How To Use Flipboard

Flipboard is a social media platform where users create their own virtual magazines and add articles to them.

With over 100 million users, it’s no wonder why I have seen a sudden upsurge of traffic on my blog from Flipboard.

The following figures speak for themselves, although I should add that I’ve only started using Flipboard within the last few days. Up until then, Flipboard was nowhere in sight on this list.

Referral stats for Hugh's Views & News WordPress Blog

The good folk at Flipboard have been in contact with me after I published my article on how to add a Flipshare sharing button to a WordPress blog. Click here to read the post.

They thanked me for posting the article and asked if there was anything else they could help with. I asked them for a link to an article that detailed how Flipboard works. They kindly sent me a link to a page that shows new users how to use Flipboard.

Click on the following source link and start ‘flipping’.

Source: MagMaking 101: Make Your First Magazine on Flipboard

Not only that, but they also sent me a link to their YouTube channel where you can watch several excellent videos on how to use Flipboard.

Janice Wald, at Mostly Blogging, has also published several articles on Flipboard. Click on the link below to read her article on how to get more traffic to your blog from Flipboard.

How To See a 10x Growth In Your Blog Traffic Now With Flipboard.

Click here to find me on Flipboard.

Are you using Flipboard? Leave me a link to your Flipboard profile in the comments section so other users and I can follow you.

Happy Flipping.

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  1. mmm – never heard of it. Will go and have a look at your Flipboard, but I’m not much for social media. I just like blogging, but recently I have also been enjoying Instagram for sharing photos -don’t have many follows, but I just love looking at other peoples photos mostly.

    1. There’s so much photography over on Flipboard, Claudette. I’ve even started my very own photography magazine. 📸
      I’m on Instagram, as well. Need to remember to start using it more often, though.

        1. Take your time, Claudette. Flipboard won’t be for everyone. I have the same problem with some other social media platforms. I think it’s all about finding out which one you enjoy the most.

    1. If you go to my profile page, there should be a follow button underneath my Flipboard photo/icon. Here’s the link to my Flipboard profile page.

      https://flipboard.com/@HughWRoberts

      If not, try clicking on some of the Flipboard profile links people have left in the comments of this post. The follow button should be under their Flipboard photo/icon. Or click on ‘Followers’ on my profile to see who is following me, and then click on the profiles from there.

      I hope that helps.

  2. Reblogged this on Suzie Speaks and commented:
    Here’s an incredibly useful post from Hugh about using Flipboard. Never heard of it? Then read on! Please don’t like or comment on my reblog – hop on over to Hugh and say hello!

  3. Thanks Hugh! I’m using it now thanks to your earlier post and must admit to liking it so far.. it’s clean, easy to use and I’m sure once I know what I’m doing it will prove more useful. I think you’re already following me, as I am you.😊

  4. HI Hugh. Thanks so much for this post. I’m thinking of checking out Flipbaord, perhaps on the weekend. I just feel I can’t take on yet one more social site to babysit. I’m wondering if you can tell me what is it about Flipboard that makes you feel it’s better than another site? I know we all have many sites we’re on and seem to gravitate to only 1 or 2, like FB and Twitter is where I spend most of my energy. I’m on Stumbledupon, thanks to Janice, but I really don’t do much with that either. What am I missing? 🙂 xx

    1. You’re welcome, Debby.

      I think time is the problem for many of us when it comes to which social media accounts to use. There are so many platforms out there and what works for one person may not work for somebody else. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to trim down the number of social media accounts I use. I’ve read a few posts from Social Media experts that state that sticking to no more than three is the best solution when it comes to the amount of time we can give to social media. Otherwise, we face the prospect of spreading ourselves out too thinly which can result in poor quality content and poor displays creeping in. To some, that could mean not looking very professional and then not want to check out any of more of our content.

      For me, I love the look and feel of Flipboard. I like the fact that, on it, users create magazines that look professional. The site is very easy to navigate and although I am still learning about it, I’m finding it easy to use. I like how the people at Flipboard reached out to me and offered help. Within minutes of using it, I’d already found hundreds of interesting articles that I’d not come across before. For example, ‘how to enlarge the text on my iPhone’ (yes, the old eyes are not as good as they once were and I can never find my spectacles 👀). I’ve followed people who are creating magazines on subjects I know I’m going to find very interesting. Yes, that means finding the time to read them, but I’m cutting down on the number of my social media platform, and the time I spent on them will now be allocated to my new friend, Flipbaord. Little bits of time add up to lots. 😀

      StumbleUpon brings me in lots of traffic and I do use it. However, they changed the site a while back and I don’t think it’s as user-friendly as it once was. Just my opinion, but maybe I need to check it out a bit more? Then, of course, there’s the question of time to do that. 😀

      Thanks for your questions, Debby. They were excellent questions to ask and, I hope I’ve helped?
      xx

      1. Thank you Hugh for providing your excellent feedback. It seems we do read a lot of same articles. I have often read from ‘the experts’ to focus on 3 sites that bring you the most traffic. I am on many as you are and certainly can’t keep up but I don’t send posts to all of them in hopes others may see them anyway. I find my most interaction on Twitter and FB, so there is where I visit most. I do like Instagram but I don’t have time to jump all over to see those I follow, I think it could be more user friendly, especially more laptop friendly. So I do appreciate all you share because you are much of an investigator like I am, lol. Thus, I will definitely be taking a closer look at Flipboard this weekend. I have writing goals to meet this week! The good part about my writing is I do it in longhand, therefore, I don’t get distracted by social media on the computer. 🙂 xx

      1. Thanks, Terri. I’m having terrible problems with my Facebook account at the moment. I can’t log in, getting no notifications, and none of my posts are loading onto my Facebook page. Facebook are looking into it for me; so you won’t see me on Facebook while they are investigating. I appreciate you sharing this post over on Facebook for me.

