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How To Use Flipboard Tips

 

Today I’m going to introduce you to Flipboard a social media app that I believe many are not yet familiar with. I was introduced to how this app works and how to install a Flipboard share button on our blogs by the wonderful investigative author and blogger on all things blogging, Hugh Roberts. Hugh’s posts below which I’ve linked to will walk you through joining the Flipboard process without a hitch.

 

Flipboard is another means of sharing our work around the social sphere by sharing articles of interest within a magazine, flip structure. Basically once you join, you can add a new ‘magazine’ where you will send articles to which pertain to the magazine’s title context.

Flipboard is similar to Stumbleupon where you ‘like’ and can share posts to your own magazines from content you find on Flipboard or blog posts you enjoyed that you’d like to add to your own magazine by hitting the ‘share Flipboard’ button at the bottom of a post on someone else’s blog if they’ve installed the feature.

You can also download a Flipboard icon/marker (similar to Press This) to your toolbar which becomes like a ‘web clipper’ you can click on from any page you may want to copy an article from that doesn’t offer a sharebutton  at  https://about.flipboard.com/tools/

You really don’t have to spend a lot of time there, unless of course you’re searching and reading for articles to reshare, and according to Hugh, joining this social media content site brings lots more traffic to our blogs.

 

I’ve only just signed up days ago and if you go to my Flipboard page, you will find I’ve only just begun to collect and send articles and most likely will be creating more magazines with subjects of interest as I get more comfortable with it.

 

Hugh has written 2 great posts on how to use Flipboard and how to install a Flipboard share button on our blogs.

 

I’ll also point out that blogging guru, Janice Wald on all things blogging, has posted a few articles herself on this app : How to get Swarms of Free Blog Traffic with Flipboard and How to Get a 10 X Growth in Your Blog Traffic with Flipboard

To get you started, I’m reposting part of Hugh’s introduction to Flipboard below:

 

Flipboard share button

 

How To Use Flipboard – By Hugh Roberts

 

Flipboard is a social media platform where users create their own virtual magazines and add articles to them. With over 40 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.

 

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

 

Please continue reading Hugh’s details on joining Flipboard, where he’s included easy diagrams and links on both his posts on joining Flipboard and how to add that share button.

Source: How To Use Flipboard – Hugh’s Views & News 

 

Did you notice my new Flipboard share button? If you’re already on Flipboard or thinking of joining, please remember to feel free to share my blog content by hitting Flipboard on my share buttons below to add to your own magazines. And I’d love to connect with any of you who have already set up pages there by following you, so please leave me your page link below so I can follow you there. Follow me at http://www.flipboard.com/@DebbyGies

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49 Comments

  • Annika Perry

    I’ve never heard of this, Debby but will read on with interest and see how it works! Thanks for mentioning and yeah, great they contacted you direct! ?

  • D. Wallace Peach

    Oh no! Not another social media platform. Heeelllpp! Ha ha. I actually did set myself up after reading Hugh’s post. I’m glad it seems to be working for you, Debbie, and thanks for the “how to” link. Now if I can just remember my password….

  • amreade

    Okay, so I didn’t realize I could share stuff to Flipboard. I’m embarrassed to say that I thought there was someone (a la Wizard of Oz) whose job it is to decide what gets into Flipboard and what doesn’t. I definitely need to do more research on this. I’ve used Flipboard for a couple months now, reading what interests me, but I had no idea it could go much deeper than that. Thanks for the info!

    • dgkaye

      Glad to help Amy. Between mine and Hugh’s sharing you should have everything you need with these links provided. Yes, when you click to share someone’s post with Flipboard, a box will come up asking which of your magazines you’ve created do you want to share that particular post to. Also, if you download the chrome extension, you’ll get a little icon on your upper toolbar. Then whenever you see an article anywhere on the web with a sharing button or not, you can click on your little icon and it will open that same box asking which magazine you wish to share the article to. Brilliant! Follow me and I’ll visit your page and follow http://www.flipboard.com/@DebbyGies 🙂

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    First, thank you for notifying me about my Flipboard button! I referenced back to Hugh’s post on how to reinstall it. What I like about FP over Stumble, is that you can flip your OWN posts without penalty to your own magazines, unlike StumbleUpon. I know too many bloggers who were locked out of SU for “overuse/abuse.” When I share posts now, I consistently flip, tweet and stumble (not as much). I have the flip extension enabled in my chrome toolbar, and for my mobile, the sharing (sideways v) is set for flipping 🙂 Great post and hope this helps all bloggers!

