How to Make Blog Traffic Skyrocket with StumbleUpon

By: | May 26, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , |
Stumble Upon Can Help Increase Page Views

You can still use StumbleUpon to massively increase your blog traffic.

What a shock!

Talk about bad timing!

Within days of my guest author‘s April 21 guest post on how to use StumbleUpon to increase blog traffic, WordPress discontinued its StumbleUpon social sharing button.

No one saw that one coming.  Thinking there was a technical problem, I Googled the situation.

A hue and a cry had gone out.  Bring back our StumbleUpon sharing button, WordPress users cried.

Outrage is no longer necessary.  This post will explain how to not only add your posts to StumbleUpon, but how to get boatloads of referral traffic from it.

The Value of StumbleUpon

The first purpose involves you as the reader.

StumbleUpon is a content curation site.  You may have heard that fancy term before.  A curator collects items.

Content curation sites like StumbleUpon are bookmarking sites.  It is a place for you to collect articles you want to read later.  You can curate videos there too.

The next use is for you as the writer.  You want the 25 million users looking for content to find and read your posts.

I maintain that you will have an easier time getting referral traffic from StumbleUpon than search engines.

Your article’s graphic shows up at StumbleUpon, but it doesn’t on Google or other search engines.  Readers are attracted to the pictures.

How to Use StumbleUpon

Step 1: Go to and make an account.

Step 2: You will find yourself in settings.

Make sure you answer all the questions.  Do not skip any of them.  The more information you enter, the easier it will be for people to find your blog posts.

Step 3: Click “picture” and upload your avatar.  StumbleUpon is about community.  People want to feel they are building connections with real people.


#StumbleUpon can lead to increased #blog traffic.

This is StumbleUpon’s home screen.

When you made your account, you told StumbleUpon your interests, so it knows what they are.  As soon as you get to the home screen, the folks at StumbleUpon have already recommended pages for you to read.

Step 4: It’s like you are at a great big linky party.  Click on an article that interests you.

Since my interest is blogging, I clicked on this article about the dullest blog in the world.  I don’t want to have the dullest blog in the world, so I want to find out how to avoid that fate.

Will I be wasting my time with all this browsing?  The people at StumbleUpon have told me the article’s popularity.  Look at the red arrow.  Over 9,200 people liked this article, so I don’t feel I’d be wasting my time by reading it.

Step 5: You have three options.  You can dislike the article by clicking the thumbs down, you can like the article by clicking the thumbs up, or you can neither dislike nor like the article.  If you want to see more selections, click “Stumble.”  Stumble is synonymous with search.

Step 6: The plus sign at the bottom allows you to add the article to a list.  I add everything to lists.  It keeps me organized.  When I go to find the article later, I will know the topic.  In my mind, these lists are equivalent to my Pinterest boards.

Step 7: The dialogue bubble at the bottom allows you make comments on the article.  You certainly want to do that especially if it’s your own post, you want to explain the value of the article to others who might want to read it.

Step 8: The arrow allows you to share the article, but I have not found evidence that sharing an article leads to increased blog traffic for the writer.

There are other ways to search at StumbleUpon.

Step 9: When you are done searching for articles, search for people who are called Stumblers.

#StumbleUpon leads to #blog traffic.

Search for StumbleUpon’s users by clicking “Stumblers.”

I found an article that sounded intriguing, so I clicked on the author.

The screenshot shows he is active on StumbleUpon.  He has many followers and follows many others.

I want to show the people at StumbleUpon that I am a good community member, so I will follow who he follows and who follows him.  His description says his niche is blogging, so I will find like-minded bloggers this way.

There is another way I know he is active–his “DNA” is green, which is a good color in terms of activity.

The “DNA” colors show the types of articles he writes.

How will this searching bring traffic to your site?

You are hoping that the people you follow will follow you back.  If they do, they might “like” your article which will increase your visibility.

This article is explaining proven methods.  How do I know?  I tested these methods and proved them myself!

A blogger who knew I was interested in gaining more referral traffic from StumbleUpon liked my posts.  Within the day, I saw a jump in my StumbleUpon referral traffic on my stats page!

