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TIPS: How to get more watchers/views on art

Journal Entry: Mon May 20, 2013, 1:55 AM
Disclaimer: These tips may not work for EVERYBODY, so I apologize if you have tried them and did not see results. These are merely suggestions on how to get views/watchers and the results you may get varies on a number of factors such as how often you post, how active you are etc... so I DO NOT GUARANTEE perfect results.

I have written this a long time ago and I will go to edit this in the future to work better with a more general deviantart audience as my original target audience was intended to be anime/manga artists. 

Yooo... 12k+ Views? I never expected a lot of people to read this crappy "guide" XD

I am currently semi-active on dA so I apologize if I am not able to respond to your questions at the moment


Also, some parts of this guide is mostly for visual artists that do drawings
I have no experience in photography/other types of art so I apologize ^  ^;

This is not meant to be instructional, these are just some handy tips you can try out

Please do not copy/redistribute this guide, i worked really hard on it!


Before we begin
Remember that the number of watchers you have is just a number. It does not fully represent how well you draw/how many people like you. A common misconception is that someone with more watchers draws better than someone with less watchers and this is not true. In fact, I have seen people who only upload screenshots have one or two thousand watchers and someone with very professional-looking art having less than one hundred. In my opinion, the number of watchers really just determines how much exposure you had in the dA community, particularly to those who have the same style/interests as you (e.g anime/manga, realism etc...).

Also remember that if you don't have many watchers, you are not inferior to those who have more watchers. They started out the same way you did and eventually worked their way up and so can you! We're all humans, we are all unique, but no one is really 'better' than others. Someone with 5 or 6 thousand watchers still have to eat, sleep, and poop just like everyone else including people who have less watchers. D< sorry the poop part was gross 8D

Okay lets begin XD

1. Submit your art to 937483687 groups XD
Well maybe not THAT much but do submit to a lot! It sounds lame but this is exactly how i went from 32 watchers to 1000+ watchers in 6 months. Submitting your art to groups will get you more views and favorites on your artwork and people who regularly check out the groups that they watch are usually very supportive and can leave nice comments >U< I was a little shy at first to submit to groups (and it's totally normal to be), but now I am SO glad that I did. But remember to submit to the group that best suits the theme or subject of your work. Also remember to read the rules in each group carefully and submit to the right folders (as a group admin, let me tell you now that we get very sad when we see something submitted to the wrong folder XD) 

2. Favorite the works of/watch other artists
You might think that other artists wouldn't notice/care when you do that, but we really do and we appreciate every watcher. This is just me, but I always check out my watchers' profiles and fav someone their work if I like it. From my own observations, a LOT of artists nowadays watch back quite a bit of their watchers and it's a good way to get noticed by the artist themselves. Also, try to make friends with other artists too. You might even learn from each other and share tips. 

3. Organize your gallery!
Imagine you are at school, and your term mark is solely dependent on how well organized and presentable your gallery looks (I said IMAGINE D<). Don't put all our works in your featured folder; create subfolders too. I highly recommend that sketches, WIPs, and doodles be put in a subfolder or your scraps and only leave your best works in featured. This is because when someone clicks on your gallery, the first folder they will see is your featured folder and if they see a bunch of sloppy or incomplete works they might not want to see more D:

4.Have a neat profile and an eye-catching icon!
The most obvious reason to have a nice profile is simply due to the fact that it's the first thing people will see when they check out your page! You can use cute bullets or dividers (if you're into that sort of thing XD) and custom boxes if you have premium. If you do, choose a background that goes well with the theme of the stuff you draw or your own interests. Remember to credit if you use someone else's custom box background. It also helps to put someone your artwork on your profile page (it's kind of like advertising what will be in your gallery if you say that it's your art!). Your ICON is also very important because the more attractive it is, the more people will want to click on it and if they do... congrats, you just gained a pageview and possibly some views on your art or even a watch! c; In my opinion, the most popular type of icon right now are animated pixel icons... which are very easy to get your hands on or make, and can be fairly cheap XD Remember, the trick to getting noticed is to PROMOTE yourself as best as you can!