    1. Yes, they have been fantastic, Terri. They sent me all the links and I said I’d promote them on my blog. Just goes to show how reaching out to the customer (and good customer service) is so important. Getting good service makes us want to go back. 😀

  5. Hi, Hugh – Thank you for posting this extra information on Flipboard. I love its concept and set up an account a couple of months ago. Although I have flipped many posts (both of my own and of other bloggers), I haven’t noticed much (if any) traffic from this. Today I did receive five referrals from Flipboard from one of my posts that Terri Webster Schrandt flipped onto a smart magazine. Now I am trying to figure out the difference between a ‘regular’ and ‘smart’ magazine and how I can flip posts onto a Smart Magazine. If you have any extra words of wisdom on this, I am all eyes! My Flipboard URL is https://flipboard.com/@DonnaConnol2017. Thanks, Hugh!!

    1. Smart magazines? I’m going to have to investigate those, Donna. However, I think it may be a magazine that a flipper integrates into one of their own magazines. So, when you post something, it automatically downloads into the smart magazine a flipper has set up on their account. Have a look at some of the videos Flipboard sent me. I’m sure something is mentioned in one of the videos.

      I’m following you on Flipboard. 😀

  6. Sounds very intriguing. I just ask myself how some people have time to maintain so many accounts… really, a riddle to me. I already struggle with WP and Twitter!

    1. I know. It’s all about time, isn’t it? What I have done is look at the social media accounts that are not working for me (in terms of bringing traffic to my blog) LinkedIn, Pinterest and Facebook, and using the time I spend on them on my top three referral social media accounts (StumbleUpon, Twitter and Flipboard). I’m going to stick to those three and work on them. Things could change, but I’ll change how I do things as and when that happens.

        1. I put together a blog organiser for myself about a year ago, Erika. The first thing on my to-do list, every morning, is to respond to comments. Social media is down the list and some days I don’t get time to use it as much as I would like. Then, other days, I have a lot of time for looking around on it. But, what works for me, may not work for other people. I guess we’re all going to have thoughts about what is most important to do first and what else goes where on our lists. 😀

        2. Oh, I believe so and agree! I also have my routines! First priority has replying to comments on my blog then Twitter. Then reading posts… and on the weekends I make room only for preparing my posts for the coming week which sometimes is challenging when the weekend is packed too. I had never thought how busy my life could become when I started blogging… lol! But somehow I can still manage it all. Just a matter of organization and adjustment!

  7. I have been on Flipboard for a little while now. I do need to sort that button out when I get a bit more time. I have just noticed my blog layout has gone squiffy so will have to change themes! 🙂

    1. Good luck with sorting the blog out, Judy. I know nothing about self-hosting, although I did find something on Flipboard which recommended the top 10 self-hosting sites. I’ll have another look and post something about it.

        1. I only found out when I clicked on the notification (bell) icon in the top right-hand corner and saw a message saying that somebody had commented on one of my flips. It works a little like the WordPress notification button.

      1. I will – I only got a chance to check it out a little yesterday, but I put it on the “to do” list for the rest of the week/weekend, for when I get a few minutes. It looks like it would be great, particularly for my travel books/website.

    1. Well, all the credit must go to the kind folk at Flipboard who contacted me and then provided me with all the links, Elizabeth. They’ve been superb.

      I’m still finding my way around, but am enjoying the experience.

  8. Hi Hugh,
    I followed your instructions with your previous post. Everything went well until I copied and pasted my url for my new flipboard page. When I went to my site and clicked the link, it took me some site than was not mine. Question: do you have to create a magazine page on flipboard first and make the link to that or do you use your home page on flipboard for you link? In any case I’m stuck and gave up for now.

    1. No, you can set up an account before creating any magazines, Chuck. Click on your Flipboard account image (top right-hand corner) and then click on the small arrow next to where it says ‘signed in as’ on the new page that opens. Click on ‘public profile’ from the list that appears and it will take you to your profile page. Copy and paste the URL address of that page into the comments. We will then have your profile details. 😎

      1. I hate continuing to ask dumb questions….but then consider the source. 🙂 Can you post something from your website to Flipboard just as you can with Facebook, Twitter, etc.? If yes, where does it show up?

  9. I did not know about Flipboard. Thanks for the info, Hugh. It will be worth checking out. Hard to keep all those social media outlets straight, though. Simply blogging is more my thing, but, if you want to “grow”, you have to “invest”. Time and research that is. 🙂

    1. Yes, time is often the problem in keeping up with all these social platforms, Lisbet. However, I’ve now given up on LinkIn, Pinterest and Google+ and am having massive problems with Facebook at the moment, so my time spent on them is now all going towards Flipboard. It’s about finding the right balance, and many people have recommended using a maximum of three social media platforms on a regular basis for blogging. The others can then be used if you’ve any time left over. For me, those three are StubleUpon, Twitter and Flipboard. They seem to be the three bringing in most of my blog traffic.

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