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Welcome to the clinic, a place to get help and constructive criticism on your projects. Here's a brief intro on what it is, written by AngryRedhead:

"Some Instructables don't get the attention that they deserve. Many times the reason boils down to presentation, and if the presentation is off in one way or another, an Instructable might flop no matter how wonderful the project is. The presentation of an Instructable requires a certain set of skills which involve story telling, technical writing, planning, and photography. Even the most experienced technical writers and photographers still benefit from an edit or an outside opinion. As an author, it's difficult to see the flaws and errors because your thoughts and experience fill the gaps that might leave readers puzzled. It happens to every author.

If you feel you have an Instructable that isn't getting the attention that it deserves and you would like some ideas on how to improve its presentation, please post a link to it! We're not here to tear it apart or to tell you that you're the most horrible, stupidester person in the whole wide world. We're here to give you ideas for improvement and hopefully get you more attention and recognition for your project ideas. Think of this like editing or proofreading which is something everyone needs regardless of experience, intellect, and knowledge.

If you would like ideas on taking your idea to the next level and making it bigger and more awesomer, please say that you would like this extra advice. You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best instructables have."

So... that's what this forum topic's for. There's a team of seasoned Instructables authors watching this topic, waiting to give you help!



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Kiteman3 years ago

Starting your first Instructable?

Then you need to read this how-to guide.
(Please remember that comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.)

Hello Kiteman,

Can you look at this once and let me know what could i change to get it featured. It has some good views and favourites compared to any other project in the category, yet i do not see it getting featured

http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Mobile-Phone-Case-Project-Geek-5/

Hi ProjectGeek,

I see that your iBle get 4K Views and 149 Favs, that is awesome. That means so many people love your project. I just got this mail in my inbox :

"Your Replacing Old Flashlight Bulb With LED project was just featured by one of our editors. Look for it in the Technology category.

Being featured means we think you are awesome."

I don't expect this simple project being featured, I have some harder projects which I think could be much cooler, are not featured. It doesn't matter, maybe it cannot be reproduce because I mostly use things around me which might be hard for the others to find. As long as I enjoy the project, and I enjoy sharing, maybe it will inspire the others for a cooler projects.

You see that "featured" is given by ONE of the editors. Let's say there are 10 editors [or more] which has their own favorite fields. Let's say there is one that love phone gadgets just like your project. He was on a two hours meeting by the time you submitted your cool iBle. Let's say if there were 100 new iBles in that two hours meeting time, that phone-gadgets-lover-editor might miss yours. Forgive him. He might be too tired after meeting and took another hour for napping, who knew? Or near your submission time, there were some similar projects which made yours not that cool compared to others. So.. I would say that as long as you got views and favs, you can be proud of what you have done ^_^

If a free pro membership is what you are aftering ... leave a message in my inbox and I will send you one ;)

SHARING is one thing that makes this community grows ^_^

lgooms Kiteman28 days ago

Thank you for your post and links. I tried to follow all of your advice. Within an hour of submitting my first instructable this afternoon, my project was featured in Living and on the Homepage. Thanks again!

lgooms lgooms28 days ago

I meant to post my reply to the author. I am thankful for the links you rovided too

WaffleGuru18 hours ago

Hey y'all, I'm still a little new to the Instructables game, and I wanted to see if there was anything I could do to my most recent one to improve my chances of getting featured: http://www.instructables.com/id/Tiny-Faux-Taxiderm...

I know it's kind of short, but I thought I did a better job on this one than on my previous Instructable, which did get featured. I thought my pictures were pretty good, and my instructions were clear, so if y'all have any tips or suggestions for what I could do to improve it, I'm totally open to input. Thanks a bunch! :)

Moem WaffleGuru17 hours ago

I like your I'ble just fine. Honestly, getting featured is also a matter of luck and timing. If it doesn't happen, there might just be too many other feature-worthy projects that got published at the same time.

I can see one thing that might leave room for improvement: it's based on something others might not be able to find easily (the wooden plaques). So maybe a suggestion on how to obtain or make those might help. That's all I got!

WaffleGuru Moem16 hours ago
That's a good idea about where to get the plaques, I can totally add that in there. Thanks!
Vhan4 days ago

Hi, do you think you could help me improve my Instructable?

