Monday, 7 March 2016

Grow your blog with StumbleUpon

I wrote this early last week, then over the weekend I found a recent post from My Random Musings on StumbleUpon - make sure you check it out too, HERE.

Grow your blog with stumbleupon

I'm pretty new to StumbleUpon myself, so here is a guide to everything I've learned so far...

What is StumbleUpon?


Founded way back in 2002, StumbleUpon works kind of like the shuffle button on your iPod - it 'stumbles upon' a random web page. You can then rate that page with a thumbs up or a thumbs down, depending on what you thought of it, or just click 'stumble' for a new page. The more you stumble, the better the site becomes at predicting the kind of content you'll want to stumble across.

Thumbs up or thumbs down.

Why should I be using StumbleUpon?


StumbleUpon has over 25 million active users who spend, on average, around 25 minutes stumbling per session. The site can easily drive thousands of views to your post - speaking in averages, it generally generates 3x more traffic than Reddit.

How do I use StumbleUpon?


First you need to create a StumbleUpon account by clicking HERE and pick some interests, like this:

You can add more interests by searching for topics or clicking interests in the top bar, which will take you to recommended and popular interests.

With that done you can start stumbling. If you don't like the page, click the thumbs down - you can choose from six options in the drop down menu to give more detail: Not For Me, Seen Page Already, Page Does Not Load, Report As Spam, Report Wrong Topic, or Block This Site. If you do like the page, click the thumbs up button. You can create lists to add your likes to, and this can be a great way for collating all the stumbled posts from your own blog, or simply creating a folder of pages on a particular topic.

If you're just browsing the web and want to add a page to StumbleUpon, you can do it through the site itself ('add a page') or you can download the StumbleUpon toolbar HERE so you can just click the thumbs up icon. Note: your account must be at least 24 hours old before you can add pages.

stumbleupon toolbar
Viewing one of my own posts with the downloaded SU toolbar at the top. The vast majority of SU users are based in the USA, so the audience for posts like this will inevitably be small.

To make things more interactive you can follow up to 600 other users. The content they stumble, when it matches your interests, will show up in your stream - the same as your stumbles will be visible to your own followers.

How can I make my blog StumbleUpon friendly?


The things which make posts attractive to StumbleUpon users are basically the same as on any other network. Good content, cool images, and clear formatting. The main difference is that it's all about the first impression - it will only take someone a second to decide whether to read on or thumbs down your post. An interesting title and catchy header image are your friends when it comes to StumbleUpon.

'Listicles' (i.e. an article presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list) tend to do particularly well on StumbleUpon, again reflecting the snap decision making, and low attention span encouraging format of the network. Although, saying that, my most successful post for StumbleUpon traffic so far has been a relatively in-depth write up of the Titanic Switch Conspiracy Theory which has had over 4,000 hits from SU. If the topic is right, people will stumble it.

More like this
StumbleUpon traffic can have a high bounce rate - visitors only look at one page then move on - so if you don't have a plugin which does it for you, make sure you link to other relevant content on your blog both within your post, and at the end of it. These options are at the end of my What is Domain Authority? post.

An important aspect to stumbling is the interests and tags ascribed to the page when it is added. For this reason it can be a good idea is to make the initial stumble of your post yourself. (Note: you cannot add categories, etc, if you stumble from your phone.) With that done you can then encourage others to stumble the post - you could add a StumbleUpon share button to the bottom of your post, for example.

If nobody takes the bait, you can help things along by using blogger engagement groups like StumbleUpon Bloggers, Daily StumbleUpon Thread, and StumbleUpon Wednesdays at Blog Engagement & Promotion Group.


You can generate your own StumbleUpon button HERE.

Is there anything else I should know?


You cannot use StumbleUpon to promote your own commercial webpage, defined as a webpage 'that promotes a specific product or service'. To stumble such a page you need to use StumbleUpon Paid Discovery. Similarly, you cannot just stumble from your own blog. There is a limit to how many times you can stumble from the same domain, to prevent spammers, so mix your own posts up with other content.

If you break either of these rules your account, according to the site's terms, can be suspended or terminated. They seem to have been very strict on this a few years ago, but the company has since downsized and reduced their staff numbers - a google search doesn't throw up anything about suspended or banned accounts after 2011. Just proceed with caution, I guess!



You can generate your own StumbleUpon widget code HERE.


stumbleupon inforgraphic



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56 comments:

  1. This was some great information, I'm checking it out now. Thanks!

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  2. Oh wow - thanks for such an informative post - off to stumble across it now! #bigpinklink

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  3. This is incredibly useful, I use Stumbleupon but have to be honest, I really haven't the foggiest idea of how to use it effectively so thanks for this. I feel like I've learnt a lot!! xx #bigpinklink

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    1. I'm really glad it proved useful! :)

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  4. Great post thank you! I'm just a bit gutted there is no browser button for Safari, as I would love to Stumble posts I come across a but easier! Thanks for sharing on #bigpinklink xx

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    1. Everything seems to be Chrome dominated these days - which is fine so long as you like Chrome! x

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  5. Great tips here. I think Stumble Upon is such a useful but under rated tool for bloggers. Thanks so much for mentioning my post too :)
    Debbie

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    1. I'd never heard of it until earlier this year! x

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  6. I have never used stumbled upon before so this was really useful. I have downloaded the toolbar and set up an account now x #sharewithme

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  7. This is such an informative post! I have found your post very useful. I haven't used stumble upon much but have found it a great tool to discover new blogs to read. #sharewithme

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    1. Thank you! :D I've found some really cool pages - though I think Anthony's sick of hearing all my new random facts now!

