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Hi guys ^^
Today I’m going to walk you through the process of creating and growing your deviantart group. I will cover everything I know about groups, making them, choosing setting, growing them so you have a larger audience,  affiliations and much more.  I will set it up in paragraphs so if you’ve already completed 1 of the steps you can move right to the next. Here is an outline of the steps and the order they will appear in.
1. Creating Your Group
2. Managing Your Group Settings
3. Designing you front page. *This includes Uploading the Avatar*
4. Making Group Rules
5. Growing your audience/members. *This also explain Invites and Affiliation request*
6. Contact me with questions


The first step is creation. The quickest way to get to the “create your group” button is to go to the search bar for da. Don’t type in anything, just move to the spot next to it where you have a drop down list of categories to search in. Find the category labeled “groups” click it, and then hit “go”. Directly above were all the groups will be displayed is a banner stretching across most of the page. It will say “Create or convert an existing group”. Click it, and you should be taken to a page that will ask for your group name and description. It will also ask for the location and type of group. Now when it asks for the location it does NOT mean where you are located. You always want to choose the option “Global” unless you want your group dedicated to deviants who are in a specific area *Example: Deviants-of-Asia…then you would choose Asia instead of global*. Now that we understand that lets move to the next step.  The type of group should be simple, if you want a group dedicated to your favorite person, singer, artist, ect it would be a “fan group” if its just about talking it would be a “social group” so on and so forth. There are other categories to choose from and their basically self explanatory. Now a quick note when choosing your group name is da WON’T let you have spaces, so instead of running your group name together you should separate the name with –‘s *Example: Get_watchers instead of GetWatcher* it looks better and allows more people to find your group through da’s search engine. Now for the last step in creating your group is the area where it asks what your group is about. What you type here is unchangeable *as is your group name* and is what everyone will see directly under your group name, also the words you type here are like key words…so when people use the search engine these are the words that connect your group to what they type. So remember to make into sentences and use words that describe what your group is about. Now when you finish these processes hit “submit” and you will be told your group is going through a submission process and needs to be approved. Don’t worry about this, basically every group gets accepted it just takes a few hours, at most a day. CONGRATS!!! You’ve just created your da group.

The second step is choosing your settings. As soon as your group gets accepted you want to go mess with these settings. Go to your group home page and look to the upper right area of your screen and find a button that looks like a red circle with a white dash through it and says “admin area”. Click it and the look to the upper left area of the screen and look for a button that says “manage members” it should have 3 people in a triangle shape on it *my description may be a bit off but it is in the upper left area of your screen*.  Now the rest is up to you on what you want your settings to be, but I will tell you have to set the settings separately for each co-founder, contributors, members, and affiliates. So start with co-founders and move down the list. To do this look to the left of the screen and choose either co-founder, contributors, affiliates or members. After clicking one of these look to the right of your screen and this is where the settings you choose are. My suggestion is go straight to “members” and open your join request, because they are closed until you change this.  Another thing is every time you make a new folder in your gallery it is automatically closed to your members, co-founders, ect.  It’s only open to the founder. So every time you make a new folder in your gallery you have to go in settings and open it to member, co-founders, ect. At first you may not be able to find the folder you created in setting, well I’ll help you with that. In your settings *whether it be members, co-founders, ect * Under the setting gallery *on the right…you may have to scroll to see it* you will only see an area to open/close the featured folder, well as soon as you make at least one folder *other than the one you start with* a blue link will appear under this area that will say “show all folders” click it and all your folders will appear and you will have to set each folders setting and the redo it when you move to the next section *Example you just finished the settings for Co-Founder, well now you have to do this all over again, but this time for members or contributor, ect*.  Every new folder you make you will have to go in settings and open it before people can contribute to it. Another BIG thing to remember is you want people to be able to join as regular MEMBERS. Do not limit them to co-founder or contributor. The reason is, is co-founder and contributor are considered “administrators” and people can only be administrators of 3 groups unless they have a premium account. If you don’t let people join as a regular member LESS people will join your group guaranteed.

