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Just a short journal to answer one of the questions that I get a lot.

First of all, it's important to know what exactly are DeviantArt points?
DeviantArt points are a currency that is used on DeviantArt alone. In this website, you can buy points, you can get them, collect them, and buy things for them. It's basically the DeviantArt equivalent to money. Which might come in useful because even for those that don't have a credit card or Paypal account, it is now possible to get a premium membership. Points can be either bought, or gotten for free from other members. There are many ways to get them. I will list a few here.

:bulletred: Most obvious one: Buy them for money. You need credit card or Paypal, though.
:bulletred: Trade them for llama's. your-username.deviantart.com/badges/ will list people that'll trade llama's for point on the right side. Give that person a llama, and you'll get some points. It's as simple as that.
:bulletred: Open up a donation on your page with the donation widget. So people that feel generous can give you some. It helps stating what you use the points for. For example: a premium membership, contests or giveaways.
:bulletred: Do point commissions. You draw, and people will pay you in points. It's as simple as that. Remember. 1 point = $0.01. So make sure you don't sell yourself short.
:bulletred: Join giveaways. The journal portal often lists many giveaways in which the prizes are points. Rules differ per giveaway.
:bulletred: Join contests. Prizes are often in points. Rules differ per contest.
:bulletred: Bots like dAhub or dATrade will give you points for watching, faving and giving llama's to people. While this might seem unfair to some, it's certainly a way to collect points more quickly. And it might be even a good way to discover new and unknown artists.
:bulletred: Asking people. It's a way... but I would advice against doing so, as it will certainly NOT gain you any sympathy by people here. Asking for points is seen as the online equivalent of being a beggar; downwards annoying. You might be able to succeed, if you have a good reason, though (although I don't know whatever reason that would be)

Anyhow... happy point collecting! :points:


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:icontruedreamer07:
TrueDreamer07 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks! Sure did need this yesterday. I wanted to donate to someone who was a few points away from their goal, but had none to give.:( (Sad) 

But thanks to you, now I can!Hug 
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Widyadk Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Artist
oops
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Widyadk Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student Artist
ppl said dATrade dosnt work again
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:iconneedmorepolski:
NeedMorePolski Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok! Thanks for the help!
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:iconwidyadk:
Widyadk Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Student Artist
Uhh,converting prices to points?
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:iconchatterboxthepony:
ChatterboxThePony Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you get points from commissions, how do you collect them?
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
People will send them to you, I think, so they will be added to your account automatically
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:iconchatterboxthepony:
ChatterboxThePony Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ALright.
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:iconfewd-forever:
Fewd-Forever Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1$=80 points

1 point is 2 cents
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:iconjustinizbored:
justinizbored Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Watch me I watch back! :)
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:iconjalexgamer:
JAlexGamer Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Llama trades are so difficult to find... Also, there are people who like to "hunt" trades to collect points.
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:iconeleosl:
EleosL Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I See... thank you for your help
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:iconmilesthecreator:
MilesTheCreator Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just do a second account...
Then I do the llama trade and give it to my main account :D (Big Grin)
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:iconjyotiraut:
JyotiRaut Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks for the info. Now I know what the points mean and what you can do with them. Also how to get them!:)
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:iconkate-colourtheory:
Kate-ColourTheory Featured By Owner May 20, 2014   Writer
Only recently I started reading journals, and I've found yours to be helpful and interesting to read. Thank you for sharing, because honestly I don't know a lot about DA points. :D
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YW :)
I'm happy to share what I know
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Azleah44 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Damai you have become immensely helpful with your last 10 or so journals. Not only are they constantly featured in the Journal Portal constantly, but they inform people one proper etiquette around DA. Now there are plenty of these journals around DA finding them is a problem. For someone who has over 22,000 watchers, many people get exposure to these rules, and you see the results from them. :) If only more people actually read the etiquette FAQ more often................... Thanks for being such a good role model.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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Lewanut Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
The largest sum of points I've ever been given was in response to this poll. “Make a weird joke” apparently is an unlisted option.
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:icondaxkhariya:
daxkhariya Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're a legend.
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:icondarkslayersmith:
DarkSlayerSmith Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
good to know since im new and all,much appreciated!
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:iconzubair43:
zubair43 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank u very much it really helped a lot.Hug 
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:iconhkfa:
HKFA Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the info..
..and for the gift ;]
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:iconsmrrfette:
smrrfette Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helpful--!

