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TIPS: How to get more watchers/views on art

Journal Entry: Mon May 20, 2013, 1:55 AM
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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. 


EDIT:
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

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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!

WOOOOOOOT JOURNAL SKIN FOR THE OCCASION 

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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:iconcynicalashhole:
CynicalAshhole Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
hhh anyone have tips on making your oc's liked?
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Catspirite Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tips, I've been on Deviantart for 2 years and I have 0 watchers :C
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:iconj-hanshi:
j-hanshi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it normal for an artist to get 16 watchers in just a month? Just like me?
>.<
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:iconnickonthedraw:
nickonthedraw Featured By Owner Edited Aug 4, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds pretty normal. I think I get about 16 a week but that's only recently as I've stepped up the amount of artwork I create for DA.

I think an increase the frequency of art submissions both to your gallery and to relevant groups it will usually result in an increase in Watchers.
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j-hanshi Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohhh~ Thanks for the tip~ XD
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:iconnickonthedraw:
nickonthedraw Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
No problem, you're welcome :)
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Shiba-ChanXD Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Student Artist
I wish I could get that much watcher like you XD
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Risa3 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
I think I make decent art but I've been on DA for a week, I post in groups, forums, fav other people's work, watch people.
But I only got 7 watchers.
I'm confused because there are artists who get 100+ watchers in just a week.
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:icondemon-tato:
Demon-Tato Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Student General Artist
Yeah same!! I know other people as well who deserve so many more watchers, but they simply don't get them!
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:iconchinchongcha:
chinchongcha Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
I got 0 watchers in my first months here. Miuna Crying Icon 
Don't give up.
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FrauSakra Featured By Owner May 31, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the tips!!
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GabrielLoboDX Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Those are good hints :)
Thanks for the hints :)
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lapis-IazuIi Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
asdfghjk relatable
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:icongeneric-username666:
Generic-Username666 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Student General Artist
bk;noi;khNuiw;hfn wiuak bdwuiabd too relatable
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:iconlapis-iazuii:
lapis-IazuIi Featured By Owner Edited Jun 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its called a "keyboard smash" dude not a "my mom slammed my face on the keyboard". and you could've just replied to the original commenter instead of trying to make fun of me?
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:icongeneric-username666:
Generic-Username666 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Student General Artist
I wasn't trying to make fun of you "dude" But if you want to take offense from something as stupid as that alright.  
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MamaLuigi57623 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can try that.
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:icongabdoesdesign:
gabdoesdesign Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
This was so helpful, I like the mascot idea!
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Mark188 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
And the OC is going to be displayed in a special place like the profile picture etc., or is it going to be just like any other uploaded art and you may mention it is your OC?
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colourpastelpuppy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have done all of these for almost two years and yet..... i only have 38 watchers....
......nice....
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:icongabdoesdesign:
gabdoesdesign Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
LOL me tooooooo
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:iconchinchongcha:
chinchongcha Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Don't give up ^^
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chinchongcha Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
If you start to draw other than the pony ^^
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Sujiwa Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017   Digital Artist
This was great advice! :) Thanks for writing this. I didn't even consider sending stuff to groups before. 
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:iconsilentroce:
silentroce Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist
Reading this made me smile. Thank you so muchhhh~
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:iconabouttired:
AboutTired Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Student General Artist
ill try my best ;v; thx a lot for the advice buddy~
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:iconciroyka:
ciroyka Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you ^^
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:iconkaosugan:
kaosugan Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the info.
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JenniferLawrence8 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
thanks 
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MischiefComics Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016
Thanks for the guide! <3
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HeroineBrineMC000 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Student General Artist
:)
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:iconchinchongcha:
chinchongcha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconkatane-enomoto-chan:
Katane-Enomoto-chan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i really try hard to submit my art as much groups as possible but it just won't work that much ;w; guess i'll have to try harder
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:iconchinchongcha:
chinchongcha Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Submit art in group help in the long run. Comment is very help. Your art is so cute. Keep it up. Watch you
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:iconkatane-enomoto-chan:
Katane-Enomoto-chan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'll try my best thanks for the advice!!
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:iconchinchongcha:
chinchongcha Featured By Owner Edited Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
You can do it for sure. Good luck!!!
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:iconkatane-enomoto-chan:
Katane-Enomoto-chan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you >w<!!
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:iconjaenesez:
JaeneSez Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so look at what I have and say SOMETHING even if the work itself is undisciplined and presently sub-par.
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:iconjaenesez:
JaeneSez Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I... admire your attention to detail and... general...not at all irritating manner, of doing what you do.
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:iconchinchongcha:
chinchongcha Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Llama Emoji-07 (Hopeless or Scared) [V1] Llama Emoji-06 (Depress) [V1] 
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TheMidnightCurse Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Student General Artist
How is my icon, I'm planning to eventually redesign it, any suggestions? I'd love an opinion :D
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daFox11 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your current Icon? or have you changed it sense  this comment was posted?
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:iconthemidnightcurse:
TheMidnightCurse Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Current, still haven't thought of anything that really stands out :)
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daFox11 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I think it's cute! 
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:iconthemidnightcurse:
TheMidnightCurse Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Yeah? I keep it for a while longer then, thank you! :D
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:icondafox11:
daFox11 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If you know how to make a moving one, that might be a little more eye-catching, but I'm not sure how to make one of those move.
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