Flipboard: A Place to Share Articles in a Magazine Structure - ToughNickel - Money
Updated date:

Flipboard: A Place to Share Articles in a Magazine Structure

Author:

With my articles on over 20 niche sites, I still like to experiment with writing on additional platforms for discovery reasons.

How Does Flipboard Work?

Flipboard was launched in July of 2010 as a social news magazine to organize and share content found on the web. Articles, videos, and photos can be listed in magazines that users can flip through with the smartphone app or browse via the Flipboard website.

Anyone can create a free account and “flip” articles into personalized magazines to save for future reading or to share with others.

Flipboard automatically features some flips, as they are called, in areas of the site where people find them when searching for news or information.

Of particular value to authors:

We can flip our own articles into magazines that we create to organize our content under various topic categories. Flipboard's terms of service state that we can flip our own content.

You can "flip" any article by copying and pasting the URL into a magazine you created on Flipboard. I'll explain this below.

My Magazines

My Magazines

Share Content on Flipboard by Curating Your Own Magazine

The main purpose of Flipboard is to share news and informational articles found on the web by flipping them into magazines of various topics.

You can share useful information with your followers whether or not you wrote it yourself. I made a separate magazine called “Great Articles That I Found” and I flip articles there that I think are useful for others.

I’m focusing this article on how authors can make use of this site to promote their articles.

Readers who like something they see on Flipboard might re-flip the article into their own magazine, increasing the likelihood of someone else finding it.

Finding Content on Flipboard

Flipboard has become a great resource of information in an easy-to-find format with many people creating magazines.

When you flip articles to magazines you are a curator too. I follow other curators who I know make an effort to organize useful magazines.

I discovered informative articles from the web that I would have missed if it weren’t for all the wonderful curators of flips.

Flip Your Own Articles

Flipboard features flips of articles based on the category their bots detect from the domain. Because of this, writers on HubPages discovered that only articles in the niche network sites did well.

Articles on the niche sites get featured because they get tagged into topic categories, where those who follow specific topics can see them. Articles in the home domain of HubPages never seem to get tagged in topic categories.

Comments are Effective in Influencing Search

It's crucial to include a comment with each flip to attract search traffic. When sharing other flips, describe why you liked the article and why you recommend it. When flipping your own content, provide a brief explanation of what to expect from it.

How to Set Up Your Flipboard For Best Results

Create Your Flipboard Bio

When you create your account, you will see a section in your profile to include a bio. Write something that clearly describes what you do. You'll get more traffic because the bio is included in the search when people are looking for something or someone specific to their interests.

I found that the length of the bio is unlimited on the website, but only displays 245 characters on the app. I suggest you limit it so that it shows the entire bio in all cases. Most traffic comes from mobile phones these days anyway.

You should also upload an image of yourself; otherwise, only your initial will appear in a circle on your profile, and that looks incomplete. Just click on that initial, and it will let you upload your image from your computer.

This is how my profile looked after I completed it:

Profile Example When Logged In

Profile Example When Logged In

Create a Magazine

After you completed your profile, you can start creating magazines to flip your articles. Just click "NEW MAGAZINE" from your profile, as shown above.

You can make a magazine for each topic you write about or other articles you want to flip. I found it's much easier doing this on the website than with the app.

Give each magazine a name and a description. The description is optional, but it is useful since it helps people find your magazine in a search, and it helps the system tag the articles to the correct topic category (more on this later).

Flipping Articles Into Magazines

The next step is to add your articles to your magazines. Click the pencil icon at the top to flip.

Top Row Option Links and Icons

Top Row Option Links and Icons


You'll get a pop-up titled "Add your voice to a magazine," and it has a field saying, "Write a comment or add a website to your magazine."

Even though it prompts you to write a comment or add a website, it's important to remember that you only want to add the URL of the article you want to flip. Don't write a comment. I also recommend not typing in the URL as you may misspell it; it's best to copy and paste it instead.

Add your voice to a magazine

Add your voice to a magazine

After you paste the URL, you also need to click on the magazine you want to flip into, as shown in the image below:

Adding a Flip of an article to a magazine

Adding a Flip of an article to a magazine

Click “Post” at the lower right and you're done.

How to Organize Your Flips

This is really a worthwhile thing to do occasionally. You may want to move certain magazines to the top so that they are more noticeable.

  • You can drag flips around within magazines to display in different orders.
  • You can select one of the images from any flip to be the main image of that specific magazine.
  • You can drag magazines around to control the order of the display under your profile.

You need to click "refresh" on your browser after making any changes to see the updated magazine.

How a Flipper Follower Sees Things

Many people use Flipboard to find news and information.

