Instructables

How to Get "Featured"

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!
 
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Step 1: Have a Good Idea

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.
bjornacorn4 years ago
About how long does it take to get featured?
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 DJ Radio2 years ago
I have had some Instructables featured after a few hours, but recently one was featured more than three years after it had been posted.
took me 3 days :P .
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
Redstormx12 years ago
woo i got featured and i dont even know what it means .
Rowen274 years ago
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 Rowen272 years ago
They send you a personal message in your inbox. They did to me, anyway.
your dog4 years ago
 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.
jamiec534 years ago
so how would I get this instructible featured?
That's not an Instructable, it's a small collection of references to software.

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No, it's telling people how to customise their desktop
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
Yes but not many people would find the software on the instructible unless they were specifically looking for it by name
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
OK thanks.
DJ Radio5 years ago
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?
I second the pancakes, but first i went scrolling down the comments further and further then saw this...
- this is ironic. an instructable on how to get your instructable featured didnt get featured itself.

Precisely what I was going to say.
lol
wenpherd4 years ago
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
Skyfinity5 years ago
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.
frollard TNEN5 years ago
they're not especially bad - but they lack some of the pizazz, originality, and 'polish' (shiny, not 'the country') needed for a feature.

The ideas are okay, their execution is adequate.

Featured items are things you immediately want to give 5* after you read it.
buterSBob296 years ago
hi joe
Labot2001 (author)  buterSBob296 years ago
... I'm not Joe.
no you're not i am joe!
I thought you were rick, and Labot was bob. I'm joe!
So, why didn't this get featured?
Oh, the irony...
yeah this is very good.
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...)
they feature you if they like the subject? that sounds like a load of crap.
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.
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)  Yerboogieman6 years ago
Ha, Idk, this is old... just mostly wrote it out of boredom...
I though you were supposed to put in time and sweat, and shed tears over the idea!
Nope, its a hobby and they suck if they wont post the instructable just cause they dont like it.
so what are the names of the big guys
go to the "about"page at the bottom.
emdarcher5 years ago
how do you make a guide?
Labot2001 (author)  emdarcher5 years ago
I have no idea. Ask noah.
regular users cant do it anymore.
Derin5 years ago
I'm going to try these tips once I get a good idea.Very nice Instructable,by the way!
Kryptonite5 years ago
if ur tryin to show how to get featured, ur settin a really bad example.
Labot2001 (author)  Kryptonite5 years ago
Why do think that?
It's nice layout, but i think you need to have less obvious things in it. Like, get a good idea! Yea, hooray, if u don't have one then there's no point in having an instructable on it. It's good that you have links to examples though. There's an instructable by Plasmana that show's how to do word formatting on instructables, and if u put a link to it on ur 'able people won't get confused and ask how to do it. Your word layout could be looked into as well. Apart from that it's reasonably ok.
Steamdnt5 years ago
So basicly your saying to kiss ....
triumphman6 years ago
So, to get featured you kind have to get noticed by the BIG KAHOONAS?
coolz6 years ago
about step 3... Lemonie did that, right?
Labot2001 (author)  coolz6 years ago
Tetranitrate.
coolz Labot20016 years ago
no, no. he hasnt been there since 3 days before keith-kid showed up
Labot2001 (author)  coolz6 years ago
Did you click the link? It's Tetranitrate. He was MIA for a few months.
Great job.
But...

"Remember that only the big guys at Instructables HQ 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."

That's not true. Eric picked some members in the bast to have the ability to feature some members.

Great job once again! +1 rating.
Labot2001 (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Thanks for the correction! I'll be sure to update!
I just realized I'm at the end of your Instructable. Nice job once again!
Labot2001 (author)  GorillazMiko6 years ago
Yupp =]
I think making instructables of your own interests is a better idea than on those of people who can feature...writing about something you have a passion for almost always results in a better instructable.

Other than that, the most important parts to me are good pictures, spelling, and grammar. You can tell that the author of a good instructable went through and proof read his instructable/made sure the pictures were in focus, well lit, and thorough.

Nice instructable =]
runaway an admin!
I concur, do what you find interesting, you never can tell what people will like (I'm shocked as heck that my whistle instructable is so popular), Not only that but when you follow your passions you'll find there is a greater satisfaction in an original work, than there is in fanboyishly copying someone else just for popularity. If anyone's interested, here's what I "do" to feature an instructable. I read it first, and it needs to make me think either, "that's clever", "wow, that's dedication" or "aww how sweet" Next, I check to make sure it's not out of character compared to their other instructables, for example, if some one posts "How to build a Farnsworth Fusor" and al their other instructables are Knex guns, well that's suspicious, then I'll do a quick google to make sure it's not cribbed, then and only then do I go back and feature it. Sometimes i'll wait, if I am drawn back to read it again, even a day later, if it hasn't been featured at that point I'll feature it, even with out the qualities I outlined, but just because it was interesting enough to read again.
Because it's a way sweet whistle! ;-)
Labot2001 (author)  Weissensteinburg6 years ago
Thanks! And I agree with you, on both parts ;]
Keith-Kid6 years ago
what happens when your instructable gets featured? Like do you get an email or something?
Labot2001 (author)  Keith-Kid6 years ago
Yeah, they email you.
Keith-Kid6 years ago
The way this is written, makes me think of an infomercial or one of those old educational films they show at schools. You should totally make a video!
Brennn106 years ago
Nice compilation Labot! I am sure this will inspire a good amount of users to make even more fantastic instructables!
Labot2001 (author)  Brennn106 years ago
Thanks! That was the idea ;]
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Great instructable! I've been featured twice
Labot2001 (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Thanks!

Would you say that it was helpful? And would you say that it was accurate?

Oh, how I do love opinions =]
The most important thing is to be original, and make it instructable themed. (check out my instructables for ideas)
KentsOkay6 years ago
Hey nice +1
Labot2001 (author)  KentsOkay6 years ago
Thank yewww ;]
Nice instructable. I actually got featured twice...
Labot2001 (author)  Darth Trainman6 years ago
Thanks! And cool! I've been featured once, I guess that's sorta what got me to make this one.
Kiteman6 years ago
..... !

Pssst, your links in Step Two ("Extra Help") are messed up - they bring you right back here.
Labot2001 (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Agh! Thanks! Right on it! and what's with the ".... !"?
Veteran?!?

Why, you young whippersnapper! Hold my walking frame, somebody, while I get my teeth so I can tell him off properly ... oh dear, it's happened again ... sorry, nurse, I'll get a cloth ...
Labot2001 (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
LOL. xD