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The Clinic Answered

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 You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best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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Kiteman (author)2015-09-20

Starting your first Instructable?

Trying to get more views for an existing project?

You need to read this guide:

https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-write-a-gre...

Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:

https://www.instructables.com/community/Featuring-C...

PLEASE, do not reply to this comment - you need to start a fresh top-comment for each new project or problem.

Caveat:
comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not
guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.

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Matlek (author)2018-04-17

Hi all!

Any advice on my last instructable which has not been featured? https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Ma...

I thought I found the perfect recipe to get featured every time, but I guess I was wrong... Or am I getting rusty?

Thanks!

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Akshay GS (author)2018-04-16

Hi all,

This is my first instructable, I want it to reach as many people as possible. Getting it featured will be ideal for that purpose... Please comment some changes so that it can be upto the level of being featured!

https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Ultimate-Terr...

Thanks a lot...

Akshay

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taifur (author)2018-04-16

I want to see my project in next newsletter.

https://www.instructables.com/id/ESP8266-Pro-Tips/

What should I do?

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vidiovo (author)2018-04-12

Posting on The Clinic page really helped me the first time, so I wanted to get some feedback if possible on how to improve this instructables and make it feature-worthy: https://www.instructables.com/id/Classic-Crochet-...

Thanks in advance!

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MichaelsTestKitchen (author)2018-04-08

Just posted this one, but it's been a little while so I was wondering if I should give it more time to get featured or is there an issue with it? It seems up to the level as my other 80 featured instructables...

thanks!

https://www.instructables.com/id/Lemon-Berry-Smoot...

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MichaelsTestKitchen (author)2018-04-07

Hi this ISN'T my instructable, but I was surprised that it wasn't featured, because it has quality pics and step by step instruction (I could be missing something though). Check it out:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Cool-Party-Hat-From-Scratch/

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AmalMathew (author)2018-04-03

My latest Instructables is a unique project,

https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Mini-Wirel...

But it was not featured ,No worries though ,Where I need to improve ,

Thanks In Advance :)

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Studio66Designs (author)2018-04-01

Hi everyone, my very first project https://www.instructables.com/id/Darth-Vader-Bust-Papercraft on Instructables was featured and got a lot of views, since I'm not in finalists league, I want to hear criticism how to improve my (instructable) next projects. And a secondary question: your opinion, does my project deserve to be a finalist or not worth the attention?

Thanks for the constructive answers

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Manoj BR (author)2018-03-31

Please help me, this isn't my first instructable. I have more than 5 featured instructables. Thiis s also upto the same level. But it is not featured. How can I improve this to get it featured.

DIY Android Bluetooth Remote. https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Android-Bluetooth-Remote/

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RajenderK4 (author)2018-03-28

Hey staff members look at my channel I want to be on staff picked section.

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Dangerously Explosive (author)2018-03-26

Tips to get this one featured? Preferably on the homepage?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Pro-Tips-for-Usin...

Thanks!

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RajenderK4 (author)2018-01-24

Guide me for homepage feature my all instructible featured but none of reach at home page feature, please guide what should I do to be on homepage.

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chienline (author)RajenderK42018-03-23

Anyone? Taking a brief look at your instructables I think you need more "Light". Try to make brighter images. Use camera flashes indoor or bring your project outdoor or simply a-magic-wand in photo editors :D

Sometimes we feel like having accurate exposure on our PC/laptop, but it appears darker when uploaded on the net. Maybe it is time to sync our screens.

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Dangerously Explosive (author)2018-03-22

https://www.instructables.com/id/Getting-Started-W...

This is by far my most popular, and probably my best Instructable so far (based on number of favorites it has collected in the short time it has been up). How do I get it (or one similar to it) to the point where it has a better chance of a homepage feature?

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YukonJulie (author)2018-02-22

Hi,

I'm having a problem with the main photo that appears for this instructable:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Draft-Stopping-Do...

