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Wed Dec 12, 2012, 9:14 AM


Getting noticed within dA


Everyday, millions of users from all over the world use deviantART, and  it is really hard for new users to get themselves noticed. Oh yes, it is HARD. It can actually be a really disappointing experience for some of us. But, if you show some patience and work for it, you may just be able to crack through that wall standing between you and exposure to the community. Remember, all it take is patience. Lots and lots of patience. Oh, and you also need to trust yourself. Just because you couldn't get a huge fan base in several weeks or months doesn't mean that you will never get them. But, there are some really important stuff you need to follow first before getting there.
dA is also a community, just like any other community in the world. The only difference is that dA is an online community and the others, well they are totally offline :nana:.  So, this means there will be some standards to be held in there, or else it won't function properly. You are going to have to stick to those standards if you want anything from the community.

1. Obey the RULES 

This is the most important thing that you need to keep in mind. You have to obey the rules set by the community leaders. Nobody is going to like someone who bend the rules. Normally, we call them criminals in the "offline community", and everyone hates them. So, stick to the rules. How hard can it be?

2. Respect Others

Remember, you are not the only one in the community. There are a lot of people here. Respect them. I think we all have heard something that goes like " Give respect to get respect ". Well, that is a true statement. You don't respect others, nobody is going to notice you. So,be friendly. Nobody likes grumpy people.

3. Support Others Artists

Everyone come here for the same reason. To get some audience and to learn from others. So, go to other deviant's pages. Watch them. Add the work you like to your favorites. Now, your question would be, how do I find members, because there is no way you can search for them in dA. Well, people, we have an equivalent for searching. There is "Random Deviant" and "Random Deviation" feature available on deviantART menu, which in turn would take you to the page of some random deviant or deviation that the system think you would like. Also, there is "Discovery beta".   This would show you some famous deviations and deviants. You can fav their work or watch them if you like.

4. Commenting and Critiquing

Also, comment on their work. Tell them how good their work is. After all, flattery does get you to some very promising positions. :devilish:
Now, when you comment or critique their work, don't be rude. That is like committing social suicide. :no: If their work is not up to your standards and you found some negative facts about them, lay it to them gently. You cannot say stuff like "Dude this really sucks" or "I cannot believe you did this, that bla bla...". Those kind of comments are huge buzz killers. Respect the fact that they worked really hard for the art piece. Tell them that they need to improve on this or that aspect. Tell them that if they tried hard enough, they will eventually get there. 

5. Update, Update, Update

Update your page often. Show off your work as much as you can. Submitting more deviations would mean there would be more stuff for people to see on your page. Nobody would want to look an empty page. 

6. Go Premium

Now this is something that only some people are able to do. Some may not have ways for paying for a premium membership. But, if you actually have the means and resources, please do try this. It is awesome. Would give you access to features that you never had before. Allow you to give your page a face lift. Literally! :jawdrop: Seriously, you can customize the whole page. New journal skins, add custom html boxes and the list goes on. Also allows you to request critiques, which would show the critics in the community that you want a critique for the piece.

7. Groups and  Chatrooms

There are a lot of Groups for all kind of artists in dA. Join these groups, and you can share your art there too. This gives you more exposure and also you can make friends along the way. You can recognize the well known groups by the number of watchers the group have. Joining and sharing in these groups would give a better advantage. Moreover, there are also chat rooms for dA members. You can join them and chat to other people about anything you want. Art, culture or just friend stuff. You all would be friends there. Gives you access to more deviants and also allow you to get to know them better. 

8. Participate

Everyday, competitions and giveaways are organized by different groups and also the dA staffs. Participate in these. Who knows, you may get lucky there and win, not just the prize of that competition. When someone wins a competition, there is about 99% chance that you would get featured in lots of journals, and a lot of people would be keeping their eyes on these competitions. So, you would get more fans from there too.

9. Journals and Polls

Journals are like blogs. You can update the work you are doing right now and work you finished. Keep the fans updated about your situation. Let them know if there are any new deviations coming soon. Or, if you prefer to be deviant about it, go ahead. Your way. Now lets talk about polls. You can ask people questions. Ask them what they want in the future and stuff like that. This is also a great way of getting and giving feedback. Remember, when you see someone else's poll and you like taking part in it, don't hesitate. Just go for it.

