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Is it really worth it chasing after that meaningless "page view" count? Or is page views a synonym for popularity? Sure, we all want more watchers, but how much more? If you type the word "popular" in the DA search engine you will get a long stream of deviations bashing popular artworks and artists. I mean hey! It's easy to say "My art is 10 times better then that crap on the front page!", and it's okay to say that funnily enough, because art is subjective.  But what's not okay to say is "I deserve to be more popular then them it's unfair!" the reason why they are more popular than you is because they know the "method".

Everybody's method is different find yours

What is this "method?" you must be thinking. The method is essentially their own way to gain awareness, sounds silly doesn't it? Most of the biggest artists on DA never asked to be popular; it just came to them naturally. Yet regardless, subconsciously they knew which deviations to upload would make a big hit. Sure we all like to say "I don't care about popularity I just love art!" but not everybody is like that you see, as human beings we have the inner desire to want more. Be it a little, or a lot more popular we all crave for attention in some way or form. Every popular artist had their own "method" to getting where they are now.  Everybody's method is different, so I'm going to tell you the method I used.

Have a username that relates to you

The first and foremost thing you need before anything is a name, for those who already have a username well skip this part. Regardless your username represents who you are, it is our first impression. You should put a lot of thought into your name and it should relate to yourself in an interesting way. Names like "NaRuTo-FaN6969", are a failure of a name, don't overdo it with the numbers and capitals. The point is keeping it interesting; I chose "chioky" as my username because my full name is Chiok-Junn Li, it's short and easy to remember. I mean come on really, have you ever heard of a guy named Chiok? The problem is 90% of all people cannot spell it correctly. Also choose a good icon; the most popular ones are animated gifs or pictures of faces.

Find a goal and stick to it

The core of my method began with a goal, every artist should have a goal, and for most artists it is simply to keep improving their artwork. However my goal is very unique, it was "To Raise the awareness of sword making as an art form". If you haven't noticed by now I'm a sword maker and I love sword making very much. To actually raise the awareness of sword making; I have to raise the awareness of myself as an artist. When I first came to DA there were hardly any sword makers, so I decided to become the face of sword making. It sounds ridiculous, but nobody else was going to do the job, so I took it upon myself. With a goal in mind, I could always use it as my reason for becoming more popular, because being popular for the sake of popular is delusional.

Have a great opening piece of artwork

However I was just a guy with a dream, nobody knew I existed yet. The first step forward is to upload some deviations and my first ones was a group of swords I first made when I was 13. However since they were made of appalling quality nobody looked. It's important that at this point you need to give in and create art for the "masses". For most of us it was to create art from Anime's and Manga's, so I decided to make a sword from a highly popular anime, used by the main protagonist. Since it was the most widely known sword from the show, people who stopped by and looked would instantly recognise it. People who recognise where an artwork comes from, is a person who will always continually come back and visit. That is a basis of loyal watchers.

Have a personality for your identity

So what if I could make a cool sword? People still don't know who I am. You need to make a connection to your watchers, no matter how few they may be. To do this I decided to become quite the eccentric character seeing as how my goal was very unique. I became the "Gentleman Swordmaker" because I liked to act gentlemanly and I'm a sword maker. Some people's "character" would be their username which is also good. You might think it's stupid because you're not acting as yourself, but hey it's the internet and I like opening doors for girls in real life. Your personality is very important and the best types are cute, intelligent, witty and humorous. If your a genuinely funny person your gonna be popular.

Always, always talk to your watchers

This goes without saying but talk to your watchers constantly. Most popular artists never reply to comments because most of the times they receive hundreds daily and you can't possibly keep up with it. Trust me it takes a lot of time; don't always consider it rude when they don't reply to your comments. Most people reply to comments, but most people don't know how to reply effectively. In the beginning you have to get watchers anyway you can, so when a person comments on your deviation, keep them talking. If you keep talking to them they will come back, and make sure to write full length comments and not one word replies. Keep talking but don't appear desperate, you want to let them know you have an interest in their comment.

Create a collection of similar artworks

I have made 16 different swords all from the same anime. Should I have made swords from a whole range of series? Say I made 1 sword from 10 different series; it would be like 10 colourful balloons which would attract people. However at this early stage you should focus on making a collection from one series and making that one balloon into a huge hot air balloon where everybody can see you. The consequences of choosing this is your watchers might eventually get bored from seeing the same stuff from the same series. However if you chose a popular series, then it's guaranteed the majority won't go bored. And make sure to always, always include links to the other similar deviations, preferably thumbnails.