The third step is designing your front page. To the right of your group home page their should be a button near the top that says “edit page” or something similar. Click it and you can rearrange and add new widgets to your group page. Once done with that you can move your mouse to the right upper corner of each individual widget and a pencil should appear in the right upper corner of the widget. Click this and you can edit each individual widget to your liking. Also In the left upper area of you group you will notice you have an area for an avatar. You add your avatar the same way you edit your widgets, by moving your mouse to the upper right corner of your avatar *or the outline of where your avatar should be*.  Click it and upload an avatar.

The fourth step is not required, but is helpful. Make your first blog post the “rules” of your group. You can make them whatever you like and make as many or few as you want, it’s your group ;)

The fifth step is to grow your audience/watchers. To do this simply send invitations to deviants you think might be interested in or benefit from your group.  People will occasionally stumble upon your group themselves and join but do NOT wait for this. Take it upon yourself to spread the word. To send invitations go to your group home page and on the top of the group page it should give you some things to “get you started” in a banner across the page. In this list is a button that looks like a white envelope that says something like “invite”. Click and type the name of the deviant and the invite message you would like them to see. That simple. Next is sending affiliation request out. Affiliation is basically advertising each others groups on your page, so be careful who you affiliate with because it reflects what your group stand for and what you see as acceptable. To send an affiliation request go to the same place where you can send “invites” it should be a button next to or very close to it in the list of “things to get you started”. Another way to advertise your group is to add a link to it & its name in your signature *you’ll notice this is something I have done, if you want an example look at my profile and look at a comment I left there*. One more helpful way to advertise your group is to make a blog post from your account *NOT your group* page about your new group and add a link to it there. That way all of your watchers will be notified. Now go and spread the word and good luck ^^

If you have any additional questions please do ask =) I’m happy to help anyone.
Also I give everyone permission to copy and paste this anywhere they like as long as you credit me!
I actually encourage it as many people have no knowledge of groups.
~Megan~
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AlyssasART Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey,
I how do I change the settings , that the members can join my group and I don't need to invite them? That they send me (or my group) a request for beeing a member?

Sorry for the bad english :D
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deneen990 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was in Paragraph #2
once you get into settings, then members, just look for where it says "join requests"
here's the part on how to get their
The second step is choosing your settings. As soon as your group gets accepted you want to go mess with these settings. Go to your group home page and look to the upper right area of your screen and find a button that looks like a red circle with a white dash through it and says “admin area”. Click it and the look to the upper left area of the screen and look for a button that says “manage members” it should have 3 people in a triangle shape on it *my description may be a bit off but it is in the upper left area of your screen*. Now the rest is up to you on what you want your settings to be, but I will tell you have to set the settings separately for each co-founder, contributors, members, and affiliates. So start with co-founders and move down the list. To do this look to the left of the screen and choose either co-founder, contributors, affiliates or members. After clicking one of these look to the right of your screen and this is where the settings you choose are. My suggestion is go straight to “members” and open your join request, because they are closed until you change this.

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AlyssasART Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your help :3
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deneen990 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem.
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NautilusL2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, I have a question! So I want to invite people to my group, what can I say that does not sound needy or annoying? Like "hey, I saw that you like so-and-so and I have this group for it, why don't you join or stop by?" is that a good invitation?

Thanks!
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deneen990 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The best way of wording something like that **assuming it's a fan club by the way you worded it** may be along the lines of
"Hi there,
I'd like to invite to our group because i thought it may hold interest for you. I'f love it if you could take a look & maybe join us =)"

but what you have works, I guess that's just super formal *what i wrote* kind of :shrug:
either way works :nod:
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NautilusL2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great, thank you! Yeah it is a fan group of a very special character dear to my heart.

So the people that I invite, should they have a couple of gallery pictures that relate to my group before I invite them? Because then the could contribute instantly? Or do I invite people who say they like so-and-so but have no art to show for it? Or is it just a free for all?

Thanks for answering my questions btw, you're really helping out!
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deneen990 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I personally run my fan groups to both those who just like & those who have art because sometimes a group will inspire a fan to do work related to that person. If you don't know if someone likes the person or not then I wouldn't suggest inviting them, of course they could join on there own, but if they dont know whoit is or they dont like him you could get a troll just for asking them because they'll consider you spam
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NautilusL2 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ok, thanks for your help! :D
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deneen990 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem =)
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