How to Dramatically Increase Your Blog Traffic [2 Ways]

By: | October 28, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , |

Bloggers can get their links stumbled for free.

According to writer Sue Coletta, StumbleUpon will send more traffic to your blog than Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit combined.

A friend and I stumbled each other’s links on October 24. StumbleUpon was my leading source of traffic on October 25. I have never had to wait longer than two weeks to see dramatic results. It works!

For instructions on how to use StumbleUpon, please click the link to my StumbleUpon tutorial:

How to Make Blog Traffic Skyrocket with StumbleUpon

Once you have an account and know how to use this social networking site, there is a catch. You can’t stumble your own article.

This group is designed to solve that traffic-inducing obstacle.

All I ask in return for getting you mind-blowing traffic is that you subscribe to my blog, MostlyBlogging, if you are not signed up already.


  1. Subscribe to my blog. Be sure to activate your subscription in your Email.
  2. Leave a link to an article (not your blog) you would like stumbled (liked) in the comment section of the StumbleUpon Group page.
  3. I will add your link to the group list with the date it was added.
  4. I will stumble links left there (add them to StumbleUpon).
  5. I am encouraging the other members of this group to stumble each other’s links as well including mine, the links.  All you do is click “Add a page” at Stumbleupon, and you will be able to stumble each other’s articles. I have found a direct correlation between the amount of articles I stumble and the amount of traffic I get from the site.
  6. When you start seeing you are getting traffic from StumbleUpon on your dashboard – stats – referrers, please return here and let us know in the comments section.

Additional Opportunity

The same situation applies with Reddit. The site has the potential to bring mass traffic to your blogs, but you are frowned upon for adding your own article there.

If you need instructions about how Reddit works, click the link to my Reddit tutorial:

How to Get the Kind of Blog Traffic You Want with Reddit

Michael Rios is starting a Reddit group. He has graciously offered to post our links on Reddit for us in the applicable Reddit subreddits.  To get on his Reddit group list, click the graphic below. It contains a link that will take you to his site where you can sign up for his group if you are following his blog.

Michael explains our goals, to help bloggers, and offers a further testimonial that these sites work on his post Is Your Blog Getting the Attention You Want?

Click the link to get blog traffic from #StumbleUpon and #Reddit.


Michael and I hope you will take advantage of both these opportunities to dramatically increase your blog traffic. Please share this post, so other bloggers know about my collaboration with Michael and these two chances to see a continued spike in your stats.

What do you think of our idea? I look forward to your views.

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  1. Charles Rogers

    Great idea Teacher, but I haven’t finished with all my other assignments !

  2. Donna Harvey

    I think Sharing and Helping with each other is the Key. I am so glad to find another Blogger that thinks that way too. Thank you for all you for all your helpful Post. I know I would love to be a part of this. Keep up the good work. Donna

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Donna,
      I am so sorry you had to wait four days for a reply after saying such glowing comments to me. Thank you for the kind words about my articles.
      I would love for you to be a part of our StumbleUpon group too. I am trying to use this to grow my subscriber list. The group has taken on momentum. People are stumbling each other’s links. Like you said–sharing and helping–it is great to see. Thanks for writing.

  3. Jeanette Hall

    Been using Stumnleupon for years. Just second nature to me know to submit my daily writing to it.

    • Janice Wald

      Do you get traffic from StumbleUpon when you stumble your own articles? I heard if you put of your own on, you have to stumble 30 of other people’s.

  4. Sue Coletta

    Thank you for the mention, Janice! As always, your advice is flawless. And generous!

      • Janice Wald

        Hi Sue!
        Thank you for the glowing comments–Flawless– thank you! Thank you for stumbling my articles. Are you getting my articles? Do you need to subscribe again? Why don’t you let me stumble an article for you?

        • Sue Coletta

          Sorry for the late reply. It seems to be my norm lately. Yes, I had to resubscribe because after changing my email address, I lost all the blogs I was following. Nightmare! I never remember to use the reader; I much prefer to keep my favorite blogs going straight to my email.

          I’d love for you to stumble an article for me. How about this one:
          Thanks, Janice!