    • dgkaye

      Thanks for your feedback Terri, and happy to help. I know I sure appreciate my readers letting me know if something is wonky. I’m with you on StumbleUpon. I don’t use it as often, and don’t hardly send my own posts there, but when I see them reblogged somewhere else, then I Stumble, lol, clever eh?
      Yes, I love the Flipboard chrome extension so I can clip articles to post from anywhere on the web! Follow me, and I’ll follow you back. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker (@JeriWB)

    I signed up for Flipboard emails a while back, and then discovered I needed to take some additional step to verify or something of that manner to my RSS feed to start using it for my posts. So now that’s been on the perpetual to-do list for months now 😉

    • dgkaye

      It’s actually quite easy Jeri. I personally wouldn’t bother with trying to attach it to blog feed because really, when you want to share a post, you want to choose which ‘magazine’ you’ve set up that you want to apply the post to so it’s in the appropriate category. 🙂

  • roughwighting

    I’m like Diana = ohhhhhh, nooooooooooo, another social media tool to learn. I’m still catching my breath over my recent release. I need a breather. Then I’ll come back to this post and try it out. :-0 Thanks so much for sharing this, Debby.

    • dgkaye

      Thanks Pam. That’s what I thought. But after reading Hugh’s post and knowing how selective he is with social media, I was curious to check it out. Hugh gave such great detail in setting it up it was easy. I only set up Sunday and have already started 16 magazines and acquired new ‘likes’ and shares, and found a few of my buddies there too! When you’re ready, all the links are here. 🙂

  • Hugh's Views and News

    Thanks ever so much not only for promoting my recent encounters with Flipboard, but for the wonderful compliments, Debby. I always worry about my “How to’ posts, wondering just how how easy they are to follow. You’ve help rest my mind that my recent posts about Flipboard are helpful and easy to follow. I’m still learning lots about Flipboard, but am still seeing great results. I love the look and feel of the site as, for me, it looks so professional (unlike other social media sites). I’m more than happy to answer any questions anyone has about Flipboard.
    Thanks again. More hugs for you.
    xx

    • dgkaye

      Oh great Hugh! Of course I didn’t want to steal your thunder, just add my own experience. Many readers here have already been to your post to learn what to do. Thanks for that clipping tool link. That makes it a breeze. You can send interesting blog articles over or anything at all on the web to a magazine by clicking on the little icon! It is similar to Pinterest – boards vs. magazines but I imagine being that they’re magazines people who read there are there for that purpose as opposed to Pinterest which I find more ‘meme’ or photo oriented. 🙂 xx

      • Hugh's Views and News

        I’ve deleted my Pinterest account. I did read it was more for images rather than articles. Janice Wald also wrote about it and said it could years for a pin to be found and then shared. To me, that sounds like investing money into an account that you can’t touch for years. I’m too impatient, so Flipboard seems more sensible to use to me. Happy ‘flipping’ Debby. xx

        • dgkaye

          Thanks for sharing that tidbit with us Hugh. I’m inclined to agree, and I’m about as patient as you are, lol, not. So let us gauge what happens with this new venture and compare notes occasionally. And wow, you actually deleted your Pinerest? Good for you for cleaning out the cobwebs. 🙂 xoxo

  • John Maberry

    Flipboard came on an earlier version of the phone I have but it got too much of a time-suck and didn’t have the kind of filtering I’d like (then; maybe better now). Still, maybe I should consider adding the button to share stuff there. The more the merrier when it comes to promotion, eh?

    • dgkaye

      True John. But just so you know, I didn’t add it to my phone. I don’t read articles on my phone so that would be unnecessary. I joined and have started some magazines, and I downloaded the chrome extension clipper which is great. Now a little ‘f’ icon sits on my toolbar, and I can capture any articles off the web or anyone’s blog post even if they don’t have an account, it goes to my page. Then when you send an article it asks which magazine you want to share it to and if it’s a new category I just create a new magazine and send it there. Let me know if you’re stumped. 🙂

  • Christy B

    Ok I’ve had Flipboard on the radar for months now but haven’t set up an account.. yet. I’ll have to check out the articles you link to here and get to it! After all, what’s another social media account after I have a zillion of them already haha 😉 Seriously though, thanks for alerting us to this online platform to help bring in blog traffic.

    • dgkaye

      Lol, I know Christy, so much to babysit. But I find it’s similar to Pinterest, instead of boards there are magazines. And you can download the clipper to add to your tool bar so you can clip an article anywhere off the web and put it in one of your magazines. You don’t have to spend time there if you don’t want. Kind of like I hardly ever go to Pinterest, but send stuff to my boards. As busy authors we don’t have the luxury time to spend lengthy time on these sites, but there are plenty of people that do like to read. So we have nothing to lose right? 🙂

  • Carol Balawyder

    I’ve been going on Flipboard for about a year but didn’t know that I could post on it. Thanks, Debby, for this heads up! <3 🙂 Now, all I have to do is just do it!

  • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    Flipboard is brand new to me, so I’m glad to read that at least a few others who commented were unaware of it as well. I hate feeling like a Luddite or the last to know.

