TIPS ON GETTING MORE WATCHERS
Written by Tora
Here are my experiences with getting more watchers and observing how it all works out. Please keep in mind that these are only and just my experiences and experiments.
To start off, I shall tell you the obvious tips that you have most likely already done. That is… submitting art into groups. It’s easy peasy, you simply have to have patients. Later on I’ll give you tips about submitting arts into groups. But for now, let’s focus on getting you watches and worry about groups later.
If you don’t know how to submit art into groups, I’d advise you to simply search on deviantArt, “How to submit art into groups” and the first one that will probably pop up is the tutorial on submitting art by KovoWolf.
Submitting art into groups not only let other people see their favourite fanart, but it gives you favs and maybe even a watcher. Don’t be discouraged that nobody is faving your art, at least they are looking at it, and that’s a start.
The next most popular method is to search “watch for watch” on the group search. You’ll find several good places where people will comment in the group’s comments, “Watch for Watch?” or “Llama for llama?” When hitting the watch button, it’s optional if you want to have the friends, deviations, journals, and so on all check marked. But just so you know, if you do have the deviations and everything on, you will probably get spammed a little.
When someone says, “Watch for watch?” always reply back with a: “Watched.” That will let the first commenter know that they’ll need to watch you.
If you are going to randomly go through watching people, give them a llama while you’re at it. Nothing screams attention when you’re watching AND llamaing at the same time.
Even if they don’t watch you, they will most likely llama you back. DON’T be upset if they don’t llama you and watch you, and simply comment on your profile, “Thanks for the watch and llama!” They checked out your page when the left the comment! But hey, that llama or watch might have been nice too, but you can’t have everything!
Here’s a nice trick! Don’t spend time watching everyone and llamaing everyone. Look for the people who might llama you back or watch you or comment on your profile. How? Check their stats out! You can see the basics of how many comments they’ve given, how many page viewers they have, and how many deviations they have. Getting that idea, you’ll know how active the person is.
Giving watches and llamas to new people is always nice! Not only is it friendly, but they will probably return the friendliness.
Most people on deviantArt are friendly, it comes with being artists (I made that up on the spot), but if you don’t like their art, don’t put watches on them. Or if they seem a little rude, don’t watch them. You don’t have to watch everyone. Watch who you want.
Try and pay attention to their username and profile. If you don’t like their profile or username, you probably shouldn't watch them if you don’t feel comfortable about it.
Here’s a tip that is very useful, but not too important. Don’t discard the notifications about who has watched and given you a llama. That way, if you’re feeling OCD, you can keep up with the people who gave you llamas, watched you, or unfriended you.
Remember how I said watch the new people? It’s a bonus if you find a new artist who is really really good. Bonus for you and for them time.
For them: they are getting off a good start, and getting the attention they are looking for in the new start up. They are looking for people like you and want to be big.
For you: Nothing says awesome than getting the attention of a good artist at the start of their big thing. The artist will probably talk to you, maybe llama, give you tips because they are new and aren’t swimming with fans yet.
Now that we’ve covered those tips here are the tips on groups.
TIPS ON GROUPS. (I’m aware that I repeated myself…)
So now that you know or already know how to submit art onto groups, I shall now give you some tips that you might or might not know about.
Don’t be shy at submitting your art to a lot of groups. No one is going to care if that fellow there is better than you. You will still get attention. More views and more favs.
Don’t forget to read the rules. It’s important that you try and read the rules. And always remember to select the right file before submitting art!
Look through the group’s affiliates! If you are submitting fanart, most of their affiliates are going to be related to the fanart you just submitted. Jumping through group to group is a nice way of sifting through groups that will take your art or not.
Joining groups is a way of keeping up with the contests. If you can win a contest, not only will you get more views on the winning art piece, you will probably get some kind of small reward like a watch or some points. And you will probably get your art pinned up at the top of the page with the words something like, “Winner of the March contest!”
As always, be active on your dA profile. Nobody wants to follow a person who isn’t active. DA watchers like active people.
Don’t forget to actually do art. That’s the number one important thing if you want watchers.
Whatever you do, have fun with it! I hope you found this helpful!
Feel free to give us a llama or a watch! We are currently doing watches for watches and llamas for llamas.
Remember… please don’t be mean and troll in the comments and be a smarty pants. This is for people who actually want tips, not people who want to be mean.
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