          • Janice Wald

            Hi Sue,
            I stumbled your link for you and added it to the group list. I do have your Email. I have some ideas for your guest post.

  5. Keith Lunt

    I used to blog a lot years ago and have recently started again and everything has changed! I’m going to follow your instructions for SumbleUpon and try that out. My whole blog is about experiments in blog traffic, so if it works I’ll be certain to credit you in return.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Keith,
      I am fascinated by your efforts. I have published several case studies on my blog. I even have a Pinterest board devoted to case studies I’ve written about. I was a sociology major, perhaps that explains my fascination.
      I know you said on my more recent post your intent to subscribe to my blog. Why don’t you join our StumbleUpon group and then you can write about whether my methods work first hand?

  6. Richard Schulte

    I once got about 2000 visits from Reddit on a single day! How? I had a post concerning San Diego Comic-Con shared on the comicon subreddit on the morning of the first day of the internationally important event. Sometimes using clever timing (while blogging about something that is SUPER popular) pays off!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Richard,
      Clever timing is right! Good for you! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing Reddit can work.

      • Richard Schulte

        Reddit can produce a surge of traffic, but people there are generally against self-promotion and overtly commercial sites, so tact is required.

        • Janice Wald

          Michael Rios is stumbling my links, and I find the Pinterest subReddit is not rejecting, but I have never gotten mass traffic from Reddit, but time is on my side! Michael also found a subreddit called Promote that accepts links.

          • Richard Schulte

            It depends on the subreddit, and how popular it is. If you can, try a subreddit which is pertinent to your blog topic. People checking out that subreddit are more likely to appreciate your contribution (and hopefully follow you or share), and less likely to consider you a spammer. Some subreddits receive massive traffic, others very little. I suspect any subreddit which exists for promotion of a blog is visited only by people interested in promoting their own blog. That’s the problem with many self-promotion schemes. Ideally, in my opinion, we bloggers should be trying to reach ordinary internet users who are specifically enthusiastic about our topic. One other suggestion–to avoid getting caught in the Reddit spam filter, share a lot of material that isn’t your own. You’ll be seen as an ordinary Reddit user, sharing pertinent stuff from many different sources.

  7. Alexandra

    Thank you so much for putting this together! I would love to be a part of this. I obviously would love to see my blog grow, but I also would love to help others grow as well!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Aleandra,
      It looks like I never responded to this. I am really grateful for your help in out StumbleUpon group. We are continuing to get new members!

  8. Kristen

    I’m curious if you are still seeing traffic? I’m in a stumble group and used to get 2-3K hits a day. Now I rarely see referrals. Are you stumbling your own links? Thanks!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kristen,
      Thank you for writing. You are in a StumbleUpon group?! I thought I made it up! Too funny! Someone in my group reported getting 2,000 hits within 24 hours of our group starting. Exciting! Today she has a lull. I have been stumbling others’ links for them all week, so I have yet to see hits in the thousands. However, there were many days in a row StumbleUpon was my leading source of traffic. Then, there were lulls, then there were spikes. That seems to be what people are reporting.
      I have learned to be patient with the lulls which never last more than two weeks in order to see spikes again. Thanks for writing and sharing other experiences.

    • Janice Wald

      PS. I don’t think I answered your question. When I do stumble my own link, I CONSTANTLY stumble other people’s links. I heard the ratio should be 30 of other people’s to 1 of my own, so I try for that. Since I started the group, I am not stumbling my own links.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kristen,
      I would be interested in seeing how the StumbleUpon group you are a part of is run, like do they have rules or parameters. Do you have a link to the group, so I can check it out. I might want to model mine that way. Thank you.

  9. Janelle

    I am definitely interested. New goals for today! Add more social media. Scary subject for me…

    Ill get over it I’m sure.

  10. Janice Wald

    Hi Janelle,
    I write many articles about social media. You will do just fine. You came to the right place. Thanks for writing. I did get notice you officially subscribed to my blog. Thank you!

  11. Tikeetha

    Great piece. I followed the steps and subscribed. I hope I’m doing this right because I can’t find the Stumble Upon Group.