Users can select categories of interest to follow, or they can follow other members. They can also create their own magazines to save articles to share or to read later.

Their profile lists their magazines that they have created, and they can find the topics and people they follow by clicking “FOLLOWING” from the top of the home page, as shown here.

Top Row Menu of Options

Top Row Menu of Options


Users can also select “COVER STORIES” from the top of the home page. This displays articles that are within the topics they follow.

Once they click into a category, selected stories are presented, which they can flip through just like the pages of a magazine.

Automatic Tagging to Topics and Featuring Articles

When an article is added to a magazine it is automatically tagged to a topic and featured in that category on the site. That helps get views because the article appears in the topic list as people browse what they are following.

Which Articles Get Tagged and Featured?

Not all articles are tagged to topics. As I mentioned earlier, authors on HubPages discovered that only articles in the HubPages niche sites are tagged, not those from the hubpages.com home site.

Articles flipped from sites other than HubPages show a wide variation in whether they are featured or not. It may depend on how well trusted the website is for having quality.

Once a flip is tagged to a topic, it gets featured on a rotating schedule. One of my articles got over 3000 views on the first day by being featured, but then it dropped drastically. Another article suddenly came to life a week later and then dropped off. We never know when flips get featured or if they will ever get featured again.

Incorrectly Tagged Topics

There is no way to tag things ourselves. It's automatic.

Unfortunately, in some cases articles are tagged to the wrong topics. Some are absolutely silly locations, and that negatively affects the chances of getting traffic.

Some of us have tried updating our articles, removing or changing content that might have been causing the Flipboard bots to choose misleading keywords.

However, these efforts don't work right away because of another issue. Flipboard uses caching, which delays any change. The delay has lessened in recent years, but it may be weeks before the bots notice your changes.

The Importance of Using Captions for Topic Tagging

Adding a caption description to each flip is important so that Flipboard correctly tags the flip to the correct topic category. It tries to choose keywords from the content, but it also uses the caption data.

Any change you make to an existing caption will not be reflected immediately since their server does not re-crawl very often to detect updates. They told me that the frequency is based on how much traffic you're getting in the first place. Those with high traffic will be crawled more often to detect any updates.

This is why it's important to plan ahead of time and have a good title on your article and a good caption on the flip before adding it to a magazine.

Delays With Updates to Flipped Articles

As an author of your own content, if you make changes such as a new title or remove content that had caused it to be listed in the wrong topic category, you need to wait for Flipboard to re-crawl to detect the updates.

If you delete the flip and add it back to the magazine, it will reappear with the old data because they use a cached copy and the old content is reused.

I asked the support staff about that, and they confirmed their server saves a cached copy of all flips. The server will check the original content occasionally and will automatically use any changes that are made. How often and how soon depends on how popular the feed is with each individual flip. Therefore, you just need to be patient when making changes.

Lately, I discovered that Flipboard is finally updating its database more frequently. When I changed a title on an article, for example, the change was updated on Flipboard within a month. In the past, it never was updated.

Notifications of Followers and Likes

When people follow you or one of your magazines, or like your flips, you will receive an email notification if you opted for that in your settings.

You can also see all recent notifications by clicking the bell icon on the website or clicking "Notifications" in the app.

Here is a sample of how that looks:

Flipboard Notifications

Flipboard Notifications

What Are Flipboard's Rules?

You Can Post Your Own Content

Flipboard does not explicitly say anything about self-promotion, but the Terms of Service (TOS) clearly state, "you can post your own content on Flipboard, including articles, photos, comments and other content."

Those who may be familiar with Reddit will know that they have strict guidelines against self-promotion. On Reddit, if you just start submitting your links it will be unwelcome and may be removed as spam.

Pinterest also has such guidelines, so it's a good rule to begin with flipping other people's articles when you open a new account. Then gradually add flips of your own content.

Stay abreast of the Flipboard community guidelines, just in case they decide to make some rules entirely against self-promotion in the future.

What Does Non-Commercial Use Refer to in the TOS?

Another section in the TOS states, "Flipboard gives you a license to use the software for your own personal, non-commercial use."

I'm not an attorney, but in my opinion that wording refers to the usage of their software. That means the app and the website tools should only be used for your own purpose and not for a business flipping other people's content for financial gain.

The wording of that TOS statement does not exclude flipping commercial content, such as articles that pay revenue for ads.

Permission to Use Your Content

The terms also give Flipboard permission to use your content in a way they believe is necessary to provide service. That includes storing, displaying, reproducing, and distributing your content.

The wording of this section of the TOS simply means that the listings and other content can be displayed to provide the service they intended and reproduced for backup purposes to maintain the integrity of the system.

