Flipboard Online Magazine for News and Article Sharing

The purpose of this article is mainly for authors describing how Flipboard can be used to promote their content. Specifically, I wrote this for authors who write content on HubPages and its group of network niche sites. However, any author of web content will find this useful.

Flipboard was launched in July of 2010 as a social news magazine for organizing and sharing 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 through 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.

Of particular value to authors: we can flip our own articles (Hubs on HubPages) into magazines that we create to organize our content under various topic categories. Flipboard’s terms of service states that we can flip our own content.

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

My Magazines
My Magazines | Source

Share With Others

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

I’m focusing this article on how authors, and particularly those of us on HubPages, can make use of this site to promote our own Hubs.

Nevertheless, I also love to share useful information with my followers. I made a separate magazine called “Great Articles That I Found” and I flip articles that I think are useful for others.

I’ve done the same with Hubs written by other Hubbers. I created another magazine entitled “Recommended HubPages Articles” and filled it with Hubs I read in the past that I had previously tweeted about.

With Flipboard, readers who like something might re-flip the article into their own magazine, increasing the likelihood of someone else finding it.

Flip Your Own Articles

Many of us who discussed our experiences in the HubPages Forum discovered that only hubs in the niche network sites did well. It’s almost as if Flipboard has blacklisted HubPages’ home site.

Any hubs in the home domain of HubPages never get tagged in topic categories. Those in niche sites get featured on Flipboard because they get tagged into topic categories. Flips are randomly featured for others who follow specific topics to discover.

Comments are Effective

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 detailed explanation of what to expect from it. Explain the most important points.

Find Content

Don’t forget that you’re not the only one creating magazines. Flipboard has become a great resource of information in an easy-to-find format. I already discovered informative articles from the web that I would have missed if it weren’t for all the wonderful curators of flips.

When you flip articles to magazines you are a curator too. I even follow other curators whom I discovered that make an effort at organizing useful magazines.

How to Set Up Your Flipboard For Best Results

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. It’s your choice if you want to limit it so that it displays the entire bio for users of the app.

I decided to write a lengthy bio since most people probably use the website anyway, but I put the most important information in the first 245 characters.

You should also upload an image of yourself, otherwise only your initial will appear in a circle on you 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 | Source

Now you can start creating magazines to flip your articles into. 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 rather than the app.

Give each magazine a name and a description. The description is optional but very important 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).

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 | Source

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.”

You will only want to add the URL of your hub or other article you want to flip. Don’t write anything else. Don’t try to type in the URL as you may misspell it. You should copy and paste it instead.

Add your voice to a magazine
Add your voice to a magazine | Source

After you paste in 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 a Hub to a Magazine
Adding a Flip of a Hub to a Magazine | Source

Click “Post” and you’re done.

Organizing Your Flips

You can drag flips around within magazines to display in different orders. You can also select one of the images from any flip to be the main image of that specific magazine.

You can also drag magazines around to control the order of the display under your profile. 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 need to click refresh on your browser after making any changes in order to see the updated magazine. When I first started using Flipboard I thought there was a delay, but I just needed to refresh the browser to see the changes.

How A User 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 | Source

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.

Featured Articles and Automatic Tagging to Topics

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

Example of a single listing
Example of a single listing | Source

Notice that the article in the above listing is tagged to the topic “Relationships.” However, not all articles are tagged to topics. As I mentioned earlier, authors on HubPages discovered that only hubs in the niche sites are tagged. So it’s almost a waste of time to place non-niche hubs (those still under home site) into a magazine. The only people who see those are people viewing your own magazines directly.

I see a wide discrepancy among articles flipped from other sites as far as being featured is concerned. There seems to be some kind of consideration of how well trusted the site is for having quality. In addition to HP’s niche sites, I see flips people make from Info Barrel also get tagged to a topic and featured as well.

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

Incorrectly Tagged Topics

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

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

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

However, this process is very difficult because of another issue. Flipboard uses caching, so any change we make is not picked up very quickly at all. I’ll discuss this further in the following section about making content changes. But first let me tell you something important about captions.

The Importance of Using Captions for Topic Tagging

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

Changing the caption later will not be reflected immediately since their server rarely re-crawls 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.

Making Content Changes

As an author of your own content, if you make changes such as a new title or removing content that had caused it to be listed in the wrong topic category, then 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 cache copy and the old content is reused.

I asked the support staff about this and they confirmed that their server saves a cache copy of all flips. The server will check the original content occasionally and will automatically re-scrape any changes that are made. How often and how soon completely depends on how popular the feed is with each individual flip.

Therefore, you just need to be very patient when making changes. There is no set rule how long it takes to re-scrape the data and update their own cache.

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 email 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 it looks:

Flipboard Notifications
Flipboard Notifications | Source

What Are the Rules?

You Can Post Your Own Content

Flipboard does not specifically say anything about self-promotion, but the Terms of Service (TOS) clearly states “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. Even HubPages was banned from Pinterest for a while in the past.

