How to Quickly Boost StumbleUpon Traffic: The Latest

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StumbleUpon trafficHave you been able to generate StumbleUpon traffic?

StumbleUpon.com has been around since 2001*.

After so many years, you might wonder if it’s a viable source of blog traffic.

The answer: absolutely!

Consider this an update to my post How to Quickly Boost Blog Traffic from StumbleUpon, 7 Ways.

I have exciting information to report.

Blogger Gary Jefferies receives three hundred page views from StumbleUpon per day when he follows the methods described in this post!

I interviewed Gary about his methods. This post will tell you the strategy he revealed.

After reading this post, you’ll be able to replicate his methods so you can get 300 page views a day from Stumble Upon as well.

How to Generate Triple-Digit StumbleUpon Traffic

StumbleUpon traffic can be yours

Screenshot Courtesy of Gary Jefferies.

As you can see from this screenshot that Gary provided, he received 427 page views from StumbleUpon in one day.

Gary’s methods:

Share your posts

StumbleUpon Traffic

1. Once you are on the page you want to share, go to the SHARE button to the right of the thumbs up at the top of the screen.

It will drop down giving several choices, the bottom one of which is to share to StumbleUpon users.

How to generate StumbleUpon traffic

2. Click on that and it will open two windows; on the left will be a list of your followers and on the right will be where you can comment if you don’t want the default text.

Just click on the tick boxes next to the people you want to send it to (one or several or all of them). Once one is ticked, the green SEND icon will light up.

When you are ready, hit that, and it will send to the ticked followers who will see it in their notifications (top right drop down menu where your avatar lives).

3. From the list of your OWN likes, go to your profile, and you should get all the pages you have liked or added and BELOW each there are three icons: SHARE, ADD TO LIST, and DELETE.

How to increase StumbleUpon traffic

The left one is Share and hitting that will take you to the same page options listed above. It’s quicker this way if you want to do your stuff (the best way is to put your own pages into a list of their own and go from there); otherwise, you have to hunt through all your liked pages.

Do Not find people to share your posts with this way:

According to Gary:

Finding people is now a nightmare.

One un-useful method is to go to your profile page and click on either FOLLOWING or FOLLOWERS at the top, and the bit at the top where it says ADD PAGE will change to ADD STUMBLERS; unfortunately, that just throws up a recommended list of people designated as TOP STUMBLERS.

The only other method I’ve found is to go into your SETTINGS and click on CONNECTIONS; that lets you connect to Twitter, Facebook, and Google and runs off to see who is on StumbleUpon to connect with.

I’ve not found a way yet to directly search for a specific person on the dashboard. I found you (Janice, the admin blogger) by Googling and sticking StumbleUpon with the search text. If there is a way, it’s not intuitive as yet!

Caveat: There is there is a limit to followers per day and a cap of 600 people you can follow in total unless that has been updated*.

Use Facebook Groups

The only method I’m doing regarding StumbleUpon traffic is from the Facebook group [Big Up Your Blog]. I stumble frequently from there and from blogs I visit.

Like you said in one of your posts about StumbleUpon, the co-ordinated approach with reciprocation does bring your posts up the stumble rankings so more people see it.

I’m not getting 300 per day unless I spend a lot of time networking at present. The spikes definitely occur during the social media events in the group so it does back up what you said about collaboration.

Engage, engage, engage

Gary continued:

That was one day. It coincides with me spending a week on StumbleUpon stumbling posts and adding content. I’ve not spent that amount of time on it since.

I guess that shows StumbleUpon is responsive to engagement there. I’m not 100% sure, but I think content exposure is linked to interaction. I can’t think of any other reason that spike would occur.

Granted, the Big Up Your Blog group was throwing things at it, but back then StumbleUpon was not as big in the group as it is now. The only proof of point would be to replicate the time factor again. I fully intended to do that, but views weren’t converting to blog interaction. I can’t discount new follows as potentially from there though.

My StumbleUpon Traffic

Do I still get StumbleUpon traffic? Of course!

How to get traffic from StumbleUpon to your blog

These are my stats from Google Analytics for the week of August 13. Look at my 3rd and 5th best traffic referrers. In one week, combined, StumbleUpon consisted of almost 12% of my blog traffic.

StumbleUpon Groups

It’s been two years since I started our StumbleUpon group at Mostly Blogging with Michael Rios.

I’m happy to report the group is still growing strong.

We have a StumbleUpon group that’s one of the subcommunities of Mostly Blogging.