There is no need to worry about duplicate content. Flipboard does not display copies of your flipped content. They only post comments and descriptions you add to flips.

Theories About Flipboard Traffic

Articles That Answer Questions

I have a theory. We know that we get traffic from Google when people search for something that we have an article with the answer. However, traffic from Flipboard can happen merely if the title and primary image grab attention, as is the case with the title I used for the article shown below in the Google Real-Time report.

It started getting 10 to 20 views per minute. I caught it at 18 real-time views in the screen capture shown here. That added up to over 3000 views in the first 24 hours, but then it quickly died down.

Google Real-Time Showing Traffic at Present Moment

Google Real-Time Showing Traffic at Present Moment

Traffic Comes in Spurts

Flipboard traffic seems to come in spurts. That seems to be the routine for most listings. It appears that Flipboard rotates things around, so you never know when you will get a spurt of traffic.

I started getting a lot of Flipboard traffic for a poem I published. Organic traffic for poetry is one of the most difficult things to achieve.

Graph of traffic to my poem

Graph of traffic to my poem

Readers View More Than One Article at a Time

Notice in the Google Real-Time report above (see two images up) that some readers from Flipboard are viewing five or more articles in a single visit.

I never saw that from Google's organic traffic. People searching for information via Google tend just to read the one article they found.

Managing Your Magazines

How to Edit a Magazine

Things are different depending on how you access the site:

  • If you use the mobile app, click the gear icon to edit a magazine.
  • If you access the site on your desktop browser, you need to click the word "EDIT" that you will see below the main image of the magazine.
  • If you access the site with a browser on an iPad, the EDIT link is not there. You can edit a magazine by starting at your profile and click the Analytics icon. Then select the magazine from the list on the left side. You will see "Edit Magazine" right under the image of the magazine.

How to Delete a Magazine or Individual Flip

Flipboard does not organize the maintenance options very well, and it’s hard to find what you need when you want to do simple tasks.

If you ever change your mind and want to delete a single flip from one of your magazines, or even if you want to delete an entire magazine, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your profile page.
  2. Click the analytics icon (looks like a little graph).
  3. Select a magazine from the left column.
  4. Click "Edit Magazine."

To delete the entire magazine…

Click "Delete Magazine" at the lower left column.

To delete just one listing…

  1. Select the Flip you want to delete.
  2. Click "Delete" at the lower left (see image below).

Note that you can also follow these steps to edit and change the caption for the listing.

Example Showing How To Edit or Delete a Single Flip

Example Showing How To Edit or Delete a Single Flip

Managing Your Flips

If you set up a magazine of articles you didn't write, you have to keep an eye on it. Every once in a while, an author will delete their content. So I need to clean up now and then.

It's easy to remove a listing from a magazine. Just edit the magazine and click the "X" at the top right, as shown below.

content-sharing-magazine

Tweeting Magazines: How Twitter Supports Flips

I decided to put out a tweet about the magazine I created, and I was pleased to notice that it included a Twitter Card. That’s a feature that displays more information and a related image on any tweet anyone does.

Twitter provides HTML code that webmasters can implement to display a Twitter Card when people tweet a webpage. Many webmasters use that on their websites since it adds additional traffic flow when people tweet.

Here is that tweet of mine. See how the Twitter Card shows more detail? Nice, don’t you think?

My tweet about a magazine I created.

My tweet about a magazine I created.

Make Flipboard Your Personal Magazine of Everything You Follow

Cover Stories – Follow What Interests You

When you click on "Cover Stories" you get a feed of everything you follow. I use this a lot. Flipboard is very useful for organizing everything on the web that I’m interested in reviewing later.

Twitter Lists – Organize Your Twitter Feed

I also created a magazine of my most important Twitter Lists. These are lists you can create in your Twitter account to organize your feed with specific news items.

Now those lists can be flipped into a magazine and I find that scrolling through that magazine is a lot friendlier than the raw listing on Twitter.

I even made a magazine of "Tweets Mentioning Me" so I can quickly find them. Flipboard dynamically fills that magazine the same way as it fills the Twitter feed into a magazine.

Other Social Networks – All Under One Roof

In addition to Twitter, you can connect Flipboard to up to 11 other social networks to organize your entire reading material under one roof. That includes Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr, and more.

Use Flipboard to Organize Research Studies

Flipboard is a great tool to use when you’re doing product research.

For example, say you are looking for product comparisons for something you want to buy. You do a bunch of Google searches, and you find a few articles discussing the product. If you flip each article into a magazine you created for that research, you’d have a neat organization to review later.