I’m wondering if the day will come that Flipboard changes their mind. This may happen if people start abusing the system with self-promotion.

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

Question on Non-commercial Use

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 clearly refers to usage of their software. That clearly means using the app and the website tools. It 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. This includes storing, displaying, reproducing and distributing your content.

No need to worry about duplicate content. Flipboard does not display copies of your flipped content. This refers to other content you may post such as comments you post in listings and descriptions you add to flips.

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 purposes of backup to maintain integrity of the system.

Theory About Flipboard Traffic

I have a theory. We get traffic from Google only when people are searching for something and we have an article with the answer. However, traffic from Flipboard can happen simply if the title and primary image grabs attention, as is the case with the title I used for the hub shown below in the Google Real-Time report.

It started getting 10 to 20 views per minute. I caught it at 14 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 and is only getting about 40 views per day from Flipboard now.

Google Real-Time Showing Traffic at Present Moment
Google Real-Time Showing Traffic at Present Moment | Source

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

I started getting spurts of Flipboard traffic for a poem I published recently that was quickly selected for the niche site. Organic traffic for poems is one of the most difficult things to achieve.

Stats Graph of Traffic to Poem Hub
Stats Graph of Traffic to Poem Hub | Source

Notice in the Real-Time report above that some readers that came from Flipboard are viewing five and more hubs in sequence. I never saw that from Google organic traffic. People searching for information via Google tend to just read the one hub they found.

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 you 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 option 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 article listing 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 | Source

Tweeting Magazines

As mentioned earlier, I had created a magazine listing all the Hubs of other Hubbers that I had tweeted about over the past few years.

I decided to put out a tweet about that magazine. I noticed that my tweet included a Twitter Card. That’s a feature that displays more information and a related image along on any tweet anyone does.

I’m using Twitter Cards on my author site too, so I quickly recognized it coming from Flipboard. It’s nice to see that they implemented too.

You see, Twitter provides HTML code that Webmasters can implement on their website to display a Twitter Card when people tweet your page.

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 of other Hubbers Hubs.
My tweet about a magazine I created of other Hubbers Hubs. | Source

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. I am finding Flipboard to be a very useful way to organize everything on the Web that I’m interested in.

Looking at it from that angle, I can see how this is going to grow in popularity, and that will only increase the benefit to us as authors looking for ways to promote our work.

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 in 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 organization your entire web reading under one roof. This includes Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr, and more.

Research Studies – Use Flipboard to Organize

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.

Flipboard Apps

You can use Flipboard directly on their website, but they also have a free App for Apple’s iPad and iPhone that can be downloaded from the App Store.

Amazon has a free version of a Flipboard App for their Fire Tablet. (This link will bring you to Amazon for a free download).

Hubbers Who Shared in the HubPages Forum

Eugene Brennan (@eugbug) brought Flipboard to our attention by starting the forum: Flipboard - A Great Source of Traffic?

Many other Hubbers had been active in that Forum discussing Flipboard. Their involvement is very much appreciated and they were tremendously helpful to the entire community.

© 2016 Glenn Stok

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B. Leekley 2 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

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.

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letstalkabouteduc 2 months ago from Bend, OR

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.

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Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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sallybea 2 months ago from Norfolk

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.

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Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

Wow! HubPages quickly selected this hub for promotion to the LetterPile niche site in less than a day. So I reposted the flip on Flipboard and since it's in a niche site now, they immediately featured it under the Flipboard topic category.

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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

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.

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Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

nolawrence 2 months ago

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.

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Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

Timetraveler2 2 months ago

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.

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Glenn Stok 2 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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DrMark1961 8 weeks ago from The Beach of Brazil

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.

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Glenn Stok 8 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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revolutionbjj 7 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

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

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Glenn Stok 7 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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?

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revolutionbjj 7 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

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.

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Glenn Stok 7 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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revolutionbjj 7 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

Re-flip = just post again?

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Glenn Stok 7 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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DrMark1961 7 weeks ago from The Beach of Brazil

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.

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Glenn Stok 7 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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revolutionbjj 7 weeks ago from Richmond, VA

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.

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Glenn Stok 7 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

NateB11 7 weeks ago

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.

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Glenn Stok 7 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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cclitgirl 7 weeks ago from Western NC

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!

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Glenn Stok 7 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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

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cclitgirl 7 weeks ago from Western NC spell check corrected it to Clipboard, lol.

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

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Glenn Stok 7 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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randomcreative 6 weeks ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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.

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Glenn Stok 6 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

Victoria Lynn 6 weeks ago

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!

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Glenn Stok 6 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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.

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Victoria Lynn 6 weeks ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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randomcreative 6 weeks ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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Glenn Stok 6 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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".

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Cynthia Hoover 3 weeks ago from Newton, West Virginia

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!

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Glenn Stok 3 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

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

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