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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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mtairymdMr.Sanchez

Reply 5 days ago

Is there a reason you posted in two languages?

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CraftAndutaifur

Reply 6 days ago

I see you got your ible featured and it even won a second prize! I would that your ible is very well written and deserves the prize! Congratulations!
How did you end up getting it featured?

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CraftAndu

6 days ago

Hi guys!
Like many others I too have a problem with my 'ible. I usually put a looot of effort in my articles and so was it this time. I wrote a tutorial on how to craft a roll-top pannier from duct tape.
https://www.instructables.com/id/Roll-top-Pannier-...
My 29 previous articles have all been featured except for one that didn't but eventually won a runner-up prize in a contest.

But with my 30th article I am experiencing something strange. It took Instructables team 5 days to accept it into the Tape contest (okay, there was a weekend inbetween) and it didn't get featured at all. I am not talking about front page or anything- just in the category. It usually takes them less than a day to accept a new ible in a contest.

I know my article was not simple rip-off idea from Pinterest. I truly worked hard on this project and article. I think alot of people would actually benefit from knowing that stuff like this could be made from duct tape.

What do you guys think? Is my article really not that high quality to get a feature or is there some sort of error?
I would really appreciate your feedback!
Thanks!
Andu

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AussieAlf

19 days ago

Morning all,
Could you please give some constructive feedback on why my instructable wasn't featured.
I thought i covered all the basics to achieve this. Does the subject matter count in any way?
Insect homes are becoming very popular here and i would have thought in the USA and elsewhere in the worl as well.
Maybe general interest in this isn't what i had thought as i haven't had many hits, so guess that may be the issue.
Thanks,
Maurie
https://www.instructables.com/id/Insect-Hotel/

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StrangelyAmusingAussieAlf

Reply 19 days ago

Hi!
I really like this! Great pictures and documentation! It's an interesting idea but I have never heard of this up until today. For reference I live in the US South, Agriculture and gardening are big parts of our culture and I had never seen anything like this. I don't think the lack of attention has anything to do with your steps, it's just not something I've ever heard of and I grew up on a farm.

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AussieAlfAussieAlf

Reply 19 days ago

Hey o strange one,
sorry for the short reply this morning...had to go out.
I had a look at your instructable, and i can't see a problem with your communication skills and your power rack is a great idea if you can iron out the bugs. Don't know anything about arduino but would like to learn. I've seen some pretty cool stuff that people have made on this site.
A couple of minor typo's in step 8 at the very beginning (brake) and at the end (belt) but otherwise quite good.
Good luck with your construct.

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StrangelyAmusing

19 days ago

Hi all!
I'm new to Instructables(Like many people here I'm assuming) and while I wasn't featured it doesn't really bother me. Mainly, I would love to hear feedback on my instructable, I want to see how I can improve. I'm an undergraduate researcher in college, so I understand that proper communication isn't just a checklist, it is a practiced skill. Whether it's an Instructable on making a simple robot with an arduino or an instructable for a smart drone that registers faces, voice commands, and answers to the name Jarvis, it takes skill to properly communicate.
Communication has always been my weakness so i'll usually use humor to compensate(I'm an introvert with a comedic defense mechanism *Awkward silence......quick! Make them laugh!*
Thank you for any and all feedback!
https://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Controlled-Power-Rack/

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stoppi71

26 days ago

Hello! I'm a bit disappointed, that my article concerning a cheap infrared thermal camera https://www.instructables.com/id/Infrared-Thermal-...
hasn't been featured. Could someone of the community management team tell me a reason for that? Thank's for your efforts, cheers stoppi

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jewellerjon

4 weeks ago

I`d like to offer a project, I have some equipment down and need a PCI board to run a laser scanner very much the same principle as users Arduino and Sarduscan. Obviously i`ve messaged them but it could be years before they are back on this site. Are there any other geniuses out there?

laser scanner 1.jpg
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The Puma

4 weeks ago

Hello World!

I have just recently posted my Instructables for my Haptic Flute Teacher. I followed the list for creating a feature worthy Instructable, but in the end, it was not featured. It would be great if you could tell me how I could make this post and future ones better. https://www.instructables.com/id/Haptic-Flute-Tea...
Thanks!

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tomatoskinssjrocky

Reply 6 weeks ago

Your finished blanket is so cute! If you could make your list of abbreviations easier to read that would be awesome! Including images during your creation process will help others reproduce your work.

Keep up the great work! I can't wait to see what else you share.

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sjrockytomatoskins

Reply 5 weeks ago

HI! Thanks for the reply, sorry I didn't notice this till now, but I'm
on vacation. I'll see if I can find a better image of the abbreviations.
Unfortunately, when my wife made this, she didn't think to take
pictures along the way.

She did write down her steps though!

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mtairymdgocivici

Reply 6 weeks ago

I liked the idea and implementation. However, I had a hard time understanding your instructions. I think it was probably due to the choppy nature of the writeup. I personally like clear and logical steps. A block diagram or exploded assembly near the start would have helped. Also, more information on what you were building would have been useful. The short video cleared it up but I would have liked that as a supplement to the writing.

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mtairymdgocivici

Reply 6 weeks ago

No problem. BTW, based on your contest wins, I'm sure you know what you're doing :).

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tomatoskinscihato

Reply 6 weeks ago

Your instructable looks great! I see that it was even featured! Something that might help is a brighter less cluttered cover image.

Keep up the great work!