StumbleUpon Strategy

1. Do NOT put all your posts on StumbleUpon.  Your goal is to build a community of followers who will like and share your work with others.  This will increase your posts’ visibility, and you will get more referral traffic.

If you put all your pages there, you will look like a spammer, a self-promoter, and not a community member.

My post Blog Growth Hack: A Cheat Sheet for Getting Followers advised you to have a “blogging buddy,” so you could reblog each other’s posts and get new eyes, each other’s audiences, on your blog.

Do not, under threat of penalty, follow that advice on StumbleUpon!

What is the penalty?  You won’t get traffic from the site.

2. You should follow the 10:1 ratio.  If you want to look like a member of the StumbleUpon community and not like someone out to promote their blog, you need to add ten other pages to StumbleUpon for each one of your own posts.

3. Where should you find the ten?  Ask ten of your best blogging buddies to conspire with you?

Again, I say no.  The folks over at StumbleUpon are just too smart for that.  They will see through you and invoke their dreaded penalty–no traffic.

4. I know where you can find ten different bloggers to promote each time you go into StumbleUpon to add one of your own posts.  You see, I know their hangout.

Are you ready?   It’s Pinterest.

Pinterest is also a content curation site, a bookmarking site.

Go to Pinterest.  Click the graphic of the article you want to stumble, and it will take you to the blog.  Copy the URL, go to StumbleUpon, and “Add page”.

Use #StumbeUpon to increase #blog traffic and as a content bookmarking site.

Add other pages as well as your own to StumbleUpon.


This is also the way you will add your own blog posts.  I actually prefer this method to clicking the WordPress share button.

Previously, I just clicked the StumbleUpon button.  Now, I am able to tag and categorize my post and make comments to increase its chances of visibility.

This is also the way you will add your own posts, your best posts, but only one for every ten others that you put on the site.

In conclusion, my guest author Jordan Dumer received 40,000 page views referred from StumbleUpon.  You can too, if you follow the tips in this post. So, what are you waiting for?  Go stumble!

If you feel others could benefit from using StumbleUpon as either a bookmarking site or a way to send massive traffic to their blogs, please share.

Readers, do you self-host?  If yes, have you been consistently stumbling your posts?  Others posts?  Has it resulted in more traffic for your blog?  I look forward to your views.

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  1. kezysblog

    Great article! I knew nothing about StumbleUpon until now. Will try it out. Thank you.

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you for the compliments about my post. Are you a member of Pinterest? Can you go there to get the 10 other articles?

      • kezysblog

        Yes I have Pinterest, not sure how to link the ten articles from there to StumbleUpon

        • Janice Wald

          1. Click the article, you will end up at the blog site. Copy the URL. Go to StumbleUpon. Click “Add Page”, and add it.
          2. This Sunday I have an easier way to stumble other people’s articles. Watch for my post to come out!

          • kezysblog

            That’s great. Thank you!

  2. Elle Knowles

    I made a stumble upon account when I read your first article about it. This now tells me just what to do to get the ball rolling Janice. Hoping to put it into working order this week! ~Elle

    • Janice Wald

      Glad I could help. Let me know if you start getting traffic from it.

  3. etak

    i WANT to login or sign up to stumble upon, however i find it difficult when the login site NEVER works 🙁 its the only reason i cant get in on this awesome stuff 🙁

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Etak,
      Thank you for writing. I had the same trouble! I played around with my username; it is my first and last name together without a space. After that I was able to log in. I hope that helps. Let me know if that works for you.

  4. Kristi

    I’m so happy I subscribed to your blog… I really enjoy your posts. Thank you for sharing! I hope to put this to work and connect with others this week 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kristi,
      Thank you for your kind words about my blog. I took the liberty of putting your comments on my About Me page under testimonials. I linked back to your site.
      Good luck stumbling. I actually have a follow up post planned for this Sunday on StumbleUpon.

    • Janice Wald

      I just wanted to thank you again for the reblog. My readership grew as a result, so I appreciate it.