Go and make tutorials anyway you can

To make a tutorial it has to be clearly represented and clearly explained otherwise people cannot use it. However if you can make a tutorial it's a potential goldmine for watchers. Tutorials help people, and helping people gives you a good image. There are 3 ways tutorials can make you really popular, really fast. The 1st is if it's the only one of its kind, my sword making tutorials are the most popular, because they were the only ones for a long time. The 2nd is if they are the best tutorials in that art category, the best tutorials will always be the most used one. The 3rd way is if you make many, many tutorials, the more the better! You can even make tutorials for really obscure things, if even one person uses them then it's successful and they will pass on the word.

Monopolize the DA search Engine

The DA search engine works around the use of key words, and getting your deviation on that front page for that keyword is everything. You want your deviation primarily on the top most rows so when people see it BAM! it's right in front of them. There are only two ways to do this, the first is you made your deviation years ago and it has a permanent position there, and the second is to make a really fantastic deviation. Artists who have deviations on the front page on multiple key words are pretty much set for life. Want to test it out? Copy and paste these words into the DA search engine "swordmaking – zanpakuto – Tsuba" and also the names of the 16 swords I made from Bleach and they will all be on the front page.

Journals are as important as deviations

Journals are one of the biggest sources of page views. I'm not talking about journals which highlight some stuff you did in the day. Your journals should be doorways to discussions with your watchers. The aim is the communicate with people and communications is key to gaining more watchers. I post a news journal every Monday because I believe it's important to know what goes on in the outside world. I post Anime and Manga Reviews every Friday because I wanne help recommend people some series. This will not only help your watchers but your journals gain a huge amount of people outside of your main art category. They will come to read your journals but they stay for the art that you produce. Post journals that you know will get people talking.

3 Ways to make a "spike" Deviation that you can do

Spike deviations are pieces of art so amazing and ingenious that they will gain thousands of views in a day and be shown on the front of the "popular" page. You don't have to be an amazingly talented artist to make a spike deviation; you just have to be hard working and creative. First example is quantity, say I draw one cute cat, not much attention, and now say I draw 30 cute cats chasing after a rainbow, BAM! spike deviation. Do you remember I talked about making collections with similar artworks? Put the entire collection into one single collaboration and BAM! People will be blown away when they see everything together at once. Do something that nobody has ever done before, something so outrageous and awesome like a pirate bear captain on a sky ship BAM!

Things your doing that you think is making you more popular

I don't think getting a subscription is absolutely necessary, sure it helps if you have the money, you have more freedom to personalise your DA page which helps towards your identity. If you do have a subscription though make use of polls it's a great way to keep your watchers active in doing things. I have actually never used the DA chatrooms or forums so I can't specifically say you can gain attention from there. I used the DA adcast once (500 clicks), and it got me 120 extra watchers, absolutely do not get that. DA Groups have become so widespread; you won't really get much popularity from that, unless you make a fantastic deviation and send it to 100 different groups. Thanking for favs is humble and kind, but don't expect any attention from that.

In conclusion you have to work damn hard

Becoming popular isn't easy, but it is possible for everyone I believe if they try hard enough. The only quick route is if your one of the best artists on DA, my swords aren't the best, nowhere near. So I had to think up of new methods and in the end to become popular you need a combination of many methods. Heck this all might be for nothing, being popular is a meaningless goal I've wasted my time maybe. However if you have a reason to become popular, as I said mine was sword making, then go and do it no matter what anybody says. If you want more, don't complain how others have more, go get more, "more" is what people can't get enough of.
On May the 18th 2008 I wrote a tutorial called How to Become More Popular and honestly if you ever read it you know it's not going to make you popular anytime soon. It was actually intended as just a bunch of handy tips on how to become a more humble Deviant.

So I decided to write this guide which tells you how I REALLY became popular, because lets be honest people my work isn't all that great. If you want to be popular you have got to sell yourself, get out there on the scene, meet the right people and keep up your image.

