How to Get Swarms of Free Blog Traffic With Flipboard

By: | August 22, 2015 | Tags: , , , , ,

Flipboard will help bloggers get blog traffic.I refused to sleep.

“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.

Pinterest, also a content curation site, enables its pinners to collect content on a virtual bulletin board.  StumbleUpon enables stumblers to collect content in lists.

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.

Testimonial

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.

Flipboard can get bloggers massive traffic. Click to see how Mostlyblogging.com

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

Flipboard enables you to add stories that interest you.

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.”

Flipboard enables you to curate content including your own blog posts.

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.

Conclusion

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.

Related Posts:

How to Make Blog Traffic Skyrocket with StumbleUpon

How to Quintuple Your Page Views Using Pinterest

How to Blow the Roof Off Your Traffic Using Pinterest

5 Ways to Get Massive Traffic with No Extra Effort [Pinterest Group Boards]

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.

  1. Joel Savage

    I have been reading your articles for some time now. Thanks for the devotion in posting useful articles for bloggers to promote and increase traffic.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi,
      Thank you so much. I am aware, and I am truly grateful for your support. Thank you for reading.
      Janice

    • Anonymous

      Joel, isn’t Janice wonderful?? I love her! Glad we have a common interest here!
      Melinda

  2. Lbeth

    Please add me to Pinterest. I love your information so much. Now I have to figur out flip!

  3. Tiffany

    Interesting post! I’ve been using Flipboard for a while now and love it but never thought about adding my blog posts to it. I am definitely giving this a try today, thanks!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Tiffany,
      I am so glad I could “do the leg work”. If you follow my tutorial, you can get your own posts there. Thanks for writing me.
      Janice

  4. Charles Rogers

    Dear Janice, I cared, so I shared. I re logged this and posted it on my Facebook page. Thank you (Now, get some sleep!). Charles Rogers

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Charles,
      You have been so kind to me. At least six people have come over from your site. You have a nice community! Thanks for puttint my link there and the exposure to them. Your concerns over my health and sleep are so touching. I feel like you “have my back,” and I am grateful for the support.
      Janice

  5. cat

    Ah! You’ve just answered a question. When I upgraded to W10, Flipboard appeared in the start menu. I will definitely be opening an account

    • Janice Wald

      Great! I have not upgraded to Windows 10 yet. Thank you for letting my readers and me know!
      Janice

  6. Mathew

    Thank you so much for this information. I didn’t know it existed. Thanks again for providing this; for someone relatively new to blogging I appreciate it

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Matthew,
      I am so happy I could help by providing this information. Thanks for writing to tell me you found the article valuable.
      Janice

  7. Tracey Boyer (

    I never heard of this before, but it sounds like fun and a good way to promote our content. Thanks for this info. 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Tracey,
      Flipboard is fun. I feel I it is a creative outlet for me. It is a good way to promote our content since others follow us and our magazines. Great to hear from you. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  8. Jeanette

    I followed your advice. Now have both a Flipboard account as well as a Shareaholic account. Have to be teachable if you want to survive in today’s world! Tanks for the lesson!
    Jeanette

    • Janice Wald

      My pleasure Jeanette. My social shares are definitely up since I installed Shareaholic. How is your new site going?
      Janice

  9. Judy

    Another very useful tip and I already have a Flipboard account. I just need to find my password. lol
    I had to laugh at your husband telling you to come to bed. That used to be me. Now I’m usually the first one in. So tired by day’s end.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Judy,
      I told Wayne your comment. He was amused that you were amused. I’m sure there is a way to reset the password. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  10. Melinda

    Janice, another new thing! You must never sleep! You’re my blogging guru!
    Your blogging BFF,
    Melinda

      • Melinda Mitchell

        BBFFJ, I just pasted this link in a comment to Gary. Poor guy, he is struggling like me to keep up with you!! You outpace me by about 10 miles!!
        He’d never heard of flipboard before, so I couldn’t resist flipping him out! ha!
        Your BBFFM

        • Janice Wald

          Hi BBFFM,
          I can’t remember if I responded to this yet because that “flipping” line is just too funny.
          Thanks for trying to help Gary. Flipboard is pretty easy. Is there a question I can answer? I’ll use it in a future “Ask the Expert” blog post. You know how much I like to use your questions, LOL.
          BBFFJ

  11. Dr. Margaret Rutherford

    Very cool and interesting! I am so glad I discovered you. Thank you!

