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Since I joined on deviantart I have been fascinated by many works.. Really nice works which have a lot of favourites and others which havent. I questioned myself why it could happen? Why works so wonderful and people so talented can be unknown in this community?
So, I decided to write this article.
For it, I sent this three questions for some pop artists:
- What's the secret to become popular?
- Why do some people become popular so fast, doing ordinary art, and others which do amazing art cant be popular?
- Is there any trick to become popular? Like watching a lot of people, faving everything you can, posting a lot of journals or promoting contests?

Some of them answered me so kindly and fast, others answered me in a way kinda rude and others didnt answer..
By now, I have some ideas, some quotes and I want to show you all information I got about it.
So, lets start:

First, I must say there are several ways to become popular. To make this article, I did a poll asking "What is the best way to get popularity on deviantart?" and asked a lot of people..
I got impressed about it: People think different about popularity and unfortunately I could notice that a lot of deviants are crazy about numbers and popularity. Deviantart for them, is not more about art, but about numbers. Its sad.

It doesnt look we have a specific secret. Of course, if your art is really good, if you give some time to your deviants friends or if you pay AdCast, popularity will come.
The question is: how much time will I take to become popular? Its a good question.
Time is good for some people but not for all. Three years of deviantart give you a lot of pageviews even if you are not talented/good. It depends but pageviews is not everything. The point is that you need spotlight to become popular! And I have some listed here:

:bulletgreen: Being a good artist: Its the most important thing to be recognized. Whats a good artist?
A good artist's someone who is always trying to improve his skills. He doesnt post just for updating. You can see the improvement in each new art;

:bulletgreen: Support: This is also a such essencial thing to be popular.
For reaching popularity what do you need? Comments, favourites, watch, etc.. from OTHERS. Yes, from others. It means that you have to be supportative and kindly with all deviants you can. My advice is that your main support was to unknown and new deviants, because almost always since they are humbler, they give you more feedback.
Dont give support for obligation, people figure out when you do it. Its fool;
p.s.: Dedications are for people who you like not for famous that you want support. Sometimes they are stupid. Its better giving support for your friends. Trust me.

:bulletgreen: Activity: Strongly linked with support, it means how active you are in this community. The more active and supportative you are, the more people will visit you and give you feedback. Being active includes things like giving favs, submiting news, journals, featuring friends, making polls, posting in forums, commenting in others deviations/journals/news, chatting, providing resources and other stuff like that;

:bulletgreen: Groups: Joining and submiting in groups is a really good way to difuse your art. Always join groups related with your art/style.. or you will have just a full inbox.

:bulletgreen: Daily Deviation: Its the most practical way to become popular but your skills have to be really awesome and originals. A featured as a daily deviation gives you the right to be on deviantart end's page for a whole day. Its a dream *-*

:bulletgreen: Contests: Promoting and participating of contests is also a nice way to get audience. Usually, when you post or promoting it, people visit your picture and your profile.

Please, consider that the main purpose of art is to appreciated and to be appreciated. Dont worry about numbers, favourites and comments.. popularity is just a consequence and humbleness is an essence.
For finishing, I selected some quotes from my collaborators which I think is pretty important:

[Eu consegui um bem maior, do que audiencia... conquistei amigos!]
"I got a better gift than audience.. I made friends!" - arianereis

[Acredito que o segredo é você ser você mesma e fazer o que gosta.]
"I believe that the secret is to be yourself and to do what you like." - Skategirl

"You need to network yourself and go out and make a lot of comments and favs. It takes a lot of time and effort but is well worth the wait." - TreLore

"There is not really a secret, it´s a ton of luck to catch the right moment for a submission or to have the mood in the art wich fits this community right now." - Villesgodgirl

"Overall i think there is no real key to becoming popular other than having a lot of luck and preferably a lot of talent." - ChrissieCool

"The only secret is to be good and work alot." - Natalie Shau

P.S.: Your comment is really appreciated.
Sorry for my English..
I wish you Good Luck.
Kisses. :kiss: :tighthug:
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Bearz314 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the advice!

I'm not a good artist and I'm learning by myself. I was hoping a little exposure could bring in some advice on my work.

