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Superatomsun
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

You have probably headed over here to the forums to get your projects noticed. But most of the threads here have less than 10 clicks total! And in my experience, most of those clicks are either me, or someone just looking, with no intention of visiting my project. So this topic includes tips on how to get the threads you make for advertising your projects more clicks, and more potential project views. It also gives tips on how to get your projects noticed in other ways than here in the forums.

(Please note: This topic is NOT for advertising your projects. Any advertising posts or spam will be reported! If you want to advertise your projects, make a new thread in the “Show And Tell” forums)


Here are some tips for in the “Show And Tell” category in the discussion forums.

A good advertisement thread has a good amount of things that Scratchers like. Be polite, kind, and be willing to feedback. Here are a couple of steps that might help you get more views on a topic.

A good Advertisement

The title of your thread is the only thing people will get to see before actually clicking into your thread. Don't create a title like this: “Click here for my best game!!!” People will just ignore that topic, because the title hints that the thread/project has very little effort put into it. You need to be specific, like: “Super Mario Bros. Demo” A topic with that title will likely get more clicks. It is human nature to judge a book by its cover. Be sure to be brief. Don't use uppercase letters. That will draw attention to your title, but it will look unprofessional. People might just take that as another rushed topic. Just use caps at the beginning of the words, like this: “Vacuum Cleaner Rush” The title can be one of the most important tools for your topic!

A Good Thread

You will need a good use of time to make a good thread. Be sure to put in a link to your project instead of just simply asking for people to search your project's name or to visit your profile. Links are very important. However, to many links will make people ignore all of them. So don't put in a mile long list of links. Just have one or two. A good thread has the project's name, what the project is about, and why you are advertising it. Use correct spelling and grammar too. A thread filled with spelling and grammar errors will be considered another 5-minute thread. Most computers will underline the misspelled words with a red line. Make sure to ask for suggestions. People love to give suggestions. Be sure to use Underlines, Bold letters, Italic letters, Big letters,and Small letters. That will give your topic a professional look. Be sure to use quotes, like this:
Quote
Most important of all, Be Kind and Friendly!

An Up To Date Thread

When someone asks you to add something or suggests something for your thread or project, try it. Be sure to update your thread regularly. Change things up often to make it so Scratchers will come back to your thread. It will also show that you are an active Scratcher. People like to see that Scratchers are active! If your thread has disappeared from the first page, comment ‘Bump’ in your thread comments. That will put your thread at the front again. Don't do it too often (once in every 24 hours), or it will be considered spam.

Here are some other ways to get projects noticed.

There are lots of ways to get projects noticed other than in the forums. Here are some tips:

Studios Add your projects to studios. A lot of studios. Dump your projects into as many studios as you can. Be sure not to spam the studios though. Don't put your project in a studio that isn't a related theme, or it'll get deleted. See if you have a project that fits the description of one of the featured studios on the front page. Suggest your project for a studio on the front page. Be sure it fits the requirements though. You could try to curate some studios, like this one: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/4267710/projects/

The SDS The SDS, or Scratch Design Studio, is a themed studio, featured on the front page, that is changed approximately every month. These themes can range from time travel to underwater scenes, sports, and much more. You could make a project for the SDS. The project you made will likely get a couple hundred views, quickly. You even have a small chance of getting that project on the front page, under “Scratch Design Studio”.

Followers The more followers you have, the more project views you will have. But how do you get followers? Here are some tips:

  • Try giving people a lot of praise on projects, most of the time ones that have little or no views. They will likely want to be your friend, and follow you. Also try to follow a lot of people. They will want to thank you and follow you back. If you build up a reputation for being up building and kind, you will likely get more followers.

  • If you have a suggestion for a project, don't give a rude comment, like: “You did a bad job! The motion is way to rough!” Make it up building and kind, like: “Great project! I have a tip for making the motion smoother…” Which comment do you think would earn you a follow, the rude one, or the kind suggestion?

