Introduction: How to Get "Featured"

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Kiteman, Tetranitrate, TimAnderson... these guys are just a few of the Instructables veterans that you see on the front page.

But wait! How do I get featured? How can someone like me, an average Joe, with bare minimum tools and random junk, have his own Instructable make a first-class appearance on the front page?

That, my dear Watson, is exactly what I plan to show you. This Instructable will offer several tips, tricks, and more tips on how YOU can hit the headlines!

Step 1: Have a Good Idea

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One of the easiest ways to get featured is simply by having a good idea. Of course, it doesn't hurt to know your audience. hehehe...

Remember that only the big guys at Instructables HQ(and then a select few) can feature someone. It might help to know what they're into. View their Personas, check out their interests, browse through some of their Groups and Favorites; kind of get a "feel" for what they like.

However, there are many "big guys" at Instructables, and almost all areas of interest are sure to be covered. In fact, it's probably best to just make an Instructable over an area of interest that appeals to you, and hey, you never know, you may inadvertently be featured.


So what is a "good idea", exactly?

Well, what defines a good idea is a prime example of what we call an opinion. However, even though it can be argued that all ideas are good ones to someone or another, there are a few "ideas" that probably should not be written about in an instructable. These would be the common knowledge ideas, instructables that have already been published*, K'Nex guns (hehe, just kidding guys =P), etc.

*Note: To see if an instructable similar to your idea has already been submitted, try a search. And remember, if someone has published an instructable on your idea, you can always publish your own with variations or improvements, just remember to credit the original author and post a link on your instructable ;]


Extra Help:
Need a good idea? These guys are chock full of 'em:
Kiteman
TimAnderson
Peruse their instructables for inspiration.

Step 2: Make a Great Instructable

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WHAT??

Whaddaya mean, make a great instructable??

What do I mean? Well, precisely what I said. One of the things that I've noticed is that it takes commitment to make a great instructable. Those who appear on the front page often do so because they put their blood, sweat, and tears into their work. They take their time not only to develop their idea, but also to take many helpful photos documenting every step, taking care and precaution in everything they do, checking for errors as they go along, correcting any mistakes in the build process, and finally, actually writing the instructable.

Now, if it's tips on the actual writing that you expected help with, I'd recommend going here.

If you want my personal opinion, here it is: observe the unique writing styles of others. Yes, quite simply, that's precisely what I did to develop my own "style". Skim through some of the Featured instructables, taking note of the authors' uses of different tools. Ask yourself questions: why did he bold that item? why did she italicize that phrase? why is there a horizontal dividing line in this spot? Asking yourself these questions will help you to understand the authors' motives for doing each action, helping you to develop your own opinion of what you should do.



Here's something to get you started: a self-analysis of my own writing style:
- I almost always bold the first word or phrase in a new paragraph. It helps to draw the reader's attention to the new paragraph.
- I also bold or italicize important words or phrases.
- I provide links wherever possible.
- I like to keep my paragraphs nice and short, because I have poor eyesight and often lose my place in long paragraphs.
- I ALWAYS use proper grammar and utilize Firefox's spell check ;]
- And of course, it never hurts to throw in a dash of humor; I've noticed that most users tend to implement humor into their image notes.

Oh! And one more thing! Don't know how to make horizontal lines, or lists, or smaller text, etc? Fear no more ;)


Extra Help:
Some fantastic writing styles, and overall superb instructables:
Kiteman
Goodhart
Tetranitrate
canida
GorillazMiko

Step 3: Alternative Method

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And if all else fails,

You could always mysteriously disappear for 7 months.;)

Well, that concludes this segment. Have fun and good luck!
~Labot

Comments

supernoodle2014 (author)2016-10-14

Fear no more link is dead and cold you please fix it.

MakerIan (author)2016-08-13

Fear no more link for formattin in step 2 is a bad link

slimtender. (author)2016-08-10

I don't know well this site yet, but as for me I have seen my project to be featured after a couple of days...

SiddharthP127 (author)2016-07-06

Mine got featured in a few minutes!

Kacey Stevens - Rowe (author)2016-01-31

I don't know what that means

Governor Keagan (author)2015-10-28

I didn't know it took so much to get featured

izzyspeaks123 (author)2015-05-31

Holy cow!! I had no idea how hard it was to get featured. I wrote one about cleaning a particular coffee pot (Bunn Velocity Brew) that involved removing the tank and all the goodies. It was featured in 15 minutes????

bjornacorn (author)2009-08-08

About how long does it take to get featured?

DJ Radio (author)bjornacorn2009-10-21

My first featured project, the lego guide, was featured a few days after I posted it.   My second featured project , the OSSR (Now unfeatured btw) was featured around a month after it was posted.

I've heard of ibles that took a few years to actually get featured.