    Still, I’m not sure I really get the advantage of yet another blog-like social media platform — beyond posting your articles to your actual blog. I’m hoping it really IS as easy to use as Pinterest – and that it takes no more time out of the day.

    I shall investigate further by jumping over to read Hugh’s post – maybe I’ll think differently about this particular social (or at least more kindly – lol) — especially once I have a look at a flipboard or two to see whether of not I personally care for the format. 🙂

    Thanks for keeping me up to date about what’s out there TO use, but sheesh! Will we ever have time for off-line lives again once we make sure we keep up with it all?
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • dgkaye

      I know, I know, it’s one more thing, but yes, it’s similar to Pinterest, which I really don’t spend much time at either, I just send things to my boards that I think would fit in the appropriate categories. But Flipboard is similar, doesn’t need babysitting and you can send articles to the magazines you create, as opposed to Pinterest where it’s more ‘image’ oriented even though we can send posts there, I find many readers aren’t going there to read articles as Flipboard is more about articles. And if we can get more reader’s eyes on what we’re putting out, it’s worth trying. 🙂 xx

      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        As long as it’s quick and easy and the readers who eyeball aren’t like the gazillion “like-ers” on FaceBook who barely read what they’re liking.

        I’ve wasted *many* hours of my life setting up and babysitting social media accounts that returned little beyond frustration (and a s%!^-load of unwanted e-glut), so I’m beyond reticent to try yet another.

        It’s on my list, however, so thanks for responding.
        xx,
        mgh

        • dgkaye

          Different social media works differently for each of us I find. I’m on so many sites but spend the better part on only a few where I have interaction – Twitter and Facebook. I do send posts to the others though – Google, Linkedin, Pinterest and now Flipboard. I like Flipboard better than Pinterest. I barely visit Pinterest but am curious about checking into Flipboard to see what’s posted. Maybe because it’s magazine based, more about newsworthy articles than ‘images’ of food, etc. I tend to see Pinterest as more of a hobby oriented place and Flipboard more for those who enjoy reading articles of interest, 🙂 xx

          • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

            I use Pinterest in what sounds like a Flipboard fashion – bookmarking on steroids, then “visiting” the originating blogs to read articles of interest (or get a GF recipe that looks good upon a search for something, etc), so maybe . . .

            But right now it sounds like as much time commitment as maintaining a second blog – and I’m not sure about the ROI on that.
            xx,
            mgh

          • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

            I don’t really “collect” the recipes much – but when I need to figure out how to de-gluten something I used to cook, I like searching and seeing the photos. Ditto GF product recommendations.

            Mostly it’s my bookmark on steroids option – and I do maintain a couple of boards to track blogs I follow but haven’t had time to read their latest yet – which helps blog buddies get found too.

            I initially spent significant time setting up and populating boards, but if I spend an hour a week anymore, that’s a lot – and that’s mostly pinning graphics from my latest posts to one of my ADD/EFD, mental health related boards.

            I rarely spend even an hour a MONTH on Facebook anymore, since blog articles auto-post. Ditto LinkedIN, which I probably haven’t visited in months and have grown to hate since I figured out it was the source of most of my marketing e-glut.

            Perhaps, if I ever get it together to publish, I’ll see the value of “social” engagement, but for right now, keeping up with blog writing, reading & commenting is practically a full time job.

            STILL, I appreciate knowing about Flipboard (and all kinds of tech assists and formats), so thank you again for sharing. I will check it out, and I may decide to give it a whirl.
            xx,
            mgh

          • dgkaye

            Yes, me too, I think the longest I spent on Pinterest was setting up boards. As for FB, I still can’t find you there, lol 🙂 You’re hiding. xx

  • Janice Wald

    Hi Debby,
    Thank you so much for spreading the word about my Flipboard articles. I appreciate the exposure and the links. I’ve shared your post on all my social media, and I’ve followed you on Flipboard. I feel like you, Hugh, and I are all working together to let people know about Flipboard. Teamwork is fun!
    Janice

  • Sarah Brentyn

    The last thing I need is yet another time-sucking social media account. Argh! However…I’ve been looking around for something to replace my Pinterest account (which I just don’t seem to “click” with and haven’t really added anything to–it’s just sitting there). This looks like a promising solution. Thanks for the post and links!

    • dgkaye

      Lol, I hear you Sarah, my sentiments. But I’m with you, I don’t do much with Pinterest and I’m quite enjoying Flipboard, finding some great articles there, and sending many as I read them to my own magazines I’ve created which are gaining new readers. 🙂

      • Sarah Brentyn

        That’s wonderful! (Right? I have no idea what I’m talking about.) I looked at your account and around Flipboard and was utterly confused. I’m usually *fairly* good at navigating but I couldn’t figure this one out. I’m going to get to those links you provided ASAP.

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