This is important for everyone to know. A few months back some people started to have insanely high pageviews and we wondered how that can be. Well, it's incredibly easy, those people are running a simple php script called a "bot" to manipulate the DeviantART pageview counter. Well, if people can polish their self esteem with it, fine. But now something else is going on with those pageview bots. Some very clever people now offer pageviews for points and real money and you know what? PEOPLE ACTUALLY DO THAT!!!
Deviants, are you really that blind? The page views you get are no actual page views, it's JUST A NUMBER without any real visitor coming to your page.
What is a bot?
A 'bot' is a simplified term for 'robot', it's a piece of software designed to complete tasks and / or simulate human activity. They are capable of performing these tasks at speeds that are simply impossible for people to do. There are many different types of bots and several types of common Internet bots that are called web crawlers or web spiders.
More details on What is a bot?
How it works:
You pay your points or send money to paypal and after a while the con merchant runs the script on your page. It costs him a few seconds and there you have your 1.000 or 10.000 or whatever page views in no time, depending what you payed for. Ok, now you have an increased number sitting on your pageview statistics, nothing more. No more visitors as usual have seen your art, nobody gave you favs or commented your art or watched you. It's just an ordinary number. So if you are really that desperate go on and spend your money for a number. It won't change anything for you but at least you got rid of your points or money.
But please be aware: The pageview merchants don't sell pageviews, they merely sell the ILLUSION OF PAGEVIEWS. I know what you really want is ATTENTION, RECOGNITION AND FEEDBACK. You will not find what you seek by paying someone for increasing your pageview counter.
To anyone who is offering or thinks about offering such a service like running a script for money: You think you are clever but what you do is fraud. I know you don't care but you distort the website statistics of whole DeviantART and destroy the meaning of it. As long as you are manipulating your own page or the page of others just for fun - fine. It may be annoying but it seems not to be against DA policy. But if you start selling automated use actions on this site to dewy eyed people - or in other words: making profit with the artlessness and foolishness of the people - that's abuse of the system. I know you think these pageview whores want it and you only give them what they want. But it's not true. People want ATTENTION! And that's not what you sell and you keep it a secret what you really do.
To all others who still want more real pageviews come to me and I will help you to get REAL PAGEVIEWS! (=real visits of real people) Just leave me a note. And if you STILL want to spend money for real attention please read alexiuss' journal, he gives away different kind of features for points. For example if you give him 5000 points he will post your painting in his gallery with a link to your own page! A feature that I have done occasionally myself but for free of course.
Please spread this journal and the associated News Article if you agree that this practice must be stopped!
Featured Artist of the Month
ChibiWorks was answering my call to ask for free pageviews so I selected her to be featured here in my journal and my profile page. Dana is doing very sweet little artisan craft thingies. But see for yourself and visit her page and leave some nice comments and favs!