Phil B (author)DJ Radio2012-03-14

I have had some Instructables featured after a few hours, but recently one was featured more than three years after it had been posted.

Redstormx1 (author)bjornacorn2012-02-22

took me 3 days :P .

finton (author)bjornacorn2011-10-17

To provide an answer over two years later: about 4 hours. I worked all night (ie the sun had come up as I finished it) on Fish-pond-from-tractor-or-car-tires and it was featured within hours and popular the same day - AND I got a few free months Pro membership! Told my wife ALL about it!! : ]
My second two have never got a mention. Mind you, they don't deserve to. Maybe my chicken coop one will, when I post it...

mine was featured the day I put it up

Redstormx1 (author)2012-02-22

woo i got featured and i dont even know what it means .

Rowen27 (author)2010-02-22

How does one find out when they were featured? I just came back after a long absence to find that my group "tech's Workshop" had a featured banner on it, that in it's self is very cool, but I'd love to know when it happened. Any Ideas where I could find this information...?

Jen

Flecks (author)Rowen272011-09-08

They send you a personal message in your inbox. They did to me, anyway.

your dog (author)2010-04-06

 I was wondering why my instructables could not get featured. I used good pictures, even they were a little simple. Here is an link to all of them.

jamiec53 (author)2009-10-24

so how would I get this instructible featured?

lemonie (author)jamiec532009-10-24

That's not an Instructable, it's a small collection of references to software.

L

jamiec53 (author)lemonie2009-10-24

No, it's telling people how to customise their desktop

lemonie (author)jamiec532009-10-24

It's telling people about some software that they could download and install. That doesn't count as showing something that you've made or done. And showing someone how to download and install software isn't of much value, since most people can manage to do it without being shown how.

L

jamiec53 (author)lemonie2009-10-24

Yes but not many people would find the software on the instructible unless they were specifically looking for it by name

lemonie (author)jamiec532009-10-24

Yeah it's got useful information in it, but it's not really a "how-to" more of a "here-is". To point back to your original question, this is why it wouldn't be considered for featured content.

L

jamiec53 (author)lemonie2009-10-24

OK thanks.

DJ Radio (author)2009-01-01

I have a few notes: - this is ironic. an instructable on how to get your instructable featured didnt get featured itself. - YAY! I got featured! sure it was a few months ago, but whatever, its a big feat. (it was my lego guide) - Is there something more to get featured than having a good idea and having a good quality instructable? like getting it noticed by the right people?

The 4th Doctor (author)DJ Radio2009-10-21

I second the pancakes, but first i went scrolling down the comments further and further then saw this...

YummyPancakes (author)DJ Radio2009-04-11

- this is ironic. an instructable on how to get your instructable featured didnt get featured itself.

Precisely what I was going to say.

DJ Radio (author)YummyPancakes2009-04-11

lol

wenpherd (author)2009-08-10

would any of you notice if i was gone for six months?

not st all

i man not at all

i mean not at all

Skyfinity (author)2009-07-27

I can't help but feel many of the really awesome and useful instructables aren't being featured, whereas the ones with really great main photos, but maybe not textual content get on the front.

buterSBob29 (author)2008-03-17

hi joe

Labot2001 (author)buterSBob292008-03-17

... I'm not Joe.

santy22 (author)Labot20012008-03-31

no you're not i am joe!

YummyPancakes (author)santy222009-06-01

I thought you were rick, and Labot was bob. I'm joe!

Yerboogieman (author)2009-04-16

So, why didn't this get featured?

Oh, the irony...

wenpherd (author)Yerboogieman2009-05-21

yeah this is very good.

YummyPancakes (author)2009-04-12

Have you ever realized that every single one of the admins' Instructables are featured? I would call that a little self-favoritism. (No offense, admins. Oh jeez. Here comes ewilhelm. He's got a knife. I think I'll run for my life now...)

Yerboogieman (author)2008-06-06

they feature you if they like the subject? that sounds like a load of crap.

dsman195276 (author)Yerboogieman2008-06-13

i don't really like it aether, as only the featured get on the front page, and they never feature knex instructables, no matter how good.

DJ Radio (author)dsman1952762009-04-11

Killerk is the only one who has had all his knex ibles featured.... Darth trainman has the most featured knex ibles. It may be the sheer volume of knex ibles that makes most of them ignored and not featured.

They featured KILLERKs' guns.

nope now they do

Labot2001 (author)Yerboogieman2008-06-06

Ha, Idk, this is old... just mostly wrote it out of boredom...

ultrauber (author)Labot20012008-08-21

I though you were supposed to put in time and sweat, and shed tears over the idea!

Yerboogieman (author)ultrauber2008-08-21

Nope, its a hobby and they suck if they wont post the instructable just cause they dont like it.

Thelonelysandwitch (author)2008-11-14

so what are the names of the big guys