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Sat Nov 2, 2013, 12:09 PM

FAQ #56: How can I get noticed on this site?

I've had many people ask me this question so I'm going to elaborate the best I can. :giggle:

As the FAQ above states, to get far on deviantART you HAVE to give feedback to get it. It's almost virtually impossible for you to get noticed without doing any of that. I learned that after a year of being here. :XD:

Browse Art

This is something that you will have to do in your dA lifetime in order to find your inspirations and be able to learn new techniques. When on the front page of deviantART it's probably the most diverse amount of artwork you'll see! Ranging from pixels to sculptures, tattoos to anime to poems, there has to be at least one that can catch your eye! There are millions of deviants here and even more submissions! Try searching for artworks that please you. You can even have a randomized search by using stuff like the random deviation button. You have an unlimited amount of stuff to browse here! :aww:

:bulletred: Add artworks that you like to your favorites! You never know if the artist may return the favor for you! :+fav: (Keep in mind I'm not saying you should favorite things and expect people to give favorites back. Sometimes what goes around, comes around.)

:bulletred: COMMENT! A lot of people tend to favorite and run here. While favorites are nice, comments are better! They can be used to give advice, compliment or get advice! Most of the artists here will take time to respond to your comments because you took time to make one. You only get what you give. So make sure to use communication to your advantage. 

:bulletred: There are many different channels that provide different types of art! Check them out at channels.

:bulletred: Watch people you like! By watching somebody, you'll receive stuff they make in your inbox! Support them and they might support you! :dummy:

-Tip: When commenting, you should refrain from one word comments like "Cool" and stuff like that. That doesn't help the artist at all! :noes: Although complimenting is nice, you should at least try and point out stuff that you liked! Comments like "I like how the composition in the piece looks!" is a much better comment. Strive to use comments to their full potential.

Submit Art

Producing artwork is the number 1 way to get noticed on this site. A lot of times, you will usually get a favorite or two from people browsing the "Newest" page. While you don't HAVE to post artwork on this site on this website to get noticed; it's highly recommended. When posting artwork you should.

:bulletred: ALWAYS STRIVE TO IMPROVE. You can never get worse.

:bulletred: Post quality art, while submitting art can get you noticed, make sure you are submitting your best. Quality over quantity!

:bulletred: Leave a description. I can't tell you the countless amounts of deviations I've seen without these! People like to see how your artwork came about! You can write your inspirations for the piece, definitely should link your references, how much time it took and your tools of trade (what you used to make it!). Write something! Something is better than nothing at all. :)

:bulletred: Post in the corresponding gallery. This is where finding your community comes in. If you post art in a certain category; people who appreciate the same type of art will see it too! If you aren't sure where to post your art, break it down to the components!

:bulletred: LABEL your art correctly. It makes people easier for people to search it up! :la:

-Tip: You should always only post YOUR artwork and yours only. Posting artwork that isn't yours is never the best way to go. You should only create artworks that were made with your hands. Crediting where you got an artwork from doesn't give you the right to post it. FAQ #306: Does "Crediting" let me use whatever I want? You need permission to use somebody's artwork. With pictures that were made using references, you should link them back to the original artist (Ex: photo manipulations, drawings, etc).

Who are you?

This is also an important part of being a part of dA. While it doesn't really doesn't promise for deviants to swarm to your page. It's a very important part of being a part of this website! When somebody takes the chance to click on your username, they want to see who you're all about so make sure you just leave a little description to help them out a bit! Make sure you write about yourself!

:bulletred: Make sure when you write about yourself you don't give out personal information. This is the internet, while there is many nice people here, there is always the bad ones that are out to get you! :paranoid:

:bulletred: Keep your page a reasonable. Meaning having a flashy page is nice but don't make it TOO flashy. Some people can't handle that stuff on their computers (like me. >.>) and will ultimately drive people away!

Critique

People love getting critiqued! Don't be an afraid to get deeper with your critique. If the artist asked for a critique; give 'em one! A critique should go over the good, the bad and what they can do to make it better. Don't just say all the good and forget to tell them what's bad; we're not perfect so there is always something they can improve on. Same with just telling them the bad and forgetting to do the good; there will always have to be something good in a piece of artwork. That's why you have to analyze it!

