Tips for Driving More Traffic to Your Blog with Flipboard

We are thrilled to have this guest post today from a dedicated Alt Sponsor - Flipboard. They are hear to tell you more about driving much wanted traffic to your blog or site with the use of Flipboard! 

Odds are, if you call yourself a blogger, you know that great content is critical to being successful. You probably have that part locked down. The challenging part lies in getting those great words in front of the right eyeballs. 

The usual avenues are fraught with frustrating algorithms that change every four minutes and constantly keep you wondering if anyone will ever see the posts you write or if you need to mortgage your home in order to buy ads to drive some traffic to your blog. 

That’s why savvy bloggers like ShoutMeLoud are turning to Flipboard to share their content and are reporting that they’re seeing some nice increases in referral traffic. With 34,000 topics scanning 26.5 million magazines curated from articles shared on Flipboard as well as from all over the internet, there are countless opportunities for great content to be flipped to an audience interested in the very things you write about.

Ready to get started?

It’s simple. All you have to do is start flipping your posts into Flipboard magazines

By flipping blog content into a magazine you create a beautiful, syndicatable package of stories and you make it possible for your articles to be seen in topic feeds. Why? Because flips (along with comments, likes, shares, and views) tip off the Flipboard system that the content has great potential. The more interactions your articles garner, the more likely your content will be surfaced in topics.

How to ensure you draw attention to your posts

First, start by making your personal Flipboard bio nice and descriptive. Cute and funny is, well, cute and funny, but it doesn’t help people find you. So if you’re the next great scrapbooking blogger, put that in your bio so people can easily search for your magazines. 

Then, make sure that you give your magazines strong titles and descriptions. The more detailed the metadata associated with them, the higher the likelihood that your magazines will be discovered and surfaced by the Flipboard topic engine. 

The next step is to build up an audience of highly engaged readers for your magazines. You can do this by following a few simple steps:

1.    Share your magazines with your social networks.
2.    Invite co-contributors to add content to your magazines. 
3.    Add short comments to articles that you flip.
4.    Engage with other MagMakers:
- find magazines to follow and re-flip articles, like, and leave comments on their flips. 
- follow topics to see related magazine recommendations in your Cover Stories.

If you’re seeing an uptick in traffic from Flipboard after following these tips, we’d love to hear your story. Please tweet us @FlipboardMag.




Call For Speakers

call for speakers

We're working to make January's Alt the best yet; fresh, current, and totally enlightening. And we need speakers to match! In our quest for enthusiastic experts, we're coming to you first. What topics do you want to see covered at Alt Summit? Any ideas for classes or workshops? What are you an expert in? And who do you especially want to hear from? Now's your chance to grab a spot on the coveted Alt Summit speaker list.

Go HERE to find more details and fill out a short speaker pitch. You can submit for yourself or suggest someone you think would make a first-rate speaker. The Call for Speakers is open now until August 31, so don't delay. Remember, all speakers receive a complimentary ticket to Alt Summit - and if you've already registered, and are asked to speak, you'll receive a prompt refund.

We look forward to hearing from you!


We opened registration at 9:00 AM PST (that's Noon on the East Coast), and we're officially sold out. Oh boy. That was fast!

We are over the moon at the enthusiastic response. Thank you. No seriously. Thank you! Talk about motivation to make this our best conference yet. It's going to be fantastic.

Still hoping for a ticket? We hear you. Email if you'd like to request a spot on the waitlist (cancellations really do happen from time to time), and watch the newsletter for the Call for Speakers announcement on August 1st.

In the meantime, Happy June! Happy Summer!

Get 'em While They're Hot!

Shine theory [shahyn theer-ee]: The belief that surrounding yourself with people who are witty, stylish, beautiful and professionally accomplished makes you better. “I don’t shine if you don’t shine.” This is most easily accomplished at Alt Summit.

Antonym: Rival theory Avoiding intimidating people out of a fear that you will look inferior in comparison. 

It’s time to register for Alt Summit 2017 at The Saguaro, Palm Springs! We opened registration a few hours ago and 75% of tickets are already gone. The conference is happening January 31st to February 3rd, 2017. Just follow this link to grab one of the remaining spots. They won’t last long and we want to see you there!

the Alt Team

Registration is Now Open for Palm Springs 2017!


Now’s your chance to connect with the most interesting people online. Now’s your chance to partner with the best sponsors. Now’s your chance to build your business. January 31st to February 3rd in Palm Springs, California. Grab your ticket right away!