The aim is to avoid appearing like a heartless attention whore as much you can. These are tested and proven methods and the results speak for themselves. I am telling you now this isn't a joke I indeed did all of these things to get where I am now, it works.
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eccochem Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's very useful :)
KattsentientBlue Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this. I've been working on a "spike" deviation for the past few days, so I'll see how that ends up.
I don't want to be popular, just my work. I hope to god that doesn't backfire.
MarcoPellino Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Very useful!
Ask--Fell Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Asriel-memer Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  New Deviant
chorvagee Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  New Deviant
Thank you, but my life right now is peaceful. I don't want to become popular.
Whitekitty002 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pff I was about to make something like this xD
Imass21 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Student Digital Artist
getting popular isnt the important to me. Its what comes after the popularity that gets me. The amazing opportunities to make new friends and even make money.
Minckies Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kind of like my username :D 
Mincks is my last name (I searched it up on and there were like 10 results)  
And then my PSN name is Miss Mincks.
So my friend (now boyfriend) Started calling me Minckies ;D 
mightguy15 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm intersting points here. Before this I just assumed that you should be as active as possible in the community.
davidustalker Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Student General Artist
thanks for the tips! and I have a self-portrait in my profile. is it a good one for an opening piece of artwork?
Havenspirit-LeafClan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips Chioky.
FlamingBlade21 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
Ty ;3 For the advice. 
MarbleSkullhound Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a story I want to get popular... That's like, my dream. Despite the questionable art, I think it's a good story. Do the same rules apply?
jcaitendo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Thank you for the advise.
mightypie9001 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Student Filmographer
Well time to become number 1 on DA lol
MarcoPellino Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Really interesting, thank you!
TFFanGirl2011 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Seems helpful. I've been on DA for 4 years. I did have some watchers and some people did fave on the artwork i post. So i'll try to be as active  as i can.
sketchy-rainbow3 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i only red this becuz i want to make friends
tohaks Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
great tips, very helpful, thanks :)
kuroikazuto Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips :D
Popularity is not a goal. But it make us to keep going.. 
Dyenney Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist
Being popular really motivates, but what is really important is practising your skills and being better at what you're doing every day :)
Thanks for the tips :)
Rueclair Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup we are
Cyrax-Apex Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i guess everyone is her for the same reasons? lol
Dusty21134 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chisai-Moon Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really amazing i've looked at the profiles of some of the people who commented and they are all quite popular!  :D (Big Grin) so hopes this happens to me! ^^ 
Fire-Hawk9 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Nobody ever notices me!
Rueclair Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Noticed !
MoonPrincessu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015   Digital Artist
*notices* ;v;
melovechoco Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips...:)
fa2sh Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
i want to become famouse. to keep drawing and never stop. but having no support kills ma art. :(
twenth Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ew, I understand :c be brave, bro :3 *pat pat*
fa2sh Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks . :(
xCharminglyCrimsonx Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sorta useful ;w;
My problem is i'm a reasonably good artist but I have no idea how to get more active watchers, I do everything you stated above and yettt
11 months = 120 watchers
Super100Miki Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
4 years = 178
xCharminglyCrimsonx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Idkkkkk :c

This comment made me out to be more bratty than I actually am : P
Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Edited Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um, I don't think you have anything to complain about. I've been on here for over a year, and I only have TWELVE watchers. 

Seventy-five percent of them only watched me because they thought they were being nice.

I mean no offense to you, it's just that people seem to think I'm a horrible artist XD
xCharminglyCrimsonx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it also depends how much you post qwq
But yeah, like 98% of them are hollow watchers and don't comment/favorite or anything

None taken ^w^
and you're not a horrible artist, I don't know how you got that idea
Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you check my gallery? Last night I deleted ninety-nine percent of it because I wasn't feeling well.
xCharminglyCrimsonx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
akeemsam Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015   Digital Artist
The advice makes a lot of good sense. Been thinking I need a decent direction with what I upload, will have to think harder on what exactly I want to show. Like you said, need to come up with a decent goal. 
Not to clear exactly on how to use journals, or what i could talk about that would interest people. 
NadiaWolf240 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks but I don't feel that this will be much help for me, I am still struggling very much right now. I have really good art but I only have 4 watchers, and zero comments on all of my deviations, and I've been a deviant for over 3 months.....
SnowCloud0917 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*sighs* I never going to be popular on DeaviantArt. :sighs: 
I don't know why.
br7g7 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Useful! Thanks :)
4Dreamy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :3
coltybah Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how to become popular: be on DA 5 years ago. Too late... Big Fool Emoji-30 (Mah feelz hurtz) [V4]
Clarity-Art Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's called the story of Viria and Burdge.

TheCediz Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAh! you're so right
HolyMozzarella Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This great adive it really going help me in the long run on this site thank you so much by~HolyMozzaella
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