5. Be original and have fun
Draw what you like. Draw the way you do. Don't try to copy or mimic other artists. There's nothing wrong with being inspired by them, but if you draw everything they draw, make your profile exactly like theirs etc etc, people might get bored of the exact same stuff that they see. Don't be afraid to try a new style. If it inspires you to draw, go for it! Also, don't use bases or trace other people's artwork. Draw everything by yourself, and be proud of it! Draw what you want to draw, and have fun with it.

This one is optional:
6. Make an OC/a symbol that represents yourself.
Finally, an OC is an original character that you can use to represent you or your page. Having an unique OC or symbol not only represents yourself, but is unique and belongs to you. Almost every popular artist has a mascot/symbol/special "thing" that represents their page. It's kind of like when someone sees art of your oc, they will think "Oh, this character belongs to <insert name>" which also boosts your popularity

p.s. you're not going to get a bunch of watchers/views overnight, you really have to commit to it and remember that it can take some time

Welp... i hope this was useful... it took me >an hour to write XD

Thankyou for reading, and good luck! :iconyuihugplz:

Edit: Some people have been adding their own tips and tricks in the comments. You can look in the comment section for other ideas and feel free to comment with your own! Thank you everyone! <3

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LauraSwan Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for this guide, I'll try to follow your tips ;)
Dakimomoe Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been here for a year and my statistics are, lolish. Well, I only leave arts here in DA and leave just like that. I don't really get to favorite often nor talk to people (I can even count how many I've talked to with my fingers rofl), so I guess that's why. I'm shy with all that self promoting though, hahaa.

Although it's been a year since I got here, frankly I'm still lost on what to do on such large communities such as this, damn.
AtLA - Sokka Facepalm 
TheArtWorldOfKimm Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm new here and I have a hard time finding my place in this community. Please, someone... talk to me!
Kuruumi Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for taking your time to write all this! It was helpful! ♡
gothrockangel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another Tip: Keep things consistent! Try to submit something regularly. I have a terrible time with this, so I'm being a hypocrite. xD But do your best to be as consistent as possible to give your viewers something new to look at every time. :)
darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I legit like paused reading this and joined 7 more groups and got some favorites which is nice, but nobody comments, and it takes e a couple weeks to aa month to draw something really really well like 2 weeks, so my gallery isnt consistent but i dont like to rush things xD this did help a bit
Kiyontioftheleaf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Two months of trying and the only watcher is my other account. D:
Ahrarara Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Needed thanks
GhostNoodleZ Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
Goldenknight619 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thumbs up, you text is not crappy at all... it can help someone whit inferiority complex or low self esteem a lot. The important is to be happy of what you're doing, even if only one person is watching or favorite your works.
thekoopalings116 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D I will try out these tips!
Ihaveseenstuff Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Merci for the tip, my dearie [Calling you dearie although you are probably older than me, hue, screw logic].
EnvyTalks Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips!
TriCode Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I haven't been too long on deviantart, but I'm already worried as sick about how in the world I should work in here XD Thank you so much for this post, it really helped me! Heart Love Heart Love Heart Love Heart Love Heart Love 
nickperriny7mai Featured By Owner Edited Oct 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist… if anyone would fav this i'd be so honoured! thanks for the tips :)
Saltedfood Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Another tip is to put nice comments on other artists pages!, Like "you can do it!" or "never give up on your dreams"
And they might go to your page and watch you!
battleknight245 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MY profile pic is very EYE-catching.
YesImAPegasister Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student General Artist

i was reading the comments and saw this... GOOD ONE :rofl:
battleknight245 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bomb-Kat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow thanks for the tips! :D
Inarmsofamity Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh I've done all this and honestly I still don't even get even views, let alone favs. Even when I'm really active and I'm on here every day it seems nobody wants to give me the time of day. I know my art isn't amazing but 4-10 views on average is kinda pathetic and really discouraging since when I post the same stuff to tumblr, I get at least a couple of likes or even watchers with everything new I post.
Maybe there's some sort of secret like people are selling their souls to the devil
Johnny12575 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Same here, having 11 views for nearly a month. Well, I guess it's all about luck
Inarmsofamity Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep and who sees your work on the front page for the .0000005 seconds it's there
lolismoke Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing this!  I organized my featured gallery by creating more folders and moving the lower quality art to those folders and removing them from the featured galley.  I still gotta create my OC which hasn't been thought of yet and I'm excited! :D
TetsuyoYamada Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the tips *3*
It can be really depressing if you post a drawing, you're proud of and almost no one likes it :/
I'll try your advices thanks again Usagi and Ami Glomp Icon 
SugarSugar332 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yea, same here
XxcyberalienxX Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for this tips! :D
art-of-a-spirit Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have the feeling that i should help new deviants!
i'm going to be kind and talk to them alot nvn

