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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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theSTEMpedia

7 days ago

Hello!
I have posted 48 Instructables and many of them have been featured, thank you for that :)
Though I would like the following projects to be reviewed as they might stand a chance to be featured.
As with the help of your comments and feedback, I can keep on posting more Instructables that can be featured.
Please do have a look at them and let me know.
https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Lithop...
https://www.instructables.com/id/Smartphone-Controlled-Archery-Robot/
https://www.instructables.com/id/ATV-Battle-Tank/

Thank You in advance :)

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jessyratfinktheSTEMpedia

Reply 2 days ago

The 3D Printed Lithopane Lamp is a great ible! The Archery Robot and Battle Tank are very close to being featureable, too. On those I'd recommend adding photos to each step, they're a little empty looking now. :)

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theSTEMpediajessyratfink

Reply 8 hours ago

Thanks Jessy, I'll definitely work on your recommendation. Thank you for your suggestion. :)

Oh yes! Apologies - I actually commented yesterday and I thought I had featured it then. It is now :)

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myOmy

7 days ago

I'm sure that this is probably out of the norm for this to be posted here, but I was wanting some feedback on how I could make a better instructable. I really tried super hard to make this one really nice, but let me know what you guys think! Thank you in advance! :)
https://www.instructables.com/id/MARR/

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jessyratfinkmyOmy

Reply 2 days ago

Hello! This is a super thorough and well documented gun, for sure. :D

Typically I'd say it's best to try to split the photos over more steps, but I know how hard that is for something like this. The one thing I can recommend is to try adding bullets to the list of pieces needed for each part of the rifle. That'll condense them and make them easier to read, so there will be a little less scrolling to do!

Let me know once you edit and I'll give it a look :)

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aquathumb

2 days ago

Hi Jessy, I recently published an instructable, which in my opinion, has covered all the key requirements needed to be a worthwhile instructable. I've embedded a fully covered video on the project, added many images to cover what is being talked about in the instructable, and made clear steps on how to achieve the outcome of the project (even including the specific components needed for the project). I've searched on the internet and I did not find anyone having done such a project.

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Auto-Start-Re...
But I would like to know your opinion on it, and what I can do to improve it further so I can hopefully get featured. Thanks in advance for you taking the time to look into this. Means a lot :)

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LivingLabKL

12 days ago

Hi authors, hi Jessy,

as the clinic seems like a good place to start, I'd like to ask the favor to check and comment on my first instructable posted just recently:

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-an-I...

I messed up the URL by publishing accidentally with a preliminary title, I know :-D But besides that, your comments, input, and proposals for improvements would be highly appreciated to make it a great instructable and help spreading the development to the community beyond the academic sphere.

Thank you in advance to everyone!

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jessyratfinkLivingLabKL

Reply 4 days ago

Honestly: your instructable is a fantastic example of what we like to see! Your images are nice and bright, you've explained and formatted everything wonderfully, and it's awesome to see so many links to further reading and part sources. Really great work. :)

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LivingLabKLjessyratfink

Reply 3 days ago

Thank you so much for the good word and appreciation! I'm glad that the instructable finds many interested people on the homepage. A great motivation to continue our contribution.

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jessyratfinkGagan jain

Reply 9 days ago

Hello! I would say the biggest thing that's missing from your instructables are clear main images. Text is great on the other images - it makes your instructables super easy to understand!

But I'd suggest trying to show what the project does in the main image instead of adding text to explain it. It can be a little tricky with tech projects, but it helps to set them apart. Keep the main image simple and clear and you'll have great instructables. :)

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jessyratfinkGagan jain

Reply 4 days ago

I went to check it and looks like it got featured pretty quick - congrats!! The main image on that one is great :D

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Alex Kov

5 days ago

Hi guys, please give your feedback about this one, I'd like to get it featured but not for my personal glory, the point is I believe this device could be a nice Christmas gift for little children. More people know about it, more chances for kids to have an interesting toy
https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Fantasy-on-the-...

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jessyratfinkAlex Kov

Reply 4 days ago

That's a great project! I went ahead and gave it a feature. For future projects, I suggest adding more photos of the process. Add a photo of all the components you use, and show photos of the assembly. Your written directions are great, and the video is a welcome bonus :)

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Invzblio

6 days ago

Hello,
I have posted this instructable last week.
https://www.instructables.com/id/SONOS-Remote-Cont...
For a reason I can't understand, I can't find it using the search tool when I use the full name "Sonos remote control". It must be findable some way since I got over a 100 views since then but I feel it should at least come up into the results when called by its name... Maybe there is something wrong with it. Any help is appreciated.
Thanks


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jessyratfinkInvzblio

Reply 5 days ago

You are right - I can't find it in search! I added a couple of additional keywords and it's still missing. I can't see anything that would prevent it from showing up, so I'm going to pass this on to our dev team to see if I can get an answer for you. :)

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jessyratfinkSHOE0007

Reply 13 days ago

Sometimes instructables can be a little *too* complex, and I think this is a good example! The information is great but a little overwhelming in the current form. I think this instructable would do better broken down into a few different instructables, for example:
How to Make and Use Prussian Blue for Dyeing
How to Make a Prussian Blue Pipe Necklace
How to Dye Clothing Using UV Pigment Powders
Tips for Waterproofing Clothing

Instructables with simpler titles tend to do better as folks know exactly what they're clicking on! It also helps more people find you via search engines.

I'd also recommend inserting a "tools and materials" list on step 2 (or wherever works for you, but step 2 is the norm!) so that readers can easily see what they need to reproduce the porject.

One last thing to consider is to take detailed photos of each step! The videos and text are nice for further explaining the process, but I'd love to see photos or everything measured out, being mixed, the dyeing process, etc.

