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I need to know why my ibles arent getting as many views as others like them? Answered

 I know tagging differently helps but I have done that already. 

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alffly
alffly

Best Answer 11 years ago

 The way that the site is set up these days it seems that to get a decent number of views you really have to make it as a Featured 'Ible, so I'd recommend following the instructions on the Submit page. So, try and use your own pictures wherever possible, concentrate on grammar and punctuation, write detailed steps and try to pick decent titles.

Take your flagpole 'Ible, for instance. I think it always helps to have a picture of the completed project as your Intro picture, because it gives prospective viewers an idea of what their goal is. Your entire first step is a single sentence instructing people to put together the base "as seen in the picture", but your step contains two pictures; even though putting together the PVC pipes might seem simple to you, a few sentences on your approach to construction, which bits you did in which order, would have helped. Later you tell the reader to drill two holes in a 4-foot piece of tubing, but you don't say where. And that picture in the last step? It could easily have been rotated in an image editor to save me from cricking my neck trying to look at it.

I'm not trying to be harsh, and I'm aware that some of what I'm saying sounds like I'm nit-picking, but if you want to attract views then your 'Ible has to compete with the best on the site. That doesn't necessarily mean that it has to be super complicated - not everyone wants to build a two-level patio or make their own arc-welder - but it does have to try to match the quality of writing and presentation.

You've got the right attitude already, purely because of the fact that you want to contribute to the site in the first place. You just need to work on your presentation.

Another tip is to write about something you care about. I read somewhere that you're a gear-head. If that's something you love, and something you're good at, write an 'Ible about that. The more knowledgeable about something you are then the easier it is to write about it, and the more you care about your subject the more your enthusiasm will shine through in what you're writing and hopefully inspire others.

Good luck!

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

 thank you I appreciate your input 

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

11 years ago

Along with what everyone else said, check and see how long the other "related" ible's have been on the site, most likely they've been on for a very long time and that's contributed to their views. You can't expect to get the same number of views within a month or so of publishing a topic.

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

 thanks LW

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Answer 11 years ago

Your Welome.

LW......hmmmmmmm...I wonder what Lemonie would think if I started signing all my comments with LW.  jk

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

he wouldnt give a bloody crap

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jeff-o
jeff-o

11 years ago

The key, I guess, is to write instructables that pique the interest of a broad range of people.  Something that hasn't been done before.  Or something that solves a problem in a clever way.  Referencing pop culture also helps quite a bit!

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

 thanks Jeff

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Answer 11 years ago

Sure thing.

As an example, instead of just making a go-cart (as I suggested to your other question), turn it into a long, articulated Chinese Dragon.

'Cuz that would be AWESOME.

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

 lol i will try just for sh*ts and giggles any way

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Heavy-views come from external referers like blogs. I only posted the peanut butter thing because I was doing it as an experiment, but it seems peanut butter cups are really popular things - ~50 different sites are pointing to it.
It's content you want - pick something with broad interest, or something really novel / cool, that's going to get attention.

L

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

 okay thank L plus the penut butter things were awesome

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 11 years ago

That's being lucky on the subject. But do something popular, I don't know film/TV related, and you can get attention fairly easily. Mind you, you'd have to put a bit of time into making something and presenting it well.

L

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

 yeah I guess i should probably take my time on more of my ibles

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kelseymh
kelseymh

11 years ago

Are you normalizing to publication date?  An I'ble that's been out a week is not going to have as many views (in general) as one that was published two years ago, no matter how "awesome" it is.

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

 no not publication dates just curious 

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orksecurity
orksecurity

11 years ago

Not having looked at any of them, the obvious thoughts would be:

Being just another one of the same idea?
Having a less interesting title?
The other folks having an established audience?
Your having a history of writing less interesting 'ibles, so folks are tuning you out?

There's nothing you can do to make people read what you write. All you can do is do your best and trust that someone will appreciate it -- or take lack of interest as a hint to do better.

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acidbass
acidbass

Answer 11 years ago

 thank you