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How to earn points

Sat Jan 11, 2014, 8:03 AM
Yeah. My articles are based off of FAQs :XD: But I've had a lot of people ask me this so I'm gonna try my best to answer it. I won't guarantee that you'll be a multi-millionaire and able to swim in a pool of points but I can help you earn some. :giggle: 


For starters, I have to tell you what points are! You can't earn them if you don't know what they are. :lol:


To me, points are the currency of dA but they are worthless unless they were earned using the commissions widget, which I will talk about later in this article. But having a lot of it can be good and bad in a way. 

Let me start you off with the bad :noes:

:bulletred: People will ask you for it! (Not that giving is a bad thing but once you get a page full of comments asking "points plz" you'll wish you've never had any of those wretched things. :nuu:

Now for the good :la:

:bulletgreen: Giving points to people can make then happy! :dummy:
:bulletgreen: You can buy almost anything with them. (Premium memberships, prints, commissions, etc..)
:bulletgreen: There is only one bad side! xD



So now you think you know everything you need to know about points?


Oh god, we're not even close! I haven't even told you how to earn them! 



Now, there are multiple ways to earn points here and I'll provide you with the most known ways (or just the ones I know). :giggle:

Point Accounts


Yes, point accounts, accounts like dAhub and dATrade are the ones I'm talking about (also because they are the most trusted accounts I know that deals with points, their accounts are bot run to prevent any failures.). They are one of the easiest and most known ways to earn points. Point accounts will usually give you points in exchange for watching, favoriting or llama'ing people that paid for features there. So basically it's a win-win. People get points for giving feedback and people earn feedback for giving points. There might be a couple flaws in the ways of earning points via this way but it's always seemed to be the best option for me in earning points.
:bulletred: When using a point account, don't watch people you know you won't pay attention to. You'll end up watching tons of people that you don't really care about. It's a trap I tell you! From experience, I was young and dumb and though points were the coolest/best thing in the world and I ended up having over 1000 people in my watchlist. You can imagine my message center.. :stare: 
Just make sure what you actually do on a point account doesn't affect you long term. Because the after effects are not pleasant. :grump:

Giveaways


There is almost always a giveaway running on deviantART (One who predominately runs them is dATweet ;)), although they may require some sort of way of passage (to enter the giveaway. xD), they are pretty simple. Although you may think giveaways are easy, do not always test your luck with these, especially ones that require you to either watch, or make a journal. 
If you want to read the couple of downsides to giveaways (more like a lot.), check this.
:bulletgreen: Always make sure you show good sportsmanship. Nobody likes a sore loser.

Contests


Something I recommend a bit more than a giveaway because you don't have a 1 in a 1000 odds of winning. :giggle: Like giveaways, there tend to be some ALWAYS running. And if you don't like those, deviantART even hosts some official contests for people like you to join. Although this is mostly based on artistic talent, you will have more likely of a chance to win with a contest rather than a giveaway.
:bulletgreen: As above, make sure to show good sportsmanship even if you loose. 

Sell Stuff!


This is one the one where you will earn more efficiently out of all the other choices provided above. With the new commissions widget, you are now allowed to change the points you earn using that widget into cold hard cash (but we aren't talkin about that now. ;)). Commissions are very easy to sell if you know how to present yourself and don't overprice yourself or don't sell yourself short (believe it or not, low prices drive people away too. :noes: ). Adoptables also fall under this category. But have a slightly different set of rules. 
:bulletred: Don't draw a red wolf and expect to paid for it. Adoptables are meant to be unique, add polkadots , feathers, the more unique the better (but not too hard! Making an adoptable too hard to draw will also throw away customers.). :meow:

Ask people


This one, I do NOT recommend. It'll only get you hate comments and you will be seen as a beggar. That's the worse way to go if you want points. I wouldn't even ask my friends for points, let alone a stranger? :no:
Instead of begging, create a donation box. If people want to donate, they will! You might get lucky. :la:

Llama trades


"There are people who want llamas and are willing to give points to others to get more. Depending on how often you check for active trades, you could get one to two points a day and it adds up over time." :nod:

Buy them!

