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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

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zakbobdopThe_Martian

Reply 6 days ago

I can't pinpoint anything wrong :D I'll leave that to a community manager or someone else to answer.
If you want to see their standards for featuring, check it out here:
https://www.instructables.com/community/Featuring-Checklist/
your project is pretty good! I've voted it!
Remember, just because your project isn't featured the first time doesn't mean you should give up! I'm excited to see one of your projects featured! Good luck!

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The_Martianzakbobdop

Reply 5 days ago

Thanks for the vote! I'm really hoping a community manager will stop by and let me know. Thanks anyway.

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YukonJulie

9 days ago

Is there any way to add tags to an Instructable, and to enter it into a contest, once you've published it?
I published the following instructable yesterday and would like to enter it in the Paint contest. I can edit the instructable, but can't seem to find a way to add tags or enter contests now that it has been published. Thanks for your help!
https://www.instructables.com/id/This-Orange-Is-to-Dye-For/

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zakbobdopYukonJulie

Reply 9 days ago

It looks like you've already entered in the rainbow contest!
I don't think there's a way to change it or add more contests, unfortunately...
If you mean add keywords, that option's over here in the image I'm showing :D

If this doesn't answer your question, let me know, I'm pretty new myself!

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YukonJuliezakbobdop

Reply 9 days ago

Thanks. Yes, I meant keywords, and your advice was very helpful - I was able to add keywords even after publishing the instructable.

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zakbobdop

12 days ago

I have no problem getting instructables featured and popular, I'm proud of that :D
What worries me is that I'm missing something. I have a lot of entries, but this is my ace in the hole, and it doesn't seem to me like a contest winner. Can you go over it and give me any tips? Thanks :D
https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Boardrun/

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YukonJuliezakbobdop

Reply 9 days ago

A video showing the marble run in action might help!

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zakbobdopYukonJulie

Reply 9 days ago

Thanks for the heads-up! I've done exactly that!

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Sethsg

18 days ago

can this get featuredCamping Flatware and if not please tell me how to improve it thanks.

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seamsterSethsg

Reply 21 days ago

That's a solidly documented, simple project. Nice work!

Because it is such a simple project, it might not attract a lot of attention or interest however. This is okay - and you should not be discouraged! It's good to make simple projects and practice documenting them with clear instructions and well done photographs of the process.

If you want to win contests, there's no magic formula.

My advice is to just keep making what you're interested in, and always try to challenge yourself to learn new creative skills with each new project you take on.

Just some thoughts, hope they are helpful. Cheers!! : )

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Sethsgseamster

Reply 20 days ago

I like instructibles beacuse it is so positive and they are also honest.

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afraser-kruck

5 weeks ago

Hello! I would love some feedback on whether I've included too much detail or if it is OK. Without knowing who is reading the instructable, I find myself wanting to explain a lot of things that may be obvious to readers. I don't want to bore experienced builders, but I also don't want to skip details that will help others avoid my earlier mistakes.

All constructive feedback welcome!
https://www.instructables.com/id/Jurassic-Spark-Giant-Biting-T-Rex-Build-Game/

Thanks!
Adam

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jessyratfinkElectroGuruji

Reply 7 weeks ago

These are nice and comprehensive! Your pictures and text are nice and clear, and it's great you provided links to the materials. I went ahead and featured the electronic horn.

That being said, our tech/circuits category is one of the busiest, so there's a lot of competition there! Bigger-scale projects have a higher chance of being featured because they're often a welcome change to the huge number of basic electronics tutorials we get.

The one major thing I'd recommend is to vary the content you post (Maybe an audio project, an LED project, an Arduino project) and to change up the main images so they look different from one another. (Varying the backgrounds will help a ton.) We try not to feature many of the same style of projects at one time, so it's important that each one really stands out. :)

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ElectroGurujijessyratfink

Reply 7 weeks ago

That's great advice. I'll definitely look into changing the thumbnail background and vary the project styles.

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jessyratfinkAmalMathew

Reply 7 weeks ago

You have to give us a little time to look at first, ha! There's a lot of content and only a few of us, so featuring is typically not immediate. :)

P.S. I featured it!