There's an option to drag the cover image, which I would like to do so that the head of the snake appears in the photo, but it's not working for this instructable. I've successfully used that drag feature on some of my other instructables but it's not working for this one - perhaps a technical glitch? If this can't be fixed, I'm wondering if I should change the cover photo to one of the snake coiled, which would be a nicely centred photo (e.g. the photo at the end of the instructable) but would't show the snake in it's draft stopping action. Thoughts or advice? Thanks. YukonJulie

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I've been having a similar problem. Sometimes the drag works, but most of the time it either doesn't let me do it at all, or just re-positions itself to cut off the entire right edge of the photo when I click 'Publish'... Super annoying. I get around it by resizing my thumbnails in Word and then using the Snipping Tool to get an image. I think there is a specific set of dimensions that work well for the thumbnails, but I don't know what its is, so I just go for as square an image as possible for the best result.

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Faransky (author)2018-03-19

Hello Everyone,

Does anyone have suggestions, where and how should I improve my latest Instructable?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Tiny-LED-Matrix-D...

Thanks in advance!

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It looks pretty good to me. In my opinion, it's a bit long-winded, but I suppose you could say that about my 'Ibles too... The pictures are nice and the layout and follow-through are good...

Ah. That's it. You should add links to where to buy the components, because I know I really hate typing in all of the part numbers to find the right components to build things, and sometimes the specific parts can be elusive. Help your viewers out by doing that work for them. It isn't fun, but people will like your project better for it. (Psst! Get yourself an affiliate account with Amazon or Gearbest, and then you can earn money when people buy through your links!)

Other than that, good project. I might consider building it one day if I have time.

-D.E.

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Dangerously Explosive (author)2018-03-22

Just posted this one, and it's been up for two days with only 50 views. All my other 'Ibles have gotten about 100 views in the first two days, even the one that wasn't featured. Any suggestions for improvement?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Pocket-Sized-Recy...

Maybe it's the wrong season for this sort of project? Or is it just my crappy pictures (again)?

Some pointers would be nice.

Thanks!

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Giulia Art (author)2018-03-15

Any Tips for this Ible?

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-an-Ex...

where should I improve it to get it featured? :)

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FedericoM61 (author)2018-02-20

Hi,

How could I get this instructable feature on home page? Any tips?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Creeper-BOT-Creeper-Pet/

Thanks for you help!

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sakshambhutani (author)2018-02-04

I recently published my 3 Instructable! I think I worked really hardfor this one! Fortunately it got featured, but I didn't win any contest (aka Arduino and Raspberry Pi)! Could you please give me some suggestion on my instructables?
https://www.instructables.com/id/Octopod-a-Smart-IOT-Home-Automation-Project/

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陳亮 (author)2018-01-27

Could you please give me some suggestion on my latest instructables?
https://www.instructables.com/id/Print-Your-Own-Moon/

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MillennialDIYer (author)2018-01-21

I had (as of now) a pair of questions, with relation to an Instructable being featured or not.

- Is excessive overall length something that can be considered negatively, even if it's properly formatted and separated into sufficient paragraphs and steps? I do realize some of my "guides" are really, really long (my longest is almost 11.000 words, I believe) since the information isn't online elsewhere and I like being through.

- Can using too high quality pictures (taken and edited yourself) ever be perceived negatively, inferring they were professional images used without permission? Sometimes I feel like without an (unnecessary) disclaimer the pictures are mine, I could personally understand someone assuming the pictures are not my own and not featuring for that reason.

Have these ever been issues for other users in the past, or is this something that frequently causes hesitation to editors? I just ask because sometimes I feel like putting extra effort is more counterproductive than anything else.

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mtairymd (author)MillennialDIYer2018-01-21

I just took a look at your postings. First, I noticed that every submittal was featured so you are definitely doing something right :). Next, I feel you write very well and everything is fine with the formatting. My one piece of advice would be to break up the some of the text with additional pictures. As for your pictures, I noticed that you use a combination of yours vs. downloaded. Your personal pictures look nice so I would stick with those and skip the memes.