:bulletred: When writing a critique, you need a certain amount of characters; use them! Don't just leave a sentence about it and write random stuff to fill up the space! There are comments for that!

Journals

Journals are multi-purpose! You can almost use them for anything here! To write an art feature, an article (like this!), to wash your dog too! (Just kidding. xD) You can talk about your personal life or talk about contests, how you washed your dog, anything! Use journals to your advantage!

:bulletred: Prevent from using journals for dArama (drama). We already have enough drama llamas here. :grump:

:bulletred: Journals are pieces of art too! Treat them like it!

Forums

Get connected with the community using this! Lots of people totally forget that we even have a forum! There are so many nice people among the forums who just love responding to threads. Just make sure you please the forum gods with your threads. One wrong thread and you will have EVERYBODY jumping on you like a dog chasing after a ball. Be careful what you write here because it will stay there forever! Fortunately, you can lock your own threads if they get out of control. Make sure you use that to your advantage too! Make sure you go visit the forums and make a thread or respond to them!

:bulletred: The forums aren't your personal journal, remember that.

Chat

Another way you can connect with our massive community! There are tons of chat rooms where you can meet somebody with the same interests as you! There a chat rooms basically for everything, games, art sharing, roleplaying and some just for the fun of chatting. Check out the chat rooms today!

:bulletred: Chat rooms have certain rules. Make sure you read them and abide by them!

Groups

Oh the mysterious magic groups can pull! There is a group for nearly everything here and if there isn't. Make one! There is bound to be somebody who supports your cause. Groups are amazing things here. You can connect with other artists who like the same things as you and you can have people notice your artwork! Posting your artwork to groups helps lots in the long run. You can even see random groups by clicking the button too!

:bulletred: Make sure you post your artwork in the right places. Your picture of a tree shouldn't be in an anime fan group. :no:

Badges

 

Everybody loves badges! They are fun to give and receive! It doesn't take more than a minute to give somebody a llama (a little prank that dA pulled which soon came to be a trading frenzy of fun!); they're free! Certain people will love you for giving them badges, so try to give them out! Start giving them out today using the random deviant button! Or celebrate somebody's birthday by giving them cake!

 

:bulletred: There are certain badges that are given by deviantART on special occasions. If you're like me; you'll definitely attack those!

Social Sharing

This one usually is a matter of luck but there is no hard in trying it! :dummy: This method includes using social networks like reddit, facebook, twitter and so much more places. They allow for you to display your art to a larger audience. It's not guaranteed that you will get noticed from it but sometimes it works. :')

Advertising


This is not an option you should use to get yourself noticed. Not only is it extremely disrespectful to whichever artist you decided to use as your advertising board and other people will not view your art, ruining your reputation.

A much better way to advertise would be using AdCast, a feature that allows you to buy an advertisement that promotes yourself (or whatever you want promoted) across deviantART.

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There are tons of ways to get yourself known here; use them to your advantage and you'll be on your way to success!

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Other articles on getting yourself noticed here! :happybounce:

Get your Art some Attention on deviantARTFive basic tips to get your Art some Attention, Appreciation & Audience on deviantART
Here's some tips that may not get you a consistent spot on the front page right away, but that will definitely help getting some watchers and friends, whether you already have some, or not.
First, let me make clear that this is only about 'good' attention – if you just want, say, a certain pageview count, there are probably better ways. ;P This article is for those who would like some people to take them serious as an artist and to actively watch them.:nod:
Also note that you needn't follow all of the tips below, but it's recommendable to follow at least 3 of them. Just one or two will not usually get you very far.
So here we go! :iconeagerpee:
Submit art regularly.
Try to find a balance between quality and quantity. Personally I think it's best to submit one or a couple of dev
How To Get Noticed On deviantART V1.5How To Get Noticed On deviantART V1.5
The tips that really work...
:hug: Thank you for all the help:
seapuppy
Wanna read V1.0? Click here.
:work: So, you want to get noticed on deviantART? Then this is the right place to be! V1.5 includes the basic factors of getting noticed and getting popular, in slightly more depth and with more elements than in V1.0. So, get out your note pad and pen, you'll need to take notes...
Self Promotion
Idea from seapuppy
Self promotion? Some of you may be thinking I'm crazy, that that's just being shallow...but the truth is, if you go about it the right way, self promotion can boost the amount of notice you receive without harming any one.
For example, someone gives you a favourite; go and thank them! You don't have to go all out, with a page long comment; a short and sweet comment on their profile page (perhaps add
Getting Noticed aka becoming *Popular*How do you get ahead on deviantART?
I am actually asked this question a lot. And in reality, many artists with lots of watchers are asked this question fairly frequently by both old and new deviantART members. There are actually several different ways to get attention on deviantART, but not all those ways are good and most work best when combined together. Let's look at them all individually and then discuss "best practices."
But what is "popular?"
Is being popular just a status symbol for you to make you happy? Is it an arbitrary number assigned to an inanimate object like a pageview? It is a silly symbol by your username that means virtually NOTHING to the majority of the deviantART community (and is meaningless to the rest of the internet)? There are artists out there who are called "popular" but who don't think they are popular. And there are artists out there who many wouldn't classify as "popular" but think they are the most popular thing since unde

