What is StumbleUpon?
StumbleUpon is one of the best traffic generators among the top social media sites, because you can see a spike on your numbers since the first link that you (or preferably someone else) adds to StumbleUpon. On other social media sites, you have to wait forever to build a follower base, and only after you can see a meaningful traffic from those sources. But be careful, if you add to many of your work, some say that you will cease to see traffic to your website. So you have to use it wisely. My advice: Add at least 30 links, from other blogs for example, for every 1 link that you add from your own blog. If you can make others add, instead of you, perfect.
Explain me why.
StumbleUpon is a great free website that allows users to rate a site they like or don’t like by clicking a thumbs up or thumbs down icon.
When a user likes, or stumbles a particular page, he is telling basically that the link has quality. When others StumbleUpon users are randomly searching for new content on the topic of that link, using the Stumble button on their toolbar, that page has an increasing probability of appearing to those users. Thus the spike on traffic that you see when others like or stumble your page/link.
Needless to say that the more people like or stumble that page, the more viral it becomes. I heard multiple cases of people that basically had their website/blog offline because of the flood of people that were visiting through StumbleUpon.
It’s definitely a weapon of mass construction (of traffic).
Is that all?
With millions of active users, you can view the most highly rated sites in categories that interest you. On StumbleUpon you can also follow other users (like me) and view their “Stumblers” — pages/links on the Internet (Stumble this) they’ve found interesting. You can also send messages, make new friends, and more.
To sum up, StumbleUpon is a discovery engine of entertainment that recommends photography, art, humor, fashion, sports, technology and just about every other topic you can think of. With a social component that makes it very fun.
Tell me some numbers.
Accordingly to this website, StumbleUpon has 15 million sessions per month. With visitors coming from the United States (45%), India (7%), United Kingdom (6.6%), Canada (5.7%) and Brazil (2.9%).
So imagine having (even a fraction) of these numbers coming to your website. Every month. Pretty amazing, right?
How to start with StumbleUpon
First of all you have to go there (www.stumbleupon.com).
Then you can sign up with your Facebook or Google Account. Alternatively you can also sign up with your email. It’s free. If you choose the email option, it will open a menu for you to write your Email Address, Username and Password. Also your Birthday plus other information.
Immediately after entering your information, you will have to select at least 10 Interests:
Don’t forget to use the small arrow so you can see the main topics like: Hobbies, Home/living, Religion, Sports, Popular, and many more. Then select one or more sub-topics of the main subject. If you go to “Popular” you will have the sub-topics with more followers on StumbleUpon. You have to choose at least 10.
Once you’ve selected 10 sub-topics, this message will appear. You can continue or immediately start stumbling.
When you hit the “Start Stumbling” button, you will be presented with the following menu.
If you click “Stumble” you will begin to navigate on StumbleUpon, and watch websites from the interests that you have selected. Additionally you can start clicking “Thumb Up” if you like what you see.
Another option is to go to your profile (right). And go to “My Profile”.
Here you can “Add a Page” that you like, choose if it is “Safe for Work”, and then select what the page is about. Here StumbleUpon will suggest, and you have to select among the suggestions. Finally add one or more tags, and hit “Save”.
After this the magic will happen. The owner of the page that you submitted will see an increase of traffic, because other users that share the same interest will see that page.
If more people like (Thumb Up) what you’ve add… well let’s just say that the increase will be huge.
Before you go…
If you liked this tutorial you can do a couple of things for me. Follow me on StumbleUpon, and add one or more pages that you liked on this website. Now that you have a StumbleUpon account, you can use the social button on your favorite posts of this website, and stumble faster.
Don’t forget to insert social share buttons, so people can share your work (posts, pages, etc.) on StumbleUpon. One excellent way of doing this is using Social Warfare, a WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.
Also I’ve created on Facebook a Private StumbleUpon Facebook Group, where you can help others by following them, and stumble/click “Thumb Up” (like) on their StumbleUpon links. In return others will help you too. Therefore we can all share more for others to see. Also the group is about taking doubts on how to improve the use of StumbleUpon.
If it’s not too much to ask, also hit “like” on my Facebook Page. That way you can follow future posts, updates to this post, and much more. If you truly like this tutorial and want others to see, share it. Thank you for your time!
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