What a friend of mine did that seemed to work was he created art that was in a specific genre then posted links of that art that was hosted on deviantart in forums on other websites. That built up a lot of traffic for him and many of the people who were seeing his art on those site were also members of deviantart so they fav'd his stuff and he built up an impressive following. He passed me in viewership within his first month and I've been on here for years but I never self promote or do anything. My account on here is more of a library of stuff than it is a place for me to promote my work. He is just way more involved than I am and it doesn't hurt that his artwork kicks ass.
His stats member for 7 years: 131 Deviations 6,293 Comments 66,934 Pageviews 24 Scraps 1,125 Watchers 0 Critiques 28 Forum Posts 8,275 Favourites
My stats member for 10 years: 76 Deviations 685 Comments 9,548 Pageviews 0 Scraps 84 Watchers 0 Critiques 171 Forum Posts 1,727 Favourites
I also post stuff I want to share or get eyeballs on o my twitter Mijder. My characters as draw by other people (cause lets face it, I'm rubbish) I post to the Domino Comics facebook page (www.facebook.com/dominocomics), website (www.dominocomics.com), and twitter (@DominoComix). Besides that I'm always on the lookout for people on DeviantArt that I can work with or just do stuff I enjoy (see all the Robins in my favorites list).