OK, so I hear about Flipboard and see some saying they get some traffic from it, so I sign up. I make a magazine, and put two hubs in it. I have no idea if I'm doing it right, but one of those hubs has an increase of over 2,000 views within a few hours. I want more, whether that lasts or not (I assume it will not).
So do I need a magazine for each topic? How wide a topic range should I put into one magazine? Can I put a hub on someone else's magazine if I've only got a couple on a specific topic? What's a reasonable minimum number of hubs that might make a magazine? A maximum?
How does this thing work?!?!
I am curious too reading the forums. Glenn Stok wrote a good Hub on it; Flipboard Online Magazine for News and Article Sharing. I am sure there the experiences of others will help too. The one thing most say are to post articles from the Niche Sites. Good Luck with it Wilderness . . .
Should have known there would be a hub on it, and one obvious author is Glenn. A good read, too - thanks.
Thanks, tsmog, for suggesting my Flipboard tutorial hub. There's also a lot of useful information from everyone who shared their experiences in the forum thread on Flipboard where @eugbug originally brought it to our attention.
I chose to have a number of magazines about specific topics. If I don't have enough to fill a mag, I find articles from others to add. My first two weeks I got over 20,000 views, but then it died down significantly, I get some every day and once in awhile get a little jump, but since I only list hubs from my niche sites,once they're on Flipboard, that's it. Can't change them, either, because Flipboard uses cached pages. One thing I've found is that Flipboard is a great place to save articles I like, so I don't just use it to get views for my own work. I do think that what you write about really matters, but I have also learned that they tag articles incorrectly quite often, which makes them hard for people to find. Another problem I have is that there is no RV category on that site, so I must make do with "camping" or "Travel". All in all I'm happy with that site because to me, any view is a good view!
You want a magazine for each topic and you want to spend some time finding material from other people to also include if you want to do well long-term. That will help you get more flips/shares and to get people to follow your magazines.
Please don't only share your own stuff to avoid the appearance of spamming. Each one of my magazines has anywhere from 5 to 20+ articles in it that are high quality. I go in every week or two and add a couple of pieces to my various magazines and like and flip other things I read and enjoy. It helps get your numbers up. I think larger magazines are better probably for getting noticed and getting people to them. I you just stick on or two articles in a magazine, the chances are your traffic will be once and done.
Fun tip, you can also share videos on there I post a lot of "how to" videos in my topics - not only for others to discover but to keep myself for future reference.
This is good information to know. I'm thinking of joining Flipboard, too, perhaps after the holidays and when I have hopefully written new hubs between now and then.
Based on your background, I would suggest you have a magazine about cars and car repairs, another about home repairs, another on travelling, one on holidays, maybe one on guns and politics. Only bother sharing your hubs that have been moved to niche sites, but if the hub does not fit a magazine you already have go ahead and start a new one if there are going to be more added later.
Most of my magazines are about dogs, lizards, vet care for dogs, etc, but I started one magazine called "Also Out There". In that magazine I flip hubs about agriculture, science, and other things that I find interesting but do not fit in with my other magazines. If you have only one hub on a niche site, and do not read many other on that topic, you might want a general magazie like that.
There is no maximum number of hubs to make a magazine. If your hub is moved to a topic page after you post it you will get a lot of hits for a day or two and then it moves down on the list and few people notice it anymore.
You cannot post on another persons magazine unless invited.
LOL Unfortunately you picked out hubs (guns, auto repair, travelling) that I have little on. Guns, for instance, is a single hub and politics not much better.
But you also provided the answer with a "catch all" magazine. I'll have to do that as I have far too many hubs I'd like to promote that don't have any "friends" to go with them.
Thanks for the help; it's just what I needed.
Thanks, all. It's another new experience and your help is appreciated.
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