Does anybody use Flipboard to promote their articles?

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  1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
    PaulGoodman67posted 10 months ago

    Flipboard is a bit like Pinterest, as far as I can tell. I get traffic from it occasionally and am wondering about trying it.

    1. DrMark1961 profile image97
      DrMark1961posted 10 months agoin reply to this

      I posted some of my stuff there a few years ago and had a huge response but I think they ban like Reddit if you promote your own links.

      I do not know that it is worth your time but your results may be a lot better than mine. I only get a few views a month from there now.

      1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
        PaulGoodman67posted 10 months agoin reply to this

        I realized after I posted this thread that I already had an account and apparently was posting there in 2017!

        It can't have made a great impression on me because I have zero recollection!

        I have been banned by Reddit for self-promotion in the past, so maybe it happened at Flipboard too? Or maybe my experience just fizzled out?

        I get more Flipping traffic for my Medium articles than HP, I've noticed.

      2. littlething profile image97
        littlethingposted 10 months agoin reply to this

        I don't think they ban for promoting your own links. I use it mainly for my personal website, and generate a good number of views from it. I've never gotten a warning about promoting my own content.

        1. DrMark1961 profile image97
          DrMark1961posted 10 months agoin reply to this

          Well, I do agree that they do not send a warning. Neither does Reddit, neither did Twitter when they implement their infamous shadow bans.

          1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
            PaulGoodman67posted 10 months agoin reply to this

            I think Reddit's a little complicated on self-promotion ban policies because subreddits can have their own policies on top of the overall one.

            I could likely have got away with more self-promotion had I posted more non-promotional posts in addition. Instead, I was very blatant in retrospect.

            However, it's not true to say that they "don't ban you." Just a quick read of the policies will tell you otherwise.

            The more pertinent question is perhaps what degree of self-promotion can you get away with. I clearly did too much.

            I'm not sure it's really worth it anyway, as any traffic benefits tend to be short-lived.

            1. Jan Stepan profile image93
              Jan Stepanposted 10 months agoin reply to this

              I've had a few small wins and successes on Reddit, but yes, they were short-lived.

              The only reliable long-term source seems to be organic traffic. So I look at it that way and see everything else as a nice little bonus.

              1. eugbug profile image96
                eugbugposted 10 months agoin reply to this

                Yes that's true. Traffic from people needing the information and they search for it, not sharing links to articles and persuading them that they need to read it.

                1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
                  PaulGoodman67posted 10 months agoin reply to this

                  Generally speaking, the best hope for social media traffic, as far as I'm concerned, is that it will generate a few backlinks and help the SEO.

                  I mean, it's great to earn an extra twenty dollars or whatever from a spike of direct traffic but it's only of limited value if it's a one-off.

            2. eugbug profile image96
              eugbugposted 10 months agoin reply to this

              I just posted one link and they banned me.

              1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
                PaulGoodman67posted 10 months agoin reply to this

                Haha! They obviously didn't like the cut of your jib!

          2. littlething profile image97
            littlethingposted 10 months agoin reply to this

            Fair enough. And to be honest I also post a lot of links that aren't mine, so that may give me a bit of leeway if I slip in one of two of my own.

            1. DrMark1961 profile image97
              DrMark1961posted 10 months agoin reply to this

              That may have been my problem. At this point I have to agree with Paul that it is not worth my time to even post links there.

    2. eugbug profile image96
      eugbugposted 10 months agoin reply to this

      I tried it maybe 5 or 6 years ago and got a large peak of traffic over a weekend, something like 50,000 views and made $50 extra earnings. I posted about it here and other people got lots of traffic too. Then all the views tailed off and I get none now.

      https://hubpages.com/community/forum/13 … of-traffic

      1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
        PaulGoodman67posted 10 months agoin reply to this

        I was apparently posting in 2017 (see my reply to Dr M doc above). I only realized when I tried signing in with Google.

        I think with Pinterest, the pins can be effective for a long time, whereas with flipping, it's all very current and short-lived.

        1. eugbug profile image96
          eugbugposted 10 months agoin reply to this

          I used to get over 200 daily views from Pinterest, but that's tailed down to maybe 50 and most of those are probably from repins of pins because my Pinterest analytics only show a few pins per day from original pins. I think Pinterest have shadow banned me, although they say the didn't, because there have only been a couple of repins of the hundred or so pins I made in the last few years.

          1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
            PaulGoodman67posted 10 months agoin reply to this

            I've never done that well at Pinterest. I'm making an effort nowadays, creating good pins with Canva and keeping up my engagement levels. I still only have a small number of successes, though.

            It's really not worth the effort for the amount of traffic generated.

            I suspect that to be successful at Pinterest, you need to be right in their core area. Most of my subject matter hasn't got much chance.

            I don't know for sure but I do wonder if Pinterest changed their algo. That may be why you lost traffic and also why HP effectively lost interest in Pinterest.

            1. eugbug profile image96
              eugbugposted 10 months agoin reply to this

              The odd thing is, Pinterest keeps suggesting my own pins to me. Maybe people don't "collect" pins like they used to.

              1. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
                PaulGoodman67posted 10 months agoin reply to this

                Pinterest is as busy as ever overall if you look at the stats for the site.

                I think it's easy to think you're doing okay there because of the thousands of impressions that can be generated but they don't really count for anything, it's saves and outbound clicks that matter. That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.

                1. eugbug profile image96
                  eugbugposted 10 months agoin reply to this

                  Yes, I get a reasonable amount of impressions, but they don't all convert to site visits. Maybe a psychological plan is required to convince people they need to click on the link.

  2. Miebakagh57 profile image68
    Miebakagh57posted 10 months ago

    I think I shall give it a try? Thanks buddies.

  3. Kenna McHugh profile image92
    Kenna McHughposted 10 months ago

    I used to use Flipboard, but it was too spammy for me. I still receive emails out of the blue from them.

  4. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
    PaulGoodman67posted 10 months ago

    My feeling is that Flipboard favors more "newsy" and to some degree "bloggy" articles. That's why I get some flipping at Medium but not much here at HP.

  5. psycheskinner profile image84
    psycheskinnerposted 10 months ago

    I read Flipboard and keep a few "magazines" there.  But I would agree it's not much use for promotion.  I only use it occasionally when my hub is relevant to one of my few collections that have readers.

 
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