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Create-an-A...

-Thanks

makendo Vhan2 days ago

you should show an actual animation

Recently posted my first two Instructables,
I have read thru the how-to guide and other tips but I would greatly appreciate some guidance from the experts.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Artsy-Fartsy-Furni...
http://www.instructables.com/id/Water-Glue-Who-Kne...


Thank you!

try to use main image to illustrate project; avoid stock photos. Your photography is fine but your cropping is not; unclutter the background and take a step back. Your modge podge one is a little too uncritical; you may get the same effect initially but without the additional sealers I suspect you may get yellowing/peeling with time.

sirvahid7 days ago

hi. Tnk for your nice information. I just wanted to make an pulse oximetry and i dont have time. Im on my last term of university.... I m from iran and i dont have any card to be pro...pls help me....tnk u

What can I do to improve my rain barrels?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Serial-Style-Rain-Barrels/

When I posted this, the site was going though quite a bit of problems, and it took it quite some time to actually post. It was the middle of the night before it actually posted to the site. However, given that is my very first instructable, I'd like to know how to improve.

Thank you guys in advance!

That project's pretty great, the finished project doesn't make for a super exciting front image but it's well done, the instructions are good , I like it. Maybe bring that cover photo in to show the barrels more and dump the text?

I can do that. I'll focus in tighter on the image when I get home this evening and can take some new pictures.

It's about the only thing I could say against it, the rest of the images are good, illustrative and useful.

LightBug9 days ago

Can anyone help me with this one -

http://www.instructables.com/id/Getting-started-with-FreeScale-K64f/

SohamG16 days ago

Hello Kiteman

Suggest on my instructable :http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-weighing-scale-hack-using-arduino/

violingirl19 days ago

Really simple projects need great photography. Avoid using the flash and check out some guides like http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-take-great-photos-with-an-iPhone/

Thank you!

I don't think I will be redoing the almond kringle instructable any time soon but when I do I will try to keep that in mind.

And for the abacus one do you have any suggestions?

I thought that it would have been a feature worthy instructable.

Try taking a photo of it being used in good natural light. Give some background on how to use one.

hschlech19 days ago

This is my 1st attemp at an instructable and only did one step at this stage:

http://www.instructables.com/preview/EWX32WZIANSGT...

I would appreciate some comments/suggestions before doing the other steps, since I feel it might be a bit verbose...

Honus hschlech18 days ago

I think what you have so far is great- it's great project. I wouldn't worry about your writing at all as I found it easy to follow. On a complex project like this the worst thing you can do is leave out information- just remember that you are trying to explain to someone else how to successfully recreate your project and you'll be just fine.

I would definitely change the title to something simpler like "Low cost 3D printer from simple hardware" or something like that. When you put $50 in the title and people find out it costs significantly more they tend to get upset about that.

Looking forward to seeing it completed!

hschlech Honus18 days ago

Thank you for the feedback Honus, I will definitely heed your advice. I do want to stress the fact that no specialist tools are required...should I perhaps retain the 'only using a dremel, drill and handtools' in the title?

Just call it "3D Printer with Basic Tools" and you're set. Honus is right that simpler is usually better with titles.

AmateurHour19 days ago

Hello, any suggestions on how I could improve this Instructable?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Tire-Rim-Grill-No...

ThisIsSteve20 days ago

Hi there,

I think the pictures and general explanation are great but it would be helpful if you showed what it actually does, as in how a change in your code values makes the servo move. Maybe post a video?

On the technical side, each of the I/O pins on the Core can only support 20mA current draw so I would be extremely hesitant to try and power a servo directly from the core- even sub mico servos can easily draw more than 20mA . If you have to you can connect the servo positive lead to Vin as that would give you 5V directly from the USB input vs. trying to power it from the on board 3.3V regulator.

Servos generate a lot of electrical noise so as a general rule I would always power a servo separately or at least power it using a separate voltage regulator if you have to use a single power source.

Giulia Art19 days ago
Giulia Art20 days ago

Halloween font on the main picture is incongruous

i changed the main font in the main photo:) What do you thinck now?