And did we tell you? The ticket price is the lowest we’ve offered in years. For bloggers, influencers and micro-businesses, the price is $495. For brands, marketers and agencies (with 4+ employees), the price is $1495. 


Rachel Faucett, co-founder of Handmade Charlotte will 100% not miss Alt Summit. In fact, she attributes 90 percent of her incredibly profitable opportunities to the conference. You read that right: 90%! 

The Handmade Charlotte collections for Anthropologie & Pottery Barn led to Pinterest, To The Market, and United Nations ambassadorships. Along came the title wave of gigantic product-centric programs placing Handmade Charlotte products in Paper Source, Michaels, JoAnn's, Faber Castel, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and AC Moore.

Hundreds of sponsored campaigns later with LG, HP, Ford, IKEA, Home Depot, Coke, Cannon, Twitter, Keurig, Target, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Plaid, Nestle, General Mills, P&G, and Similac earned Handmade Charlotte commercials! McDonald's, Levi's, Miracle Gro, Lysol, Subaru, and Ford featured the farm-living family of seven. If that weren't enough, this super publisher went to Africa last year twice with Kate Spade and and launched Handmade With Love during the January 2016 Alt Summit keynote. 

This is what Rachel said when asked about her game changing Alt experiences:

Alt: Your years attending and speaking at Alt have really paid off! Can you tell us a little bit about how you turn a friendly encounter at the mini parties into closing extremely lucrative long term contracts?


RF: I’ve heard my father in law say "In the Room in the Deal" a million times. Nothing beats a personal encounter. Alt is super intimate and without a doubt you will get the chance to meet everyone you were drooling over on the speaker list, plus totally unexpected bonus BFFs. After the friendly encounter, follow up the very next day by connecting on social channels. Then, follow up again with a short but sweet actionable plan, so that the recipient can easily get a contract in Strike when it's hot — and Alt Summit is smoking hot! 

Alt: 90% of your success you attribute to Alt Summit? Come on??

RF: Oh my goodness YES! Alt disengaged our parking break on a very steep slope. Each time I attend, the momentum the conference fuels is multiplied by 10 throughout the year and simply can't be ignored. Our Alt Summit investment far outweighs the expense. Alt Is For Like Real!

Alt: Any last sentiments? We know you’re crazy busy.

RF: I can’t wait to see + meet everybody in California! Peace!

One more thing we should note: Our new venue is more compact than the one we used in Salt Lake City for so many years, this means less tickets overall, which in turn means that we will likely sell out even faster than in years past.

If you want to guarantee your spot at the conference, we highly recommend you SIGN UP today.

The Alt Team

Get UNSTUCK in your life or business: Six Questions

Still unsure about whether you should attend Alt Summit in Palm Springs, California? We’ve created a handy quiz to help you decide:

1) Do you like to get paid by companies to create amazing content? To execute brilliant ideas? To take gorgeous photos? To blog and style and craft and write?

2) Do you like to go to warm, sunny, locales in the middle of winter? How about Palm Springs, where you can stay in a highly-instagrammable hotel and take mid-century modern home tours?

3) Do you want to build your online community and you’re not sure how? Maybe wondering which social media platforms would work best for you?

4) Do you like to be waited on, showered with gifts, and generally pampered? Especially while you negotiate big business deals?

5) Do you want to meet in person all your online pals? Plus meet smart, creative new friends you’ll want to collaborate with?

6) Do you like to dress-up and attend over-the-top parties?

If you answered YES to 2 or more questions, you definitely belong at Alt Summit.

The conference is happening Tuesday, January 31st to Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at the Saguaro Hotel. That might seem like a long way away, but we can tell you from experience it will come fast. So plan on getting your ticket tomorrow, before they’re gone for good. 

P.S. Once you register you'll receive a link to reserve a room in the Alt Summit hotel block.

When your #squadgoals just went through the roof

Do you ever feel like you are a little too isolated in your work? You'd like someone who knows when to tell you "that's a great idea!" or maybe even more helpful, "that's a terrible idea!" We love the freedom we have working from home and being our own bosses, but sometimes we wish for a knowledgeable pal or co-worker to keep us going.

