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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:


There is almost always a giveaway running on deviantART (One who predominately runs them is PrinceCiel ;)), 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.


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:


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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AllyGalaxias Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
When I go to sell my art it says I have to purchase it or something.... why does that happen? I thought that people would just click the buy button and I get points (I'm obviously a noob)
qwertyuiopasd1234567 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
You can also get points with an app.

I tried to download this but doesn't work. Maybe download this from Mediafire?
TopThePurpleGirl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  New Deviant
Its a scam site. :redalert: 
HorrorFilms Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
I thought so. Everyone needs to be warned of this. Thank you for replying PurpleGirl c:
TopThePurpleGirl Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant
thanks. WOOOOO Bumper Cars! (Bonnie Chat Icon) 
HorrorFilms Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Uhh...Does that even work? Lol, It seems a little shady. 
qwertyuiopasd1234567 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Cleanfiles is one of worst download services. You need to complete a survey to download.Waaaah! Mediafire is better than cleanfiles.
HorrorFilms Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
It does suck. 
I attempted to do the survey, but was only taken to multiple other paths that pretty much stretched the whole situation. After three minutes of trying, I said "Nope-So done". I cant really say that download is even legit anyways. I haven't seen anyone's reviews on the download to say it even works. So in conclusions, it's not really a reliable way to get points at all. 
qwertyuiopasd1234567 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Does anyone have Mediafire download?
SonicCD123 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
Waaaah!  I suck at earning points.
SonicCD123 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
I need 5 to 10 points, because I could send those points to :iconthe-peaceful-soul: for a present, because  in two days is her birthday.
kittenlaurel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student General Artist
I'll donate my only point left to you! It's for a good cause <3 It's good to be thought of <3
SonicCD123 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
Toast-Queen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually, the bot on datrade broke, kinda.
Salma-Safelight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for all the informations! its very helpful! >u<
Meeweeda Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Student General Artist
As an inexperienced deviant, thank you so much for this!
SuzyKimJaeXi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
OasisLace Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
(you might want to remove datrade since the bot broke and nobody will be fixing it so it's inactive i think permanently)
dittro Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Great for newbies like me! XD

Thanks a bunch! :D
Autumnique Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was so helpful to me!;;u;; 
DragonWithAShotgun Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Thanks for making this! Being new here on Deviantart, it's nice to be shown different options and the not-to dos and to dos, what's better in your opinion and why, how easy it is and how much work to put into it. This'll help me get started in the future! :)
LusaBearLikesFries Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The GIFS made this post the bomb.
AlphawolfRKN Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like these, but dATrade isn't working anymore. It was abandoned. 
SimonCaneplz Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2015
Thanks for the tutorial, some of those work, except I don't do the buy them part, because I don't have paypal, and paypal requires users to be atleast 18 to use paypal, and im 13 so I will ignore the buy them part.

"Instead of begging, create a donation box. If people want to donate, they will! You might get lucky."

Cool! but this mostly works if your well known on DA, it does not works if your not popular on DA, which is why I don't recieve alot of points.
Masita84 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, i'm no famous user nor am I even Core but I got points given by other users SEVERAL TIMES just by being who I am. Some of those users gave me points to encourage me on the photography world even! There are generous and kind people out there, ya'know?
Sponeg Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
:B :B :B :B :B :B :B :B :B :B :B 
Orange-Pasteque Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I'm not really sure I completely understand. My friend SpiceFoxes is going to customize a kitty for me for like 5-10 points, and I don't have any D: I'd also like to know how to give people points. Other than that, this was pretty darn helpful.
Livia-Anna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you go to the persons profile (for example mine :) )
And you look for a donation pool on the profile, after that you click on donate and you pick the amount of points you'd like to donate ^^
Orange-Pasteque Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! :3
Livia-Anna Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Np ^^
Dragoncomeback Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped me become as informed as possible about points and also answered my question to how the first person in deviant art got points so thx :D (Big Grin) 
Mario-Wolfe Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Does anyone know any active point accounts besides dAhub? I've run out of people to watch and llama there :(
aj6223 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Can you sell stories...? It's the only thing I'm good at :C I'm not the best drawer but I've gotten a tiny bit better since I got my tablet. 
Koodaa Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure you could offer story commissions or something.  Maybe from 5-20 :points: at first, and if you start getting more attention from it raise the price overtime.
Mochimario Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
suffering from pointless syndrome
1 point =1 prayer
aj6223 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
Me too xD
Mochimario Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
EnderBlackEcho Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! I had no idea that dATrade or games existed. Also, this was really fun to read. :)
MohamidWalid Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist
I want points here can you help me? :) and i will fave and watch!
Dreamer43 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Welp this is a bit confussing to understand XD but none the less it shall help me become greater :D
miss-kali Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Begging and asking complete strangers for points is kind of rude? Hmm
Mikkifull Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
What I don't understand, is where do you see your points ? I still don't know even after 3 years here....guess i never really cared for it. XD
Thank you for this, it explains a lot ! <3
DaisyTheBrony123 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its pretty ease, you have to go to Shop and look at balance, here you will see how many points you have! ^^
UnzeadArtist Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Why is down there filled with exactly what this above says not to do????  
TERABIZLX Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
As said in the journal, it bluntly said if you beg for points from completely random strangers that only result you'll get is, hate comments, and be seen as a beggar. I'm laughing so hard right now at these fucking people lel.
seprira Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Everyone's like begging for points (exactly what the journal said not to do) in the comments section. It's like chaos.
KerrySprite Featured By Owner Edited Aug 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it looks like a lot of those people didn't even read that whole thing! It just looks like they looked at it for a second and their next thing was to comment for points. I looked on the next page and holy flip that's quite the nightmare.. i don't trust people who beg like that on the internet..
 Spongebob Nope Icon 
seprira Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
Exactly! For me (and I'm sure a lot of others), people who beg like that are considered, automatically, a blacklist.
KerrySprite Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed. It's really not a huge deal, they're just points. People won't give you any if you beg for them all the time by spamming them. 
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