Published August 27, 2009
Please note that this is not about pageviews! Pageviews count only a little toward the amount of attention your art receives. I would not recommend trying to obsessively increase your pageview number; doing so would just turn some people away from your art.
If you'd like, you can even choose not to see pageview numbers (including your own). Some people prefer to do this. Just go to your Browsing Settings and uncheck the "See Pageviews" box.
Tip #1: Favorite and comment often
Browse the Newest page of the site a few times a day and pick several deviations to comment on or add to your favorites. However, do not fave everything you see! Only add what you truly enjoy. If the image really touches you, leave a heartfelt comment. If the artist requests critiques/constructive criticism and you see something that could be improved, say something. When leaving a critique, though, make sure you mention the good things about the piece as well, in order to give it more balance. The artist will appreciate it and may do the same for you.
For premium members: FAQ #95: What is the Critique Feature and how do I use it?
Tip #2: Make use of the forums
For those who are unaware, there is a Thumbshare forum where you can post thumbnails of your art. That particular forum gets a lot of traffic every day; it's a good place to meet artists who enjoy the same type of art you do. There are rules for the forum however:
Do not ask for comments/faves/watches - artists will do either one on their own if they wish
Do not promise Daily Deviation suggestions; however, if you do see something that is really deserving of the honor, feel free to suggest it to the correct community volunteer!
FAQ #18: Who selects Daily Deviations and how are they chosen?
No conditional posts are allowed ("post my pageview number and I will comment on your art")
Don't know where your thumbnail code is? It's right underneath all the stats (views, comments, faves) for your deviation in the lower right hand corner, near the Artist's comments box.
A helpful little tutorial:
There are other forums as well. Feel free to explore different ones to meet other people. Here are a few:
Welcome Center - a place to welcome new deviants
Art Scene - where you can ask questions about any problem you may have with the media you use (paint types, which brands are better, etc)
Deviants - a place to chat about random topics (this forum is quite random but is also rather fun)
Just remember to read the rules for each forum so the CV's don't lock your threads.
There are also chats!
Tip #3: Be an active participant in the community
There are always contests going on around deviantART everyday. Find something that suits your interests and abilities and take part! You can find them in the Contest journal section, or in the Project forum.
Don't forget that you can also come up with your own. Get together with your friends and put one together.
Feature artists who you think deserve more art appreciation. Doing so may result in others doing the same for you.
You could feature an artist in your journal if you have a premium membership. If you do not, you can post a news article. You don't need a premium membership to post thumbs in a news feature.
There are a trillion different groups here on dA. Whether you enjoy photography, painting, or Mudkips, you will find something. You can submit your work to group galleries for other members to see, and some hold contests and challenges that offer prizes.
A good place to start looking for a group that suits you is Groups. You can narrow your search by art type, group size, etc. Or just browse for something that catches your interest!
You can create your own project that will benefit the community, or just take part in one. Projects bring people, art, or both together. They help the community stick together.
Lastly, make sure you submit art often - don't let all your files collect dust on your computer. Posting more art will be beneficial in the long run. Try different types of art as well. You may find something else you're good at.
I hope these tips benefit you, even in the slightest way. I wish you the best of luck.