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How to Set up a Flipboard Account

Flipboard selects the best content from millions of sources around the world, organizes it into highly personalized feeds, and presents it for further curation by the community.

It's a great opportunity for publishers to find new audiences, amplify their content, and diversify their distribution channels. We've created a how-to guide below for setting up your own Flipboard account.


Setting up a Flipboard Account

Getting started is simple. The first step is to create a publisher profile. After you've created a profile, you'll then need to create a magazine (more information on what magazines are can be found below):

Once you click CREATE MAGAZINE, you'll be directed to a page where you can add your RSS Feed:

You can find your RebelMouse RSS Feed by following the instructions in this post. After you have submitted your RSS Feed, Flipboard's team will review your submission

What Are Flipboard Magazines?

Flipboard magazines are packages or collections of your content that you can create through your publisher profile. Magazines can either be powered by RSS Feeds, or you can manually add content to them from anywhere on the web by using their Google Chrome extension and/or bookmarklet.

Flipboard's team suggests creating magazines for each of the major sections on your website and adding RSS Feeds to them to create a constant flow of traffic. Magazines can be hand curated as well, featuring seasonal stories, event coverage, and industry editorial packages (this is great for adding archival content). For example, a publication that focuses on technology may create a magazine filled with coverage on wearables or AI trends.

To manage your magazines, go to your publisher profile, hover over the magazine, and click Edit. Here is where you can change its name, add a description, make the magazine private (so you can curate before you push it live), change the cover image, and add or remove RSS Feeds.

How Is Content Surfaced on Flipboard?

Once your content is on Flipboard, their topics engine indexes your articles with multiple topic tags. These topic tags ensure that the right people are seeing your stories, and that they're being picked up in related smart magazines and feeds throughout Flipboard. While they do take into consideration the topics tags you assign to your articles, the tags that are assigned by their topics engine will give you the broadest reach.

How to Gain Followers and Promote Your Flipboard Profile

The more you engage with and promote your Flipboard profile, the more you'll get out of your presence on the platform. Add Flipboard's Follow and Share social buttons to your website to increase followers and encourage your readers to share your content with their followers.

Encourage your writers to create Flipboard accounts, curate their own stories, interact with and contribute to your publisher profile, write comments, and promote their Flipboard profiles on other social media platforms (e.g., "Follow my stories on Flipboard"). All of this will help increase the reach of your Flipboard stories and drive more traffic in the process.

RebelMouse and Flipboard Integration

To make Flipboard traffic growth easier, RebelMouse has integrated Flipboard's Share button so you can easily add it to any post element. Here's how to do it in our Layout & Design tool:

Option 1

Enable "Post Shares" in a Posts or Lead Media element:

Activate the Flipboard Share button in our list of available share buttons:


Option 2

Add a Post Content element to your layout:


Click on the Post Content element, and then navigate to Share Buttons in the Properties card. Then, locate Flipboard and activate it.

You can also style the new button just as you would any other share button in our Layout & Design tool:

Traffic From Flipboard

If you share articles from sites you manage, any traffic that directs back to your website from Flipboard will be captured in the same analytics tools that you currently use to measure your website's metrics. This data will come in as a referral and be attributed to "Flipboard." Because we're directing traffic back to your site using the RSS Feeds that we covered earlier in this article, there's no need to set up Comscore or Google Analytics for Flipboard.

If Flipboard detects Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), they will display the AMP version of an article instead of the mobile version of your site. Please keep this in mind when reviewing your referral traffic.

Flipboard RED and AMP

The Reader Enhanced Display (RED) Bolt is awarded to publishers on Flipboard who are using mobile web designs and standards that create a better experience for viewing content on the web. The RED Bolt will display within the Flipboard mobile app next to a publisher's articles and is used to indicate to users that the article they are about to open will load quickly and be free of intrusive ad windows that diminish the user's experience. For more information on the RED Bolt and how to be a part of the program, go here.

In order to receive the RED Bolt on your content and be a part of their network of publishers, your website must follow these requirements (sites that have implemented AMP or similar technologies generally meet the requirements):

  • Load Time: The first page's content must be completely visible within two seconds from first http request arrival, on a modern LTE network on recent Android and iOS phones.
  • Page Elements: 100% of first visible page must not show ads on the first screen on a modern Android and iOS phone. Elements should also load in their final intended position on the page; they should not move to accommodate any other elements.
  • Intrusive Ads: No popups, pop-unders, sticky windows, or overlays.
  • No Redirects: The page that's loaded is the content page that the user was expecting to get. Similarly, Flipboard doesn't allow captive redirects (back means back).

Here's what the RED Bolt will look like once it's live:


Monetization

Nothing out of the ordinary changes here. Once set up, your property will receive referral traffic from Flipboard, which you are then free to monetize on your own site as usual.

Flipboard and Paywalls

Paywalls on your site limit the amount of publisher-specific content a person can read on Flipboard without a paid subscription.

Flipboard ultimately directs users to your website, so they can't integrate with subscription services — which means users will be prompted to log in once they get to your site. Because this wouldn't be an ideal experience, Flipboard requests that, if you have a paywall, you only provide them with RSS Feeds that contain your free content.

For more details about Flipboard and the publishing opportunities they offer, click here.

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Click here to learn more about what makes RebelMouse secure, stable, redundant, and high performing.

Services

Stateless services, such as application services for front end and back end tasks, are deployed within an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) into multiple availability zones using Amazon Auto Scaling groups. Every service deployment is automated and can be done without an operator. Auto Scaling groups eliminate the need for manual recovery procedures in the event of hardware-related incidents. Additionally, Auto Scaling groups for stateless services provide the ability to balance resources according to current load.

Stateless services include:

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  • Background workers
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All interactions with our internal services are done via Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (ELB). Load balancing allow us to control the flow of all incoming traffic and reroute it to the group of instances that are available as necessary, which covers any networking and hardware issues. Every load balancer controls the health of the listener instance by regularly performing health checks and removing failed instances from production environments.

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Services performance is monitored by internal and external tools:

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  • Monit, Nagios, and Cacti are used to monitor metrics per instance.

Security

Defense in Depth (DiD) standards are adhered to and applied at all levels:

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  • VPC and subnets
  • Load balancers (security groups)
  • EC2 instances
  • Operating systems use permissions-based controls

Access Monitoring:

  • AWS CloudTrail monitors all activities in our production data centers and grants us the ability to perform audits

Data Protection:

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If you have any questions about RebelMouse's technical infrastructure, email support@rebelmouse.com.

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