TAG! TAG! TAG!
In the tag line of your works, include the following things: dA, The, Link, System, deviants, exposure, art, community, faves, Watchers, comment, box.
Plus, you'll put in the tag words relating to your piece of work of course eg. sunset, beach, sand, etc.
Anything else you can think of related to TLS, go for it!
Add tag words relating to the piece you've Linked TO as well. Even if both photos are of sunsets, yours might be captured from a beach, while the other might be taken from a bridge and include a cityscape. Include 'cityscape', 'bridge' etc., as tag words as well.
Ever had a photograph that could be a landscape or a skyscape? Say you categorize it under 'landscape'. Add 'skyscape' to the tags as well!
If you've Linked to a piece from a different category, make sure you put the Linked category as a tag word. Photo of lovers walking on the beach [with a sunset
], Linked to a poem of lovers remembering a walk on the beach [with a sunset
]... put in 'poem' as well. And 'sunset'. *sigh*
Add EVERYTHING!! If the photo has a single cloud, put in 'cloud'. It's got a yacht? Add 'yacht', 'boat', 'ship', etc.
Ok, an under-handed one! Regarding photographs, put 'HDR' in the tag line of any and every photo. People look for 'HDR' photographs all the time. Yeah, I know. So?
I'm not kidding when I mention the capital 'L' in 'Linked'! 'You have been Linked: etc., etc.' Why?
a) It stands out from just 'linked', which is everywhere.
b) More importantly, 'Linked' in the tag line remember?
Ok, I've seen this going around quite a bit in the Linkee's comments:'You have been Linked: etc. Come check out more about The Link System at #dALinkSystem'
Or some variant of that.
You're sweet for doing that.
It makes me feel warm that you'd take the few extra steps to put that in there.
But you're probably
ing us up a bit!!
Ever read anything like this?'You have been featured HERE. Fave the Article so that more people can see you and check out [insert Group name] for more exposure!'
The minute I read that I think of an overweight car salesperson with a huge smile and a massive thumbsup!
Bottom line: the chances of a person checking that Link out are a lot lower because of blatant plugging.
Remember, once they DO check out the Link, they'll see our avatar and their work there, too. THAT has a greater chance of making an impact.
Think about the times you've gotten a response to a thanks like this: 'Not a problem. It's a beautiful piece of work. Please feel free to come look at my gallery.''You have been Linked: [insert url].'
Short and effective, not to mention it takes up less of your time. Obviously, add comments about the piece if you want. Just don't mention TLS. Use the capital 'L' though!
Obviously, not all this stuff is 100%. But it helps more than you think.
Proof that might suggest so, you ask?~tracteurrouge
is basically the Linking Olympiad, and Gold Medalist! She's prolific, and Links like crazy. Others up there would be ~HDRenesys
, and a lot of others I'm not including just because that's enough for the sake of this crazy experiment. Oh, I tend to Link too.
When TLS first started, it was primarily about photography. So:
1. Type in 'The Link System' in the main dA search engine.
2. Click on the ' photography' category.
3. Look at the results. [photographs, artists etc.]
You'll notice something special about the first few pages. Check out the art, the artists, etc.
Yeah, the Olympiad tends to use 90% of those tips and tricks up there.
Finally, mentioning #dALinkSystem
in your Sig will always help!
That's all I can think of right now. I'll add more as I remember or find out. Let us know if you see something that helps awright?
Happy helping, happy tagging and happy Linking. Enjoy it!