In his interview, Gary indicated he has a group who stumbles his links, and in return, he stumbles their links. We have a StumbleUpon group here.

We stumble each other’s links which I add to a group directory of links.

The reason we have the group and stumble each other’s links instead of our own relates to how to use StumbleUpon to increase your blog traffic.

The powers that be over at StumbleUpon prefer you curate other people’s content instead of your own content. Your reward for sharing is increased blog traffic to your own site.

This is why having a StumbleUpon button is so important. It gives people a chance to stumble your links and gives you the potential for massive blog traffic. Here are instructions for installing a StumbleUpon sharing button on your site.

There are several ways to increase your potential for massive blog traffic from StumbleUpon:

  • Stumble people’s links you find in my StumbleUpon group.
  • Stumble people’s links from their blog posts with their StumbleUpon sharing buttons.
  • Stumble people’s links you find in Facebook groups. StumbleUpon sharing groups exist on Facebook.
  • Stumble links at StumbleUpon.com.

Note: Gary reported to me he clicks the Stumble button a few times after stumbling people’s links. StumbleUpon likes active users.

Other Testimonials About the Power of StumbleUpon

On the day you stumbled my link, I got lots of traffic from it. ~ from Effi Lind

These steps are actually working very well, and I have an enormous amount of traffic from StumbleUpon. As a newbie to blogging, I’m so struggling to get initiative traffic from search results and keyword rankings. But this is a very good alternative way. It is actually working and I have made my first income from the blog. Please, guys, don’t miss steps to unlimited traffic from StumbleUpon and earn money from your blog. Just try these steps to be happy with blogging. ~ from Arun Kumar

Conclusion

Readers, please share so other bloggers learn Gary’s tips for generating StumbleUpon traffic and reap the benefits of blog traffic like so many of us do.

What are your experiences? I look forward to your views in the comments section. Do you have any tips you can recommend for generating StumbleUpon traffic?

Read

9 Proven Ways to Skyrocket Your Traffic offers a case study of a blogger who receives 40,000 page views from StumbleUpon each year.

Sources

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StumbleUpon.com**

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  1. Gary Jefferies at 8:16 am

    Awesome post Janice and thank you for using my experience with SU for driving traffic. I’ve seen posts elsewhere that corroborate traffic with engagement on that site. I believe it’s not that different in concept to other social media. The more you use, the better the rewards. Obviously users have to balance time when juggling multiple social media accounts.

    A more familiar comparison might be Pinterest. If you don’t use it or slack off the referrals begin to tail off. If you treat SU the same way then results over time will reflect net contribution inwards against traffic to your blog. I am hoping to put solid data to that next year by trying to replicate the peak traffic over a month. Will get back to you when I have it.

    In the meantime I will try and engage your group more too now I have a bit of a handle on SU. This time last year I was looking at the dashboard with that vacant stare of “What the heck is this?” I still feel the dashboard itself is not naturally intuitive which might be putting people off using it effectively.
    Gary Jefferies recently posted…NaNoWriMo, Presenting the WIPMy Profile

    • Janice Wald at 10:14 am

      Hi Arun,
      I was happy to share your thoughts and link to you. Thanks for providing the inspiration for the testimonial with your quote. Thanks as well for your comments.
      Janice

  2. Donna Merrill at 11:57 am

    Hi Janice and Gary,

    Thanks for these tips. I Stumble my blog all the time and others too. I sometimes go on Stumble and check out some interesting articles whereby I stumble and share. I have no rhyme or reason, but now I do.

    I once had over 500 shares with one of my blog posts. I didn’t know why. I was using Stumble like chum in the water. Now I can have a pole, bait and fish more exactly.

    Thanks so much Gary…I needed this.

    -Donna
    Donna Merrill recently posted…How To Be A Genuine Blogger Who People LoveMy Profile

    • Gary Jefferies at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Donna,

      I’ve been trying to figure out SU ever since Janice put me onto it last year. A lot of it was trial and error until I started looking at lag time before referrals started to appear. Before then I was doing exactly what you said…dipping in and out with no rhyme or reason. Initial discussions on her previous post lead me to treating it a bit like Pinterest. Little and often, share across social media, like stumbles, refer outside posts to SU, engage…but do it regularly.

      I tested that hypothesis out a month ago and stopped stumbling. Traffic melted after the first week. I’m og the opinion their algorithms shunt you up the more you use it and knock you back heavily if you don’t. I think with the latter it assumes your reason for being there is to self promote and its ambition is to cross promote. Do that and you get a foot in the door, so to speak.

