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April 3, 2012


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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:

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!
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: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:
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
faustuga Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Thanks a lot! :D
maaike1995 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome thanks!
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~
Highercode Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg My name is Madi!
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.
nebezial Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
and use friggin keywords.... seriously....
ShugarSketch Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Tag everything "boobs"
nebezial Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
it helps XD
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