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TechMartian

2 months ago

Hello,

I posted this a couple of days ago in what I thought was probably one of my best work. It's simple allowing it to be reproducible yet have aspects of creativity and novelty.

I wanted to make a top-notch documentation by offering as much as I could all the lessons learned throughout the build. Since I'm always striving to learn from experts: here it is

Giant-Hulk-MiniFig-101-Scale-With-a-Twist

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jessyratfinkTechMartian

Reply 2 months ago

This is a fantastically documented instructable. I see it's been featured and we put it in the newsletter for today, too!

Your photos are clear, your writing is detailed and formatted nicely, and I love that you've added your files. The videos are a great touch too. :) I love the photo of Hulk before his chest plate has been added in step 13!

One thing you could do to take your final images above and beyond is to take them in natural lighting on a white or neutral colored background. That would make Hulk stand out so much more because his colors would be brighter. :D

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TechMartianjessyratfink

Reply 2 months ago

Thanks for the feedback. It wasn't really picking up in the first few days and I was worried that half the views were just me clicking on it to check if people are liking it. It looks like it got featured in both the newsletter and front page a few days later after posting it.

I guess the next step for me is to invest in some sort of light box for good photos if its at night time or if there's no natural lighting. I took in in with fluorescent lights (in one of the design spaces at school) so it's industrial lighting. Do you mean sunlight by natural lighting? I don't really know how to use my DSLR, so I rely on auto mode very heavily and it keeps turning on the flash for some reason.

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RobBest

2 months ago

Hi,
I think I made a simple but clever product. Easy to build and handy to use. It is my 'Sleep Enough Timer', see: https://www.instructables.com/id/Sleep-Enough-Time...
I followed all steps from the list. What did I miss that my Instructables is not featured?

Next to that I made another one which was featured which follows the same way of describing a project like the sleep enough timer but it did never appeared on the Homepage. Any idea why? It is this one:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Analog-Digital-Cl...

Thanks.

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Yonatan24FriedZombie

Reply 2 months ago

I would personally add less GIFs and instead, more higher quality pictures because the GIFs are really small or really pixel-y when click on. Also try to maybe put a desk lamp in your kitchen to get just a bit more light into the pictures to make them look better.
Also I don't think you should remove the background / photoshop a white background for the pictures in the steps, I would do that for the thumbnail only. Isn't it a ton of work?
Lastly, try to explain more what it is in the title. I thought for a second at the first glance that the Kniepertjes (yummy!) was a crafting project with toilet paper rolls! :)
I'd never heard of it so I had no idea what it was.
For example: How to make Stroopwafels - Gluten Free Dutch Syrup Wafels!

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Yonatan24Om kharde

Reply 2 months ago

Nice Instructable. Maybe next time try to get into a bit more detail and add a few more pictures in each step, to help beginners :)

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keith204

2 months ago

I posted two Instructables, and did not expect either of them to get featured. Therefore, I'm thrilled that one of them did.

https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Drinking-Stra... <--featured

https://www.instructables.com/id/Band-Saw-USB-LED-...

If I would have guessed, it would be the other way around. I'm intrigued and am curious why the SS straw was featured, and what improvements I can make in the future for things like the USB band saw light.

Brainstorming why the straw one got featured....
* it's more relevant to more people
* it's part of a less saturated category

Any advice would be appreciated.

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jessyratfinkkeith204

Reply 2 months ago

I featured the drinking straw last night, mostly because I saw that one first. The thumbnail caught my eye quickly because I knew that was something we didn't have a tutorial for yet that's trending at the moment. :)

I just featured the LED bandsaw light, too. Once I looked at the second image in the instructable, I immediately saw what it was and thought it was clever! The thumbnail of the instructable was a little too zoomed out when I compared the two instructables previously - zooming in closer to the light and blade will make people click through quicker.

Great projects overall! Cropping your thumbnail images a little tighter is honestly my biggest suggestion, and that's minor. :D

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keith204jessyratfink

Reply 2 months ago

Ah, very good point. Scrolling through the results, my thumbnail doesn't stand out. Is it acceptable for me to change the thumbnail on that one now? Or, leave as is since that's what I submitted?

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jessyratfinkkeith204

Reply 2 months ago

Yeah - go for it! We're fine with edits at any time. :)

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aalisonGagan jain

Reply 2 months ago

This is great. I'd tried to make one before using photo cube instructions and that was really difficult. It's so much easier with dice-specific instructions. Do you mind if I put a link to this from my instructable (a fabric folding cube) as it would help people understand how these cubes work.

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Gagan jainaalison

Reply 2 months ago

I would be really happy if you do so. I write instructables to encourage more students of my age to make new projects and do experiments. Sure I will include more keywords
Thanks a lot and do include the link here below this section

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Yonatan24Gagan jain

Reply 2 months ago

how to make a fidget cube out of cardboard0/mo - 0
how to make a fidget cube out of paper0/mo - 0
diy fidget spinner1,600/mo - 0.12
diy infinity cube260/mo - 0.09
diy fidget cube perler beads0/mo - 0
how to make a fidget spinner4,400/mo - 0.2
how to make a infinity cube out of dice0/mo - 0
diy infinity cube fidget0/mo - 0
Great thumbnail! I pro tip for using the correct keywords is to Google for example "DIY fidget cube" and if you scroll down you'll get a bunch of suggestions to add, and add the ones you think are the most relevant.
I have a Chrome extension that also tells me how often each phrase gets searched:

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Yonatan24Yonatan24

Reply 2 months ago

Looks like the comment didn't post properly....