  • If one of your projects has a lot of views, try posting links of your best projects in the “Notes and Credits”. Don't link to many though. 2 or 3 links would likely get more attention. More than that would make other Scratchers just ignore all of the links.

Thumbnail Make a thumbnail for your project. A thumbnail is the image a Scratcher sees before actually clicking on your project. Here is an example of a thumbnail:


To make a thumbnail, create a custom image featuring tiny details about your project. For my thumbnails, I usually include art, the project's title, and the main character. Remember how earlier that we mentioned that it is human nature to judge something by its looks? Well, it also applies here! So make your thumbnail unique!

Other Try putting your best project/studio in a directory, like this one. Directories are a more efficient way to advertise your projects.

FAQ

Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:What is a thread? A: For more information on threads, posts, and topics, click here.

Q: How do I make a new thread? A: Go to the “Discuss Scratch” page. Next, click on a category, such as “Show And Tell.” On the right side of the screen, almost at the top, you should see a blue “New Topic” button. Click the button to create a new thread.

Q: If advertising is against the Scratch rules, why is it encouraged here in the forums? A: The reason that we don't advertise on other's profile, projects, or threads because it often leads to spam, and that is something that annoys the Scratch community. The “Show And Tell” forums are the spot on Scratch where advertising is allowed. (Not on other's posts, but on new threads) For more information on advertising, go here. For more information on spamming, go here.


Thanks for reading this. I hope it will prove helpful. Scratch on! (Shoutout to @legoloverboy )
-@Superatomsun

Last edited by Superatomsun (May 27, 2020 21:44:27)

INFIN1TY
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

I’ve reported this to be stickied!

Last edited by INFIN1TY (Oct. 5, 2018 23:11:29)


Superatomsun
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

INFIN1TY wrote:

I’ve reported this to be stickied!
Reported to be stickied? Thanks. I hope this does. This topic should help a lot of Scratchers.

Last edited by Superatomsun (Oct. 6, 2018 16:52:09)

OurPrincess
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

Superatomsun wrote:

Some of the best projects on Scratch don't have any views. What's wrong? Here are a couple of tips.

Here are some tips for in the forums.

A good topic has a good amount of things that Scratcher's like. Be polite, kind, and be willing to feedback on comments. Scratchers love that. Here are a couple of steps that might help you get more views on a topic.

A good Advertisement

The Title is the only thing people will get to see before actually clicking into your topic. Don't create a title like this: Click here for my best game!!! People will just ignore that topic. You need to be specific, like: Super Mario Bros. Demo A topic with that title will likely get more clicks. It is human nature to find interest in things with a interesting look. Be sure to be brief. Don't use uppercase letters. That will draw attention to your title, but it will look unprofessional. People might just take that as another rushed topic. Just use caps at the beginning of the words, like this: Vacuum Cleaner Rush The title can be one of the most important tools for your topic!

A Good Topic

You will need a good use of time to make a good topic. Be sure to put in a link to your project instead of just simply asking for people to search your project's name. That will likely bring other projects. Links are very important. To many links will make people ignore all of them. So don't put in a mile long list of links. Just have one or two. A good topic has the project name, what the project is about, and why you are advertising it. You could add some images of the game by taking screenshots. Use correct spelling too. A misspelled topic will be considered another 5-minute project. Most computers will underline the misspelled words with a red line. Make sure to ask for suggestions. People love to give suggestions. Be sure to use underlines, Bold letters, Italic letters, Big letters,and Small letters. That will give your topic a professional look. Be sure to use quotes, like this:
Quote
Most important of all, Be Kind and Friendly!

An Up To Date Topic

When someone asks you to add something or suggests something, try it. Be sure to update your topic regularly. Change things up often to make it so Scratchers will come back to your topic. It will also show that you are an active Scratcher. People like to see that Scratchers are active! If you got a lot of views and your project isn't on the front page, comment “Bump” in the comments. That will put your project at the front again. Don't do it too often (once in every 24 hours), or it will be considered spam.

