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Welcome to the clinic, a place to get help and constructive criticism on your projects. Here's a brief intro on what it is, written by AngryRedhead:

"Some Instructables don't get the attention that they deserve. Many times the reason boils down to presentation, and if the presentation is off in one way or another, an Instructable might flop no matter how wonderful the project is. The presentation of an Instructable requires a certain set of skills which involve story telling, technical writing, planning, and photography. Even the most experienced technical writers and photographers still benefit from an edit or an outside opinion. As an author, it's difficult to see the flaws and errors because your thoughts and experience fill the gaps that might leave readers puzzled. It happens to every author.

If you feel you have an Instructable that isn't getting the attention that it deserves and you would like some ideas on how to improve its presentation, please post a link to it! We're not here to tear it apart or to tell you that you're the most horrible, stupidester person in the whole wide world. We're here to give you ideas for improvement and hopefully get you more attention and recognition for your project ideas. Think of this like editing or proofreading which is something everyone needs regardless of experience, intellect, and knowledge.

If you would like ideas on taking your idea to the next level and making it bigger and more awesomer, please say that you would like this extra advice. You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best instructables have."

So... that's what this forum topic's for. There's a team of seasoned Instructables authors watching this topic, waiting to give you help!


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Kiteman (author)2015-09-20

Starting your first Instructable?

Trying to get more views for an existing project?

You need to read this guide:

https://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-write-a-gre...

Focussed on getting Featured?

You need to be aware of this checklist:

https://www.instructables.com/community/Featuring-C...

PLEASE, do not reply to this comment - you need to start a fresh top-comment for each new project or problem.

Caveat:
comments here are the opinions of those making the comments, and do not
guarantee that your work will be Featured or win a contest.

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YukonJulie (author)2018-05-21

hi everyone,

I would love some feedback on my latest instructable:

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Hike-Effic...

I've done some edits and changed the title from "How to Hike Efficiently", to "Hike Like a Pro with These 6 Tips", which I think sounds better. There's really useful info in this instructable, and there's nothing else like it on the internet that I know of - these tips go well beyond the basics to help you take your hiking to the next level. It hasn't been featured and I worry that it's been buried in the flurry of weekend postings. I'm very open to any suggestions to improve it. Thanks, YukonJulie

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tomatoskins (author)YukonJulie2018-05-22

It looks like your instructable was featured yesterday. Great job and beautiful pictures! As someone who enjoys hiking I find your tips to be very helpful! Maybe you could include some tips on what to bring with you depending on what kind of hike you are going on? Again, wonderful instructable!

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YukonJulie (author)tomatoskins2018-05-22

Thanks for the feedback and encouragement!

There are already some instructables on what to bring on a hike, and I find it depends a lot on the length and nature of the hike. Friends of mine are preparing to hike the Camino in Spain and have just attended a whole session on "what goes in the pack" put on by veterans of the Camino!

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RobBest (author)2018-05-22

Hello,

I posted 2 projects recently where I are compliant with all requirements for a project to be featured. Why are they not featured?

See:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Wireless-Doorbell...

and

https://www.instructables.com/id/Wireless-Doorbell...

Thanks

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badarsworkshop (author)2018-05-21

Hi guys. Can you give me honest opinions about my latest instructable. https://www.instructables.com/id/Bike-Protein-Bar-...

I was hoping for a main page feature and email feature but got neither. Its buried so deep that it barely got any views. I put a lot of effort in it and being someone who has over 5 homepage features, I think it checks all the boxes. I just posted it right before the weekend so I fear it got missed. Any contructive feedback is appreciated thou.

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AMbros Custom (author)2018-05-18

Dear Team Instructable,
This past week I posted this Instructables

https://www.instructables.com/id/RGB-Alienware-Hea...

and next day my entry has been entered in the woodworking contest (which is quite a long duration so far for me). I think that this project going to be featured on the main page but it didn't happen. I don't know what wrong I do in this build. Kindly give your guidance so that I can improve my mistakes for the future builds.

With Regards,

AMbros Custom

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Trotec Laser Canada (author)2018-05-17

Hello,

We've spent more time on this instructables than any we've done so far:

https://www.instructables.com/id/11-Beer-Coasters-...

It hasn't been featured even though there is extensive artwork files, images, and steps.

We've emailed support and they've advised us to post our request here. They told us it was marked as "spam" a few times. We put our information on there as well as our website on where people can get the materials and lasers to make these coasters.

Could your admins please have a look and reconsider not featuring this instructables.

Sincerely,
Trotec Canada Team

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The introduction feels like I'm reading an ad, and people around here are turned off that kind of approach. It's a bit hard to get past that alone, but once I do, the rest of the info looks very good.

