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Journal Entry: Wed Sep 25, 2013, 5:31 AM
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DeviantART Watchers Toplist
DeviantART Search Tips
Deviant and Art Mentions
FAQ #112: Changing username
Announcement about Keywords
About Fair Exposure

Change Log

09/25 Original post
09/28 Edit: modified title
09/28 Edit: +Change Log, -Gallery
09/28 Edit: +info about @ devlinks
09/28 Edit: +deadline reminder
09/30 Edit: +name bonus change
10/01 Edit: Winner selecteed


3 Cool Tips and Tricks


@ Deviant Links
Big Thumbnails
Search Observations

:bulletgreen: @ Deviant Links
When you want to link to another deviant, the old method described in FAQ #81 is to use the code :devdeviant:. DeviantART quietly rolled out a new twitter-style deviant linking method: just put the @ symbol before the deviant name and you've got a snazzy link. Awesome! Know it. Use it. elee0228 compels you. See? I just used it right there.

Combined with the totally awesome new mention feature (beta), it's going to really encourage interaction on the site. It looks like right now that it just searches for the @ symbol anywhere, so words that use @ in the middle, like idolmaster, get screwed up. E-mail addresses work ok though.

Edit: Seems that @ in the middle of a word doesn't break every time, only some of the time. Had an exchange with Pachunka thanks to the oh-so-handy mentions feature.

:bulletgreen: Big Thumbnails
This undocumented feature has been floating around for awhile, though it seems like it has been mostly word of mouth. dekorAdum mentions it in a journal entry along with other cool ways to resize pictures. Just copy the :thumb#######: code from any deviation and change it to :bigthumb#######: for an instant upgrade. It doesn't work everywhere though, so preview before you post.

:bulletgreen: Search Observations
I love using DeviantART search to look for new deviations and sharing my findings. Check out my posts Watchers Toplist and DeviantART Search Tips. I have noticed a few things about the DeviantART search results in the last few months. Some of these have always been the case, though some are changes that I believe are recent and unannounced.

Deviant Name Bonus: If you have a name that contains a common search term, you are getting a nice bonus when people search for that keyword. Try searching for Dante, Naruto or Korra for example. In all these cases, the top search result is owned by a deviant that has the keyword in their name. In all cases, the deviation does not have the most faves and probably isn't as relevant as some of the deviations after it in the search results. It's worth mentioning that Premium Members can change their name.

Edit: The name bonus mysteriously disappeared. Search results are much different now. It's back.

Keyword Count Penalty: I like to use lots of keywords to describe my deviations. At some point this year, my deviations were getting penalized for it and falling out of the first page. I started to do some testing and saw that if I reduced the number of keywords, I could get my deviations to show up again. I've started to use less keywords now as a result. I think this actually reduces the effectiveness of keywords, though. wreckling announced that keywords are going public soon. I am guessing they were having some problems with people purposely using the wrong keywords and the keyword count penalty might be a way to counter that.

Fair Exposure Thoughts: When Fair Exposure was announced, the reception wasn't great. DeviantART did a good job of updating it and monitoring for abuse. Early on, people were purposely miscategorizing deviations in order to get higher popularity. Things have gotten much better. Still, if your deviation could legitimately be placed in 2 or 3 possible categories, your choice of category will impact it's placement in search results. While this is not necessarily a problem, it's definitely something that's worth knowing.

So your choice of name, keywords and category are big factors in your deviation's visibility on DeviantART. Be aware of these factors when submitting deviations and allow your deviations to live up to their full potential.

Comments Welcome
Found this article useful? Let me know! I like getting comments and always try to reply. Don't forget to fave in order to automatically enter for a chance to win 1000 points (winner to be selected on October 1).

