A qustion about "FEATURED" articles.

I am here from 6 months, I love how instructables works, very friendly community :)
I read some articles about "how to make a good articles?" and I follow the rules, to improve my articles, but that's doesn't work !

I noticed three things:
  • some articles will have over 10,000 view in one day, while others can't have this number with a year, and it's not about the subject or how good was that article!
  • I was reading about contest rules, I think it's not fair to feature some articles and let others suffer without viewers. right?!
  • Last thing, some people have 90% featured articles, and sometimes over 100 articles, & it's not clear enough to be featured.

I think there is something tricky here :P

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I wrote up a guide to help with titles and keywords if you're interested! Doing those two things right definitely help bring in the views. :)


P.S. Don't get discouraged when it comes to featuring and views! It's always hit and miss around here. I have loads of projects with really low views, even though I've got 46 million views overall. Sometimes projects just don't take off and that's okay! Maybe the next project will. :)

Jessy, I have seen your guide before and gone through it now also... you are a genious..

Ha, thanks! :D

antoniraj1 year ago

it is about the subject as well how good the article is... My first instructable "Mini Bio-gas plant using food waste, Decomposable organic material and kitchen waste" which was posted on Sep 26, 2012, still gets almost 1000 views per day and more than 1200 comments on it. One of my instructable which was not even featured has 170,729 views as on today (30 July 2015). you can see the instructable here...


That just shows that the staff here missed the value of your Ible ;)
But also that some are well linked in the search engines and on othr websites.
Sometimes it is enough to have the link posted in a good forum with lots of visitors or a blog to get attention.
In any case a job well done!

thank you Downunder35m...

There's nothing tricky to it, sure there's a formula, starts with great photos and documentation, clear instructions and personally, I think keeping it entertaining tends to help.

It's not fair to feature contest entries? I had to delve in to my old instructables, 2008 - I won a contest with an unfeatured instructable. It can be done.

The viewership, especially a lasting viewership depends a lot more on outside sources pointing to your instructable (not from a web ranking or otherwise way, in fact a lot of instructables appear in the first few google results) which helps but more importantly, whether people are actively looking for something like it, which incidentally is why people will be linking to it.

Some things will permanently give good views, if you're the man with the best answer to a common question. Others are short lived, when everyone got excited over this guys photos of facebook albums I reversed engineered the technique and Petapixel republished it, between the two articles the viewership was big but short lived because people and blogs move on to the next cool thing pretty fast.

Aside from how good the project is, getting something featured depends on the day, time of day, and the community manager

If you want good tags for the search engines try the way of the DUP (dumbest user possible):

Think of your project and what terms could be used to find it in a search engine.

For example a melting furnace for aluminium.
Type these into the search bar and check the results for usable context.
Now refine the search terms, like "furnace melting aluminium foundry home"

or "furnace melting aliminuim home cheap make", if you want to go fancy add "instructables" or better still " site:www.instructables.com" to the search terms.
The last will try to reduce the results to content from Instructables only (or those that list Instructables as a mirror or similar).

If the above already shows a bunch of featured ibles in the result and you main goal is being featured and not just to post an ible you might want a different topic altogether.
Nothing good showing up usually means there could be a need for a good Instructable with high chance of being featured, given it is well made.
You use the same search terms as tags for your ible when publishing ;)
On top of that most search engines also check the content of at least the first page and collect additional infos.
You can increase the chance of being found by highlighting important terms in bold.
These words will be prefered by the search engine and referenced additionally.
So when explaining something on the first page you could write it like this:
"In this ible we will MAKE our own metal melting foundry to melt aluminium scrap for casting projects.
The insulation is made from...."
Maybe not all in one sentence though as it looks a bit weird to the user, but you get the picture.
Just make sure even your blind grandmother could use the ible to do it and add good pics and maybe a short video.
Make sure to use a good and meaningful pic for the intro and you have maxed your chances of being featured - the rest is up to the good guys making the decisions here ;)

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