Here's a tip that applies to most aspects of your life, not just how to make mad cash as an artist:
Anything worth having requires work. Real work. Earn it.
If winning favors on DeviantArt is part of your business plan...then keep pimping, because that's about all you will amount to. If you aim to make a business of your art...then I suggest focusing on your art. A false sense of celebrity is just going to stunt your growth.
'Yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible.'
~John Milton; Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 62~