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How To Get Popular On DA by HinoNeko How To Get Popular On DA by HinoNeko
Is this really a tutorial? Or is it humor? A little bit of both, I suppose . . . in the tutorial section because it has more of a "how to" feel. :B

A lot of people, sometimes sarcastically, say that the best way to get popular on DA is to draw Naruto fanart, or tons of babes, or kawaii neko-chans.

To this I say: BAH!

For if drawing average-to-excellent Naruto fanart, babes, and kawaii neko-chans were truly the path to internet success, then quite a few artists out there would be much more famous than they are now.

No, my friends, the secret to getting noticed is this: GET PEOPLE TO NOTICE YOU!

For quite some time my account sat here with little more than the occasional offsite buddy (Y'all know who you are.) dropping by. And that was cool! But kind of lonely.

Then, once I started linking back to my things on other sites? BOOM! A relative flood of new watchers and friends.

So my advice to you is this: Get your art out there! "If you build it, they will come" does not apply to the internet.

Is there a fandom you draw a large amount of fanart of? Join a forum or community devoted to it, and post links to your work! Or track down the "art postings" section of a more general forum, and link to things there!

And don't forget to dabble in some on-DA exposure, too. Pop into the Thumbshare forum every once in a while, and see what threads are relevant to your work. Join a club on DA, and submit some art to that!

But most importantly, stick with your pals. John Q. "Kewl Pics" may favebomb your gallery, but the people who leave interesting and helpful comments are the ones who'll stick around for your next update. They make much better conversation, too. ;]
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DemonRenX Mar 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thought most people are like "Wow! You can do something productive!"
SpetsnazKaz Mar 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just put "TheWolf," "WolfPup," or "SpiritWolf," or anything of that nature after your screenname posting nothing but sparkledogs, recolors, and screenshots from Wolf's Rain, and claiming you're a "wolf trapped in a human body" and pretending to be "edgy" all the time will be guarantee you as a world-renowned artist here on Deviantart! :trollface:
Emperor-Zinyak Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's me at school.
isabelb-art Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love it
this is so hilarious
It is humor AND tutorial. :XD:
bittybabyseals Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes more sense when you think about it like that :)
Love-Jar Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that is TOTALLY awesome
Warwick-71 Dec 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This has been very informative thanks for taking the time to do this. 
YoruKazai Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i alrady do that, but all becuase i just like showing people my drawings :3
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