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MillennialDIYer (author)mtairymd2018-01-21

Thanks for the response! Some I've had to request review (which were then featured without issues), hence the questions. Regarding memes or other funny pictures, what can I say, sometimes it's just an easy, generic picture which makes for more light-hearted reading in long texts. Specially when there isn't really anything of which to take a picture. It's precisely what allows me to "break up the some of the text with additional pictures" like you also suggested.

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AMbros Custom (author)2017-11-14

any improvement required in my Table Instructables.

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Stainless-Steel-Coffee-Table-With-Ceramic-Top-/

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You should probably link the items directly instead of name and non-clickable link. It would certainly get you more clicks and save space. Maybe be more selective with the images. If you have 'Pro' activated (which you should, I imagine you have free codes), consider 'justifying' all the text for more pleasant reading, and perhaps separating into more paragraphs in some area. In the larger blocks of texts, perhaps add some bold text to emphasis the important parts. All in all, and even as is, I'm surprised it wasn't featured.

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fede3rgedielisava (author)2017-12-09

Hi, any suggestions avout my project? Would like to hear all of you!

If you want, you can vote my project in the arduino contest please :)

Thank you!

https://www.instructables.com/id/FGC-Train-Seat-Av...

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seamster (author)webgeeks2017-12-08

That's a great looking project!! Looks like it has been featured. Well done :)

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xp4xbox (author)2017-11-23

How could I get this instructable featured?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Python-Backdoor/

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Matlek (author)xp4xbox2017-11-24

Hi! It looks like your instructable is quite specialized. Maybe you could write a more generalized introduction explaining what is a backdoor, why you have used python, and why you have decided to write about it (this way it is more attractive to non-initiated people).

And you could also add more attractive images and gifs (a keyboard, a mouse...). Because screenshots of the codes are quite scary if you have no idea what the code means.

The idea is to make your project accessible to everyone, and not only the ones that are specialized in python language. I think that would give more chances for your instructable to get featured!

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ThirdEarthDesign (author)xp4xbox2017-11-25

Also try to provide at least one image for every step. It's not always essential to getting featured, but it is certainly desirable.

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xp4xbox (author)ThirdEarthDesign2017-11-25

I was thinking about that, but I didnt really want there to be too many pictures. Il fix that.

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watcan (author)2017-11-12

I have just made my first Instructable and I would love to hear what I could do to make it a better Instructable!

Here is the link https://www.instructables.com/id/10-Simple-Places-...

thank you!

watcan

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ThirdEarthDesign (author)watcan2017-11-15

Congratulations on your first Instructable, excellent work.

It is well written (I also like the humour) and the photos are excellent. I'm struggling to think of ways to make it better, if that were an I'ble that I'd written I'd be very happy with myself :-)

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watcan (author)ThirdEarthDesign2017-11-15

Thank you so much for your feedback, I really appreciate it!

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Patrick LASCHETTE (author)2017-11-15

Hello, my https://www.instructables.com/id/Real-Snow-SNOWSPEEDER/ was a winner in the scifi contest but was never featured ? does it not fit the checklist?

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While the Instructable has a lot of good photos, it is lacking a detailed written description of each step.

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FunInventor11 (author)2017-11-12

Do you think you can help me improve my instructable?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Holder-in-Disguise/

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My only suggestion would be to use landscape orientated photos instead of portrait, as a matter of personal preference.

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vidiovo (author)2017-11-09

Hi everyone! Here is my latest instructables. I'd love to hear your criticism for further improvement. https://www.instructables.com/id/Embroidered-Buckm...

Thanks for your time!

Ena

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seamster (author)vidiovo2017-11-09

That is a really solid, cool project. And it's been featured!

I'd say that to get it featured on the homepage, you'd probably need to include laser files for those parts (or printable templates for those without lasercutters), so people could reproduce what you've done as easily as possible.

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