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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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SukizukiIzuna Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
These tips were really helpful; thank you! :)
Quintaptor Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tips! They were very helpful!
Adaezenwa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the tips.
53mph Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
thanks so much for the tips!
ChamDraws Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips! I'm also new hehe, check my gallery if any of have time =w=b
GL-ZOON Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tip. I'm new to DA and just getting started...
arzika Featured By Owner Edited Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well welcome to dA! :D
GL-ZOON Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
TeaAndSarcasm Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
thanks for the tips <3
I love your journal skin!
Ellisue Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much!! :D The first thing I did was change my icon and I went from 15 pageviews a day to like 30 - 50.
HopscotchLeFluffLord Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank yooou!! It's already paying off! owo Making my page nice may be an issue though XD Can people without a premium membership have skins?
DasKabinet Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
Why only help yourself? We should make it an automatic thing to put young and new artists work's in groups. You can do a nice thing and maybe get a new friend? 
When you see something nice and notice it isn't appreciated as much, place them in a group. Even so, I keep forgetting to do this u.u 
Claw201 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the tips! :O
CaptainMockingjay42 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really want to make my own character avatar, kind of like a Sword Art Online thing. I think that's a neat idea! ;)  

and I do know that getting into a lot of groups helps your exposure, but what if you don't have the time to deal with all the messages/notifications?
The-Mysterio-Unknown Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're extremly right, welp but my arts are rarely getting noticed, special when they are animated well. :)
Wolfsaz Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whao, I truly need to post more in more groups (So far I only post in one group)
LynFamily Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you for the adviceMeow :3 
Krabyplankton Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Student Filmographer
Nice this advice is awesome 
TheGamingHeart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I needed this
WildgoosePhotography Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2015  Student Photographer
Thanks for the advice sweetie! Really looking forwards to trying some of these out <3 :la:
llstarryll Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much for the advice, but nothing seems to be really working for me *Free Icon/Emote* Pusheen (...I Wuv It!) 
AngryComet48 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Tanks for the advise!

Yojama Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist
This some good advice
Kxnekitori Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
GROUPSSSS I WILL NOW JOIN 8272992 GROUPS XD thanks so much for the guide helps slot of artists who want their work noticed~
Silvy-draws Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you should tag your art too................ I remember when I used to just add a description, add a category, and then just submit xD
ReikoYurei Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student
I'm also new to DA and don't understand how to get noticed 
anyway thanks for advice :dalove:
InfiniteShadowOtaku Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had recently joined DeviantArt and most of my watchers were people I knew from another site but, this is definitely wonderful advice! *Free Icon/Emote* Thank You Pusheen 
Tac19 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
thank you for the advice :3 CCCOOOOOOOLLLLLLLOOOORRRSSSS! 
CloudDDPA Featured By Owner Edited Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure this might help but I think I got a tip that might help.

Everyone style is different which gives it's own uniqueness and talent. Everyone's style is just one drop in the sea of artists.
cupcakegirlio Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Woah that was deep. :)
JuditG Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mkay, I think that I could give a shot for these... Thank you! ;3
COOKIEdotNET Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
This is very helpful! Thanks for the advice. I am still pretty new to DA so I am trying to get use to this large community. I haven't been very consistent with submitting artworks. I'll try my best to get noticed here. :iconsparkleeyeyuiplz:
JORDICORN Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
do i have an eye-catching icon? i need an opinion...
ChikuBurst Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I think you do, your icon is cute and bright! :D
Cartoonfanforever Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx on the tips they are very helpful 
MistressViri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I got featured on dA hub, i got over 60 followers in one day!
Pelusita-Fideos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
But sometimes they watch you and then unwatch you XDDD
MistressViri Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
True XD
animedudevid Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol I hit 17 watchers and then done..... I have had an account for over 5 years but only started posting work this last 2 months.
silicon-jayce Featured By Owner Edited Jun 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay I'm going to try my best, thanks for the advice! This was very helpful you're so kindEXO : Luhan Heart  also if anyone has the time, critiquing/checking out this artwork would be greatly appreciated: Perfectionist. In return I'll comment or fav something in your gallery ^_^ 
OhSynapse Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, thanks for the input. With enough hard work and effort I'm sure we can get somewhere!
Remlaplace Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advise.
SheepizoodlesDrawz Featured By Owner May 28, 2015
Thanks!!! I just joined a few weeks ago and I'm feeling really new to this!!!
pixieMoonTenika Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nice tips! Thanks.
xPrabha Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah! This is helpful.
im definitely going to try my hardest to get noticed on here!
Dinokitty128 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist
I just recently joined Deviant art and I find this very helpful, thanks!  :happybounce: 
Nib-pen Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
reading this makes me happy :3 thanks ^_^
Lara-Swan 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 
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