10. Gifting

Say it with a gift. There are tons of ways you can gift someone. Remember the premium membership we talked about just now? Well, that would make a great gift for deviants who do not have means of getting one. If you think that an artist need it or deserve it, go for it. Of course, you would need the points or you can pay up with a credit card. There is also Paypal. There are a lot more gifts in dA than just a membership. You want to let someone know that you like their work, or you want to thank them, this is one of the best ways. There is a gift available for people who do not have points. llama's. The cute little llama badges are going to make your day. They are cute, free, easy to give and they are awesome. And guess what? With more llama's your llama's looks are going to change. They vary from Super llama's to Albino's and Even Ninjas and Fancy llama's. So, start with the gifting. Who doesn't love receiving gifts?  Take a look at Santa. :O He's so lovable because, every time he comes, he comes baring a whole bunch of gifts for you :p 

11. Stop Complaining

Some people have a habit of writing journals and comments about not getting enough audience. People do not like to hear that. They don't come here to see that. Show some optimism. If you cannot get a huge fan base or if some one says something that offended you, do not talk back to them like that. That makes you even a bigger fool than them. Report anyone who offended you and let the dA staffs handle it. That's what they are here for. For supporting you.

These are some pointers for you people who are having trouble finding audience.Hope that I helped you out with this article. Of course, these are not the only ways of doing it. Everyone have their own little secret tucked under somewhere. So, use your resources and do your thing too. Be deviant. ;)

Hope you enjoyed the read :reading: :) Until next time then.


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:iconmakcake:
Makcake Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is extremely helpful! Thanks for all the tips :)
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kawaii-mlp-anime Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student General Artist
:) perhaps this will help me, I'm new
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Imperialmaiden Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great article! I love your advice. Its really helpful :)
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KiraNightley Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such an article is a kick in my butt! Stare

And I'm very grateful for that Worship A boost for my motivation^^
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah? Well, I am glad that I motivated you :)
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Audio-Vector Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013   Digital Artist
But what if I like complaining and getting mad at everything I see? You guys are no fun… xD ;-;
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FlightBotJetwing Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great advice :) 
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :) glad you found it helpful
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illuminatedflower Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for advice. :)
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :) Im glad you found it helpful
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Jinolu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Many like rulebreakers. Exspecially if they post pervy stuff. Usually those get loads of watchers really fast
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well that is a given, until they get kicked out because of too much rule breaking ;) Better safe than sorry eh??
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Jinolu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
...kinda
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Great article! :clap:
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :) Glad that you liked it
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LibertineM Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Digital Artist
I think I'll browse the galleries of everyone who commented so far. :)
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BrightenYourSmile Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's so cool! And so nice of you :)
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camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! The one other thing I would suggest on this is-- "let it go"! Sometimes even when you're doing this stuff, getting exposure is hard... but it can be helpful to let go of the idea of exposure and get back to the roots of why you do the art. Not just for your own self esteem, but when you grasp hold of your own intentions, it can bring some surprising insight and that tends to show. ;)
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SpiderLondon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is very helpful. Though I can't go premium unless I get enough points or someone gives it to me. But I think I'm fine. I like the amount I have now :)
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sharknob Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tips, thanks a lot :)
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob :) Glad that it helped you out.
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sharknob Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Riemea Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely written and very helpful! :clap:
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :) Glad that you found it interesting
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Riemea Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem^^
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guardianangel29 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Gonna follow this :boogie: thank you :hug:
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe. Glad to know that this help you :)
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Lacewinged-Beauty Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Writer
Off to see the deviants, the wonderful deviants of ... well ... here! :)
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, have a nice time :D And, thanks for viewing my article..!
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Lacewinged-Beauty Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   Writer
No problem at all!
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unicornomics Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012   General Artist
Here's another free gift idea,watcher/non features
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed they are :D Will not forget those if I write a new one :)
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LeafUsagi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! : )
this is very helpful !
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure. Happy to help.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
:nod: Nicely written :work:
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012   General Artist
:clap:
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iingo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...I FEEL VERRRYYYY GUILTY NOW.... CUZ...I WAS A FOOL WRITING HOW I FELT UNNOTICED...

But I now am just making the best of my life now and focusing on what's important
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries :D Happens to everyone once or twice :)
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YongL Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
:nod: good one!
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed lovely article, it explains quite well what the community is about :) :+fav:
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the lovely comment :) I am glad to know that you like my article.
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Ealaine Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Faved to spread the word ;)
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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deshrubber Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: Nice article!
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anxDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :) Glad that you like it
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