A Flipboard Bug: Articles Attributed to the Wrong Author

In February 2018, I noticed that some of my flips had an attribution to another author. When I investigated, I saw what was happening.

Other author's articles are listed on the right column in desktop view on my articles, and Flipboard took the author's name from there to use for attribution of my articles.

I decided to delete all the incorrect flip listings. And in some cases where the problem was extensive, I removed entire magazines.

If you use Flipboard a lot, then I suggest you review your old flips and make sure they are correct. Remove any that have the wrong information.

Flipboard Security Breach

Flipboard had a major security breach announced in Forbes Magazine in May 2019. They discovered a hacker who was lurking on its servers from June 2018 until April 2019. During that time, the hacker might have stolen passwords from 150 million users.

Those at risk were anyone who used the same password on other sites that they used on Flipboard.

I always use complex meaningless passwords, and I never use the same one twice. So I probably was okay. Nevertheless, I didn't feel comfortable about the hacking, and I deleted my account.

Nevertheless, I am sure that Flipboard is more diligent now after having had that experience. So everything I discussed here is still useful, and well worth it for you to consider.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Glenn Stok

Comments

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on January 17, 2018:

Simone - I’ve had similar results where I would get huge traffic from Flipboard at one time, and then it would drop to almost nothing. It seems to come and go.

As for older listings, once it’s been there for a while it is not considered new anymore.

Once thing that does help is to flip other people’s articles. I noticed that some of those people who I had shared, had also followed up and shared the experience of one of my articles. Of course that’s hit or miss because many people don’t pay attention to see who’s flipping their content.

Simone on January 17, 2018:

Dear Glenn,

I have been a Flipboard user for a while now and this was a great read to see if I am still doing everything correctly.

I am hoping you can help me with a Flipboard issue. I used to get over 2000 people a day from Flipboard and for a few weeks now I am not even getting 80 people a day. My articles seem to not be showing up as "new" for Flipboard anymore. Do you know any other factors that could influence traffic this much? Or why articles don't show up as new? I haven't changed anything on my website, so my guess is the issue is with Flipboard, but they can't seem to help me.

Thank you!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on December 24, 2017:

Ram Ramakrishnan - Thank you Ram. I appreciate the recognition. After I spent so much time deciphering the best methods to make Flipboard work for us, I felt I just needed to share that information. It works for authors on any platform.

Ram Ramakrishnan on December 24, 2017:

I haven't come across a more detailed and wonderfully explained tutorial than this one, Glenn. You more than deserve the "Most Helpful Hubber" award.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on November 28, 2017:

Jennifer, Try posting your query on the Wordpress Group on Facebook. Maybe someone there might know how to make Wordpress flip properly.

As I mentioned, I'm not a Wordpress user so I have no idea. I can only help your with the Flipboard side of it.

By the way, did you ever try flipping one of your Wordpress pages manually? It's easy to do. Just copy the URL, click the pen icon on Flipboard, paste the URL and select or create a magazine.

Jennifer on November 28, 2017:

Thanks Glenn. Yes, Wordpress has a setting to auto-post links to a Flipboard magazine. It is using the social media plug in called SNAP.

For some reason, in the past 15 or so months, Flipboard has never once categorized any of my links. This is happening to both my blog posts and another blogger under the same blog network (20+ other bloggers are having their links categorized by Flipboard with no problem). So I believe it is a wordpress setting. I've probably had 1,000+ posts over this time and there is no possible way that not one of them was put into a category. Know of anyone who is a Flipboard Guru and Wordpress Guru who I can hire? Thank you!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on November 26, 2017:

Jennifer, Flipping means to post a link in a Flipboard magazine that points to your article. If none of your posts are given categories it might be because Flipboard can’t tell what category they belong to.

Jennifer on November 26, 2017:

Hi Glenn, thanks again! Wordpress has a feature to auto post to Flipboard, I am not sure if that means they are being flipped, I am just getting to understand Flipboard so not really sure what being flipped means.

I do not have individual magazines set up, just one where all posts go into. I will look into setting up individual magazines.

I am positive other bloggers are getting extremely high page views, and many of them are, not just one or two. I've tried looking into Wordpress settings but there isn't much, I'll take another look.

The biggest difference I see is that not one of my posts have ever been given a category by Flipboard which I find odd.

Thanks for the help!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on November 25, 2017:

Jennifer - Getting flips categorized has always been hit or miss with Flipboard.

You can improve the success of your flips by creating individual magazines for each of your travel sub-topics. One for airlines, another for hotels, and so on. Then flip your blogs to the specific magazines. That’s how I break up my articles on Flipboard since I cover a wide range of topics.