This is the best and probably the easiest way to get points into your possession. You don't have have to go through any hassle. You get them right there and then. You can buy points here. :eager:

Premium Content


This is kinda of confusing but you can also earn points from here.

You can sell backgrounds, journal skins, bases etc. Through using the download button shown on deviations. You are given the option to do so during the submission process. Basically, if somebody wants to have or use your deviation, they will have to pay a fee (of whatever you set) and then the download will be unlocked.

Games / Activities


These are the funnest way to earn points. Places like communityrelations, The12DaysOfChristmas, etc.

Occasionally, deviants host fun activities (Scavenger hunts, Scuzzles, etc...)  for deviants to play in exchange for points and more. Some require more work than others but nonetheless, it's still fun. :dummy:

Kiribans


A "kiriban" is used for profile pages made for whoever gets a specific number on something like page views.

Most require you to screenshot it and get the exact number.




Now you know how to earn yourself a couple of points! Now go out there and earn them! :eager:

Those are all the ways I know how to earn points up to now. If you have another technique. Please tell me so I can add it! :B


For you guys that have always been asking. Finally here it is.

I'll continue to write more of these because I think they are really fun but I never have time to finish them. :noes:
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:iconshadowdust1209:
shadowdust1209 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
dankie~!~
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:iconshanofshadows:
shanofshadows Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This helps thanks :)
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:iconroseykawaii:
roseykawaii Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
im 15 and i dont have a credit card and my parents doesn't allow me -.-
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:iconchronokix:
ChronoKix Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  New member
Thanks. This really helps a lot.
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:iconkeean1974:
KEEAN1974 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  New member
Thanks so much, this will help me as I'm new but I miss my old account on the old deviantart
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:iconaniim3-l0v3r:
Aniim3-L0v3r Featured By Owner Edited Nov 23, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much! that was so helpful!^w^
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:iconflamre:
Flamre Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconeeliebe:
eeliebe Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   Filmographer
DONT CARE HOW I WANT IT NOW , DONT CARE HOW I WANT IT NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW...HONK..HONK.WWWWWWWWWWWWW
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:iconjarofskulls:
JarOfSkulls Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student General Artist
I have a lot if open adopts on my other account. 
If you could check them out, and link them in the profile I'm currently on, I will let you know if you can have them. 
The account with adopts: 
xoXOMusicXOxo
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:iconipodnina:
Ipodnina Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
ipodnina.deviantart.com/?givep…
plz give me points. im kinda new I did not use this for a while. So still learning. I need points to adopt. It would be rlly kind it you did donate/ give. :) thank you!
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:iconroitytoity:
RoityToity Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Artist
10 powarrrr. Yet I can draw really good. I think I can make some adoptables.
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:iconaurora-does-art:
Aurora-Does-Art Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
No one likes a beggar
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:iconipodnina:
Ipodnina Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
i just joined. :T
you really think I can buy my own points? IM 10. I DONT HAVE A CREDIT CARD. stupid
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:iconleafyanapaw9001:
LeafyanaPaw9001 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm 10 to lel
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:iconrin-chan-vocaloid02:
Rin-chan-Vocaloid02 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm 10 too
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:icongingerteapot:
GingerTeaPot Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No one ever commissions me or buys my adopts, even though they're only 10 points...
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:iconjaneandfriends4741:
JaneandFriends4741 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Same here...
THEY
ONLY
FREAKING
TAKE
THE
FREE
ONES
butthey'reactuallyjustmycousins,nobodyelsereallybothersaboutthem
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:iconmidnightstrike1:
midnightstrike1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Yeah, me neither! Their only 5 points! i'm 11 n no one wants to give points to me!
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:iconskyloxfan555:
SkyloxFan555 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
thanks, but no one donates to me. i just want 10 but no1 gives them 2 me XD
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:iconfireflyferalcat:
FireFlyFeralCat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i wish people would actually buy commissions and stuff from me, literally all im asking for in my donation pool is 40 points xD
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:icontriplet99c:
triplet99c Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Nice advice! I have been trying to sell adopts for while. It takes a very long time for someone to buy one though. But, this is really good advice.
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:iconsylus100:
Sylus100 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Hurr.. I've been selling adoptables and putting them in my "Adopts" folder. I've been waiting for someone to buy them but so far I've only gotton one buyer. (My friend) If any of you guys would like to buy any of my adopts and help me out, I'd be really happy!