      • irtfyblog

        You are so welcome! glad to help another blogger. Keep up the good work!

  5. LadyPinkRose

    Sounds like a really good way to get more traffic to a blog. Yet this is my dilemma. I have a life, a very busy one, and the time I put into WP alone is at times hours a day. I just don’t have it to give to give more time to another source, even if that means my stats will increase. I do thank you for this information, for those who do have the time to network their blogs. Love, Amy <3

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Amy,
      I wrote you at I Refuse…’s site, so I hope you got my message.
      This Sunday I have a post coming out about Viral Buzz Content that makes it very easy to stumble others’ articles.
      By the way, I have many posts like that about how to save time blogging. I added you to my mailing list I send out once a week, so you are kept apprised of my posts.
      Nice meeting you this week. I owe IRTFYB.

      • LadyPinkRose

        Janice, I didn’t get the response from IFTFYB’s site. Or if I did, I missed it. I look forward to your coming post about how to save time blogging. If you can show me how to make things easier, I am all ears. Since my following has gotten so hugs, trying to keep up has been a monumental task. As it is I’ve cut way back on leaving comments on other blogs compared to what I used to do. I’ve been closing comments on my blog on certain posts. To be involved in photography as I am and to write the wisdom sayings as I do, and to carry on a busy life and blog …. some days I don’t know how to continue. It would be so nice to have a manager to promote my work. Seeing I don’t, I’ve been doing the best I know how to. I really appreciate any help you can give me. With Love, Amy <3

  6. Trudy

    Hi Janice! I have to rework my stumbleupon account because it was done way before there was a blogging thought in my mind. I hope that I can report with better results.

    • Janice Wald

      I have gotten StumbleUpon traffic daily since using it religiously, and my search engine traffic is significantly up. Jordan reported this as well.

      • Trudy

        I just found the “weblog” interest today, I don’t know a lot of bloggers to follow that I am interested in on stumbleupon. I tried to search for you and didn’t get any results.

  7. olganm

    I must confess to spending very little time in Stumble Upon although sharing things there if I remember, that I guess it’s the wrong way. Then again, there’s only so many places one can be in.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Olga,
      Nice to hear from you. I believe I have seen your avatar around the Blogosphere at times. If you share others’ things, and then your own, it’s the “right” way.
      Thanks for writing.

  8. john doe

    How is it possible for your guest author to have received 40,000 hits from one social media outlet

  9. purpleslobinrecovery

    Janice, I was curious about Stumble, thanks for filling me in. Just like LadyPinkRose, I feel like I’m already stretched. But, it’s good to know your articles are always here when I’m ready to add something. I gotta get those hyperlinks done!! 😉

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Melinda,
      I have a follow-up post planned for this Sunday about how to expedite the stumbling. Then decide if you have time for it or need to bookmark it for now.

  10. Trudy

    I went back to my stumbleupon account and started following you. BTW the DNA doesn’t apply to your activity on the site it applies to your interests and how to decide if you want to follow someone, if they have similar DNA colors as you do which means you have similar interests, you’ll have more things in common. For example green is about finances and business, light blue is art, dark blue is health and so on. Your number of likes will give you a clue to activity, the higher the number the more active the stumbler is.

    • Janice Wald

      I will have to go back and look at it again, but thanks for clarifying. The man in my screenshot had a DNA of 55%. What does that mean?? Thanks!

      • Trudy

        The percentage was to that topic of green (I believe that’s business) so he mainly stumbles and likes business topics at 55% of his interest, compared to his other interests which would be represented as smaller slivers of color on his DNA.

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks for following me. I will follow you the next time I go in there. You will be easier to find now.

  11. bossblogzilla

    I haven’t been active in Stumble Upon since I joined. I’ve been focusing on another couple of areas but someone else mentioned it recently as well so I must get back in there and have a proper look around. Thanks for the prompt!

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you for visiting my site. I am actually working on a post that explains a way to expedite the stumbling of articles on StumbleUpon. I will post it here when I’m done so you can see it.
      Thanks again for the visit. Nice to meet you.

