golf. But I tend to draw fanart of old stuff/obscure stuff people request when I do post some.

Contests and collabs never worked for me because people just lose interest and I don't get any submissions :I

I do art trades. A lot.
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ShugarSketch Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
i wish I could do more trades. They are so much fun and I love seeing my works in other people's styles. I'm too busy with commissions though
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