Jennifer on November 25, 2017:

This article was extremely helpful, thank you! Wondering if you are able to help me with a few questions. I have a travel deals web page that is part of a larger blogger network. The blog network automatically posts all blog posts to Flipboard and I've noticed that every other blogger has a category tied to their Flipboard post, except mine. I also created my own Flipboard account and still none of my posts on Flipboard are getting categorized. I talk about travel, airlines, hotels, deals, etc., but yet nothing is getting into any of those categories, any ideas?

Any tricks to get things categorized? Thank you so much!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on February 01, 2017:

MsDora, when you set up your Flipboard magazines, make sure to focus on the hubs that are in niche sites since they are indexed better.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 01, 2017:

I realize now that there are things I need to do. Thank you for this very comprehensive tutorial on Flipboard. Very helpful!

SA on January 01, 2017:

Great article Glenn! Thank You So Much for writing it. I dislike social network sites. After reading your article, I have learned that Flipboard is an entirely different animal. I'm convinced that it would be beneficial for me to take the time and effort to use it.

Thanks Again :)

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on December 23, 2016:

Sam Montana - Be careful what you read and who is saying it. Some people post inaccurate information without checking the source. Google is not ruining anything. They are in business to make money and so is HubPages. In return, we authors make money when we follow the rules and do a complete job. HubPages has constantly been adding many features that help us rank well with Google. I see you are not taking advantage of them. For example, you have no author bio on your hubs, you have not modified your hubs to be mobile friendly, and you have no hubs in niche sites. All of this has been described in the HubPages blogs and weekly newsletters. Don't try to use Flipboard until you do these things. You'll get better results once you've competed all the prerequisites.

Sam Montana from Colorado on December 23, 2016:

Glenn, I read here that someone said Blogger was blacklisted. It just seems that we started with Twitter, Pinterest and now Flipboard, and we are always trying to promote our articles while Google seems to ruin everything in time.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on December 23, 2016:

Sam Montana - First of all, people are only guessing that HubPages is blacklisted, due to the way they don't index hub that are on the home site. But many of our hubs are now on the niche sites, and they are indexed very well on Flipboard. That's why we are all saying in the forums to only flip hubs that have been moved to niche sites.

You also mentioned that you think Blogger is blacklisted. Where did you hear that?

Sam Montana from Colorado on December 23, 2016:

Great article, but what good is this Flipboard is HP and Blogger are black listed on their website.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on December 18, 2016:

Marisa Wright - Those are good questions, and I realize these points need clarification.

If you look closer at that field, it says "write a comment or add a website to your magazine." That's why I said not to write a comment. If you do, then you are just adding that text to your magazine. That's is fine if that's all you want to do. But if you want to flip an article, then you need to paste the URL into that field instead of writing anything else.

Later in the article I was talking about adding a caption, which goes in the caption field. Captions can be added after you flip, or at the same time if you are using the app. The web based Flipboard does not let you add a caption at the same time as doing the flip. They never made both work the same (as of yet).

As for the images, Flipboard bots decide when and if to use an image. Based on my own experience this seems to be random. I never could find any reasoning behind the decision to include an image or not. It's just something we have to accept for now and we have no control over the selection. Note, however, that you DO have the ability to select which image to use as the main image for the magazine after you've added two or more flips.

They are constantly making changes tweaking things, so we never know what they will do going forward. They are quite active behind the scene and have been very responsive to my emails when I had asked questions when I was writing this hub. They even retweeted my tweet.

Kate Swanson from Sydney on December 18, 2016:

Glenn, thanks so much for this article. I signed up for Flipboard ages ago but couldn't fathom how to use it!

A couple of questions. Your instructions say, just paste the URL, don't write anything - and then later you say you must create a caption before flipping? I was able to add a caption AFTER I had flipped but I'm not sure if that's sufficient.

Also, I've flipped articles from a couple of websites but although there is a great image in both articles, Flipboard can't find either of them. Any idea why that might be?

Tessa Schlesinger on December 17, 2016:

Brilliantly informative article. Very well written, too. Thank you. :)

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on December 13, 2016:

letstalkabouteduc - These are good questions. and time will tell. The Flipboard share button on HubPages is new, so I am sure we will discover new experiences, good or bad, over time. I think it's too soon to notice any negative effects (if any). Personally, I like the ease of flipping now by using the share button.

