UPDATE: StumbleUpon has sadly closed its doors.
Figuring out which social media outlet is the most useful can be hard for bloggers. For as long as I’ve been active on social media, I’ve used the same basic 5: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. I have interacted with others and enjoyed browsing them, but none of them ever made my blog go viral. Recently, I’ve been dipping my toes into other social media avenues and one of them has been a blogging game changer for me… Stumble Upon.
Last month, I had a post go viral on Stumble Upon, and it’s still throwing readers my way. Now… viral can be a pretty loose term, so let me clarify. Stumble Upon sent me over 1000% of my average daily views in one day and the traffic didn’t stop there. In fact, it’s still coming.
New social media platforms can be hard to figure out, so here are some things to keep in mind when using Stumble Upon.
It’s important to find people with interests similar to yours that you can follow and stumble. (Like ME!)
When I come across a stumbler who has similar interests, I stumble their “likes”. This is a great way to find awesome content from new places. I’ve even found a lot of new blogs to follow!
Obviously, the more reach you have, the more your likes will be stumbled!
When you sign up for Stumble Upon, you add your interests to your profile. This tells Stumble Upon what you may like. Once your interests are added, you can start “stumbling” by pushing the “stumble” button. A random page will pop up and you can thumbs up or thumbs down it. If you like it, give it a thumbs up!
What you thumbs up and thumbs down will help Stumble Upon know where your interests are and it will start to narrow down the types of pages it pulls up for you to “stumble upon”. The more you stumble, the better Stumble Upon will know you and the more interesting pages you’ll get!
“Thumbs Upping” a page isn’t necessarily the same as adding a page. Adding pages is important because Stumble Upon needs new content!
So, for instance, if you’re reading a blog and you think it’s a great article, add the page! Some blogs, like mine, have an easy button at the bottom with their social share buttons. You can click the Stumble Upon button and the page will be added. You can still add pages without the button, though. Just copy the URL of the page you want to add and click “add a page” on the stumble upon site.
By adding pages, you’re helping drive traffic to that site. Now others can “thumbs up” it and the cycle begins!
Don’t Add (Many) Of Your Own Pages
Stumble Upon is not a place to promote your own blog, exclusively. In fact, if Stumble Upon realizes that this is what you’re doing, they can suspend your account or block your URL from being added to Stumble Upon altogether! Yikes! To make sure you stay on good terms with Stumble Upon, add pages from other sites. Don’t stumble your own content frequently.
I’ve read that a good ratio is 15:1. So, if you add your own page, that’s ok… but be sure to add at least 15 pages from other people for every 1 page of your own that you add.
I’ve been steadily adding pages that I find interesting every day. I love knowing that I’m potentially helping out my fellow blogger by adding their content that I find so great!
One reason I love Stumble Upon so much is that it is all about bloggers helping other bloggers. If you read a great post from one of your favorites and you add it to Stumble Upon, they will see new traffic! By stumbling each other’s content, we’re helping each other out! By stumbling randomly, we’re able to find great new blogs and resources! It’s a win-win-win for all involved!
So what’s stopping you? Why haven’t you joined Stumble Upon?
Once you have, I’d love to connect with you!
… and of course, if you like any of my posts, you can add them by clicking the Stumble Upon button at the bottom of every post! 🙂