Using Stumbleupon to Increase your Traffic

make money bloggingYesterday we talked about twitter and today I would like to talk about Stumble. Every blog should be using both twitter and stumble to help increase their traffic.

Stumbleupon has the potential to bring you lots of traffic. It is not difficult to use so you definitely need to sign up for an account. Start at Stumbleupon and create a username. Once you have an account you will be able to stumble. That means you will be sent to a website where you can give a thumbs up or a thumbs down and then you stumble to the next to do the same. The system learns what you like and sends you to a page that it thinks you might like. The more pages you thumbs up the better the system gets.

Once you have an account you can stumble by clicking the “stumble” button (that will take you to popular posts so you can give them a thumbs up or thumbs down. You can stumble a post by clicking on the stumble icon beneath a post or by copying the url and entering it into your account. You always have the option of leaving a review of the site as well and you should always leave tags and put it in a category. If you are trying to get the attention of the post author then leave a review. It is like leaving a comment, they will be more likely to look your site up to return the favor if you stumble and review them.

The benefit for your blog is the potential for huge amounts of traffic. The more people that thumbs up or review your page the more traffic you get. I saw the power of stumble when somebody stumbled my post 13 Horrible Frugal Tips and it received well over 2000 hits within the hour. Not all posts will do that, but many will.

After that I made sure that key posts always had a stumble button and recently I went ahead and added it (along with the twitter button) to every post. I always make sure to stumble other posts that I like to send traffic that direction. On top of sharing great content that makes it more likely that the person whose post I stumbled will come to my site and stumble some of my posts as well.

Do not only stumble your own posts! Make sure you are stumbling other people’s posts as well so that you are not spamming. I try to stumble 5-10 posts that are not my own every time I stumble my own post.

TASK: Sign up for stumbleupon and stumble 10-20 posts (including a few of your own) so the system starts to learn what you like.

Tomorrow we will discuss how to make money with Google AdSense.

Make sure you sign up for the series giveaways and today you can gain an extra entry by stumbling one of the posts on Little People Wealth.  Leave a comment saying which post you stumbled.

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1 Anne May 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I stumbled your 97 ways to save money post – http://www.littlepeoplewealth.com/2009/04/97-ways-to-save-money.html

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2 LittlePeopleWealth May 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Thanks Anne 🙂

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3 Jody Maley June 10, 2010 at 12:48 am

Thanks for the info…I have two questions

You said when stumbling to "and you should always leave tags"….Where do you leave tags when stumbling??? I don't get it

and two: Where do you get the "Like this post" with the Twitter and Stumble button??? I have wordpress….is it an 'automatic' widget?

Thanks for the great info…I just came across these posts today

~Jody

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4 LittlePeopleWealth June 18, 2010 at 3:52 am

You're welcome Jody 🙂

If you are just stumbling through pages then you have to go into your account to add tags (not really worth it), but if you submit a page yourself in your account then the tags/category/review will pop up when you enter the site.

I use su.pr and the tags are really easy to add there (plus it will twitter it for you if you want). When you hit "thumb up" a box will pop up asking you to enter the optional tags.

I used html code to get the stumble and twitter buttons. You can get a stumble one on their website. Scroll to the bottom of the page and under "tools and services" click on "stumble badges" and follow the directions. I just did the same thing for the twitter button and I linked them to my own icons. Email me if you can't find it, I always forget how to post it on the site (if I type out html it will just show up as what it is supposed to code instead of the actual instructions, but I can email it without a problem).

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5 Sandy H September 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I just signed up for stumbleupon today and I don't really get it. And I definitely don't get tags! I did stumble a couple of your posts (because I really love your blog) but I'm not sure how to get around the site. I'm sure it will come with time!

Thanks for the post- I had never heard of Stumble. I've seen the icon but was never sure what it really meant.

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6 LittlePeopleWealth September 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm

It takes a while to get used to it (and it takes a little while for it to work for you). The more pages you stumble the better the system gets at finding more pages that you will like.

Stumble is my highest referral site! It can be a powerful traffic driver.

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7 Steve March 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I get a few clicks from StumbleUpon but nothing major. I might need to get more involved than just posting articles.

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