McKenna Meyers on December 13, 2016:

Hey Glenn -- I've had good success with Flipboard thanks to your helpful article. However, when using the new Flipboard button with two recent Hubs, I only got an uptick. Are we ruining a good thing by over using it? Are other Hubbers having the same experience? Thanks!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on December 13, 2016:

wilderness - If you include a useful caption with your flip, there is a good chance that it will recycle and give spurts of extra traffic in the future as well.

wilderness on December 13, 2016:

Thanks, Glenn - some good information here that I can use. I tried flipping a couple of hubs and got an extra 4,000 views out of one in the first 12 hours. Even if it goes away (and I assume it will), it's well worth the effort. This gives me some good tips on how to continue. Thanks.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on December 11, 2016:

gerimcclym - That's great Geri. You did a great job. I see you included good captions and that you have a similar bio as you used on HubPages. You could also add your picture, same as you have on your HubPages profile. It's a nice image of you and will help others find you.

Let me know how it works out. After a few days, check your traffic stats and referrers to see what's coming from Flipboard.

Geri McClymont on December 11, 2016:

Thanks for this very helpful article, Glenn. I just flipped several of my articles into a magazine.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on December 10, 2016:

Your hub was great and very helpful. I just had a problem figuring out captions because tech stuff overwhelms me. I must have missed your explanation.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on December 10, 2016:

Catherine, I mention how to edit captions using the web at the end of my hub. But it's different with the app. Since there are so many differences, in order to keep things simple this hub is related to using the web, as I mentioned at the start in the section "How to Set Up Your Flipboard."

Changing captions on the web I already explain in this hub: Click the Analytics icon on your profile and then select the magazine, then click "edit magazine" and you will be able to add or change captions on individual flips.

With the app, go to the magazine and click the gear icon at the top left. Then select the article you want to update.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on December 10, 2016:

I was referring to the caption that works differently on the web. Sometimes needing to update is a drag I do some blogs on politics and I have to constantly update those.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on December 10, 2016:

CatherineGiordano - You are right that Flipboard added the web version for PC access later. They started with the mobile app. It's unusual that a company goes in that direction, but they felt it was necessary to add web access too. I did make reference to both the web and the app versions, although the web version keeps changing since they are always playing with modifications. Please tell me where I missed it, and I'll be glad to add the information.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on December 10, 2016:

This is such a great help if you are new to flipboard. Thank you for putting all this information together in one place and for you complete and easy-to-understand explanations.

I am using a PC for Flipboard which I understand is a newer feature for Flipboard. (I almost gave up on Flipboard because came upon what must have been some old information on the internet that said that PC was only for mobile devices.) May I suggest that you update some of the sections to include info for PC users.

After reading this hub, I put some of my hubs up on Flipboard and within hours I had 3000 views. I gather this really high traffic won't last, but even a small number of extra views helps get me to payout.

Jean Bakula from New Jersey on December 07, 2016:

Thanks for the step by step info Glenn. I tried Flipboard when somebody "discovered" it and shared that on the forums, but computer skills are not my forte. Maybe I can do it now! I've had a lot of hubs moved to niches and am happy with additional money and traffic.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on September 28, 2016:

Cynthia Hoover - That's great news Cynthia. Flipboard sure works well bringing traffic to our hubs when all its features are used properly.

Cynthia Hoover from Newton, West Virginia on September 28, 2016:

Glenn Thank You! After reading this for the first time I went and reworked some of my magazines. Overnight my views skyrocketed as one of my hubs on a niche site was flipped and featured! Very sound advice you have given and I cannot thank you enough. Admittedly I really did not know what I was doing/supposed to do with flipboard! Again thanks so much for the wonderful advice for those of us who needed some direction and explanation for using flipboard!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on September 09, 2016:

randomcreative - Yes I see that. Great work Rose! Just read a hub of yours that you flipped. Commented in it and flipped it to "Recommended Hubs".

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 09, 2016:

Thanks, Glenn! I'm slowly working on creating new magazines on Flipboard that fit my various niches.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on September 08, 2016:

Thanks for the explanation, Glenn! I do plan on checking it out!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on September 08, 2016:

Victoria Lynn - The main difference is that you can just "pin" images with Pinterest, but with Flipboard you "flip" a reference to an article along with a caption that describes the article. Pinterest doesn't have the ability to add captions. In addition, a flip can get featured based on information in the article and in the caption. I agree there are many similarities. However, the uniqueness of Flipboard gives it a better advantage in my opinion and my experiences so far.