i suppose, psychologically, having an interesting profile picture helps? 😂

Have a nice day!
LeoV95 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this article! 
MultiPokemon1111 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the advice
missus-jakabok Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree with these points, but they seem kind of obvious since this website is all about community.
You won't get much attention if you just shove your art up and leave it. The great thing about this site is that you can mingle with thousands of different artists, and help each other out, be it with critique, or otherwise! :lol:
LeanneStarkiePhotos Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
For me its not about popularity, it's about sharing what I love to do, and I love sharing my work, I am very proud of my art and a lot of work has gone into it. Yes it obviously makes me feel good when someone faves or comments on my work and It makes me want to do more. 
Also its about meeting other people who share the same passions as you. Its always nice to talk to a total stranger about a shared passion in art. 
Just be kind, if you don't like someones art then don't say anything but if you love their art then make a big deal out of it. It encourages them to carry on doing what they love the most.
If your doing it for the pageviews and the watchers then what kind of self satisfaction are you going to get?
Say nice things, fave the artwork you love and the popularity will follow. :)
willowpup1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm, I'll have to try some of these things. This was helpful, thanks for writing it!
Blackberriez Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
I don't care about popularity, but i just want to become a better artist . . i usually get only 0-2 fave's. I guess i got to keep drawing if i want to become better though.
Axol-The-Axolotl Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Always use thumbshare. Thumbshare is your friend.
big-fluffy-cow Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
getting popular is near impossible because deviantART promotes already popular artists.. things wouldn't be such a struggle if for example related deviations would actually be similar to the shown artwork instead of just popular. it's making the big artists bigger and sucking the smaller ones into a blackhole they cant escape
Blackberriez Featured By Owner May 30, 2015
Volentro Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
I just want people to look at my art, thats all. I've noticed many of my watcher never look at my art, even my friends never look at it 
PKDsm Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Well, I took a look at your stuff and you need to work on them unless you have no intention of being taken as a serious artist. You gotta improve.
Volentro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
I have been trying to improve
bethanywarrior Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i think it would be nice to be popular but it isn't really needed.
what I would like is some friends who will give me feed back on my art since I want to be a professional manga artist one day :3
Ari-bunnii Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Not sure if this comment will be noticed but I find it ironic for the people commenting "I don't care about being popular"
which makes me wonder why you're here, or posting long comments.. You could simply exit the tab lol. 

For me, popularity isn't the biggest thing but it's helpful to put yourself out there. 
AuraHorn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't care about popularity and whether people see me online and run and scream at me: "OMGOMGOGMGOGMG ITS ABASEA OMGOMGOMG OMFG CAN I HAVE YOUR TEXT AUTOGRAPH". I don't want that. I don't really care. I just want for people to enjoy my art, to entertain you. And I don't mind about your english, it was fine. :)
TheRockyCrowe Featured By Owner Edited Apr 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I don't really care about popularity. I'm more about the support and social side of the DA spectrum.....Which is where my problem seems to persist.

I've alot of fave runners, sometimes it'll be 50 faves compared to 7 comments, one of my illustrations has close to 100 faves and 5 comments. I appreciate faves but at the same time comments are so much better, they don't have to be super intensively detailed just a tiny bit of advice or something like 'I really like it when you did this" or "nice work" would suffice. It isn't very hard to do either, I've seen simple little wips get tons of comments, easy. (or seriously really mediocre work get hundreds of comments , but since it's related to FNAF or TMNT or some shit I guess it's ok.)It's why I always make it a point to give a good comment on others work I like, because I know how much more constructive and important it is than faves.

But then again lack of commenting may be related to something else. Some artists on here are complete assholes and attack people for giving a constructive opinion. Maybe this has spurred a fear??
Naventho Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
(i know this is an old comment so sorry if it's weird to respond)
it's the same way with my art tbh. it's always nice to get acknowledgement, but my most popular piece has 50 favorites and no comments... it's like, i really appreciate that people like it, but what do they like about it? what could i do to be better? that's the kind of thing i wish people would tell me. even someone just saying they liked it would be nice!
and i know what you mean about people like that. i always try to give people advice, but i never know if they're the type that'll get super angry or offended and block me or something. and im not even rude about it...
CandyPom Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Do any of y'all have advice on how to get a contest noticed and popular? I already told my watchers I'll be holding about a 3,000 point contest plus art. But after looking around, I've seen a lot of contests with prizes like that, still not get many entries, even when they're posted onto groups. I plan to hold it in the summertime when more people have the time to draw and I also plan to offer a llama and watch to all my entries. Any other tips?
J-Juno Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
I have been trying to network and get noticed for awhile, but so far I don't feel that I am really doing it right.   :/
Bass-Javelin Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
how? Oh i'll tell you how. Its really easy:
1. Try to go to every artist artworks and yell out :"OMG THIS IS KAWAII!!oneeleven", etc.... Pretty hope you'll get your senpai's attention.
2. Your goddamn username, its gotta be something so super edgy, super kawaii to attract those Weeabos and Pastafags. Try it like "superkawaiidesune" with a cat face for an icon, it'll work believe me.
3. Who the fuck needs soft and heavy shading when all you can do is just spam the fuck out of the dodge and burn tool, make it all shiny and sprinkly, that'll attractt your destined fans of course. 
4. Spam their inbox with favenade, you'll get their attention.
5. Be a llamafag, go and spray people ass with your llamagun. 
6. Dont try to be inspirational and creative, on here you just gotta do these themes, yes these themes only, and ONLY: weeabos, edgy, furfags, hedgehogs, dank kush, your weird ass fetishes, horses,... . DO that and you'll attract some faggots on the way. I promise.
TheRockyCrowe Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is sadly sooooo true it hurtz .