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  13. Janice Wald

    How to get your articles on StumbleUpon faster is explained in my new blog post. You won’t have to go into Pinterest or even StumbleUpon! Here is the link

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sherry!
      Thank you for visiting my site and the nice words about my article. An update: The article mentioned stumbling 10 other articles for each of yours. I found a way to expedite that–no longer needed as I explain in my recent post. Here is the link
      By the way, I have many articles like this that I publish 3 times a week. If you’d like me to add you to my mailing list, send me your Email. Thanks again for stopping by, reading what I wrote, and writing me.

  14. momssmallvictories

    I need to use Stumble upon more consistently. It did bring my site a huge spike in traffic one day which was awesome! Thanks for the tips. Pinning to my Blogging tips board. Stopping by from SITS Blogging.

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  16. Sadia

    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday! The irony of discontinuing the functionality just as you wrote about it!

    • Janice Wald

      My pleasure. Happy to help. Thank you once again for your interest.

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  18. Janice Wald

    Thank you Carolann. Do you get referral traffic from StumbleUpon??

  19. Brittanie

    I love SU! I get great traffic from there. Thanks for sharing this at the #HomeMattersParty. Hope to see you link up at the next party (tomorrow).

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    • Janice Wald

      I’m glad I inspired you! Thanks for writing and letting me know.
      After getting your comment on this post, I tried to follow you on StumbleUpon, but I couldn’t find you. What name are you on StumbleUpon? Perhaps you can follow me, Janice Wald, and I can follow you back. If we like each other’s articles, our own will rise in visibility.

      • D. Wallace Peach

        I’m still trying to figure out how StumbleUpon works. Nothing in the entire world is “intuitive” to me (ha ha). I’ll find a tutorial this weekend and definitely follow!

      • D. Wallace Peach

        I played on it this morning, but still don’t really know how it works. Nothing in the entire world is “intuitive” to me (ha ha). I’ll watch a tutorial this weekend, and will definitely follow once I figure out how.

  21. Carol Graham

    I have been spaming StumbleUpon because I did not know how to use it. THANK YOU for the clear explanation. Now I can interact and build a community. Had no idea — you are so helpful!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Carol,
      1. I am sorry, but I do not understand what you mean by “spamming” in this context. How can you spam StumbleUpon?
      2. I was excited to hear that you are on StumbleUpon. Do you remember Marry Burris? We liked each other’s posts. I would like to do the same for you. However, I could not find you at StumbleUpon under Carol Graham; I looked. What name are you under there? Thanks! Janice

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  24. Kathleen

    Janice, I really appreciate this post. I have been trying to understand SU and I am not getting very far with it. I will go back over this and see where I need to do stuff.

    • Janice Wald

      Happy to help Kathleen, as always. Look me up at StumbleUpon. Let’s stumble each other’s links. It resulted in great traffic for me before I changed sites.

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  29. Pamela Izunwanne Jacobs, PhD

    This is a great blog. You are a real inspiration. I am just starting out and it is great to find down to earth individuals like you who are willing to share their knowledge and help people like me. I am trying to get on the StumbleUpon platform.

  30. Cook & Enjoy

    Thank you for all your help – I hope I have done this as it should be. I have already Stumbled you, but will also leave you a link here to stumble on my behalf.
    Thanks and if I missed anything, please let me know.
    You’re an absolute super star.

  31. Zlatko

    Just registered to StumbleUpon. This is your first tip, that I’m putting to use. Thanks

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Zlatko,
      Thank you for writing to let me know. What is your StumbleUpon name? I will look you up over there and we can connect there.
      Thank you so much for the follow.

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  33. Godson Rapture

    Thanks very much for this.

    I have made so many mistakes which I need to correct right now.

    ~Godson Rapture

    • Janice Wald

      My pleasure! May I ask where you found the article? I always wonder. Thank you for writing me.

      • Godson Rapture Chijioke

        From Emenike guest post on your blog.

        I must say that you have a great blog.

        Keep up the good work.


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