Maybe stick a mention of your company in the very last step and remove it from the intro so it's not so "in your face".

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That's a good point, thanks we'll change that!

Thanks for featuring it

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John Choi (author)2018-05-07

Hi, Can you please give me feedback about my project? I thought it was pretty well written and easy to follow...

https://www.instructables.com/id/Augmented-Reality...

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I think the project itself is very well written. I can see how the use of computer drawn images can make it kind of hard to see what you are trying to do. Do you have any photos that you took of the assembly process? That may make it easier to understand and see what you are trying to do.

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Got it, thanks for the info! I thought the computer generated images look nice and were pretty straightforward (all the laser cut parts fit together without much hassle, and I think it is pretty intuitive where the parts are supposed to go as there are only 4-5 pieces). Thanks again nonetheless and I'll see if I have time to make a few tweaks ;)

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AmalMathew (author)2018-05-14

My latest Instructables is a unique project, I have explained everything in clear manner.

But it was not featured ,No worries though , once look into the following instructabes

https://www.instructables.com/id/Secure-Your-Login...

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That's a great and detailed project! I'm assuming that it wasn't sent to the home page because it could potentially be problematic as many IDEs can be detonated with something similar to this. Keep up with the instructables! You have a wonderful writing style and are very descriptive with your instructions.

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38ren (author)Vishwas Navada2018-05-09

Great looking instructable, pretty cool idea! It got featured though, so I'm not sure why you need the clinic ;)

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HippyNerd (author)2018-05-02

I thought this would be my most popular instructable, but it looks like its the least popular.
What can I do to change that?
https://www.instructables.com/id/Free-Parts-for-El...

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PhilippW1 (author)2018-04-28

Hi,

this instructable was rejected from the space challange and I'm confused why. Do you have an idea what could be wrong with it?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Gautlet-of-Gripping/

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They probably thought it "misses the theme" based on your pictures. Same thing happened to my Steampunk Tank Mouse, they decided it "missed the theme" even though half of the steam and diesel-punk universe is based around air and space travel, and foreign planets. Yours however would seem to fit pretty well, I would suggest you submit an appeal as instructed in the rejection email.

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Thank you, I did that and they allowed it for the contest. It can be more frustrating, than I would like to admit, when something one thinks to fit perfectly well is demed missing the theme. Now that you say it, the pictures were a pretty good reason, whey they migth have thought wtf is that.

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ashervivi88 (author)2018-05-01

Hello, I published an instructable yesterday, can anyone help me get it featured? https://www.instructables.com/id/Galaxy-Candles/

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Dangerously Explosive (author)2018-05-01

Hello, just finished this project yesterday. I was hoping to get it at least featured, if not homepage or newsletter featured. Any tips to get it to that point? Thanks!

https://www.instructables.com/id/Recycled-Pocket-S...

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HadasW (author)2018-04-30
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Gio Maverick (author)2018-04-27

It's my first time making an instructable and I would love to hear some pointers or advice to get my instructable featured:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Tin-Box-RC-Car/

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afzalrehmani (author)2018-04-26

Could someone tell me a few pointers on why this wasn't featured? I spent a lot of time working on it!

https://www.instructables.com/id/Fridge-Door-Alarm...

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Sverd Industries (author)2018-04-24

Could someone tell me a few pointers on why this wasn't featured? I spent a lot of time working on it!

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-IoT-Lamp-for-Home-Automation-ESP8266-Tutorial/

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Matlek (author)2018-04-17

Hi all!

Any advice on my last instructable which has not been featured? https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Ma...

I thought I found the perfect recipe to get featured every time, but I guess I was wrong... Or am I getting rusty?

Thanks!

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Akshay GS (author)2018-04-16

Hi all,

This is my first instructable, I want it to reach as many people as possible. Getting it featured will be ideal for that purpose... Please comment some changes so that it can be upto the level of being featured!

https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Ultimate-Terr...

Thanks a lot...

Akshay

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taifur (author)2018-04-16

I want to see my project in next newsletter.

https://www.instructables.com/id/ESP8266-Pro-Tips/

What should I do?

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vidiovo (author)2018-04-12

Posting on The Clinic page really helped me the first time, so I wanted to get some feedback if possible on how to improve this instructables and make it feature-worthy: https://www.instructables.com/id/Classic-Crochet-...

Thanks in advance!

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MichaelsTestKitchen (author)2018-04-08

Just posted this one, but it's been a little while so I was wondering if I should give it more time to get featured or is there an issue with it? It seems up to the level as my other 80 featured instructables...

thanks!

https://www.instructables.com/id/Lemon-Berry-Smoot...