I accept both points and chatlands deltas (Chatlands Currency)

On an unrelated topic, these are really great ways! I've entered contests but I haven't won anything. xD
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:iconwishythestar:
WishyTheStar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another good way to receive points is by giving Llama badges to random deviants.
I've been giving out a lot of llamas to random deviants, and sometimes they return the favor by giving points. The highest I've ever got from someone was 50 points. I never expected to get points from giving llamas, haha. ^^
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:icontriplet99c:
triplet99c Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
oh really? I give llamas all the time :shrug:
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:iconwishythestar:
WishyTheStar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a rare case!
But keep trying, and I know that someone will donate to you soon! ^^
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:icontriplet99c:
triplet99c Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Thanks! :3 and also, thanks for the llama!
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:iconwishythestar:
WishyTheStar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!~
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:icontaijutsugal:
taijutsugal Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
This is very helpful. I started a commission system just now but I'm not sure my art is good enough to attract any buyers.
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:iconkittycherry6000:
kittycherry6000 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i'm trying my best to let people buy my  adoptables but no one wants them 
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:iconelementalbeastie:
Elementalbeastie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would probably want one if i had points!! XD
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:icondekaal-lm:
Dekaal-lm Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
me too Sweating a little... 
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:iconx-allthatmatters-x:
X-AllThatMatters-X Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no one buy my arts or my pet :'(
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:iconsandtomb145:
sandtomb145 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dumb question but where do you like put the points at or where does the person put the points at when you win a contest?

Just asking
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:iconsylus100:
Sylus100 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Ha, this comment was posted on my birthday. xD
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:iconsandtomb145:
sandtomb145 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol
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:iconsylus100:
Sylus100 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
xD
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:iconyoukah:
Youkah Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They either put it in your donation box or just hit the gift button next to the watch button on your profile.
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:iconwalternonames:
walternonames Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect explanation. Never cared much for it but sometimes I feel the need to explore more of dA´s things.
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:iconshizuru1412:
Shizuru1412 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
That why I dislike giveaway journals are 404 (I don't like giveaways that require you to make journal) >.>
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:iconxribbon-candyx:
xRibbon-Candyx Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you need premium to do premium content?
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:iconidjpanda:
iDJPanda Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Nope. :)
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:iconxribbon-candyx:
xRibbon-Candyx Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ok
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just started a contest for those who are interested :) up to 140 points for a critique :O josephrocca.deviantart.com/jou…
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
woops haha meant to put a surprised face: :wow:
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:iconadi-chi:
adi-chi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Filmographer
Can we covert contest points into money? 
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:iconidjpanda:
iDJPanda Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student General Artist
You can't convert points into money unless they were obtained via the commission widget. 
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:iconfrencinempercy:
FrencineMPercy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've never understood Adoptables... Is it just to paint something "mediocre-unique" and post it and write "Adoptables"? IDK xD
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:iconidjpanda:
iDJPanda Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Well. Some adoptables are pretty nice while others are just like meh because they hope to get points. I've never really adopted much though. But making it unique, yes. Mediocre, not so much.
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:iconemberguard:
Emberguard Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014   General Artist
In a way it's a bit like how little kids play dress up to copy the adults. In the art industry there are professional artists who draw designs for companies and can get paid anything from $800-$2000+ from a small company per character (that price is probably in part due to any and all copyright to that character having to be transferred to the company). But those would be commissioned characters as opposed to 'adoptables' where people on DA create a character and then put it up for sale. My guess is someone at some point came up with the idea to try and copy the industry and sell some characters while calling them "adoptables". Or maybe they got the inspiration from something else, there have been adoptable fads over the years such as Neopets and Tamagotchis. 
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