Victoria Lynn on September 07, 2016:

Like someone else mentioned, I wonder how it's different from Pinterest. Articles are saved into "magazines" instead of "boards," but it doesn't sound that much different except for maybe a different look? And maybe it gets better traffic? I'm curious and will check into it. Perhaps I won't be able to see the difference until I get into it. Thanks for all the detailed information. This is the first I've heard of Flipboard!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on September 06, 2016:

randomcreative - I found your Flipboard Rose. You set it up nicely with your image and bio. Good going! I see you have many hubs on niche sites. You should add them too since niche hubs work better on Flipboard. They get featured in topic categories.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 06, 2016:

I've been meaning to check out Flipboard for ages. Your fantastic article inspired me to take the plunge at last. We'll see how it goes! I'm following you now. @RoseClearfield on Flipboard if you want to follow back. Thanks again! This is a great resource.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on September 01, 2016:

cclitgirl - Ha ha. I figured that. It happens to me too. I finally added the spelling of Flipboard to my spelling correction dictionary. Right-clicking should give you that option.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 01, 2016:

Drat...my spell check corrected it to Clipboard, lol.

Anyways, will do - I will definitely check it out. :)

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on September 01, 2016:

cclitgirl - We also have a couple of forum threads on Flipboard (not Clipboard) where a bunch of us have been comparing notes.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 01, 2016:

This is super interesting and definitely have to share.

I'd never heard of Clipboard. Where have I been!? This is incredible!

And the info about the way web traffic behaves is really interesting.

Thanks for this awesome write up!

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on September 01, 2016:

NateB11 - Flipboard seems to be safe, and their management is very responsive to support emails. I'll look for your magazines. Thanks for the flip.

NateB11 on September 01, 2016:

This is very helpful, Glenn, thanks. I decided to give Flipboard a shot after reading about it on the forums. I'm pretty wary of sites where you can promote work because I have this fear of getting bad backlinks. But this site seems worthy of a try if for nothing other than a good bookmarking resource. I should flip this article as a good reference for using Flipboard.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 31, 2016:

revolutionbjj - I guess what you're saying is that there is not much interest in gaming. It's not my thing but I thought it was BIG. Give it time.

Andrew Smith from Richmond, VA on August 31, 2016:

True, but for HowTheyPlay, we're talking about possibly dozens of views (as opposed to hundreds or even thousands for other niche sites). Nevertheless, I'll take it.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 31, 2016:

DrMark1961 - Good point Mark. Thanks for adding that information. That applies to any network niche site. I always reflip immediately when a hub gets moved to a niche site. You are right, it always brings a sudden influx of traffic from Flipboard. I make sure I add a good caption along with it.

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 31, 2016:

revolutionbjj--I think there is a HP algortihm that determines what is on the front page of each niche site (based on Hubber score?) so when each of your hubs does get moved to Howtheyplay be sure to flip it right away. If it gets a lot of visits from Flipboard, it will be more likely to appear on the front page under "popular" and you will get even more page views.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 30, 2016:

revolutionbjj - Yes, that's what I mean. 'Post' is actually the wrong terminology. You 'flip' an article to a magazine but you 'post' a comment.

Andrew Smith from Richmond, VA on August 30, 2016:

Re-flip = just post again?

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 30, 2016:

revolutionbjj - You can re-flip after they are moved to the niche site, so no need to wait. I had a few Hubs moved after I flopped them. Even though they follow the redirection anyway, I still decided to delete the first one and re-flip with the URL of the niche hub. Since it's a different URL, Flipboard will immediately tag it to the topic category. Good luck with it.

Andrew Smith from Richmond, VA on August 30, 2016:

Thanks, Glenn. I just added a caption yesterday, and will probably make a project of doing that to all of them over time. Right now, I'm wary to spend too much energy on my hubs, as many of them are slowly migrating over to "Howtheyplay", a niche site, and I understand they are much more likely to get traffic. Right now, I'm getting about 10 views a day from Flipboard, or around 3% of my total views, give or take. Like others, I got a nice initial spike, although mine was in the hundreds, not the thousands.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 30, 2016:

revolutionbjj - Thanks Andrew. Your presence in my hub is a result of your active involvement in Flipboard. I see you have competed your profile with an image and bio and you set up your magazines very well. Most important is that you have been adding captions to your flips. Most others are still skipping that part and wondering why they are not getting results. How is your traffic from your flips?

Andrew Smith from Richmond, VA on August 29, 2016:

Great work, Glenn! Tickled to see that I made it into the article as well.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 27, 2016:

DrMark1961 - Good timing Mark, I'm just moderating my comments right now.

Blogger may not get tagged. If it's not tagged it won't appear in featured topics and traffic will be limited to only followers.

I can leave comments on why own flips. Did last week, and just successfully tried another right now.

Note that they seem to be installing new code. I keep seeing changes to some features, and some things break and need a browser refresh to fix it. Every once in a while my magazines are replaced by just two meaningless system mags. But when I refresh I get mine back again and all is well.