Stylish business partners Melanie and Alma first met in the hall at Alt Summit. They realized pretty quickly that it was meant to be: life is short, and they shouldn't waste any more time not collaborating. Since then they've launched and run both a successful online print shop and an adorably whimsical sock company (which you may remember from last summer's Alt, when they invited us to jump on the bed in our stocking feet!)

Alt Summit is the perfect place to find a business bestie (or two) because of the completely collaborative tone of the conference. It's not a competition or a chance to boast, it's all about learning from each other, helping each other and cheering each other on. As Alma says, "Melanie and I have always believed in collaboration over competition. We were able to improve on another's ideas, boost one another's confidence, and help one another to grow."

And if you already have a business bestie? There are lots of other reasons to come to Alt Summit. Come to learn new skills. Come to land a book deal. Come for the world-class keynotes:


Celebrities, CEOs, Designers, the Editors in Chief of major publications and websites. And those are just the keynotes. At every Alt Summit, there are right around 100 speakers. Each one vetted for excellent teaching and presentation skills. They come ready to share all the secrets they’ve learned in this ever changing new media landscape.

And the best part? The speakers don’t hide in their rooms. You can actually meet them. Connect with them. Hang out with them. The keynote speakers too. When Jessica Alba came to Alt Summit, she spent the day in one-on-one meetings with Alt attendees. When Stefan Sagmeister came, he joined the dance party.

Want to meet some of the coolest, most interesting, most inspiring people on earth? Then get ready to get registered this Thursday. Tickets are going to go fast and you don’t want to miss out.

The question every social media influencer wants answered

Sometimes, it seems like in the professional social media world no one wants to talk about the nitty-gritty of business. Questions like, "How much are you charging for a sponsored post?" "How much do you generate in revenue?" "How much do you charge for ads?" are often met with ambiguous responses that make you feel like it's all a big secret.

But the truth is, it's not. You just have to know who to ask.

At Alt Summit, attendees love to talk shop in a forthcoming and honest way. Our goal is to create a cooperative environment where knowledge is candid, plentiful and easily accessible, so we're thrilled when we get feedback like this:

"It's such a unique experience being surrounded by smart, creative, supportive, business-minded women who get all the things I do!"
-Gilit Cooper of The Bannerie

Where else can you go decked out for a Starry Night party and have a conversation about analytics?

If you're ready to talk shop with passionate creatives, we'll see you at Alt Summit. The next conference is happening January 31st to February 3rd in Palm Springs. Registration opens this week on Thursday, June 9th, at Noon EST. That means 9:00 AM for those of you on the West Coast. Get excited!

The safest, easiest, most inspiring risk you'll ever take

The elegant and smart-as-a-whip Hilary Rushford learned to take risks at Alt Summit, "I got my first big break in a magazine (Better Homes and Gardens) because I met the editor at an Alt Summit party, was asked to speak at the conference the next year, and met someone I wildly admired (photographer Jasmine Star) who I now consider a dear friend. I learned that wise-yet-sometimes-scary investments pay back 10-fold."

Hilary has since taken her business from a small Instagram following to a wildly successful company generating over six digits a year! She teaches budding entrepreneurs how to grow their Instagram following, how to build a brand and all the ins and outs of establishing your dream business.

Are you ready to take a risk with us?

What do we mean by risk? Well, attending a conference is an investment. There's the ticket. The hotel room. The transportation. And hey, many of us are just starting out as entrepreneurs. Which often means funds are tight.

Well, we hear you. And we're happy to tell you that on Thursday, we'll offer you the lowest ticket price we've had in years. Seriously. Want to save even more cash? Plan on finding a roommate (or two or three!) to bunk with you at our colorful venue, the Saguaro Hotel. The rooms are reasonably priced to begin with, and if you share, it turns into a super bargain.

Is there a catch? Nope. Not at all. But with lower prices and more affordable hotel rooms, all signs point to selling out even faster than usual (is that even possible?).

So get ready to get registered this coming Thursday. Attending Alt Summit is the safest, most low-risk investment you'll ever make. More details headed your way soon.

On Thursday, your life is going to change

You may have heard that the next Alt Summit conference is happening in Palm Springs, California. And it's true. It's happening Tuesday to Friday, January 31st to February 3rd at the Saguaro Hotel. (Have you marked your calendars? Have you checked out the rainbow goodness?)

But what you don't know is that tickets are going on sale soon. Like soon soon. Like soon as in this Thursday, June 9th. And you are definitely going to want to grab a ticket before they're gone. 

