“Janice, come to bed,” implored my husband.
“I can’t,” I responded. “I am getting massive traffic from Flipboard. I can’t go to sleep until I know which one of my links is there and who added it to Flipboard.”
“All that matters, is that you know how to add one of your links to Flipboard.”
I know now, and this post will tell you, so you can also receive swarms of blog traffic from this site.
What is Flipboard?
Simply put, Flipboard enables you to collect content from around the web. When you find articles you like enough to save or find interesting enough to read later, Flipboard enables you to save the article.
“So, it’s a bookmarking site,” you are thinking.
Several factors make Flipboard uniquely different from other content curation sites.
Flipboard’s format differs from these other sites. Users collect articles of interest in a magazine. You can include your content, other writers’ articles, or any subjects you find interesting. Flipboard offers 34,000 topics to choose from.
You can have a combination news-tech-social-sports magazine if you wanted. Your personal magazine can even include your Twitter feed.
On the other hand, you can have as many magazines as you want. You could put each of these interests in a different magazine if you prefer.
You can even make personal magazines for your friends and relatives to enjoy and share them the way you would a personalized gift. You can add your own photos as well.
In addition, other Flipboard users, who share your interests, can choose to follow your magazine. The more people who flip your article into their personal magazines, the more exposure your writing gets since they can choose to share their magazine with other like-minded readers.
Flipboard, originally an app, was first made available in 2010. Users can now access Flipboard on the Internet as well.
According to Ileane Smith of Basic Blog Tips, “Flipboard is a… great source for content curation which can… send traffic to your blog. You can set up your own Flipboards based on topics or whatever criteria you want. Then you would use the search box at the top of the page and enter your blog’s URL. Next, you would just start flipping your own articles onto your Flipboard.”
How to Use Flipboard
Step 1: Go to Flipboard.com, and make an account. You can sign in with your other social media information. For example, I sign in with my Facebook log in user name and password.
Step 2: Select your interests from the screen that pops up offering you your choices.
In the screenshot, you are looking at five of my selected topics of interest under “Following”.
At the top of the screen, you see articles that match my interests. Because I am following those interests, Flipboard has selected them for me.
If you decide you want to add interests, clicking the search bar will bring down a menu of additional interests you can select.
Step 3: Add stories to your personal magazine
Look at the screenshot.
I typed “Blogging” into the search bar, and this article came up. I am already following this topic.
Notice the story was written by Blogging Wizard‘s Adam Connell, but flipped, or put into a Flipboard magazine by Kristina Butke.
I am interested in adding the story to my personal magazine. Hovering over the red plus sign brings up the word “flip”. Clicking the plus sign will allow me to flip, or add, the story to my magazine.
I also have the option of liking the story or sharing it with others.
Once I click “flip,” Flipboard will ask me if I want to put the article into my “picks” or save it for later reading.
I added Adam Connell’s article to my “Picks.”
Notice Adam Connell’s article is now in my personal magazine! It is right next to one of my articles from Mostlyblogging.com which I also put in my magazine.
Step 4: Read your personal magazine.
Just scroll down on a desktop computer. On a phone, you will be able to flip the pages. On a tablet, you will be able to turn the pages like a real magazine.
Step 5: Put articles on Flipboard. This, of course, includes your own articles.
Bloggers who self host:
If you self host, you will find the “Flipboard” button under “More” with your social sharing options. I also use Shareaholic, so, if you look to your left, you should be able to see the Flipboard button.
If you self-host, just click it, and you will be redirected to Flipboard to add it to “Picks” or “Save for Later.”
If you don’t self-host:
IOS users: Get the app. When you find an article, click the icon of a paper containing an up arrow at the botton of your screen. Choose “Flipboard”.
Android users: Your phones comes with the Flipboard app.
There are many advantages to becoming familiar with Flipboard. Because it can be used on a phone, tablet, or computer, you can access your personal magazine wherever you go.
Also, you have so many choices! What is a blogger to do? Make a magazine with only one topic? Make a magazine with a variety of topics? Gift someone a magazine with their topics of interest?
Whatever you decide to do with Flipboard, just remember, it’s free, it’s easy, it’s quick, it’s a great outlet for creativity, and it has the potential to bring mass traffic to your blog.
Before you go make your Flipboard accounts, I sure would flip (sorry, I could not resist) if you could share my article with other bloggers who might be interested in making their own magazines and getting traffic to their sites too.
Readers, do you have any experiences with Flipboard you can share in the comments section? If not, do you think you might try? I look forward to your views.
Note: Flipboard is a content curation site that could result in blog traffic for you. Pinterest is also a site that aggregates content with the potential to bring great traffic. If you are following this blog, and you would like to be added to the Mostly Blogging group Pinterest board, if you have not already been added, please let me know in the comments section.