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Solution to putting tons of work into an instructable, and not having it featured Answered

Hello! I have been working on a project for about 4 months now, mainly for myself, but I am also trying to get it featured. With all of the time I am spending on it, I keep thinking about what a bummer it would be to not have it featured. But I just recently thought: What if we could have our Instructables reviewed BEFORE we post them so that we can tell if we need to rework or improve our instructable to get it featured! I thought that I could share this idea with the community, and maybe we can find an even better solution.!

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Yonatan24
Yonatan24

11 months ago

That would require a ton of work from the staff.

I think the best idea is to publish your I'ble, and ask for advice in the clinic. Then improve it, and keep the advice in mind for your future I'bles, since it may not get featured.

Then you might only get disappointed if it doesn't get featured in the newsletter.

A few years ago I spent around 200 hours / 2 months on an Instructable, and I was pretty disappointed when it wasn't featured in the newsletter (https://www.instructables.com/id/SpectrumLED-V20-t...)

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

11 months ago

Make sure you check out the Featuring Guidelines when you go to work on your project and check out the projects we put on the homepage as those are a very good example at what we are looking for. The main things to pay attention to are photo quality and instructions. You really just need an organized Instructable with clear photos to get featured.

But remember, being featured doesn't guarantee views. Sometimes projects will be featured and even make it in the newsletter and still not get a ton of views. Once you post, regardless of how good your documentation is, you are just at the mercy of the internet and what people are searching for.

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

11 months ago

I understand your frustration...
But it is not always the presentation alone that makes an Ible stand out from the crowd.
I have seen Ibles getting fully featured that could have been done in much easier ways.
Often (IMHO) getting featured seems to be based on having a catching main image and otherwise by following the limitations and restritions here to the book.
Thre are Ibles out there that won contests, got homepage featured and more and where I fail totally to understand why.
In some contests you find outstanding projects that wn't even make it as a runner up.

Here is my 5 cents woth of getting a better chance to be recognised - if you want to play that way...
Stick to the suggested layout!
Means have tons of steps for no other reason than being unable to create a well presented single page layout.
Keep in mind the corresponding PDF's are created by these single steps - page by page.
Provide more links than anyone might use!
Your project is based on something similar? Well, give a Wiki link for it or such.
Add more pictures and document them even if they are dead obvious - make it so a child can follow it.
Add a list of required things, preferably again with pics and link where to buy the stuff - including pices.
Provide videos for those unable to read instructions.
Select a realy catching front image and title!

But even with this you need to find the righ guy or girl to read it....
If you aim to create Ibles to get featured or win prices you are doing wrong as the disappointment will haunt you.
Do it for you and the community of readers and the feedback will speak for itself ;)
Consider using other platforms, like Youtube to promote your Ible!
If you have avdeo fo your project make it with a nice title, explanation and link to your Ible (requires editing later on to get the link).
Go on Reddit or similar to promote it as well and get attention of a wider community.
If you really just want to do it for winning check the former contest winners and other featured Ibles.
You will find some of our regulars with a long list of featured Ibles and first places - copy how they do it to get a higher chance ;)

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WUVIE
WUVIE

11 months ago

Hello Cheesey, you can always go ahead and submit the Instructable, and if it is not featured at some point, perhaps then reach out to the community for pointers. Some Instructables are up for a while before they are Featured, which is not a bad thing at all. There are just so many wonderful projects, and only room for so many at one time. I'm sure if you put months into it, it is going to be wonderful! I vote 'push that button'. :-)