Here are some other ways to get projects noticed.

There are lots of ways to get projects noticed other than in the forums. Here are some tips:

Studios Add your projects to studios. A lot of studios. Be sure not to spam the studios though. Suggest your project for a studio on the front page. Be sure it fits the requirements though. You could try to curate some studios, like this one: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/4267710/projects/

Followers The more followers you have, the more project views you will have. But how do you get followers? Here are some tips:

1. Try F4F (Follow 4 Follow) Here is how. Put “I will F4F” in the “about me” section of your profile. People want followers just like you do. So if you do F4F, people will want to follow you, but you have to follow them back. Try it. I do it. It works! Also follow people that do F4F, like me! They'll follow you back. (If they're active.)

2. Try giving people a lot of praise on projects, most of the time ones that have little or no views. They will likely want to be your friend, and follow you. Also try to follow a lot of people. They will want to thank you and follow you back. If one of your projects has a lot of views, try posting links of your best projects in the “Notes and Credits”.


Thanks for reading this. I hope it will prove helpful. Scratch on!
-@Superatomsun

I don't think F4F is a good way to get more followers, because those followers aren't earned, asking for F4F might seem like you're just a wannabe and envious and lots of Scratchers don't like it, so they decline any of those offers.

officially moved to @-liffeydays- and @-TheLatest-
xxscienceboyxx
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

Yeah, F4F is not necessarily a good way to get followers.
It's up to the person though.

~xxscienceboyxx
PartyBalloonsYAY
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

I also think thumbnails are important because they persuade people to click on your projects.If u have a great thumbnail and not many views this could help.I hope everyone can keep safe,wash those hands and have a nice day.
Superatomsun
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

PartyBalloonsYAY wrote:

I also think thumbnails are important because they persuade people to click on your projects.If u have a great thumbnail and not many views this could help.I hope everyone can keep safe,wash those hands and have a nice day.
OK! I added a part on thumbnails.
cs1760724
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

That makes sense. Thank you for the help!

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Superatomsun
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

cs1760724 wrote:

That makes sense. Thank you for the help!
You are welcome!
eibgirl_901
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

Thanks! This was really helpful!
Superatomsun
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

eibgirl_901 wrote:

Thanks! This was really helpful!
You are welcome!
7Sofa
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

HI!

i um, i'm new here, so.. i don't know how to make forums and stuff…

but ways to get your projects noticed include catchy thumbnails (simple, not too much details), adding projects to studios, and getting them curated.

it also depends on luck of course. getting projects featured, etc.

and um….yeah hi everyone. i hope you're all doing well right now.

and um….yeah.

nice to meet you all. keep scratching!

- sofa
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

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Sharkbitesnake
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips



i um, i'm new here, so.. i don't know how to make forums and stuff…

but ways to get your projects noticed include catchy thumbnails (simple, not too much details), adding projects to studios, and getting them curated.

it also depends on luck of course. getting projects featured, etc.

and um….yeah hi everyone. i hope you're all doing well right now.

and um….yeah.

nice to meet you all. keep scratching!

- Sharkbitesnake

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mcnerdgirl
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

mcnerdgirl
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

How do I create a thread?
Superatomsun
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

mcnerdgirl wrote:

How do I create a thread?
Follow this link. In the right-hand corner, (somewhat at the top) you should see a button with “New Topic” on it. Click the button.
dbug32
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

Superatomsun wrote:

Bump
heres my Quote life is a adventure to avoid death
applelover19
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

Excuse me…I have been on scratch for about three years, and I just started posting. Whenever I log out to see if my projects show up when I search for them, they never seem to show up. Is there a reason for this?
-Best Regards ~applelover19
applelover19
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How To Get Your Projects Noticed - Some Helpful Tips

Is this an old thing?

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