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I have now been a member of DeviantArt for a year and a half, and I was increasingly under the impression that people were favouriting my work for the sake of scoring themselves another pageview. I often visit people’s pages and find that they have pageviews coming out of their ears, even though their “artwork” is… well… not great.

So I decided to do an experiment. I made a new DA account and submitted some photographs that no-one in their right mind would think was a good piece of artwork. I then clicked on the ‘random deviant’ button at the bottom of the page about 50 times and favourited something from each persons gallery, no matter how good/bad the artwork was.

Now I usually have fairly high standards for my favourites, I will only favourite work that I genuinely think is good. But here I threw my standards out the window and favourited everything that came through the door. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that I only faved crap work. In fact, some of the things I faved in that account were very good, so don't go being offended if you were one of the people I faved. I merely faved all the newest deviations in an experiment to see how many pageviews I could get out of it.

Within the first hour of making the account and favouriting, I had 16 pageviews. Someone had even favourited my ‘murky water’ photograph that I had submitted, and 6 people had left me comments thanking me for the favourite I gave them. One person had even said to me ‘love your pics!’.

After the success of the first hour, I decided to fave some more. I went to the front page of DA and clicked on the twenty-four ‘newest’ deviations and favourited them all. I then refreshed the page and repeated the process. I now had approximately 100 favourites in my gallery.

Another hour later I had 82 pageviews, and another dozen or so comments. One person had sent me a note telling me that since I faved but didn’t comment on their work, they were going to add me to their friends list. Another person had favourited 2 of my deviations. I favourited a few more of the newest deviations, then logged out for a while.

I checked the account again about 3 hours after I made the account. My popularity had skyrocketed to 178 pageviews! I had 2 new faves on my deviations and a bucketload of new comments on my main page. I faved some more, I now had about 300 works in my favourites gallery.

Later in the afternoon, the friend I had made earlier had favourited my blurry ‘muffin’ photo, and had made me an animated muffin avatar! Also, my pageviews were now at 264! Time to favourite some more…

By now, each of my 5 terrible deviations had at least 1 favourite. My blurry 'muffin' had 3 different people comment on it. Three people had now added me as a friend. I had faved 448 deviations, and my pageviews were at 474.

At last, 7 and a half hours after I had opened the account, I managed to reach 508 pageviews. Even though my 5 deviations were pretty damn terrible, they had managed to get 7 favourites from other people.

So there you have it. I managed to scab over 500 pageviews in less than 8 hours. And even then I had only spent about 3 or 4 of those hours actually on DA. Conclusion? You don’t have to be a good artist to be popular on DA. As long as you spend an excessive amount of time favouriting a shitload of other people’s stuff, you can get pageviews.

Fave this deviation, and I’ll give you a pageview.
My experimental page [link]
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DelusionalLove Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a intriguing experiment....I often owner about this kind of stuff too. I also rarely do any favouring or commenting unless I actually mean it, and I spend most for my time on pixiv, where you get high quality work all the time. I think most of the time people don't really realised the "Fave this deviation, and I’ll give you a pageview." concept, and just automatically click on the person's profile to see what they're like. But I guess its true many do fav for the pageview/feedback.
Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Interesting experiment. I have been to pages with 50k plus pageviews and mediocre deviations and I have visited awesome artist with low pageviews. Obviously this is an interesting subject considering the number of comments on this deviation
pixini Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Got here by Google searching 'pageviews' as page views are a complete mystery to me...
The numbers seem almost random :shakefist:
Reading the wiki etc. tech definitions makes my nose bleed... Things are a lot happier hiding in my cave not thinking about it...
Toadsanime Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Well, that's simply obvious.

You fave someone's artwork, and they'll go to your page to thank you or check out your own work. That's simple courtesy, and as you had faved so much of course you gained pageviews from it.

Apart from pageview-whores, genuine respectable people don't fave things for the sake of it thankfully; I myself am especially harsh with my faves and in almost four years of being here faved less than 200 deviations I believe.
darkw1ng Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
I really don't give a damn about pageviews Im on DA just to show of my art and make freinds! (I made a lot of nice freinds on this site and Im still freinds with them today.) But still I find this interesting and quite sad to tell you the honest thruth.
heysawbones Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is a bit of a catch-22, isn't it?

What if I want to favorite it because I like the experiment?

Will you assume I just favorited it so you would come look at my page?
blazonja Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Agreed, I just left dA because of this.
Dylerith Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wewt, this experiment must have been fun to do xP
It's sad that so many ppl only care about the pageviews :S
Uni77 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ive been here for 2 weeks and have 1,000 page views and my friend has been here for 4 months and have 100 page veiws. XD Hilarious I'm trying to tell him to fave some things but he's like I dont like everyone's work tho. XD
SmileyBlob Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Student Photographer
I tried this by watching people :D ive got one photo of a piece of cake and around six watchers :D
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