No shame in saying you'd like to get more views. After all, we all want our photos to be seen, otherwise we likely wouldn't upload them.
The only way to get recognition is to keep shooting, get better and take better photos. Over time, people will remember you as someone who takes good quality photos that are worth looking at. Taken from my experience as someone who views photos and over the years I've developed a good memory of who takes what quality photos.
As for getting views, I guess there are 2 possibilities:
1) People plug their photos wherever they can. Dozens of Facebook groups and even Reddit. I know of a few people who do the latter and you might recognize them as well, as they alway have more or less 'standard' photos in the top 5. There is no rule against plugging your photos (although we do draw the line at computer/bot-generated views), but it's more of a personal boundary. I for one rarely plug my shots and if I do it's maybe to 1 Facebook group or on my own wall/Twitter (or similar).
2) Let nature take its course. Take interesting photos that get the member's attention and the photo will pop up in the top 5 via the 'organic' way.
I've noticed a way of telling the 2 methods apart (not fool proof, but goes a long way):
- When a photo has a high view count but almost none or no likes/comments, it's been plugged.
- When a photo has a high view count and lots of likes/comments, it climbed through the ranks the organic way, with the appreciation of the A.net members who viewed the photo.
In your case, I think you're talking about A6-BLM, which I recall being promoted on the A.net Facebook page some time ago:
Your example incidentally also proves my above mentioned theory
Personally, of course I like it when my photos get lots of views. But I'd rather have 500 views and 10 nice comments/likes than 10.000 views as I find the former much more rewarding. I also get a lot of satisfaction out of uploading new registrations and those rarely get above 250 views (if they break 100 at all).