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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Hey, =XennyDiemes, did you see this?
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XennyDiemes Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Writer
Now I can see it.
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AuroraRein Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i faved this and the comp is already over because i think it is so useful, especially to someone like me who is pretty new to dA and points or not i am faving because this is so helpful :) :D
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Cool, thanks for the nice comment.  I'm glad you found it helpful. :)
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:iconaurorarein:
AuroraRein Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's already been very helpful :) I've cut down the amount of keywords on my artworks and I even used the username link yesterday (which I didn't know how to do before) :) 
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Zachzac Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconelee0228: BUBBLES!
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
yup that worked.
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Zachzac Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconeleeo228: BUBBLES!
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Zachzac Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol that was an o

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Zachzac Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconelee0228:
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
That didn't work... are you testing out icon links?  Just use :iconusername:
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Yobtaf Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Oh wow! Thank you so very much :glomp:
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Hehe your welcome. Congratulations!
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Kirin-Dreams Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The tips are very useful. Thanks! :heart:
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Your welcome.
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Deacon-Blues-83 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Hmmm ,   

This has got to be the BEST , MOST INFORMATIVE and  Sherlock Holmes
 
easiest to understand tip journal I've EVER seen !!!

I'm very sorry to tell you this but , I must stalk you ... OMG!
 
I need to find out what you're NOT exposing   :icongigglenodplz::iconsahrajane:

Ahh , I'm only kidding  (or am I EVIL Laughter! Cutie Shrug 
Thank you so much. I really think this is
fascinating.

I would be very happy to post this journal for you if you like.
Let me know. :bye:
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I'm glad you find it useful! :)
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Deacon-Blues-83 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I'm so sorry. It seems as though my humor has offended you.
That was certainly not my intention.
Simply erase my comment. Thank you.
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Fatue Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thanks for the search tips - that explains some strange results(ol lack of result) for few of my search attempts.
And yes - faved~
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Hehe thanks. Yup, keywords behave in a different way that you'd expect.
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AFKcodemonkey Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
faved!
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PokemonCookie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Favved! :) 
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apoposka111 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips! I fav it! 03
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
your welcome
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LA--RANA Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
awesome! im faving right now ;)
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
hehe thanks :)
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LA--RANA Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
no prob!Fangirl Emote 03
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Geak-of-Nature Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is definitely fav-worthy even without the giveaway!  So how many keywords are optimal?  Is there an official published guideline?
thanks!
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thanks for the nice comment. I'm hoping the giveaway helps to spread the word.

No guidelines. In my testing you get best results for a keyword if you only use that 1 keyword.  Every added keyword reduces your ranking for your keyword. Earlier in the year, you could use as many keywords as you wanted without a penalty. I think DeviantART should consider some sort of recommendation for keywords use. Maybe require 5 keywords and then start reducing the effectiveness for every keyword after that. The current system just encourages people to use only 1 keyword and that means searching is less effective.
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Geak-of-Nature Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
okay, thanks for responding.  I've always done several keywords, like: "orange white tabby cat blue sky green grass" just for one shot.  I figure if someone wants to find a picture of an orange & white tabby cat among green grass with a blue sky in the background, my shot might show up!  No wonder I don't find much when I search!
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Yup, another thing to be aware of is if you search for keywords like that, it has to have all of the keywords in the description or tags.
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hase-illustration Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Thanks for the useful tips  ^  ^ 
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
your welcome! :)
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Anime-griffin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I faved! :iconlucky:
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
hehe good luck!
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Anime-griffin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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33starrynight33 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These tips were super useful! I had never knew that one could make the thumbnails bigger like that. Thank you for taking your time to make this :)
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Your welcome! Thanks for taking the time to comment!
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Voddy-chan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These tips were really great! Thanks for sharing them! -faved
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Glad you liked the tips.  Thanks for taking the time to comment. :)
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beng-beng-chan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I faved it C:
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Cool thanks :)
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beng-beng-chan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ may you wanna join my contest? c:
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I'm not an artist though...
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beng-beng-chan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you aren't an artist?!
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:iconelee0228:
elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Yup, I am an art commissioner. Sometimes I color stuff. :nod:
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beng-beng-chan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah ok ^^
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LIDIAMARINA Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks for the tips, very useful!
FAVED!
+fav :) (Smile)+fav :) (Smile)+fav :) (Smile)
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elee0228 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Your welcome! Thanks for taking the time to comment!
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LIDIAMARINA Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
:happybounce: Hug Handshake deviantART
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