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Sat Feb 8, 2014, 5:00 AM


How to: Advertise Commissions

Many deviants offer commissions, but how do you effectively advertise them? This article will go over some methods for maximizing the exposure on your commissions so that they can be as successful as possible. :la:

Commission Widget


This is the one method I cannot stress enough. Commission Widgets are one of the most effective ways to advertise your commissions because they not only feature your commissions on your profile page, but also add them to the searchable database of dA's Commission Page. Numerous deviants use the Commission Page to find artists to hire, so it is a smart idea to add yourself to the database.

However, simply slapping a commission widget onto your page is not enough. You need to make your commissions as appealing as possible through the following steps:

  1. Commission Examples: The Commission Widget allows you to display several examples of your artwork, so do make sure to include them. Don't leave people guessing about the nature or quality of your commissions.
  2. Description: Include a detailed description of your commissions, using all of the tag words that you think are relevant to your commission. The Commissions Page uses the words in your description to help it search, so the more info you provide, the more often you will appear in the search results.

For example, here's an example of a very well done commission advertisement:

Commish example by SimplySilent

Notice how the artist uses a variety of key words in the description to ensure that it will be found in the search results. Whether people search for 50x50 icon, pixel avatar, blinking icon, or animated avatar, this artists' commission will appear in the search results. So don't limit yourself! Make sure to include all of the relevant tag words that you think will help people find your commission.


Forums


The forums have two different threads where you can advertise your commissions, depending on whether you are doing them for money or points:

  • Job Services: For serious, paid services where you want to be compensated with money
  • Projects Forum: For services where you want to be compensated with points or Premium Membership


If you wish to advertise in the forums, make sure to post a thread with a clear and appealing title. Also make sure to include thumbs of your work in your post instead of only redirecting people to your gallery or commissions journal. Make it as easy as possible for people to see your work and commission you. Don't make them do extra work!


Artwork


For every artwork that you submit, place a link in the artwork description to your commission info. That way, if people like your art, they will immediately be able to find your commissions and commission you. Instead of making others hunt around on your page or journals to see if you offer commissions, show them exactly where they need to go.


Groups


There are a variety of groups that can help you advertise your commissions, so take advantage of the opportunities! Here are some of the larger groups for commission advertising. Make sure to read their rules to learn how and where to advertise your commissions.

:iconcommissions-r-us::iconpaypalcommissions::iconcommissions-are-open::iconcommissionsareopen::iconquality-commissions:


Signatures


Your signature can also be an effective method of advertising, especially if you make a lot of comments each day. Add a link to your commissions in your signature to give your commissions extra advertising.


Feature for Feature


Ask your friends or watchers if they would like to feature your commission info in order to receive a feature of their commissions in return. Everyone ends up winning, so this is certainly worth a shot.

Thank you for reading this article, and I hope it has been helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below! :la:




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:iconlu-lux:
lu-lux Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
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:iconkelzero:
kelzero Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this useful info :D
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MikeTheMiiDrawer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconshaddove:
ShadDove Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Student General Artist
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TheAdiRam Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Student General Artist
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alphashadowdragon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Student Artist
i need money to buy copics and food cause im pretty sure i dont wanna starve ;^

sta.sh/0135az04rb2g
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:icontibser:
tibser Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconmelissaurr:
Melissaurr Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This is pretty useful :)
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:iconaliacatil:
aliacatil Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
fav.me/danl86w

Need the money for my baby brother please check out journal :)
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:iconcometstruck:
Cometstruck Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this guide! c:
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:iconsardrellas:
Sardrellas Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Student General Artist
Fantastic little guide.
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:icononfrequenthiatus:
onFrequentHiatus Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Student Writer
This is really helpful! Thank you for making this.
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:iconifloofy:
iFloofy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have questions about the signature.
Bullet; Purple 
What is it used for?
Bullet; Purple How do you view other people's signatures?
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:iconmoonlit-lotus:
Moonlit-Lotus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its been a while and no one answered your questions, do you still need answers or have you already figured it out since then? C:
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iFloofy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No one answered my questions yet ;-;
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:iconmoonlit-lotus:
Moonlit-Lotus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can change your signature in settings (: and you see their signature under their comment...jn a comment.. LOL
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:iconifloofy:
iFloofy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thanks!
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:iconmoonlit-lotus:
Moonlit-Lotus Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!! Sorry it took so long for someone to finally tell you!
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:iconghostfangirl101:
GhostFanGirl101 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This will be be helpful. Thank you. (:
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:iconbloodyjuicy:
bloodyjuicy Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016   Digital Artist
this journal is very helpfull
thank you very much
i think i will try feature for feature :D
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:iconkyojinkiller:
kyojinkiller Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good article! I've been wondering about this for a while: is the commissions widget useful advertisement for artists looking for monetary compensation, or should it only be used in the context of the point system? Thanks!
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Definitely. You can always use the commissions widget as advertisement, and then include in the widget itself that payment must be made through Paypal, etc. :)
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:iconkyojinkiller:
kyojinkiller Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Thank you! :3
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:iconyatzstar:
Yatzstar Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will the examples I put up count as commissions for sale or something? I'm new at this, and I'd rather not sell the art I've already made.
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:iconmeavastudios:
MeavaStudios Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
The examples you put up in the widget or wherever do not get put up for sale. To sale artwork requires you to edit it and set it for sale. We hope this was helpful and have a nice day!
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:iconamurei:
Amurei Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you, I never would have thought of the "feature for feature" idea! And placing some groups up there helped a lot too ^-^
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:iconreiusa:
Reiusa Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay thanks for this! It helped a lot!!:iconyeashplz:
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:icontomeksz:
tomeksz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
who wants feature for feature?
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:iconurmie:
Urmie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
I do! 
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:icontomeksz:
tomeksz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Cool! I can attach you to my journal on the front page!
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:iconurmie:
Urmie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Sounds awesome! Once I have a completed commissions announcement, I'll send you the link. For now, you can just list my name of ones that does journal commissions :D Do you have something specific you want to me feature? 
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:icontomeksz:
tomeksz Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
ok, i see youre not featuring me :/
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:iconurmie:
Urmie Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
I'm so sorry! I haven't forgotten you. I've been busy and I'm waiting until I make an official dolled up journal to feature you! 
But I'll make a temporary one now for youuu. 
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:icontomeksz:
tomeksz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
have you got the commission announcement already?
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:iconurmie:
Urmie Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
I haven't organized everything yet. But use this!
 Pick Your Background/CSS by U-rn
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:icontomeksz:
tomeksz Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
ok, im waiting for the link. 
you can feature my commission info: fav.me/d7tilx3
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:icongamerscable:
GamersCable Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How do I get the request commision button?
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:iconmothedri:
Mothedri Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, nice, thanks, I'm trying!!
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:icontroyrich93:
troyrich93 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks...I'm so worried though..... :(
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:iconstarrypoke:
Starrypoke Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I was featured? ;_; 

Thank you so much! <3

This is awesome; it really made my day! And I was used as a good example, too! :hug:
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:iconsimplysilent:
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Haha, yes you were. :XD: You had one of the best commission widgets I could find. :D
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:iconstarrypoke:
Starrypoke Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks! :iconsupertighthugplz: :la:
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:iconsciencevsart:
sciencevsart Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it. Thank you very much.
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