I appeal to a popular fandom and the activity in the comments and faves is strong....

Do original stuff and all of a sudden I'm back to phase 1 again.
Bass-Javelin Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
welcome to DeviantArt...
TheRockyCrowe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Sadly ~ =^=
AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
TTT-THE-RED-KING-TTT Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
so true its sad
AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yep :no:
Ankit1480 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Lol. But it's true :)
kanadskiy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Bass-Javelin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Also not to forget the cat ears
AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
HazelsHouseOfHorrors Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You mean kawaii desu...
AshlynArt-100 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
RubelleRising Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student General Artist
I keep thinking of making a new account. I dont want to put my improved art on this account for reasons of no one seeing it and it going to waste.
Koowink Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student General Artist
I got bored with my old account. It was un-motivating and seemed pointless to obtain, so I decided to make a new one! So far so good. c;
ryantheflyinlion Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's weird... I look at a lot of art on here and I've only been on for about 8 months. I feel like my artwork is getting better, but I feel like every time I submit something, I think "What's the point. It's not like anyone is going to see it...." Sometimes I feel like DA is actually more discouraging than supportive.
SAus28 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
I think, that even if only a view people will see and enjoy your artworks, it's worth it. Isn't art also about making people happy.
I've enjoyed seeing your art.
ryantheflyinlion Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I guess you're right. Thanks for being so positive! and Thanks for viewing!!!
darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, I think there are two types of people that want to get popular on here.. People that just want a bunch of page views so they can feel good about themselves, and they spam the hell out of the submit button with low quality pictures of their sketches. And i've seen that work a lot. Then there's other artists who have a goal. They spend time on their art even if it takes a couple weeks to submit something new. Maybe they want to make a career out of their art and need a fan base first, or maybe like me they want to google the name of some anime character and see their artwork as a result on google images or somewhere on the internet. But they could be a bit of both, by constantly trying to get watchers and also putting out their best. 
ryantheflyinlion Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very well put... I'm proud to say I'm in the second category. I would like to someday work as an illustrator full time... but sometimes it feels like such a pipe dream.
darkrecon7890 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly i notice if i just submit to groups and be nice to people my page views go up. But im actually being nice not just doing it for views. Watch 4 watch can help you get a base of watchers but it wont do all the work. Out of every 5 that watch you maybe 2 will seriously look at your art but its a start if you really need them
Edyel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
I have ZERO watchers. :/
Caledwiwer Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seems like you posted that in the right place. Glad to see you're getting appreciation
iyamthecoltraneman60 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2014  Student Filmographer
I've been feeling the same way lately. I have around 87 watchers right now and I post a lot of cartoons that I did myself onto my DA page. Sometimes they get really good reception but I feel like it's not enough to get my name out there. It's kinda frustrating because I put quite a lot of effort into what I post and sometimes even satirize current events with what I do. If I could at least break the 200 watcher barrier, I'd be more satisfied.
Diamond-waterfalls Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Ok, I'm a random person who happened to see this, I've been wondering how people got popular here, I've been on this site for about a year, and I only have 16 watchers T-T, I feel like I'm in my high school (I only have two good friends T-T I'm not popular,CURSE YOU!  like in here) But thank you for uploading thisLove , it's helpful Hug 
hiyochii Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mhm, I totally understand ; v ; I was and still am sorta lost on this site =u=;; I've been here for around 8 months now, but I've gradually grown to not care about the numbers (99% of my art is OCs lol so I don't get many watchers who are there for the fandom)
Sometimes it depends on the quality of your art, sometimes it depends on the connections you have with other artists on the site.
Ofc, you never want to make friends with them just for the benefits! If all of your watchers are your friends, I think it's a lot more pleasing than having a lot of watchers but not knowing 80% of them. One of the best parts of dA is meeting new people, after all~
Don't be discouraged! Your art is coming along really nicely, so I hope you keep going!
Diamond-waterfalls Featured By Owner Edited Nov 19, 2014  Student Interface Designer
hug I guess your right! Thank you very much! 5 seconds hug
My art is just a mix of random, I want to be part of a community :D but like I said my art is mix of random.
I do winx and anime art, while I'm a really big fan of sonic and some other stuff Sweating a little... I'm not even sure where to start :?
Cyberlitabot Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014   General Artist
Im the same way. 
there are time where i make originals and there are times where i make fan art. 
My art is random. 
Even my coloring is random.
I only have 21 watchers. 
Its not really big deal. 
I like to just share my art, my progress. 
I had another account 2 years ago that i deleted amd i think i improved a lot since then. 

Speaking of random. i hope i wasnt too weird to jump in. 
Diamond-waterfalls Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I saw some your, and you have done a fantastic job!
haha, it alright :)
Cyberlitabot Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014   General Artist
Thank you! XD yay! 
I like the five nights at freddies thing. XD
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