I looked at your account and everything looks fine. You have 12 mags with 94 flips.

Remember to log in the same way each time. If you create your account with your email and then later log in with Facebook (for example), you'll end up with two accounts.

That's all for now. Back to my weekend relaxation.

Dr Mark from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 27, 2016:

I think that Blogger is also "blacklisted", similar to Hubpages. Have you run across any Blogger articles in your reading? I have posted some from myself and another person and have had no traffic.

Are you able to make comments on your own posts? When I click on "comment", a window pops up but I am not able to leave comments on my own flips.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 25, 2016:

Timetraveler2 - Updates to the original content are reflected on Flipboard slowly for the reasons I explained in the article. I agree that a better learning center would be useful than the videos they supply, but my trick is to experiment with every option to see what they do. That's how I learned how it all works.

Timetraveler2 on August 25, 2016:

I really hope the developers of this site will get busy and make it easier to edit articles, etc. and get immediate updates. It would also be nice if they would include a learning center that houses the info you just supplied. You obviously have a good handle on this...wish I did. Thanks for this one, Glenn and continued good luck with Flipboard.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 23, 2016:

Norma, See my reply in your hub where you mentioned the same issues. You have a great talent as an educational author.

You're just missing SEO items such as "About the Author" bio that shows authority, titles that grab attention, and niche site placement. That can all be corrected.

You should also change your Flipboard username (in settings) to match your HubPages username so people can find you.

nolawrence on August 23, 2016:

I tried flipboard and got no where. I have submitted articles to different sites for years and done well but not on Hub Pages. I do not know if my articles are terrible or what. My article that got the most views has the lowest score. I want to thank you for following me on flipboard. I appreciate it.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 21, 2016:

FlourishAnyway - I found your account on Flipboard and followed you. I see you have no flips yet, but you do have your picture there and that's a good start. Most people forget that important step as you may have noticed.

The traffic from Flipboard seems to come and go. I had a surge again after a lull period. Remember that it helps to include a caption on flips and also to comment on other flips you like. It's a social site and commenting helps get you recognized. Also put a good bio on your profile since that is searchable.

Just click the pen icon to get started flipping. Read the section again where I explain how to flip articles. Good luck.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 21, 2016:

This was SO helpful, and I am bookmarking it. I created an account and got stuck at the point of how to flip my own content (or any content that I wanted to share). I didn't know what to do so I put it off. I have had surges of traffic from Flipboard that were large then died down within 24-48 hours. It was neat while it lasted but encouraged me to want to know more.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 20, 2016:

sallybea - Thanks, Sally, for adding all that information about your own experience with Flipboard. That helps others further understand what can be done with it.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on August 20, 2016:

Great Hub Glen! I have now included this one in my own Magazine of helpful and interesting things which I have found. I will definitely be tweeting this one too.

I love the way you have set out this article on HubPages. You really have done a terrific job. The content is so helpful and I can see myself coming back again and again, to catch up on things as I am sure you will be updating it from time to time with changes you discover and more interesting things to share about Flipboard.

My experience with Flipboard has been very positive. It has definitely boosted my earnings here. I saw over 5000 visitors in my first two weeks. It was such a thrill to see how many visitors I had at one time on Google Realtime. Using photos which are my own and of high quality definitely helps as these are the first thing anyone will see.

I have added a Flipboard button to my Chrome Browser. It makes it so easy for me to flip any article I find interesting with no fuss. Once in my magazine, I can always return to Flipboard where it is safely stored and categorized in a way which lets me find it again in no time. Thanks for sharing.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 19, 2016:

letstalkabouteduc - Many of us had the same experience with tremendous success at the start, and then it slows down. As I mentioned, my first flip got over 3000 views the first day. But that didn't happen anymore. However, the present traffic is still making it worthwhile and if featuring does rotate, then higher traffic may happen again. Adding a good bio and captions on flips helps.

Glenn Stok (author) from Long Island, NY on August 19, 2016:

B. Leekley - It's very different from Pinterest. You can organize articles under different topics by simply creating magazines for each category. Look for the Forum that I mentioned to learn what everyone has been sharing.

McKenna Meyers on August 19, 2016:

Glenn, you're the bomb for so thoroughly explaining Flipboard to us fellow Hubbers. I had tremendous success with it when I first started by it's really slowed down. I need to go back and fill out more information as you suggest.

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on August 19, 2016:

Flipboard sounds very much like Pinterest. How is it essentially different, if it is, except that one says bulletin boards and the other says magazines and either could as well say bags or bins? I rarely go to my Pinterest account except to pin one my my hubs or a hub I like.