Thanks for reading! If you like, please add to your favorites. :dummy:



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:iconrivalkyrie:
Rivalkyrie Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for posting this! It helps a lot!
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:icondeogal:
Deogal Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Hobbyist Artist
Ok then
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:iconmshellee:
mshellee Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helps a lot and thanks you for sharing ;)
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CrazyyFox Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love this. I've been trying to get more popular on this site for quite some time now and sometimes its quite hard! Thanks for writing this :)
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dreadfuldark Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Much of this is just a bunch of fantasy.
What may work for one person, may not for another one.
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iDJPanda Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Student General Artist
But it isn't. If you do this stuff, you should be almost guaranteed to get noticed by people. Some may be noticed faster than others but you will.
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dreadfuldark Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe, maybe not. Anyhow, I congratulate you for doing a good effort trying to keep up the community spirit. It is something to appreciate. :)
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ParanoiacMercenary Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Some of these are pretty obvious tips, but reminding about them can really help, because people tend to forget. Thank you for your help.
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Dim-Witch Featured By Owner Edited Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Make sure when you write about yourself you don't give out personal information."

Hm. I am aware of the creeps on DeviantArt ad the internet in general. I always kept my personal information private up until last year. I'm not telling much about myself, just a similar first name to my own, the country I line in (nothing more) and my age. Would you say that's appropriate? People are uploading pictures of themselves as well. I took a quick selfie, but then took it down not 5 minutes after uploading, and immediately after thinking "Wait. What if people recognize me or do something bad to this picture?"

Sorry. I had a point to this and I lost it. Anyway, this guide was very helpful, thank you!
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iDJPanda Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Yeah! I would think that's alright. :3 About the selfie thing, I wouldn't worry to much about it. I posted a selfie and nothing happened xD
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Dim-Witch Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Alrighty, cool. Thanks. :)
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015   General Artist
Nice guide.
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GoTrin10 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
This helps me, thank you!! :happybounce: I have 7 watchers! :meow:
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panjaketaz Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Wow i hope this helps me i only have 4 watchers and i have been on for 2 months yet my bff was on for 2 months and has like 20 watchers!!! i dont get it we do almost the exact same art!!!
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kelly00000 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the information, the main problem I have with Deviantart is when someone is viewing your work other popular deviants images also appear on the side which makes the person looking at your work click on theirs instead of some more of yours.
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EmmaFejervary Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  New member
thanks for the information, I've been having trouble getting noticed. I'll try out these tips to the full extent that I can. Also I read the no advertising thing and I totally agree with that. It really is disrespectful and it's not a good way to get noticed because people will think person is annoying their time with the advertisement.

Again thanks for the tips!

Tight Hug 
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gabdoesdesign Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  New member Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for all the helpful information! I used to have an older account on DA and while I had been updating pretty regularly with some finished pieces, I was not coming in with many views or favorites. Hopefully being part of more groups will help!
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D-Lappa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great post! Thanks for taking the time to write down these awesome tips. 
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darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this would help me. I like to think my artwork is okay at the least for someone who has only been drawing in general for just about 1 year. But not many people seem to view my page... I don't rush pictures, they take me a couple weeks but its my best. So thank you for the tips. 
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CaptainMetal Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"Keep your page a reasonable. Meaning having a flashy page is nice but don't make it TOO flashy. Some people can't handle that stuff on their computers (like me. >.>) and will ultimately drive people away!"