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  8. Thank you for this!! I am so confused as to how to increase my following with StumbleUpon, and this info is super helpful. I have requested to join all three fb groups. Thanks again for sharing the knowledge!
    #PoCoLo
    Tori
    www.themamanurse.com

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    1. Thanks Tori, the FB groups should really get things going for you with SU. :)

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  9. Really interesting post. I've heard about Stumbled Upon in the past but never really understood or explored it so its great to read this post and understand how I could use it! Thanks for linking it up to #MarvMondays. Emily

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    1. It's quite fun to use too - I've found some really cool pages through it!

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  10. I use stumble upon to little as I am never sure hoe to use it or if I'm using it correctly this was a great help thank you (I think I follow you already on there?) It may take a while for me to totally figure it out though but I have noticed recently I do get a fair bit of traffic from there mainly for my short stories I write #KCACOLS

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    1. I think so! :) I find it's a bit hit and miss which of mine do well, but it's definitely another tool for the arsenal! x

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  11. Hi, I've got the StumbleUpon app and I had a look at it and didn't have a clue how to use it! Your post has helped alot thank you. I will need to read it a few times though as it just still seems tricky, I will use your guide as a tutorial and not let it get the better of me!:)

    Mainy

    #KCACOLS

    myrealfairy.com

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    1. If you have any problems, let me know x

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  12. This sounds so cool! I've never heard of this before! :O
    #KCACOLS
    kaylaloves.com

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    1. Let me know how you get on with it! :)

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  13. Great post - I've been using Stumble Upon and have been amazed by the extra traffic it's generatingx #KCACOLS

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  14. Great post. I discovered stumble upon a while ago but didn't really get it but now I love it! This post is really useful for new people to Stumble Upon as it can be tricky to get #KCACOLS

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    1. It's not the most user friendly interface, is it? x

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  15. This is a great post, so informative. Thanks for writing this, I have no idea about Stumble Upon, I now want to go check it out and find out more, it sounds like a great tool for blogging xx #kcacols

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    1. Thank you! It takes a bit of time to get your head around it, but it can work really well. x

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  16. I've been using stumbleupon recently and these are some really great and helpful tips #kcacols

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  17. Good advice, Jess. I have to admit I've faffed around occasionally with SU without ever really understanding it or getting any significant traffic from it. Maybe I should try again ... #pocolo

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    1. It can work really well - but it does take some faffing!

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  18. Interesting - I never knew much about StumbleUpon, but it sounds like it might be worth trying. Will need to check it out! #KCACOLS

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  19. I started using su more regularly a couple of months ago and get around so many extra hits from it.

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    1. I've really seen a difference since I started using it!

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  20. Great information! I have had a Stumbleupon account for a while but wasn't sure how to make the most from it! thanks xx
    #KCACOLS

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  21. I've been trying to use SU more recently but I don't think my content is particularly suited to it so I've not seen much extra traffic. I've got a few ideas for list type posts though so maybe those will do better.It's annoying that you can't add categories when stumbling from your phone too. #sharewithme

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    1. Tutorials and recipes also tend to do well, I find. x

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  22. This is so helpful. I've had some great hits with a couple of posts from Stumble Upon. I've just added the toolbar to make it easier to stumble posts and I really need to get a stumble button on my blog. Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS x

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    1. So glad it was useful! I've found the stumble bar a really big help with getting to grips with it x

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  23. This is brilliant and I need to come back to it later to do it. I got a few tweets from people asking why I wasn't on there and so I need to up my game. I signed up but haven't looked further into it. Thanks for all your passing on of knowledge. Thanks for linking up to #ShareWithMe.

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    1. Thank you! I hope they help you out with it. x

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  24. This post came at a perfect time! I've recently had some good traffic from StumbleUpon but it's dropped all of a sudden so I'm looking at what I can do to get it back. Thanks for sharing your tips.

    Oh and I will read your Titanic theory - fascinated by the Titanic I must admit #KCACOLS

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    1. Hope it helps! (Me too - I can read about it all day.) x

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  25. I have been using SU just for one week I think, so I still don't know much about it. I'm learning by the day. Your tips are very useful. I didn't know how to add my own post but yes the tip of having a SU button helps. I tried the other day to add one of my blog posts but it was not showing the thumbnail and I didn't know why. So now I share my content in Facebook threads with a link directly to the blog post so they can SU using that button. I haven't experienced much traffic yet but I haven't shared much yet either. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! :-) x

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    1. I've found it to be hit and miss which posts do well, but the ones that have done well have made it worth it. x

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  26. Great list of tips, I've been using StumbleUpon for a few years but got into it more recently. I think you're right about making sure to add others' pages, definitely the way to go! :)
    Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

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  27. Stumbleupon is on my to do list and it seems to be getting a lot of attention right now in the blogging world. This looks like a post I'll be coming back to - thank you - and for linking up to #PoCoLo x

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    1. It does seem to be the 'in' thing at the moment! x

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  28. Ooo thanks for the tips on the stumble groups on FB will be checking them out, as I still think I am under utilising this!! #MarvMondays

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