3 Cool Tips and Tricks @ Deviant LinksBig ThumbnailsSearch Observations @ 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. 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. 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
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
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
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