World120 days ago

i need mine to be improved the link is how to make a rainbow loom bracelet author is World1 the picture below is the intro picture

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mayukh1823 days ago

This is my first instructable
http://www.instructables.com/id/Hide-data-in-an-Im...
It will be nice if you have a look and suggest any improvements that I can bring to it. Thanks in advance.

Animated cover picture doesn't help illustrate actual project

Temporarily mount on a blank wall and take a wider shot.

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Giulia Art22 days ago

Hello everyone:) I just edited one off my old instructables and wanted to ask if it's good for the Homepage!

Here it is:

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Simple-Origami...

Waiting for your answers!

Thank you!

Giulia Art23 days ago

Can someone look at this instructable:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Origami-Rabbit-Easy-Tutorial/

mtairymd29 days ago

Animated GIF problems

My last step in this instructable has an animated GIF. http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Stackable-...

I reduced the file size down but it only animates if you click on the picture. Can anyone help?

Thanks

smaller.gif

Try even making it smaller for the time being. I had to make my last GIF 480x272 to get it to work right in my feed. http://www.instructables.com/id/Luxury-Shower-Unde...

Let me know if that works. It's a great instructable by the way!

Yep, that work!

I reduced each picture to 486x324px.

Thank you.

smallest.gif

I do what a can! :)

Success for me as well! Thanks tomatoskins!

I've had that issue before. Try putting the gif in a different order. I think I found that it wouldn't work in the first or last positions. You may also want to post a comment in this thread to let staff know this is still an issue.

Thanks for the reply. What order/position are you referencing? Mine is in the last step of the instructable. Unfortunately, that's where it should go.

I added the comment to the link you provide as well.

Well, the order of images within the step has made a difference for me in the past. For example. Your gif is the last image in your last step. Try putting it 2nd or 3rd within the step and see if it makes a difference. It helped in one of my ibles but not in another. In the one I never got it to work in, I just put a note in the text of that step to click on the image. It's not a fix, but is perhaps making the best of the situation.

Giulia Art1 month ago

Hello! Can you check out my new instructable ?

http://www.instructables.com/id/Flower-decoration-...

I would like to qualify for the homepage so more people can see it!

Thanks for any advice!

I made 3 instructables, 2 of them got featured and one of these was on the home page. Both featured instructables got approximately the same number of views so I don't think being on the home page means more views.

My most viewed instructable it's the one that was on the home page:)
So,i thinck that is better if you reach the home page with your instructables:)

That is not true.
Being featured means you have lots of viewers in the period of a couple of days. (look at your stats graphs)
After that it decreases and then you'll have a slow but steady flow of viewers coming from search engines.
Over time, this will be far much more viewers than you'll have from simply being featured on the homepage. So, if you're looking for more viewers, it's best to make your instructables search engine friendly.

How to do that?:)

It is all very nicely explained here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Using-SEO-to-increase-an-Instructables-views/

Good luck!

Now i see that it is just featured! What should i change to put it on the home page?

don't change anything!

if it gets featured you did the right stuff!

Yes:) But to get on the instructables homepage it's better!

That means that i made a really great job and my instructable needs to be seen by more people!

Don't you thinck?

The homepage is usually reserved for instructables that are particularly awesome, innovative, or lend themselves to a wide audience. It isn't enough to make a good instructable. It has to be about the right kinds of things as well.

Ok:)

bmears1 month ago

I recently submitted this Instructable and would appreciate any feedback on how to improve it to increase the odds of it being featured. Thank you for your assistance. http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printing-a-Bizarre-Aircraft-Design-from-the-190/

makendo bmears1 month ago

It's an interesting story but I think it's main flaw is that anyone without a personal connection to the idea is unlikely to want to reproduce it. The print itself has come out rather oddly - it looks very low resolution (pixellated, almost) but this seems to be as a result of the file used rather than the limitation of the printer itself.

I have improved this instructable now please feature it.

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-small-and-portab...

sureshmali1 month ago

Hi, Here's my instructable

http://www.instructables.com/id/Home-Automation-4-...

Please suggest me on how this can be done better. I have 960 view, 44 Favs but not sure why it did not make it in featured section. Thanks in advance for your valuable feedback.