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mtairymdSHOE0007

Reply 15 days ago

Below are a few changes I would make:
- Shorten the title - shouldn't be a paragraph
- Proofread text and clean up grammar
- Make sure photos have nice lighting and are in focus.
- The text is hard to follow - break it into smaller steps.

Hi there.
I'm tech challenged but never the less was determined to write and publish an instructable. And I was so chuffed that it was featured. I only have an Apple IPad and did all the work on there. I did write the pattern of the amigurumi crochet doll on Word as well and saved a copy on pdf format in Dropbox but I don’t know how to attach or add this to my Instructable. Can you maybe help me with guidance on how to go about adding the pdf to my instructable. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Crochet-Amigurumi-Small-Doll-for-Beginners-/

Hey there! I'm a community manager here at Instructables and wanted to see if it was even possible to upload a PDF from the mobile site (the browser experience on iPads, tablets, and phones) I just tried to upload a PDF from my phone into one of my draft Instructables and was not able to. I'll file a feature request to get that updated into the Instructables editor's ability, thanks for helping find this bug!

In the meantime, are you able to edit your Instructable from a computer? You'll definitely be able to upload the PDF that way. Let me know if you can't access a computer and I can DM you and help you out.

Thanks for posting such a cute amigurumi!

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RC Lover san

4 weeks ago

Hello there,
it may be a coincidence, but every time I publish my "ible" on
Sunday (whatever it is), it doesn't get featured. I've published 37
Instructables (so far), and I believe that the last one should deserve
more attention (considering its complexity/grade of innovation).
On
Sunday, after having published my "ible", I also haven't received any
email that confirms that everything was right (though the project was
online) and since then it has been already visited by 429 people (in 2
days).
Regrettably, Sunday is the only day of the week I can
dedicate a bit of extra time to write the instructable, uploading the
pictures and links of the videos (which always takes a while).
Please take a look at it, and do let me know what do you think.
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jessyratfinkRC Lover san

Reply 4 weeks ago

Sunday can definitely be a busy time for posting, but it's just a coincidence about not getting featured!

In the case of this instructable, my immediate response was that there are too few photos. However, after reading it I can see why - the videos help illustrate what you're doing in a quicker way. I featured it after reading because I think it's a really great idea and well documented. :)

In the future I'd recommend adding photos of the process to each step. (Along with whatever videos you'd like to include of course!) We definitely prefer text and photo tutorials instead of video ones! Adding photos (especially a great intro photo) will absolutely up your chances of being featured.

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seamstertaifur

Reply 4 weeks ago

Jessy gave a great answer. Here are a couple more thoughts:

Instructables that are guides to assemble commercial kits will often not be featured, because they tend to read like an ad and is not what readers and other Instructables authors are expecting to see when they click.

Also, the cover image you are using appears to be taken from the enclosure case project posted on Thingiverse by user chibikuma2.

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jessyratfinktaifur

Reply 5 weeks ago

While this instructable is a good resource for those looking for a low cost oscilloscope, it doesn't contain enough of your own work for a feature. It reads as an article instead of a tutorial. (Though your intro is very well written and descriptive!)

Instead of linking to others' videos and images, it's best to work through the process and document it yourself. The made2hack instructable you linked to in your project is a good example of what that looks like.

Let me know if you have any more questions. :)

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jessyratfinkManoj BR

Reply 5 weeks ago

Things done right:
// I like the text on the main image! That is really important for many tech/electronics projects so folks can immediately see what it is and does
// Your text is very clear and thorough and all the additional resource links are great
// Title is clear and concise

Things that can be improved:
// Moving the video to the top (intro step) is best
// On Step 1, turn the parts list in a bulleted list for easier reading - that'll condense it so readers won't have to scroll as much
// As far as the Step 1 photos, I'd recommend either laying out all the parts on a surface and taking a photo, or collaging/editing together all the individual stock photos you've used into one large image so all parts can be seen at a glance.

I had a look at the rest of your ibles, too! You do a really great job of explaining what the projects are about. Overall, I'd love to see more photos you've taken instead of stock ones - they make the project so much more interesting to read!






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Manoj BRjessyratfink

Reply 5 weeks ago

thank you for your valuable suggestion, I have edited it. Hope it looks good.

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jessyratfinkManoj BR

Reply 5 weeks ago

Let me explain featuring a bit, just so everyone is on the same page. :D

Featuring honestly has a very long window in which it can happen - it's not always right away. Sometimes the first staff member to review the instructable will feature it, but sometimes another staff member might be browsing the recent feed a few days later and have it catch their eye and feature it then. I've even featured or re-featured instructables months or years after they were published because I stumbled across them randomly and loved them. :)

Everyone on staff has different interests and skills and we tend to use that to our advantage. An instructable I'm not super keen about might be really exciting to someone else on staff who features it. This allows us to make sure we have a good variety on content showing up in featured feeds!

So basically, TL;DR: featuring is an constant process and can seem random, but there's a method to our Madness :D

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Yonatan24Manoj BR

Reply 5 weeks ago

It can take time sometimes, on the weekends too I think. Maybe in the meantime try to improve the thumbnail so it's lit better, the thumbnail is kind of dark.

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Manoj BRYonatan24

Reply 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, I changed it.

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Brian M VManoj BR

Reply 5 weeks ago

patience is a virtue!
your íble isnt up for a full day and you post in here already...
nearly 260views and 6times favorited already in 24hours!
i´m not sure what you expect but thats actually pretty good!

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Manoj BRBrian M V

Reply 5 weeks ago

I am expecting it to get featured. My other instructables which were less good than this were featured. But this is not, is it not good enough.
How much time does it take to get featured.