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Some tips to get more watchers on dA x3

Journal Entry: Fri May 9, 2014, 5:13 PM
First of all, the amount of watchers is only a number. It doesn't necessary say how good your skills are. It's more how many people are interested in your art and how much it's seen in the community, in my opinion. Never forget it!^^

Yes, it indeed is hard to get noticed on dA. There are so many amazing artists and if you're new here, it's a big challenge! However, there are some tips to get seen by more people! :D
Most of the tips are based on own experiences and what I observed. People have different experiences, so there is no real instruction! xD

Here are my personal tips:

:bulletred: Be active! It means, comment, fave and watch other people's art. Many of them will visit your profile to thank you and hey, maybe they like your art! :)
Commenting on many deviations also means that people will see your name and are likely to remember it!

:bulletred: Get an interesting avatar! Cause if your avatar looks interesting, people are more likely to click on it! Choose an avatar which represents you the best, like a cropped part of your best artwork! I heard that animated pixel icons are quite popular at the moment! :D
Only use own icons or the ones you are allowed to use!

:bulletred: Nicknames are important too! Choose your one wisely! Don't take a too complicated one or else people can't remember it easily. With a premium membership you can change your name but don't overdo it or people will be confused who you are.

:bulletred: Submit art. But find a good balance between quality and quantity. Sure, it's good to update your gallery regulary but too many submissions will annoy and spam your watchers. If you want to submit sketches, better put them into Scraps. I personally think once a week or every 2 weeks a new deviation is fine. A good piece of art takes a lot of time! :)

:bulletred: If you submit more deviations at the same time, make sure the best one is submitted last. Your watchers see deviations coming from the same artists in a stack, the newest on the top. But I think it's better to submit one deviation at once.

:bulletred: Mind the quality of your deviations. I mean, you should present your art the best. Use a scanner instead of taking (low quality) photos. And if you don't have a scanner, use a good light to take a photo. Crop your picture, so there are no disturbing edges.
Don't use lined paper and turn your drawing to the right side.

:bulletred: Make sure your deviation looks interesting in the thumb preview, so people tend to click on it. Mind composition and colors!

:bulletred: Only put the best art into the "Feature Folder" of your gallery. When users click on your gallery, this is the part of it they see first. Don't let it be full of sketches and unfinished pictures.

:bulletred: Costumize your profile! Of course it would be the best if you have a premium membership but you don't need it. Put the best drawing of yours onto the top of your page, so visitors see it immediately!^^

:bulletred: Put your drawings into many groups, so your drawings will be seen more!

:bulletred: Draw Fanarts, especially those ones which are popular at the moment! Combined with putting them into the right fandom groups, you will be noticed more easily! :D

:bulletred: Use the dA thumbshare forum! People ask you there to promote yourself shameless! ;)

:bulletred: Suggest Daily Deviations! You not only help other artists to get noticed but also make adverstise for yourself since your name will be listed there! However, don't see it as a pure advertisement! The main thing here is to help other artists who will thank you for sure! :D
Here's a great guide how to suggest Daily Deviations:
fav.me/d1wo1b4

:bulletred: Be creative and original! Draw subjects which are not common, so you will be interesting! People will be inspired by you and are more likely to watch you!^^

:bulletred: Have an OC who represents you! Let him or her be drawn by many other artists like art trades or commissions (but don't ask for requests unless the artist offers it). The more unique your OC looks, the more people will remember him or her and associate your OC with you! :D

:bulletred: And here's my secret tip: Give llamas! xD
Yeah, I think many of you found me that way! xD
I like giving random llamas in the hope, people will return them. And it's optional if they like my art too! :D

Don't think too much about being popular! Just have fun! :D
I just shared these tips to motivate and help artists, who feel unseen.
Thanks for reading and good luck!^^
If you have your own tips, feel free to share them! :la:


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Lala-Dello Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
woah i have to consider all this!
i think most of my watchers like my art cuz my fanarts, they get more views than my other drawings and certainly more comments. I usually dont have the time to comment on much peoples art than very close people i watch ^^; i dont like faving if i dont like something a lot either so idk how much im promoting myself .-.
i need to consider what i post, lately i put some doodles and thats probably making my watchers annoyed... but making actual good art takes time i dont really have :(
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
but the most important thing is doing what you like!^^
don't be too much into popularity! :)
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DarkPlatina Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student Writer
Wow! This is a pretty comprehensive guide, I need to take some notes X3

But what I have personally found is that finding a niche, or a small, under-catered portion of a fanbase, is pretty good for getting noticed, too. Right now, my main focus is on a particular fan group. Said fan group ha slots of awesome art, but little literature, which I happen to excel at. A few regular updates, throwing myself out into the world, and months later I have +7 watchers and +600 to +800 pageviews (bringing my total up to 1,000), which is a major step up from before :D

(Sorry if you've heard this before... >.<; )
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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PortalPapers Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I really needed that, But when I draw things that are ORIGINAL I never seem to be noticed, Most mlp, homestuck, And more things get noticed. Yes I'm into homestuck but I don't draw anatomy very often. So how do I get noticed if my art isn't based on fandom? 
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're a newbie, so please be patient! :)
watchers don't come overnight.

and of course fanarts are easier to be found, thanks to keywords/hashtags and groups.
and if you want your original art to be seen, you have to be really original. have OCs, create their world and make people curious! x3
and have good ideas and concepts, so people get inspired.
that's what i have observed.
practice a lot! :)
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slegde Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What I found is if you draw mlp a lot of people watch you just because your a brony or watevar it's called but that's just me and no I do not like mlp and will never like it so don't get fussy with pls

that's a side point anyways, you have some great points and tips and I think it will help a lot with the new deviants.
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i do see your point and in general, popular fandoms get a lot of attention!
however, it's still better to draw whatever you like! :)
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slegde Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ik but holy!
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Amacatmeuou Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Thanks for the tips,that's really cool to share with other people like that,cause its really helping  :D
That's exactly what i needed :hug: :3!
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome! :hug:
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Amacatmeuou Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
it's really nice to see that there are people like you who help the others :D ! (sorry if i make mistakes i'm french and my english isn't perfect ^w^")
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem! :)
giving one's experience to others is always good! :D
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Amacatmeuou Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
i agree! I'd do the same if i had experience :D!..but i don't have any XD
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majikku2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for all the Tips *--*
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome!^^
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majikku2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe~♥
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Ghostrick-Sellica Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People keep saying draw fan art......fine! I'll do it because I'm a decent artist n stuff...right? Lmao
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
there's nothing wrong about drawing fanarts! :)
i do it because i want to show my love for my favorite manga/anime/games! :D
but i wouldn't draw something i dislike just because it's popular.
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Ghostrick-Sellica Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes! I think I'll draw a bunch of fanaticof Naruto and my characters. It will be awsome too. 
oh and thanks for the visit love ; 3Hug Hug :happybounce: :happybounce: I am a dummy! I am a dummy! 
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Popokino Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These are really helpful tips XD Thank you for them~

Tbh I've been doing almost everything on this list for the past 5 years XD

>> Still working on it... ^^; Sadly more than half of my watchers are inactive anymore *sighs* So I don't feel like I'm on that level yet... Lol XD but hey, the biggest thing is to not give up~ CONFIDENCE AND DETERMINATION YEAH XD

It's hard to try to be active here on DA especially when I have dial-up still ^^; Every page literally takes 30 minutes to open... Another thing to have is patience XD

Again thank you for these tips XD
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome! x3

it's normal, that most of the watchers are inactive...
oh, that's not good, having slow internet connection...

yes, patience is very important! x3
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Popokino Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
True, but the watchers that are active XD I truly treasure lol~
And yeah... ^^; Dial-up be a paaaiiiin...

