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Vises, The Instructables' Newsletter, & Top 5's Answered

This is a forum topic that I've been wanting to publish for the past week, but I wasn't able to because of a bug. 18 emails to service later, here I am:

I recently published two Instructables: How to Make a Wooden 6" Bench-Vise, and Top 10 Vise Hacks!.
After being featured in the newsletter, How to Make a Wooden 6" Bench-Vise got ~20K views, and Top 10 Vise Hacks. got ~50K views. Now that makes no sense (to me. Wouldn't someone that was interested in an Instructable about tips, tricks, and hacks for your vise wouldn't be interested in how to make a vise? 1.5X more? That makes no sense... (I would think that there would be a difference of 10-20%, but 200%?)

Also, speaking of the newsletter, it would be awesome to receive an email at the end of the year, that shows the most viewed Instructables that were posted this year. This could be a nice feature...

In my opinion, the thumbnail for How to Make a Wooden 6" Bench-Vise was taken on a white background and is really good, and the thumbnail for Top 10 Vise Hacks doesn't have text, and isn't very good. I think you'll agree with me on this...

After the views from the newsletter had started to slow down to about 1000 every day, Top 10 Vise Hacks was featured again, in the "top 5 most viewed Instructables of the week" which has brought it to 98K views already. Does that mean that SO MANY people have missed it from the newsletter? That's also weird...

Another thing is that my Instructable on How to Build a Wooden Drill-Press Vise has a fairly good thumbnail, and was put on the Homepage. However, my Instructable on How to Make a Wooden 6" Bench-Vise wasn't, while I think the thumbnail is WAAAY better. 

What do you think? :)



3 years ago

I doubt most people would read all of this, but (other than the fact that I'm kind of addicted to numbers), what do you think?

Math, calculations, and numbers are fun. When you aren't forced to do them, that is. (in school, AHEM AHEM!)

2 years ago

There are lots of people out there who surely already have a vise, particularly in the Instructables community. More people would be interested in the hacks because they already have one and don't feel the need to build another.


Reply 2 years ago

I guess that makes sense, I don't think in that type of way :)

What I meant is that a big part of the members that have subscribed to the newslettr aren't interested in hobbies that vise are needed. Many are interested in food and crafts...


3 years ago

You've experienced internet trends.

More people search for "hacks" than "how to make" (think of the number of clickbait articles you see with titles like "11 amazing life hacks with a lemon you cannot live without"). It seems some people cannot resist reading about hacks.

Making something, though, doesn't sound as easy as a hack, and it is a sad fact that there are many lazy people out there.


Reply 3 years ago

I know, but still...

Right now, ~95% of these views came from the newsletter, not from searches. I guess most people don't know what a vise actually is, and if they don't know what it is, why would they be interested in hacks for it?

I wouldn't be interested in hacks for a subject that I'm not interested, but "Unusual Uses" Instructables do tend to get a lot of views, but that's mostly because they are about things that almost everyone has, and like you said, it's hard to resist from clicking on them...