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jessyratfinkMaker BR

Reply 7 weeks ago

I see it's been featured now! Your formatting and photos are nice and clear.

The only thing I'd suggest is to try to break up steps enough so that all photos are visible. Step 6 has loads of eye-catching photos of the assembly, but most are hidden until a reader click. Breaking it up into smaller steps give readers more pretty things to look at!

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Maker BRjessyratfink

Reply 7 weeks ago

Thank you so much. I really worked with all of my effort for this project.

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prnet

2 months ago

Hi all!
I made this some days ago, It's a kind of Celtic shaped bookshelf. The design icames from ancient celtic culture.
https://www.instructables.com/id/Celtic-Design-Bookshelf/

A friend of mine, is asking me to reproduce a similar one (different shapes), but, I'd like to have a thought about materials first.
Actually, the panel behind is a sort of "biscuit" with sheets of particle boards, and dry wall, which has an important weight.
But I would like to lower down the weight in the next version without compromise the structural strenght.
Do you have any suggestion? I thought at MDF panels, that could let me save at least 25-30kg.
But I'm asking myself if a later painting of mdf panels could keep the same result as a normal wall, or it could be a problem.
Thanks.



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38ren

2 months ago

https://www.instructables.com/id/Mayo-Steak-The-Best-Steak-Youll-Ever-Make/
Hi everyone!
I uploaded this ible 2 days ago and always try to publish the best content I can (best lighting, clear photos, and ideas that I haven't seen done yet). I was wondering if there was anything I could change to have it be featured or maybe have the staff take a second look.

Thanks for your time,
38ren

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mtairymd38ren

Reply 2 months ago

Do a google image search for steak. Pick a nice looking picture and try to replicate it in your photos.

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Red_Crushed_Chili_Peppers38ren

Reply 2 months ago

Your instructable looks great! Such good information there! I think if you had a different cover image it could be featured. I've always thought that cover images on food instructables are particularly difficult. Maybe remove the juices from the plate and have an image of the whole plate with a nice background. I think I may try your technique later on this week! Yum!

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38renRed_Crushed_Chili_Peppers

Reply 2 months ago

Thank you for all your help! I agree with you, I could've chosen a better picture for the cover (I'll have to change it and republish when I get the chance!) I hope you like it!

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sabu.dawdyartwithdEva

Reply 2 months ago

For being in instructables for 9 years I think I can help you a little bit.
if you type bedsheet in search engine of instructable you won’t find much, it’s not a popular topic plus there are hardly any featured projects.
If you want to work against the odds I have recommendations.
1. you need another field ( category). You see these days people are using wood to redo these rooms, they are making storage solutions, organising wardrobes, painting, etc, so simple painting on bedsheet would not help in redo or redecorating the room. What you could do is to either show how to paint for the first time, with tips tricks, and explain how to form stencil, how to incorporate your designs into daily use objects e.g bedsheets, mugs, etc.
2. Another idea is to make use of trend but it might cost you more hardwork.
there is a trend of using same design in a number of things on the room, embroidery cushion similar to ur painted bedsheet, or vase in similar shades, lamps with similar aura. I have added some examples in the pictures below for reference.
3. Picture photography, your project is not properly photographed, you need some scenario.

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artwithdEvasabu.dawdy

Reply 2 months ago

Thank you so much. I will follow these suggestions.
These are really helpful for me.

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sabu.dawdyartwithdEva

Reply 2 months ago

One more idea is to show entire room, but I’m sure ur room don’t have much lightening. Bohemian bedrooms are good choice for showing redo in crafty way, but these ideas may cause more work. My suggestion is to stick with 1st option, but if you can try other ideas too

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tomatoskinsGagan jain

Reply 3 months ago

Your instructables look great! I featured your Holographic HUD. I think if you can take a clearer cover image on your Li-Fi project that would make it more descriptive for potential readers.

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Gagan jaintomatoskins

Reply 3 months ago

Thank you very much and I will surely update my LiFi instructables' cover photo