The popular RSS reader FlipBoard known for their mobile apps now comes to the web. A mobile RSS reader that combines form & function into a online magazine interface. The team has now released an official web version that couples the mobile apps very elegantly. It’s RSS for the everyday user. You can simply sign in with your FlipBoard login, Gmail, or Facebook. Greeted with a visual experience of cover stories & topics you follow.
It’s RSS for the everyday user
The interface is broken down into three sections. Cover stories, Following, and Explore. The cover stories where you’ll be spending a majority of your time is filled with a ton of visual elements scattered with other tiny elements such as “Friends of FlipBoard” & “Magazine Makers”. Combining the social elements with your news readers. See what others are making & digesting with a simple click.
You also have the ability to follow other users to see their “magazine”. A magazine is a FlipBoard curated by other users so you can follow their interests or daily reads. This can be anywhere from people to topics such as Technology, Sports, and so on.
Coupled with that is a profile page that displays all your articles, magazines, and followers.
Last but not least is your explore tab. This is where you can find all sorts of new content to follow & explore the FlipBoard community. With over 34,000+ topics in their library & thousands of more magazines your bound to find something.
Whats best about the new design is responsiveness.Reducing the window to a smaller size automatically resizes the stories to your window. Making the whole experience seamless & easy on the eyes. Showcasing the topics, comments, and “flips”. You can hit the plus button on each post to flip it into your own magazine or read it later list to save for later or share with others.
Clicking on each story brings you to the source site for you to enjoy the full article. Overall the FlipBoard team did an amazing job on the web version of an already brilliant designed app. The technical know how that went into building said site is really interesting & something you can read about in its entirety from Michael Johnston an engineer on FlipBoard. As he states
Now we’re coming full circle and bringing Flipboard to the web. Much of what we do at Flipboard has value independent of what device it’s consumed on: curating the best stories from all the topics, sources, and people that you care about most. Bringing our service to the web was always a logical extension.
If your already a FlipBoard user than this is definitely worth checking out as a companion to their mobile apps. Additionally if you’ve been searching for an RSS service thats easy to use & combines that social element with an overall elegant interface then this is the service your looking for.
Sign up to FlipBoard
In this DojoGuide we’ll be taking a look at methods to monetizing your website. What exactly monetization means & some methods you can use to implement on your site & make anywhere from a side income to even a full time income with some hard work & preparation.
What is Monetization?
Monetizing is essentially making money from your site/business whatever it is you may offer. It could be a small blog or a business based site built around an idea. At the end of the day the most important thing to take away from these methods if you implement one or a combination of each is to offer your viewers something of value. Having something to give to your users in the first place is whats key to utilizing the methods we’ll discuss.
One of the most traditional methods of monetizing is advertisement based banners. Think of them as the digital form of billboards, posters, etc. Ads on your site featuring companies, sites, or services in exchange for a cash compensation. This varies into two categories the networks like Google Adsense or independent advertising or the ability to sell your own ad space to sponsors/advertisers on your own. Each have their own benefits to them it really comes down to personal preference in the end. Networks are easy to get started with & offer decent rates if you have high enough traffic but don’t always take into account value over CPM.
When it comes to independent campaign in which your either contacting sponsors or selling space on your site take these few things into consideration. Decide what content bests fits your site & audience and look around that industry. With some research you’ll be able to find companies, products, or services that’ll be interesting promoting their company to your audience. Start by reaching out to companies via their “Contact Us” page in order to pitch what you have to offer. While stats are important here it’s also key to define the value your site has to offer them. Be it your targeted readers, amounts of content, and so on.
2- Affiliate Programs
Affiliate programs are another lucrative monetization method that involves your promoting products/services to your viewers & when they purchase said product you earn a commission. Rates vary here from program to program but it’s a great way to earn some money promoting products/services you probably already use or cover in relation to your content.
For example if your reviewing a specific group of services such as web hosting you’ll most likely be linking off to their sites. If you use an affiliate code provided by those services when a user signs up under your link you can get percentage of that sale. It’s a nice & passive income method that can make anywhere from a few dollars a month to thousands of dollars.
Popular Affiliate Programs:
Apple Affiliate Program
Note that the best way to really promote affiliate sales is by sticking to things you already believe in & or use yourself. Furthermore keeping it inline with your sites normal content helps the readers feel at home when using products you recommend. Cause at the end of the day affiliate programs are essentially referrals. So be sure to promote the services/apps you believe in.
The most simple & straight forward method of making money via your site is to sell something. There are countless platforms/services available where you can create a site plug in your product or software & being distributing out to your customers. I highly advise using a service in this case as it handles the technical background of transactions, customers, etc. Leaving you to focus on product & sales.
Popular eCommerce Services:
At the end of the day when it comes to product you have to have something to offer your customers. It can be an app, something home-made, or even products of others. You can focus on a group of products or stick to one specific thing. eCommerce is a big business & works well when you promote your site & whatever it is you’ll be selling in a variety of formats. Be it social networking, word of mouth, referral programs, etc.
A branch of eCommerce a services based site offers something to their customers in exchange for a flat rate fee or even a subscription model. This is the king of passive income as typically you have guaranteed income based of something you provide access to. This can vary from video courses, access to premium content, and so on. You can get creative here & implement your expertise into a service offered to your clients/subscribers.
There are a ton of ways to set up these membership based sites but the best option in my opinion is via WordPress.
A wordpress installation in conjunction with these plug-ins make for great service based sites.
WP Membership Plug-in
In summary when it comes to these methods you can choose to use each in some sort or fashion or just stick to one. Offering value around the content you build & offer to your viewers is what builds a good foundation for each of these methods. Enough time, work, and creative thinking can turn these from small side profits to a full time job if implemented correctly. So get monetizing & building your small site to a profitable income.
I’d like to thank Astaricks (Website) for being one of the first official sponsors of the new DigitalDojos network in 2015. Supporting the site & it’s content for the month of February.
Astaricks is a digital business card system unlike any other. Giving you the ability to save, sort, view, and share your digital business cards with ease. I’ve personally had the great privilege to work alongside Astarick’s team to learn about their innovative & highly powerful system they offer. More than the ability to simply create an online business card your joining a system that enables any small to big business to increase exposure & effectiveness of their online presence. From their amazing card based system, business directory, mapping solution and more your business is literally at your fingertips.
Having a system like Astaricks is unlike any other platform. Offering the ability to:
- Update hundreds of thousands of business cards in a click of the button never having to distribute out new cards to people again (Have a change simply make it & distribute it out to your contacts)
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- Instantly share cards via SMS, QR Codes, Mobile app, e-mail, and more
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You can also see the video overview I posted on our channel previously.
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