My guest author got 40,000 referrals from StumbleUpon.
Why do some bloggers have posts that go viral and others don’t?
Why is it that you don’t?
One blogger who has experienced mind-blowing success offered to explain how he was able to achieve 40,000 traffic referrals just within the last year, and just from one source–StumbleUpon.
Useful Hints for Using StumbleUpon
Hi, my name is Jordan Dumer. I am a creative writer and random blogger at openthevox.wordpress.com. I recently reblogged a post of the lovely Janice Wald’s blog, Reflections. The post titled, 9 Ways to Protect Yourself from Gambling With Your Blog gave some excellent advice for referrals using social media. I mentioned how I received over 40,000 views using StumbleUpon in under a year. She politely asked me for some pointers using StumbleUpon, and I humbly agreed. Here’s what I had to say-
Embrace the Random. When using StumbleUpon, make sure to stumble all your interests. This not only enriches the randomness experience, you also seem to find better and rarer material. When stumbling only one main area of interest, you get more and more target marketing bombardment from big name sites. And the more you keep stumbling, the more they show up. I often find high quality content on lesser known sites and low quality content on big name sites. So, learn to mix it up.
Mastering Thumbs Down. By clicking on the little down arrow next to the thumbs down, you can explain why you don’t like this page or post. This is important because it helps improve the StumbleUpon system by exposing web posts or pages of their weak points and by allowing the higher quality of content to leak through to the general populace.
Less is More. Popular posts especially high quality posts are key to success on StumbleUpon. If you add too much, too often, people get annoyed. They could just as easily visit your site. It’s no longer random and posts, sometimes even sites, get banned by the users! Make sure to add only the best of the best on StumbleUpon for the main categories you’re contributing towards. Otherwise, people will begin overlooking those gems.
Fewer Posts, More Often. I’ve added masterpieces, only to have them flop on StumbleUpon. Then, I added them again at a later time and had them take off! If a post does well on your site, then chances are it’ll make a great addition to StumbleUpon as well. Keep adding it. You only get four adds a day, so don’t look at it as spamming but as targeted marketing. I’ve found 8 am, 12 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm produce the best results.
Contribute to Multiple Interests. Remember, spamming on StumbleUpon isn’t pushing the same great post to the far corners of the world. It’s spamming multiple lesser works to the same interests day after day. That’s what Email followers and news feeds are for. Get the most out of StumbleUpon by adding the same great post to all the key categories it fits under or add new posts to different categories altogether. Show them only your best stuff and you’ll have them coming back for more!
Administrate your interests. After you post your masterpiece to StumbleUpon, switch your interests to the main category you just published and start stumbling. Thumbs Up only the content you’d expect to see on your site. Thumbs Down the poor quality posts. Ban sites you already know and use on a daily basis if they get distracting. I’ve found the most rewarding StumbleUpon experience is finding rich material from random unknown sites.
Make Great Lists. You can organize your favorite posts into lists either public or private. This is a great way to gain followers on StumbleUpon while also making a great source of reference for later use. StumbleUpon isn’t just a great site to acquire exposure. It’s also a great source of random yet surprisingly useful knowledge on everything you could imagine.
Engage. StumbleUpon is also a social media center. Remember to comment, share, follow and like the posts of others as well. Make sure to remind them to follow your site, share your post, or comment back. This makes StumbleUpon a great alternative for Twitter or Facebook. It takes awhile to get your posts out there in “StumbleLand”, but it’s well worth the wait.
Have Fun. I use StumbleUpon as more than just a marketing tool. I’ve found it to be a great way to enrich your life as well. StumbleUpon includes plenty of apps that can convert social media and other popular sites into random StumbleUpon generators. For 20 minutes a day, you can find some great art, beautiful photos, inspirational quotes and plenty of useful advice. I highly suggest StumbleUpon.
Jordan has proven his method works for getting traffic that will blow the roof off your blog.
Thanks so much to Jordan Dumer for guest posting today, so the rest of us can have tips that will dramatically increase our traffic, and enrich our lives.
While you’re at it, follow Jordan over to his site openthevox.wordpress.com. Jordan Dumer is a Freelance Creative Writer and owner of the sole proprietorship, Opened Vox Publishing. He strives for excellence in all his endeavors, including blogging.
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