    • Janice Wald

      Awww… Thank you! I am grateful for our connection too. I wrote you this week. I reviewed MidLife Boulevard, and I saw you write for them.
      Janice

  12. Shellie Woods

    Hi, Janice:) Another great blog! I’m so glad that you shared this helpful information about Flipboard, because I have it on my smartphone, but really never knew much about it. Thanks again!:)

    • Janice Wald

      My pleasure Shellie. I am glad you enjoyed the article. Thank you for writing me.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shellie,
      Do you have a Droid? I hear the Flipboard app comes on that phone. I’m glad you found the information valuable. Thank you so much for the compliments and for writing me.
      Janice

  13. Ellen Hawley

    And with all these wonderful opportunities, when do any of us ever get to sleep again???

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ellen,
      Guess what? My post coming out in exactly one hour and five minutes answers that very question. Thanks for writing. It’s fun seeing you around the Internet at people’s sites. Like running into a friend.
      Thanks for writing.
      Janice

  14. Gilly Maddison

    Thank you! Sounds very interesting and am going to follow it it. Much appreciated.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gilly,
      I am glad you enjoyed my article. Have fun making your magazine, for fun, for reading pleasure, for blog attention, or as a gift. Thanks for writing me.
      Janice

  15. Lloyd Lofthouse

    This is the first I’ve heard of Flipboard, and I really like the magazine concept. Already my imagination is buzzing with ideas for several magazines. Thank you.

    • Janice Wald

      You could use them for your personal reading, for your blog since people could follow you or your magazine, or you could make one for someone else and share it. Glad I could pique your interest. Great hearing from you this weekend. So far we’ve only met on Google +.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shine,

      Thanks for the compliment and once again for following my blog.
      Janice

  16. Gilly Maddison

    Have just finally gone on Flipboard to create an account – looks like a great site. I am having trouble adding a sharing button to my blog. There isn’t one listed under more so I have to physically add the URL. Would that simply be the main http://www.flipboard.com? Also I need to put in an icon URL lower down. Where do I get that? Thanks in advance for ANY advice you can give. ??

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Gilly,
      Thank you for writing me. Coincidentally, I just published a post yesterday that I think will answer your questions. It is about social sharing buttons and how to add them. Flipboard is included. Here is the link: http://wp.me/p6x6vQ-1mJ
      I hope this helps.
      Janice

      • Gilly Maddison

        Good Morning and thank you! Just got up and my first thought was about Flipboard (yes I know, sad eh?) and I heard your response ping through a millisecond after the thought. Now that is great service! ? I will have a look. I did check last night to see if
        Wordpress had a plugin and they do. Will investigate that too. Many thanks for your help – it is appreciated.

    • Gilly Maddison

      Sorry Janice – is it possible to edit my comments to take out the link to my latest post as I have taken it down. I should have unticked the box.

      • Gilly Maddison

        Drat! And again – couldn’t untick it – when I tried, it published the comment. But did it right this time it seems. ?

  17. Anonymous

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for, for a while now. I used to love using Flipboard but when I got a new phone, I somehow didn’t get it on there and it fell by the wayside for me. I can see how this would work well for bloggers. I’ll give it a go. Thank you for the information. I’ve just subscribed to your emails so that I can find out more 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi! How exciting! So far, I am not getting a notification that you subscribed. Perhaps activate your subscription if you have not already. You’re coming through as Someone, but I will look for Dilly Drops if I get any new notifications, and then I will know. Thank you. I am looking forward to our connection. Thank you also for the nice words about my article.
      Janice

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  20. Lloyd Phillips

    Thanks for this. I haven’t come across FlipBoard but I’ve just signed up and created my first magazine. It looks great. Really looking forward to seeing what it can do for my blog!