Tickets to Alt Summit are life-changing. Long before Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show was hosting sold out dance parties and writing best-selling cookie books, she came to Alt Summit to learn about social media and to connect with new friends. 

Long before Pinterest had a multi-billion dollar valuation, Ben Silbermann, the founder, attended Alt Summit in the hopes of meeting beta testers for his new little website.

Life changing is not an exaggeration.

And did you know that 85% of Alt Summit attendees have come back more than once? Maybe even more compelling is the fact that many of the most successful people in our industry don't like to miss a single Alt Summit.

We'll post more details between now and when registration actually opens, but consider this an official heads up. Set a little reminder for this Thursday, and start getting excited. How will your life change? We can't wait for you to tell us.

5 Tips for Sparking Creativity

5 Tips for Sparking Creativity

Today's #AltChat is sponsored by @workmanpub and they are offering not one, but two Paint by Sticker books - one aimed for you adults and one for kids! The chat topic is all about finding the joy in your journey and expressing creativity in this world of work and hustle. Join us at 9am PT/12pm ET and don't forget to tag #AltChat and @workmanbub for your chance to win! 

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What's in Your Bag with Lorissa's Kitchen

What's in Your Bag with Lorissa's Kitchen

We loved having Lorissa's Kitchen at Alt in January and not just because they were handing out tasty treats and spoiling us with beautiful bags. Everyone from Lorissa's Kitchen was energetic and so much fun to hang out with. Join us tomorrow March 2nd at 9 AM PST/12 PM EST for an hour-long chat on Twitter all about what you keep in your bag. To kick things off Lorissa's Kitchen wrote this guest post to share what they love to keep in their bag. 

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Brand Collaborations 101 with Collectively

Brand Collaborations 101 with Collectively

If you don't know about the amazing community that is Collectively, you should hop on over to their site and get to know them! They work with a network of bloggers to create the best brand collaborations over all platforms. 

Join the Alt community + Collectively (@CollectivelyInc) on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow), February 24th at 9 AM PST/12 PM EST for an hour-long chat all about brand collaborations. We would love to have each of you there, to hear what has and has not worked for you! Better yet, they are giving away a $100 gift card to Frambrdige eligible to anyone who participates using both @Altsummit @Collectively and #AltChat. 

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Blogging On The Go with PicsArt

Blogging On The Go with PicsArt

PicsArt is here to give us five of their best tips to answer all our questions! Best yet, join the Alt community + PicsArt (@picsartstudio) on Twitter Wednesday morning (tomorrow), February 17th at 9 AM PST/12 PM EST for an hour-long chat all about mobile blogging. We would love to have each of you there, to hear your live thoughts and options on the subject! 

5 Tips For Blogging During Travel

As bloggers, we rarely get a break from social media. In fact, when we’re traveling, that’s often when we have the most content, and when our readers are most engaged. For them, it’s a chance to travel around the world with us with just their phone. On the other hand, the last thing we want to do is spend all our time working while we’re on vacation. Check out these 5 tips to help you blog efficiently during travel, whether or not you have a laptop!

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Photos from Alt Winter 2016

By: Julia Fain; Photos by Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

We can't think of a better way to kick off 2016 than with an event like Alt Summit. Seeing all your lovely faces has left us feeling energized and excited for what’s next. Listening to such amazing speakers, inspiring topics, and inside tips has left us feeling capable and ready to accomplish new goals. And, who can forget being excited for new opportunities, and feeling so spoiled, by each of our generous sponsors?

Alt Photos

Head over to the Alt Flickr account and relive every second of the conference through the photos taken by our wonderful photographers Justin Hackworth and Brooke Dennis. Feel free to share any of them with your audiences, (please credit Alt Summit as the source). If you need a quick reminder of how to share photos and what is considered best practice, click over to this post.

And keep an eye out for a photobook courtesy of Chatbooks filled with all things #AltSummit. If you weren't able to post pictures during the conference (we get it, it was busy) go ahead and post (and tag) your favorites now so that they make it into the book!

Blog Post Round-Up

As you share your Alt experience and reflect on what was learned, be sure to use the hashtag #altsummit, and email a link to any blog post published, so that we can include it in a roundup on the Alt blog and spread the love!

As always, a huge thank you to everyone involved!


Julia Fain

Julia is a designer with a passion for simple recipes, DIY projects, home design and family. She thrives on applying her background in product design to everyday projects.