Yesh~ XD *highfives*
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Val-Krayon Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Useful, and somewhat motivational, I like it xD
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
motivational, that's what i intended! :D
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Val-Krayon Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Well good job in this case, it's wonderful ^^
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Tierrin Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Those are some good tips! Llamas are definitely the way to go, I love Llamas Llama Emoji-05 (Flower Sparkles) [V1] 
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D :D
yay for llamas! :D
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deathzerobbb Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha nice :D...but one thing WHYS IT GOTTA BE A WATER TYPE JOURNAL!!!???? ARE YOU A RACIST TO FIRE TYPE JOURNALS!!!???...haha im kidding 
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm just an oshawott fan! xD
but shh, i mostly choose the fire starters like in the first 4 generations! xD
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deathzerobbb Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...WAIT TILL I TELL OSHAWOT!!! ....oppisites hate eachother.... i also chose oshawott in white1 and in black2 i chose tepig :3 my team is like avg. Lv.80 haha....
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
in black and black2 i chose oshawott! x3
i even have a big oshawott plushie on my bed! xD
in X i chose froakie and charmander.
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deathzerobbb Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whyd you choose him twice!!?? KNOW YOU CAN NEVER GET TEPIG OR ...SERVINE? ....THAT LEAF ONE!!! *TEAR!!* unless you trade...and you know what sucks know im going to have 2 zekroms!!!!! WHY WOULD THEY CHANGE IT!!?? ( the black and white legend... bl1 has resh. Bl2 has zek. ) i havent played x or y yet... *sob* and a plushie...a plushie is like a small stuffed animal/thing right?
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
because i love him so much!^^
i already have the too other starters traded.

yeah, i was surprised i have zekrem in black2!!
yes, that's a plushi!^^
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Katsuyne-Kazunami Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
nice tips! My friend (who wont say it herself) finds this very helpful too. Thanks! :3
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awww, i'm really glad!^^
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, people shouldn't give a shit about the watchers number. They should care about how many ACTIVE watchers they have. It's no worth your effort if you have hundreds of void, inexistant watchers. It's even sad when you've got inexistant watchers.

I've got more than 500 watchers but, how many of them are active? Less than 10, I'm sure. And it really sucks. (I appreciate the active ones tho. They're good people)

PS: This kind of guide is not even new, but this is irrelevant at the moment.
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you are absolutely right!
but in reality, most of your watchers are inactive: busy, abadonned accounts,...
and in reality, people watch several hundreds of artists. they only look at those deviations they find attractive.

i'm very happy about every single active watcher. i always see the same names who comment and favorite!^^

yes, there are 545764814 journals like this. but it's interesting to see people's different views! x3
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(I would approve it if DA deleted accounts that are inactive for 5 years :P)
That isn't really an excuse when you've got the message center...

The good thing about this is that I know who has been a real fan of mine since the beginning... so nobody claims they've been fans of mine early when I become famous :iconplanningplz:

Not pretty much when almost everybody's views are the same? :hmm:
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i would approve an automatical deletion too! however, dA won't do it... like "they always could return..."

yeah, that's true! :)
i still remember those watchers who've been following me since i joned dA!

yeah, most of them are similar. but i think it's interesting for my follower how i reached what i got!^^
i'm no idol, but i want to help!
actually, this journal has been written for my watchers! :)
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
5 years is enough time to know if somebody's not going to return :XD:

In my case I just remember the active ones. I forgot about the first, inactive ones. :P

I already guessed that.
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha, same here! xD
because they are/were active, i remember them!
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Chivi-chivik Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're the ones worth working for :)
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes! :D
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Bailey-Kat Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's some extra tips!

Your username-
:bulletblue:Try not to have numbers in your name, or put x's and o's like this. -->oOUsernameOo or xXUsernameXx

Also, try to keep it somewhat simple! Around or less than 10 letters.is good.

Mostly so people can remember your username if they ever want to find your art again. ;w;
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, that's what i mean with choose your nickname wisely!^^
but the xx and oo are nice!
and choose an original name, not like animefan45455458816! xDD
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XxGior10xX Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Mhm , very good tips, I'll try to put this in work.
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Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yay!^^
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XxGior10xX Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
^^
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MiziLove Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you a lot! This tips are great :+fav:
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