It looks pretty good to me, though I don't know anything about the tech behind the project. The one thing I'd recommend is to replace or remove images you took from the Internet and use only images you took our created yourself. Since it's really about automating your water tank, you should make the title reflect that instead of using a generic sounding title. Someone looking to do something similar may never find your ible with that title, and those looking for other types of automation may be disappointed.

Can I get featured and win any contest with this instructable now.I have edited this.

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-small-and-portable-can-stove-powered-by-wasted-o/

I've sent you some thoughts. Check your inbox.

Can this instructable be featured: http://www.instructables.com/id/Natural-Insects-and-mosquito-repellent-less-than-1/

Hello I wonder if anyone would be kind enough to take a look at my most recent instructable.

I notice it doesn't seem to have been featured on the most recent page which could account for a lack of views so far. I hope to enter it to the graphic design contest. So would like for it to be as strong as possible.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
http://www.instructables.com/id/Wooden-world-of-wo...

ProjectGeek1 month ago

Hello awesome people at instuctables, can you have a look at this and let me know what i can do to get this featured on home page.

Custom phone case http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-Mobile-Phon...

The most glaring issue is your English. The way it's written leads me to assume English isn't your primary language. While I can understand what you're trying to get accross, improving the grammar and punctuation would help make it feature-worthy.

Thanks .I will try to improve my English in this instructables and yes English is not my primary language

I will be grateful to you if you can tell me where I should make corrections

Giulia Art1 month ago

Hey people! Can you check out my new instructable ?

I would like to qualify for the homepage so more people can see it!

Thanks for any advice!

Tell me what should I change to get featured on the homepage.Please!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Quilling-Necklace-...

Giulia Art1 month ago

Hey people! Can you check out my new instructable ? I would like to qualify for the homepage so more people can see it!

Thanks for any advice!

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-3d-ori...

FrancescaG21 month ago

it was great.thanks.

goldlego1 month ago

Hello! I was wondering if anyone is willing to offer some advice on how I could improve my instructable? I'd really like it to get featured so that people have a chance to see it before the Crafting 101 contest ends. I'm open to any suggestions and/or improvements.

Here is the link to my instructable:

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Jigsaw-Puzzle/

kondzio291 month ago

Hey all! Can you check out my instructable ? I would like to qualify for the homepage so more people can see it! thanks for any advice!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Lemonator-3D-printed-juice-squeezer-of-awesomeness/

Giulia Art1 month ago

What do you thick about this instructable?It's high quality and step by step!
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-3D-Ori...

Great Instructable! Very easy to understand!

Giulia Art1 month ago

Made another instructable:

http://www.instructables.com/id/India-Origami-Flag...

What do you guys thinck about it?:)

Thank you!

Nice tutorial! Have known about 3-D origami for a long time, but never been able to master it........Until now!

Thank you:)

ThisIsSteve1 month ago

I know this is already featured but I need help in making this better.

http://www.instructables.com/id/View-any-Web-Conte...

Thank you

Giulia Art1 month ago

I thinck that this need to be featured!What do you thinck guys?
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Simple-Origami...

Anyone want to review this instructable for me?

Thank you:)

I think it's tough to get paper airplanes featured. http://www.instructables.com/member/OrigamiAirEnforcer/ has >300 instructables on the topic, all high quality, and only 6% featured.

thank you for your answer makendo:)

My indestructible comes from experience from 2 years
& I am surprised people like it 20 favorite in 5 hours, I think it deserve to be featured :)

http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-your-own-product-Protect-Your-Business-Idea-/

A few of your pictures look like stock photos. Featured instructables usually, if not always, include only original photos created by the author.

ok thanks :) I take your advice in my new Indestructible, In featured section now

Great! FYI, it's instructable not indestructable. To instruct means to teach and indestructable means it can't be destroyed.

looool sorry :D I hate auto correct....

your awesomeness is indestructible! :)

Thanks :D awsome guy

ThisIsSteve1 month ago

I know this is already featured but I need help in making this better.

http://www.instructables.com/id/View-any-Web-Conte...

Thank You

Proto G1 month ago

It has been 1 month since I published my my first instructable! So far, I have published 11 instructables and 7 of them have been featured. Can you guys/gals critique my instructables. What am I doing right? What could I be doing better? Thanks!

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