A simple idea to figure out your Project's 'Popularity Ranking' using the Explore button from the front page.
Step 1: Click 'Explore'
Locate the 'Explore' button on the [www.instructables.com front page].
Step 2: Click 'Next'
If your Project is not in the Top 30, click 'Next'.
Step 3: Discover Your Baseline Rank
When you first enter your project, give it a few hours to be discovered by the 'Recent' tag from the Explore link, or it will rank last. Once it has been up for a day or so, follow this Instructable to this step, and edit the URL to say:
You can pick a more appropriate Limit amount based on the current number of projects.
Guesstimate or count exactly how many projects are before yours. Yours is one higher than that! Note this number. When I first thought of this, my first project was at #270.
Step 4: Come Back Again Later
Once you have found your rank, come back again the next day and modify the URL so that the last rank your project had is the Limit amount. Then, thinking positively, count how many places you project has moved up!