      Hope it helps you 😊
      Gary Jefferies recently posted…NaNoWriMo, Presenting the WIPMy Profile

        • Gary Jefferies at 1:02 pm

          That made me chuckle Janice! My proof of point is not using it for a while and watching traffic referrals dip dramatically. I find there is a few days lag before it kicks in. I’d like to try and quantify this empirical data shortly. Alas NaNoWriMo is going to put that on hold until the New Year now!
          Gary Jefferies recently posted…Author Spotlight; Janice WaldMy Profile

    • Janice Wald at 12:56 pm

      Hi Gaurav,
      I saw your headline. Since I’m a solo blogger, that’s great news for me!
      In response to your comments: Yes, every social media site seems to have weaved into their design you don’t get help unless you help others. I have also been getting StumbleUpon traffic for years. Thanks for writing.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald at 12:58 pm

      Hi Handbags?
      I’d have to agree with you. If our posts get lots of page views which SU gives, Google smiles on that as quality posts and rewards us with organic traffic.
      Janice

  3. Hugh Roberts at 9:10 am

    I agree with what Gaurav has said. The more you use StumbleUpon, the more it seems to generate traffic to your blog. It’s such a shame that there is no facility to find other people on the site. Flipboard is much the same in that sense, in that you have to hunt other users by checking out the profiles of those who already follow you.

    Janice – not sure if it’s just me, but your ‘like’ button is not loading on your blog posts. All I keep seeing is ‘loading’ where the like button should be. Hence, I can’t ‘like’ this post. 😫

    • Janice Wald at 10:17 am

      Hi Hugh,
      May I ask if you were signed into WordPress? Anyone can comment, but only WordPress lets WordPress users “like.”
      In response to your comments, I agree with everything you’ve written.
      The advantage of using StumbleUpon: StumbleUpon is easy to use and has the potential for mass traffic. The disadvantage is finding followers is frustrating.
      Janice

  4. Leanne at 8:05 pm

    SU is my biggest consistent referrer – I sometimes have bursts from other social media, but SU is by far the easiest and most regular tool I use. I have a button for it on Chrome and hit that for each blog that I read and it is done in seconds. Who knows what would happen if I invested the same amount of time Gary does? I’ll probably never know – but it’s interesting to see the techniques that work for other bloggers.

  5. Herlina Kwee at 9:40 pm

    This is a great reference article. I am still new with stumble upon. I have only used it to share people’s posts when I am participating of FB threads and add a couple of my own posts. I have heard that you will eventually get banned from SU even if you’re doing things the right way (being active on there, stumbling others, etc.). I have noticed some good amount of traffics coming in from SU on my posts. It’s definitely something that I will look into more.

  6. Sigrid Chu at 8:22 am

    Hello Janice,

    Thank you for your post and for sharing Gary’s experience. You have provided great insight on StumbleUpon. I have been using SU a lot recently but I have to admit I am almost ready to throw the towel. With what I’ve read so far and based on the information from your post, patience must really be a virtue in SU’s case.

    I am looking forward to reading more of your blog!

    Regards,
    Sigrid
    Sigrid Chu recently posted…Discovering the Real Meaning of LoveMy Profile

  7. Susan Velez at 3:57 am

    Hi Janice,

    I used to use StumbleUpon to help me drive traffic to my blog. However, I haven’t used it for a while. After using it for awhile, I realized that my bounce rate from StumbleUpon was terrible.

    It just wasn’t worth my time to focus on that traffic method when people were just bouncing off of my blog quickly.

    However, to tell you the truth, I didn’t really have a strategy in place. After reading Gary’s strategy, it’s pretty amazing that he was getting 300 visitors per day.

    Maybe, I’ll have to go back to giving it another shot in the near future.

    Thanks for sharing this strategy with us.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

  8. JoeHx at 12:59 pm

    Very good advice with joining Facebook groups and doing the mutual stumbles.

    The downside to stumbleupon is that while it can get you more visits, it will also increase your bounce rate. That’s just the nature of stumbleupon, it’s meant for people to quickly stumble from one website to another. But all in all, it’s still totally worth it.

  9. Himadri Saha at 7:13 pm

    StumbleUpon does not exist anymore. The new successor is Mix. I have written a nice step by step article in my blog. You can have a look at it to drive more traffic to your blog.

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