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The Clinic // Get help with your Instructables! Answered

Hello and welcome to the newest version of The Clinic!

If you have an instructable that's not getting the attention you think it deserves, post it in the comments below for honest feedback and suggestions to improve it from fellow authors and Instructables staff. We want to help you create the best instructables you can!

Curious about the basics of creating an instructable? Check out my FREE How to Write an Instructable Class! You can also read through our Featuring Checklist.

Posting a great instructable has many benefits, including:

  • More views
  • More comments and followers
  • Having your instructable Featured on the site
  • Having your instructable featured on our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Better chance to win contests
  • Driving traffic to your website

P.S. While I know the goal for any instructable is to get Featured, it's not the end goal here! We're sure to hand out features, but please keep in mind not every instructable is feature-worthy. Even the most popular authors have unfeatured instructables! Don't let it get you down - you're still amazing! :D

Discussions

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sam_moshiri
sam_moshiri

3 months ago

Hi,

The project design is unique and it is not a copy of something else. I have provided a 20+ minutes video with full description in the text. The device is cheap, no sensitive to the ambient light, and with laser-cut acrylic enclosure. Also it provides flow control over the hand sanitizer, however without using prototyping boards such as Arduino. it is a new Circuit/PCB design.
I appreciate if you re-check

https://www.instructables.com/id/Hand-Sanitizer-Di...

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rpitechguy
rpitechguy

Reply 4 months ago

In my experience all featured projects look simple but very useful.

Consider decorating the outside of your thing.

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rpitechguy
rpitechguy

Reply 4 months ago

Umm here are some thoughts...
In my opinion, it's not the best idea to ask for people to vote for you- they will vote if you have a good idea.

I figured that featured projects look great. Just great.
I don't see an enclosure for your device, so perhaps that is the reason.

But my main reason is:

It looks like your thing and doesn't seem to be made by you...

Perhaps that is the reason it isn't featured as it isn't original and your work?

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rpitechguy
rpitechguy

Reply 4 months ago

Hi.

You should note that IoT Core isn't very windows like. It's very simplified.
Windows on ARM doesn't yet support Raspberry Pi 4.

I think you should change your title.
It's not exactly 35 dollars. A 8GB RAM RPI4 can cost 75 dollars retail, and higher from other vendors. The PSU is 10, a good SD card is 15, and monitors...

About heatsinks-
Heatsinks aren't the most useful thing so I'd advise you to pair with a fan.

Other than that, great guide, look forward to using it.


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makendo
makendo

Reply 5 months ago

Avoid using stock photos, and make sure all of your own photos are decent resolution (some look rather pixellated). Include a photo of the actual device.

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Marve48
Marve48

6 months ago

Hello,

I am in need of your advice. I have made 13 instructables and 10 of them have been featured, 1 of which was on the weekly newsletter however my last two instructables have not been featured despite them being the same quality as my others. I understand that you Will not always get featured but it just doesn’t make sense. My two instructables are:
https:// www.instructables.com/id/Not-Too-Sweet-Hot-Chocolate/

https:// www.instructables.com/id/Refreshing-Lemon-Roulade/

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Cats Science Club
Cats Science Club

7 months ago

Good morning. I had this Instructable that I thought was pretty good but we are not getting very many view and it was never featured. I was wondering if we could get help on how to improve this Instructable. I am probable bias and just don't see what's wrong. https://www.instructables.com/id/Slime-Melted-Snow...

Thanks for taking a look.

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Lemafk
Lemafk

Reply 6 months ago

Hey I just checked out your project and you guys are on the right track, me personally I'm not a fan of video instructables unless it's a short clip to demonstrate something. Like a skill or technique you have to do in order to accomplish your goal, examples would be like a paint brush technique to accomplish a certain look which would be difficult to demonstrate by talking someone through it step by step. (BUT YOU STILL HAVE TOO) the video should compliment your pictures and steps not be the picture and steps lol.

Now with instructables I find it you take lots of good pictures of every step (I get to into making and forget to take pictures sometimes). And put those in coupled with a few videos (not just a bunch of screen shots from your video).

Also I try to keep myself and other people out of the pictures, this focuses on the materials and project at hand but that is just my personal style of Instructables.

I don't know if this helped or not, you guys are doing some really cool work, just got to think like how they want you to publish and what they want to see on their website.

Best regards,
Lemafk

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Cats Science Club
Cats Science Club

Reply 6 months ago

Thanks for taking a look! I appreciate the feedback. Very helpful.

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duiprogramming
duiprogramming

6 months ago

Hi,
Can you please check my recent instructable and let me know why it didn't get featured?
https://www.instructables.com/id/Wireless-Robot-Ar...
Also I would like to know, after publish a instructable and its not get featured then is there any possibility to get featured editing the content again and again?
Thank you.

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familylovermommy
familylovermommy

Reply 6 months ago

congrats. You already got featured

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bastynator
bastynator

Reply 6 months ago

Thanks for reviewing this one :-)

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Elliot et Loulou
Elliot et Loulou

6 months ago

Hi ! I published my first Instructables a few weeks ago :
https://www.instructables.com/id/Open-Doors-With-Y...
I would love to have your advice to improve this Instructable and others to come.
My goal is to document my projects as well as I can for others to try them out if they enjoy them or to have people remixing my ideas.
Thanks for having a look I hope you'll like the project !

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thekaransinghofficial
thekaransinghofficial

6 months ago

Hi, i am new to instructables. Can anyone please review any one of my instructables

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familylovermommy
familylovermommy

Reply 6 months ago

Hi, I think your pictures are not clear enough to be viewed. Choose the lighter color for background. Also, choose appeal and interesting title that sell yours. Choose more creative projects, too. It is important to attract reader.

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Marve48
Marve48

6 months ago

I need your help when it comes to contest, I think I am missing the mark and I don’t understand. My instructables are featured and I think I do a great job with the description and photos but they are never short listed. Any advice would be great. Thanks

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familylovermommy
familylovermommy

Reply 6 months ago

What do you mean? Where is the link of your instructables, so we can give you any suggestion?

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Cheesey125
Cheesey125

Reply 7 months ago

Hey look! you got featured! Congrats!

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Cats Science Club
Cats Science Club

Reply 7 months ago

Congrats on getting featured. I did take a look at the instructable and wonder if you still want advice.

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Cats Science Club
Cats Science Club

Reply 7 months ago

It may just be me but I do not understand how you got the the pattern in step two. Looking at it closer and really thinking about it I think I understand. I am suggesting make the pattern a step in itself. Explain the process of the shealth pattern. It is hard to see by the picture. Also "Once you will have your ..." I think should be "Once you have have ..." But I was looking for problems. I am sure it is fine how it is since they featured it.

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Alex 2Q
Alex 2Q

7 months ago

Hi Instructables team,
first of all I hope you all are safe and well in these difficult times. Difficult as they may be they also allow more time for other things for us content creators. After quite a long pause I decided to publish a new Instructable. Rather by accident because I only took a few pics along the way and no video. The subject was on the creation of epoxy filled filework for a marking knife. In the past I usually got featured in the subject category but so far not this time. So I was hoping for a few pointers to make it feature worthy. The Instructable is https://www.instructables.com/id/Decorative-Knife-Filework-With-Epoxy-Fill/
Thanks and stay healthy
Alex

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Cats Science Club
Cats Science Club

Reply 7 months ago

I am not part of the instructable team. Didn't this get featured? I am pretty sure it showed up in my feed. Just looked again. Yup, it was featured. :-) Congrats!

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Alex 2Q
Alex 2Q

Reply 7 months ago

Thanks, yes they did feature it this week 😀