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MichaelsTestKitchen (author)2018-04-07

Hi this ISN'T my instructable, but I was surprised that it wasn't featured, because it has quality pics and step by step instruction (I could be missing something though). Check it out:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Cool-Party-Hat-From-Scratch/

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AmalMathew (author)2018-04-03

My latest Instructables is a unique project,

https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Mini-Wirel...

But it was not featured ,No worries though ,Where I need to improve ,

Thanks In Advance :)

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Studio66Designs (author)2018-04-01

Hi everyone, my very first project https://www.instructables.com/id/Darth-Vader-Bust-Papercraft on Instructables was featured and got a lot of views, since I'm not in finalists league, I want to hear criticism how to improve my (instructable) next projects. And a secondary question: your opinion, does my project deserve to be a finalist or not worth the attention?

Thanks for the constructive answers

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Manoj BR (author)2018-03-31

Please help me, this isn't my first instructable. I have more than 5 featured instructables. Thiis s also upto the same level. But it is not featured. How can I improve this to get it featured.

DIY Android Bluetooth Remote. https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Android-Bluetooth-Remote/

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RajenderK4 (author)2018-03-28

Hey staff members look at my channel I want to be on staff picked section.

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Dangerously Explosive (author)2018-03-26

Tips to get this one featured? Preferably on the homepage?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Pro-Tips-for-Usin...

Thanks!

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RajenderK4 (author)2018-01-24

Guide me for homepage feature my all instructible featured but none of reach at home page feature, please guide what should I do to be on homepage.

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chienline (author)RajenderK42018-03-23

Anyone? Taking a brief look at your instructables I think you need more "Light". Try to make brighter images. Use camera flashes indoor or bring your project outdoor or simply a-magic-wand in photo editors :D

Sometimes we feel like having accurate exposure on our PC/laptop, but it appears darker when uploaded on the net. Maybe it is time to sync our screens.

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Dangerously Explosive (author)2018-03-22

https://www.instructables.com/id/Getting-Started-W...

This is by far my most popular, and probably my best Instructable so far (based on number of favorites it has collected in the short time it has been up). How do I get it (or one similar to it) to the point where it has a better chance of a homepage feature?

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YukonJulie (author)2018-02-22

Hi,

I'm having a problem with the main photo that appears for this instructable:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Draft-Stopping-Do...

There's an option to drag the cover image, which I would like to do so that the head of the snake appears in the photo, but it's not working for this instructable. I've successfully used that drag feature on some of my other instructables but it's not working for this one - perhaps a technical glitch? If this can't be fixed, I'm wondering if I should change the cover photo to one of the snake coiled, which would be a nicely centred photo (e.g. the photo at the end of the instructable) but would't show the snake in it's draft stopping action. Thoughts or advice? Thanks. YukonJulie

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I've been having a similar problem. Sometimes the drag works, but most of the time it either doesn't let me do it at all, or just re-positions itself to cut off the entire right edge of the photo when I click 'Publish'... Super annoying. I get around it by resizing my thumbnails in Word and then using the Snipping Tool to get an image. I think there is a specific set of dimensions that work well for the thumbnails, but I don't know what its is, so I just go for as square an image as possible for the best result.

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Faransky (author)2018-03-19

Hello Everyone,

Does anyone have suggestions, where and how should I improve my latest Instructable?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Tiny-LED-Matrix-D...

Thanks in advance!

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It looks pretty good to me. In my opinion, it's a bit long-winded, but I suppose you could say that about my 'Ibles too... The pictures are nice and the layout and follow-through are good...

Ah. That's it. You should add links to where to buy the components, because I know I really hate typing in all of the part numbers to find the right components to build things, and sometimes the specific parts can be elusive. Help your viewers out by doing that work for them. It isn't fun, but people will like your project better for it. (Psst! Get yourself an affiliate account with Amazon or Gearbest, and then you can earn money when people buy through your links!)

Other than that, good project. I might consider building it one day if I have time.

-D.E.

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Dangerously Explosive (author)2018-03-22

Just posted this one, and it's been up for two days with only 50 views. All my other 'Ibles have gotten about 100 views in the first two days, even the one that wasn't featured. Any suggestions for improvement?

https://www.instructables.com/id/Pocket-Sized-Recy...

Maybe it's the wrong season for this sort of project? Or is it just my crappy pictures (again)?

Some pointers would be nice.

Thanks!

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Giulia Art (author)2018-03-15

Any Tips for this Ible?

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-an-Ex...

where should I improve it to get it featured? :)

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