This. Omg.
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Misaki-Somervell Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015   Digital Artist
This is useful when I only submit art to get noticed on DeviantArt, but I am going to try my best!
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Wolflover1086 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the llama and obviously submitting art does the job. 
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KarolinavanLeest Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting this! This helps me allot! I just created my account yesterday I am a dummy! 
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GaFreitasArt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you! I created my account about a month ago and this will certainly help me out.
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caneeda Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Thank you. This helped me and I bet that will help others!
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Kuruumi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for posting this helpful journal! (^∇^) Time to put my lazy self aside~
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MorningGloryV Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! I'm (sort of) new here. I don't expect to be famous on here or anything, but I'm hoping that I get more than three Watchers! XD Thank you for posting this. It's helped tremendously!
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AmrLAttar Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I am new here on Deviant and that helped so much , thank you , hope you write more new things all the time .
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:iconkeeraartt:
keeraartt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm new and I don't know how I can know if I have watchers, someone could help me? Thanks :D
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mykehljake Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best journal I have ever read ^^
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Aiizumi29 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
thx for the advice, now gonna do it! :happybounce: 
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h06zaman Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2015
Thanks for the advice. Really helpful for me.
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LoxiasPhoebus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Hey, thanks for your advice! :+fav:
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SalmaChitose Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you so much :D this's really helpfull!!
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BlackOutDotEXE Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these are very helpful tips and i thank you for them ,but i noticed that most of my watchers dont even fav or comment on my work,i wonder why did they watch me in the first place :(.anyways thanks for the advices again ^^
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mimionthemoon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe they're shy or not sure what to say? I used to watch some artists here but never commented on their work. Now I'm definitely going to change it hehe
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BlackOutDotEXE Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you might be right....
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CarrotKichi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great advice! Thank you! :)
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ArtBazi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Thanks a lot)
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nerdwiththeglasses Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This was very helpful!
Thank you!
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3RIKLEES55 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you 
this was very helpful :)
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Lokimi13 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot, these are really useful and elaborate advice! 
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Doctor-Circus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student
thank you
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38250968 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is a great help specially to those who are still new here! Thank you for this :) it helps a lot~
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MetalicJade Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you for posting this, I don't ant to seem like a noob, but can someone help me? I've been on dA for 3 years and NEVER joined a group, mostly because I was too nervous. The problem now is that I don't know what groups to join or how to find them or if they'll even like my work... > < Can someone help me out? ;n;
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iDJPanda Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student General Artist
You can find all groups under Groups or groups.deviantart.com (It's really the same thing xD) There are literally tons of groups you could join. There are some that accept all kinds of art regardless of skill, some that will only accept certain types of art (like photography, or traditional art) and some that will actually do a quality check of your work before accepting them into the group. A lot of the groups will tell you what their policies are in the rules. Make sure you always read them even before joining because some groups even accept certain types of people into their groups. Don't feel too nervous about it, using a group is a great way to market yourself and get your artwork out there. The only thing that you may encounter overwhelming is the amount of messages you may get from the group. It's basically like watching any other person but instead this group accounts for every member that posts to the group and it goes to your inbox. Some groups have thousands of messages a day, you can easily unwatch the messages if they are too much and you'll still be able to submit your art to the group.  

There is literally a group for everything. xD If you can't find one, you can make one! And people with the same interests may join. :'D

I have a group Art-Zone you could join if you want to get familar. If you need any help, just drop me a note or something. :')
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MetalicJade Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the advice! Looking at all the rules was a bit overwhelming at first, but I think I'll manage! :D I might take you up on your offer, is it okay to re-upload recent devinations though? Thanks again for the help! :happybounce: 
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iDJPanda Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student General Artist
What do you mean? Like posting a deviation to deviantART again or resubmitting it to a group?

No problem!
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MetalicJade Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah, never mind I figured it out. Lol I just didn't know how to submit art to a group but I do now. Thank you for your help !
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A3FXIBlackDiamond Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Understood! :nod:
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