  12. amommasview

    Just so I get it right: I don’t leave a link to my blog (or a post) here but a link to another post on another blog?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi AMommasView,
      Thanks for dropping by. I am sorry there is confusion. Here is the link to the StumbleUpon group page.
      We are all reporting getting mass traffic. People are sending screenshots showing. SU has been my leading traffic referrer since I started the group. However, I was hoping it was be my way of saying thank you to my followers, so I took the liberty of adding your Email to the subscribe box. If you activate your subscription, I’d be happy to add your links to StumbleUpon for you. It results in more traffic than if you leave the links yourself.

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  14. Kathleen

    Janice this post was a three way tie for the TOP SPOT on Fridays Blog Booster Party #30. It will be featured on Friday

    • Janice Wald

      Wow! Oh my! I am so flattered and excited! Thank you for telling me. It is my husband’s birthday, but I got the present! I am so excited! Thank you!

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  16. Heaven

    Hi, Janice. I would love to be a part of your Stumble Upon group. However, my blog is on blogger and from what I can tell, SU will not allow pages from blogspot on their site. They’ve marked all of them as spam. I can’t ever add my pages no matter how many other stumbles I make from other people. There is a huge discussion thread about it I only just discovered. It’s one of the many things I am discovering about blogger that I dislike and regret. Thought your readers should know. I’ll try to look into the Reddit group, though!

    • Janice Wald

      I will look into it too. I will ask on Quora! Let’s keep each other posted.

  17. Gilly Maddison

    Thanks for this Janice – much appreciated info. I know it’s not a good thing to do but I am neglecting my blog at the moment as I have so many competing demands. I think I may already be subscribed to your blog but will check. I need to get a Stumble account too. Hopefully I can get back to my blog before this lull I am having makes me lose interest completely!!!!!! Sometimes life just gets in the way. Thanks again for the article.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Steve,
      The timing of your comment was perfect! I am preparing a follow-up post this Sunday to the success of my StumbleUpon group. I received 1,000 page views from StumbleUpon on November 23, and I will be blogging about it this Sunday. I will include your testimonial and link back to your site. Thank you!
      Finishing Sunday’s post, and then I’ll stumble your link for you. Thanks again for the positive comments about my SU group. I’m glad you’re enjoying traffic from it.

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  19. Mark

    Thanks for sharing another awesome post Janice!

    I’m so glad I found your totally awesome blog,
    by way of Kelly Cannon’s blog.

    I sure hope at some point, will seriously consider, hosting
    some free or paid “how to” webinars on this subject and offer
    some type of paid hourly consulting/coaching on the back end.

    Because I would definitely be all in for that!LOL!

    Once again you’ve shared some totally awesome information!

    And I’ll learned a ton, in the little while I’ve studying at your blog!Thanks!

    And I’m joining your list now!LOL!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mark,
      Thank you so much for the kind words about my blog. I am truly flattered. I wanted to follow up with you about some of the suggestions you made about a paid webinar, so I took the liberty of sending you an Email. I look forward to further communication and furthering our connection that way.

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  21. Shalaria LeNoir

    StumbleUpon is definitely an amazing traffic resource. I’ve been using it even before coming across your post and it’s something a lot of bloggers underestimate.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Shalaria, Thank you for your comments on my StumbleUpon article. May I ask where you found the article? I always wonder.
      You won’t believe how timely your comments are. I am planning on writing about StumbleUpon again next week. I will use your comments and link to you. Thanks for writing.

      • Shalaria LeNoir

        I was actually scrolling through Google results while looking for some motivational blogging tips.

        Wow, thanks so much! I look forward to reading your new StumbleUpon article! I’m curious to know if there are some new “secrets” to this promotional method that maybe I’ve overlooked.

        • Janice Wald

          Thanks for letting me know you found me. I always wonder. Can I have your Twitter name so I can send you the article on Twitter since I’ll be quoting you? Thanks.

          • ShaShalaria LeNoirlaria LeNoir

            Glad I could help!

            Sure my Twitter handle is @BatchesOfBeauty

          • Janice Wald

            Thanks! I followed you there!

          • Janice Wald

            I hope you’ll follow back so we can stay in touch.

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