I've always wondered what they were used for but always managed to forget to Google it haha

Anyways, thanks you!
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:icontigerdragonmaster:
TigerDragonMaster Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just be careful with the bots. If they don't consider you active enough they won't give you points. 
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:iconsexyfairy:
sexyfairy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I didn't know about the bots D:
Thanks for the info! :D 
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:iconwhetsit-tuya:
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is why I watched you because you're the most informative person on dA
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D glad to be so
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:iconwhetsit-tuya:
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Filmographer
And one of the most helpful
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Inemiset Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You should add Adoptables to the list. One could argue that they are like commissions, but unlike commissions, you make the character beforehand and wait for someone to buy. It's VERY effective, and that's how I get most of my points.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess that falls under commissions. Same principle. You make something and people pay for it.
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:iconkittythenekoalien:
KittyTheNekoAlien Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm checking up on the bots :o
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AngelheartTheWarrior Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For the bots, I would use dAhub. I'm not sure if the other one is bot-run or user-run, but generally the user-run bots end up becoming severely inactive and you'll just be wasting your time on them.

But that's my two cents. :P
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:iconkittythenekoalien:
KittyTheNekoAlien Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good to know :o I'll keep that in mind.
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:iconangelheartthewarrior:
AngelheartTheWarrior Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~
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:iconericshuffman:
ericshuffman Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
tried them, haven't had any luck. altho i did find some great artists to watch n fav.
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:iconchive-turkey:
Chive-Turkey Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
"Prices are often in points" = "Prizes are often in points" for contests.
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:iconsahasav:
sahasav Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
: D
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:iconchameleonist:
Chameleonist Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I already knew all this, but I'm glad someone posted, because I forgot about some of the options!! Thanks! ^^
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:iconmeyoko89:
Meyoko89 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for explaining! :)
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Claire-tte Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty interesting list! I'm not used to this point system yet, but it's good to know for the llamas option - I've got a few ones.
As for the commissions, are they only on our friends' pages? Not only for the points, I also think that could be challenging ^^
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Cassey-B-Liberty Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done , it's helpfull , I saw link to DAhub on one of my watcher's page, but I newer known, that is the bot giving points for watching.

In my case , I not need points, if it's not important and If it's not clearly about my friends or others or me - I purchased points for last half year only once and only for do a giveaway - no more reasons like "just premium account, why not" etc.. And if I have a real reason, I can get some of them by internet banking/PayPal . Personally for me, things like premium account have no usage - I can show my creations without it. I not doing any commissions or contests - so clearly for me is this thing largely useless.

About bots here I reading first time , so points for watching peoples etc..? - I don't know, what I need to think about it.
Discover more art and artists I also can by browsing through Deviantart - newest etc.

And the last - asking for points, I'm not one of the peoples, that are asking for it, whether I have points or not . I would hate myself a little for it :) - It looks for me as another form of "begging" .

My opinion: If I not doing giveaway or I not planning send to somebody as support some points, I not need them here:)

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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you need points and what you use them for is entirely up to you.
I just list the possibilities here, because I get asked about it a lot :)
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Cassey-B-Liberty Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ehh .. so - sorry for a little off topic.
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:iconlazy-remnant:
Lazy-remnant Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's very unfortunate that the gear/merchandise shop had to close. 
I have a couple thousand Points that I plan to spend on some dA trinkets but now that it's no longer available for sale (or bought with Pts).... It's pretty much worthless for me now (not particularly interested on Premiums)

Well, do people still value Points? I'm thinking of trading them for some features; I read your journal about marketing some time ago, and I realized that in order to increase the chance of getting commissioned, I have to press on the marketing.  
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:iconsachi-pon:
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you can use your points to commission people. or just give the points away. XD
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:iconlazy-remnant:
Lazy-remnant Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:XD: 
Commissioning people, huh? That's a nice idea. 
A giveaway probably would be the last thing on my list, though.
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:iconxenaris:
Xenaris Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
So getting point just for watching people and favouriting their artwork - hm. That would explain why some people fave everything that has just been uploaded and watch and unwatch me again.
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It only works if you are featured in the bot.
If you choose not to, they don't get points.
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