i am not a social person but i still want to make new friends! I don't care if the artist started Drawing yesterday or something like that because everyone has to start somewhere! And friendship can help alot when it comes to support the new ones!
321die Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I seem to run into a problem where I'll get a watcher who will comment on one thing, and then I'll never hear from them again. It's really depressing. And to the people who keep saying "give lots of llamas," don't do that. It starts to get annoying when people send llamas and don't bother to comment. It gives the impression that the person doesn't really care about the receiver's profile or their art.
ShoukKirishimao Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I clicked on this less because I was concerned about watchers but more because i saw the title and I'd seen people with less than average in my opinion art who had tons of watchers and I assumed it was because they were premium members and for a while I've been determined to go premium but now I see its not necessary. So thanks for clearing that one up for me.
JoBarghest Featured By Owner Edited Jul 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for writing this! It's really useful (this art community can feel a bit hard to get into so advice like this is much appreciated :) I always want to engage more with other artists and get encouraging reciprocal comments going so I hope this will help!
whiskdow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Writer
Great tips!Thank you!:D
VedaShine10 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
VERY HELPFULL AND GOOD. :D Just pressing the "watch" button I have seen your other deviantions also.They are perfect :D
aspiratus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bravo! :iconclapplz: A lot of the time I read journals like this solely for the purpose of finding undiscovered artists who want/deserve more attention than they get. 
Weirda208 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thoughts here I found the same, just the same with mine :nod:

short, but informative and helpful guide ^^
I am glad you pointed the matter of the number of watcher and the quality of someone's profile- it IS so true and I see many people here who haven't got large number are down thinking it's because they're worse.....I saw it many times :(
clockworkumbreon Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much!

I hope this helps ^.^
yywamm Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You know,I realize that this site seems more like a social network rather than a place to show artworks:). We are here to make friends,if we are so serious about how many people like our artworks,we are in the wrong place;).The site don't have a healthy ecosystem,there are only people who want to get noticed,while very few people is here to watch others' works.with so many people to show while only few people to watch,even though we get views,favs,watchers or comments everyday,like your 2nd tip said,they are probably from another artist who really want to get noticed,too.There are only artists,no art connoisseur or hobbyist art lover here to see others' works.So it's all about making friends with other artists and communicating with them,really no need to be so serious about those numbers.Anyway,thank you for your tips which are surely useful.Maybe more watchers doesn't mean our works are better,but it does mean that we have more friends on this site.:)
nintendo1889m Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
I feel that most of the lack of views is my fault. I do nothing but submit artwork but hardly comment on anything, sad really. Not entirely sure why. 
yywamm Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lack of views doesn't mean that your artworks are not good enough,only because you don't have so many friends on this site.In my opinion,it's exactly like how we make friends in our daily life,we have to keep interacting with other artists,fav watch or chat with them by commenting.They will consider you as a friend and watch you or comment on your works in return.That's how this site works.
nintendo1889m Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Man if I had done only started doing this earlier, I feel silly for having been as inactive on here as I had :(
yywamm Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When I visited this site for the first time,I thought as well that it was a place to show artworks,and if mine were good,then everyone would come to comment on or fav them.Then I realize that this site is just like Facebook or Twitter,the only difference is that what we post are artworks.WATCHER on deviantArt=FOLLOWER on Facebook.How many watchers you have has nothing to do with the quality of your arts.So no need to be so upset.This site really doesn't have an ecosystem healthy enough to be considered as an art expo website,just a social network.So don't be so serious,just have fun making more friends:)
nintendo1889m Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Cool, cool makes more sense, glad I made the decision to do this yesterday! :)
ipanaju Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Great tips! : ) thanks a lot! 
Jefsel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the tips!! :D
OnigirixPlushie Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the tips! <33
My goal is to have at least 100 watchers by the end of summer break. I'm almost to 70, so I'm pumped to see if these tips will help C:
Rizanschka Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thank you very much for the guide!
fuwafuwamarshmellow Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot^^ These seem really helpful_(:3 」∠)_
Rifi-Kun Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I actually want more attention and friends xD
I will try :3
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