  21. Derek Chamberlain

    Thanks for the great information Janice! I had no idea what flipboard was until I started seeing some traffic from this site. Apparently, someone was adding my articles to their magazine? Anyhow, now I have an account created and am flipping my own articles to get more exposure!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Derek,
      I am glad you enjoyed my Flipboard article and found it informative. I found and followed you over at Flipboard. Congratulations on getting traffic from there. Thank you for writing me.
      Janice

  22. Simaran Singh

    Great Article.
    I was searching some info about Flipboard and I got enough of it here.
    I will surely share my articles on Flipboard. Lets see what’s in store for me.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Simaran,
      Thank you for writing me. I am glad you found my Flipboard article helpful. I often have articles about how to get site traffic from different social media sites. Consider subscribing to my blog, so you get my articles in your Email box. Good luck at Flipboard. Let me know how you do there.
      Janice

  23. Leanne

    Hi Janice – I opened a Flipboard account in February, 2016 and it was easy to just add my posts each time. THEN at the beginning of July something weird happened and it has just taken off – I have had thousands of views come from there each week for the last few weeks – it has been amazing! Thanks again for inspiring me to set it up ?

    • Janice Wald

      My Flipboard AnalyticsHi Leanne,
      1. You are so sweet to give me credit for your traffic coming from Flipboard, publicly on Facebook, and privately here. I also appreciate your letting me know as validation and as a testimonial if I ever write about the site again. I’m tempted after finding out your news. Would you be able to send me a screenshot of your recent stats showing the spike?
      2. As someone who offers blogging tips to people, I would be extremely interested in what is causing the onslaught of traffic, so I can explain it to others. I’m sure you’d like to know too, so you can replicate it.
      Can you go into your Flipboard analytics to see what’s going on there so you and I might get some insight? Is it one particular post or a combination of posts bringing the traffic?
      I am including a screenshot of my analytics, so you see what I’m curious about. Click your picture in the upper right at Flipboard. To the right of the word “Likes” there is a funny-looking icon (symbol?). Click that and you will see your analytics. Does it reveal anything enlightening? Thanks for playing detective with me.
      Janice
      Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Leanne,
      It sounds amazing! Thanks for letting me know, and congratulations on the amazing spike. I wrote you a lengthy reply on the 79 Tips to Get Free Blog Traffic Post which I will paste here, so people interested in Flipboard know how to find their Flipboard analytics:
      1. You are so sweet to give me credit for your traffic coming from Flipboard, publicly on Facebook, and privately here. I also appreciate your letting me know as validation and as a testimonial if I ever write about the site again. I’m tempted after finding out your news. Would you be able to send me a screenshot of your recent stats showing the spike?
      2. As someone who offers blogging tips to people, I would be extremely interested in what is causing the onslaught of traffic, so I can explain it to others. I’m sure you’d like to know too, so you can replicate it.
      Can you go into your Flipboard analytics to see what’s going on there so you and I might get some insight? Is it one particular post or a combination of posts bringing the traffic?
      Click your picture in the upper right at Flipboard. To the right of the word “Likes” there is a funny-looking icon (symbol?). Click that and you will see your analytics. Does it reveal anything enlightening? You will see my analytics on the 79 Tips post. Thanks for playing detective with me.
      Janice

  24. Christina

    Flipboard has been on our ‘To Do’ list, so I will be saving this post for reference and inspiration! Thanks!!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Christina,
      Thank you so much for everything: your bookmarking my Flipboard article, your organizing the amazing Facebook group, and letting me the featured blogger yesterday. I am having so much fun!
      Janice

  25. Mark

    Thanks for sharing another outstanding step by step tutorial Janice!

    And it certainly does appear, Flipboard is an incredibly powerful, free tool,
    for consistently a ton of free targeted traffic, plus a great to
    for sharing other entrepreneurs awesome content as well!

    Thanks for providing an excellent step by step “how to” tutorial!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mark,
      You and I had discussed Google Analytics a while back. This post does well on Google. I am not sure why more than my other posts. I’m guessing there’s not much competition out there. Is that the reason, do you think? Otherwise, it’s like all my other posts.
      Thank you for the nice compliment on my Flipboard tutorial.
      Janice

  26. Nikhil Makwana

    I’m always on the look out for new ways to promote and share my content. And here I found something new as a flipboard.

