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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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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  New Deviant
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 1 day ago  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  New Deviant
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  New Deviant Hobbyist
I want points here can you help me? :) and i will fave and watch!
Dreamer43 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  New Deviant
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  New Deviant 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
UnzeadArtist Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Filmographer
Why is down there filled with exactly what this above says not to do????  
TERABIZLX Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  New Deviant 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.
ChensArts-3008 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Its Chaos down there wow XDD

(Although I also need points :>, Guess Ill go to Dahub and Farm some :) )
seprira Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
That's what I just did XD
Quite easy, really. Mutually beneficial =D
Just a tip: only watch people you won't unwatch, because you would get banned from the group if you unwatch within like a week or a month or something XD
ChensArts-3008 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Banned!? Woah I dint knew that really!! Thanks for the tip~!

(Although in my way I watch them and untick all the boxes im so evil >:) Ill only leave the ticks if I like their art, but thats a rare ocassion ;3 )
seprira Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Oh, except I think you have to tick the "Deviations" and "Journals" boxes for the bot to register.
Then again, I dunno.
Good luck farming! =D
ChensArts-3008 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I watch and I dint even tick  "Deviations" and "Journals"  and I still got like more than 10 points ^.^, (I watched a lot of them o3o)
seprira Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
i should try that XD
i'll delete my comment after because if the bot sees it, i'll probably get banned
you too
ChensArts-3008 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ok~!! :3
WhiteSprinkle Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need 84 points C:
I give no matter how many llamas you want or how many favs you need. I don't watch.
ChensArts-3008 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ermm...Sorry to break it up to you but. You only can give ONE llama per person...
WhiteSprinkle Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah. Forgot that...
KodaBerry Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lmao fail
ChensArts-3008 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
WolfLoverAdopts Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
My point system

10 Points 
I watch you
a llama
15 faves
1 comment on your profile

25 Points 
I watch you
a llama
25 faves
1 comment on your profile

50 Points 

I watch you
I fave everything I can find on your gallery
a llama
1 comment on your profile
25+ comments

100 Points
I watch you
I fave everything I can find on your gallery
I comment everything I can find on your gallery
I comment on your profile

I Need 800 points in total PLEASE HELP ME
lXI0l Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
llamas, comments, favs, watches for point
Points = 1 Favs
Points = 2 Favs , llama
Points = 4 favs , llama
Points = 6 favs , llama
Points = 8 favs , llama
10 Points = 10 favs , llama , watch
20 Points = 20 favs , llama , watch 
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MohamidWalid Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist
have done! :)
nameuser124 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
1Points= 1 llama
5Points= 1 llama+ watch
10Points= 1 llama+ watch+ 1 fav
20Points= 1 llama+ watch+ 5 fav
40Points= 1 llama+ watch+ 7 fav
50+Points= 1 llama+ watch+ 7 fav AND a drawing

Gothhound Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wixi-Pixie Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
2 points = 1 NORMAL llama and a watch, plus a fave
SusnLusn Featured By Owner Edited May 12, 2015
20Points ill give a lama,watch and 2 or 3 favs
50Points or more xD but it dont MUST be more.. ill give a llama,watch and 7 favs 
Tilantha-hansanath Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
25 Points  llama + watch + 25 comment + 25 favs and add your icon my donate pool 1 week

Add Your Artwork 1 Month my profile top Only 30  Points
big size image 350X200 Only 50 Points
M80Wolf Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
5Points= 1 llama+ watch
Need five points so if you could help thanks!
Mewangel46 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For 2 :points: I'll llama you, fave a few things, and maybe watch you :meow:
I need a Premium Membership so bad to decorate my page
LittleFlowerDash Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have cheap commissions, and:

1 point- 3 fav's
5 points- llama and 10 fav's
10 points- llama, 15 fav's and watch
RachelPhantomhive Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If anyone wants a watch, a fav, llama, or anything, i will give them to you for points.
EternallyK Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Thank you!!! This really helped me! ^ ^
Smokeybunnyy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For 1 point, I'll give you: a fave

For 5 points, I'll give you: A llama, and a watch.

For 10 points, I'll give you: a llama, a watch, and 5 favorites.

Thank you in advanced!
Autumnkitten86 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
50+ :points: for anything except PM points or buying things back!

Includes watch llama fav etc
NeedMorePolski Featured By Owner Edited Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For 2 :points: I'll give you a :llama:and a fav

For 10 :points: I'll give you a watch, :llama:, and a fav
Hazel-Love Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hii, of course I would like some points~ For every point, I'll give that person a +fav :3
HaruhiArtist123 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Hi, I am a user of DA who speaks Spanish ((I'm speaking English using the Google Translator because most users here speaks English).For every Points that you donate me I'll give 1 3D Llama Badge llama and 1 +fav 
crazycoolcats Featured By Owner Edited Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this was very helpful! I would love points, but you dont need to donate them Points  instead you can check out my profile deviantART  and perhaps consider commissioning! I would get points and you would get a picture to keep forever made just for you , but of course just looking at my art is fine too , please have a sheep of appreciation, you can also get them on my profile! Rainbow Sheep #2 love him and care for him c: thank you all!
RomeoMonty Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall give anyone who gives me a few points a Llama.
MihailWaterson Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
For 2 Points  I will give you 1 llama and 5+fav 
Ayuro16 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For every Points I will give one +fav 
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