    Thanks for sharing Janice!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Nikhil,
      Do you retweet people’s links on Twitter? Thanks for coming by today. I am glad you found my Flipboard article valuable. Thanks for writing to tell me.
      Janice

  27. Bre

    I am having an issue getting my content onto Flipboard. Every time I try to “flip it” it tells me the page owner doesn’t allow content to be flipped. but, im the page owner. Am i missing something? I use WordPress to self host.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Bre,
      I am sorry I didn’t respond yesterday when I first saw your message. The truth is I’ve never received this error message.
      Are you trying to flip content into someone else’s magazine or your own? Perhaps the magazine owner just wants their own articles in their magazine.
      When people set up a magazine, they are asked if they want collaborators. If they said, “no,” I don’t believe you could “flip” your content into their curation.
      Are you trying to flip into your magazine or someone else’s? Thanks for reaching out to me.
      Janice

  28. Shopgirl Anonymous

    Is there a way to change the category it auto fills for your articles? My blog titled “3 Ways to Ask Yourself What’s the Problem” is under the category of “Fish”?! And then my other one entitled “The Importance of Processes” is labeled under the category of “Coffee”.

    Where am I going wrong?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shopgirl,
      Nice to see you. Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry but I don’t understand your question. Where are you seeing these categories? I assume you are putting your posts in MagazineslLabelled the way you want them.
      When Flipboard emails my posts to its readers, I see categories I hadn’t thought of, but they definitely match my content.
      If you tell me where you’re seeing categories, perhaps I can be of more help.
      Janice

      • ShopGirl Anonymous

        When I look at my magazine, like as a viewer would. There is my name, the picture, and then between the picture and the title is their designated “category” for you. That is where it says “fish” and “skateboarding” for my post.

        • ShopGirl Anonymous

          as an extra note, I’m on my web browser. I have not used the app yet. I’m a computer person, and their browser is not as user friendly as the app they say.

      • shopGirl Anonymous

        Hmmm I left a reply and it seems to have disappeared so I will try again.

        First off I’m using the web browser not the app, which I have read is not as user friendly. But when, on the website, a user opens my magazine, for each entry it appears with my username, then the picture, and then between the picture and the article tile is the article’s category name. This is where it is listing that people are finding my problem solving blog if they are searching under the category of “fish”.

  29. Abi

    Flipboard is an awesome platform for having a good traffic to the blog.. Wonderful article shared..

    • Janice Wald

      I have a guest post coming out on Flipboard in January, and then I will write a new article about it on my blog. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for writing to tell me.
      Janice

  30. Hugh Roberts

    Another great article I’m about to ‘flip’ Janice. I’ll point people this way if they want to find out exactly what Flipboard is. I’m having great fun with it.

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you so much getting traffic to my Flipboard article, Hugh. Your support is much appreciated. Thank you as well for your compliments on my article.
      Janice

      • Hugh Roberts

        Glad to see my comment got through, Janice. When I posted it, the site hang for ages before I got an error message saying “host timed out”.

        You’re welcome. I’m really enjoying ‘flipping’ and am seeing some encouraging results from it.

        • Janice Wald

          Thanks for persisting. What could be slowing my site down? Any thoughts?
          Janice

          • Hugh Roberts

            I thought it could be your host doing some updates, maybe? The last comment went straight through without any problems ?

  31. Utsav Srinet

    I’ve been looking for fresh ideas for traffic building by using flipboard. I’ll be surely testing Flipboard with above ideas and come up with the result. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Great Tips!

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you and thank you for subscribing. May I ask how you found my blog? I always wonder. Welcome!
      Janice

  32. David

    Interesting. I have never heard of flipboard before reading this article. I will check it out and explore further on my own. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Live Iptv X

    Interesting article for traffic from Flipboard. Thanks for sharing your’s tips. I am new on Flipboard. After study your article i am trying to get traffic from Flipboard.

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  35. Thabo

    Hello Janice,

    Never heard of Flipboard until now. Thanks again for providing useful information to all of us who are looking to drive more traffic to our websites. You’re the best, Janice. Big fan!

    Thabo

    • Janice Wald

      My pleasure, Thabo! Thanks for writing to let me know I exposed you to new information and a new site.
      Thanks for ending your comments with such kind words. I appreciate the compliments.
      Janice

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