This is the Way to See Staggeringly High Blog Traffic– StumbleUpon

By: | December 6, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

StumbleUpon brings massive #blog traffic.Do you know how to get staggeringly high blog traffic?

On October 28, I announced the way to get dramatically high blog traffic was through StumbleUpon.

I published an article announcing I was starting a StumbleUpon group so that subscribers to my blog and myself could all experience staggeringly high blog traffic.

This post will prove through screenshots and testimonials that StumbleUpon is indeed the way to get staggeringly high blog traffic and answer the many questions that have come up about how to use this social media site.

People expressed skepticism of my plan.

Michael Rios observed, I have been noticing that StumbleUpon creates the most views on a certain interest…

Keith Lunt, a researcher from 13 Week Challenge, published an article reporting his observations that StumbleUpon resulted in only lukewarm results.

However. numbers don’t lie. They speak for themselves.

Proof that StumbleUpon Results in Shockingly High Page Views

Do you like data-drive blog posts? This post is driven by data.

1. My Experience:

StumbleUpon does result in mass traffic for #bloggers.

The screenshot shows that I received 1,000 page views from StumbleUpon on November 23.

On November 23, I received 1,000 hits from StumbleUpon. As you can see, eleven people were in the StumbleUpon group that day stumbling links.

As my post How to Make 1,406 People Look at Your Site in 1 Day explains, many people wrote me the day before on November 22 to let me know they had stumbled my link to 71 Awesome Tips That Will Make Your Blog Successful. As you can see, the post received 1,103 page views that day.

There are additional screenshots showing the success of the StumbleUpon group.

StumbleUpon results in massive blog traffic.

I started the StumbleUpon group a month and a half ago. As this screenshot shows, StumbleUpon has been my leading traffic referrer for the last month, way above Facebook, the next highest social media site that refers traffic to my blog.

StumbleUpon produces mass traffic

Screenshot provided courtesy of Sue Coletta.

Sue Coletta stumbled the link to my 71 Awesome Tips that Will Make Your Blog Successful article. Therefore, StumbleUpon sent her this screenshot. It shows that my article received 1,730 page views from StumbleUpon.

Staggeringly high blog traffic? I think so.

StumbleUpon gets mass traffic to blogs.

I experienced my highest page views from StumbleUpon.


2. Joan Kerrigan‘s Experience:

StumbleUpon results in massive blog traffic

Screenshot provided courtesy of Joan Kerrigan.

I stumbled Joan Kerrigan‘s link for her after she joined my StumbleUpon group. Notice how her traffic started to significantly rise on November 6, peaking on November 7.

3. Steve‘s Experience:

Hi Janice! Thanks so much for sharing my recent post on StumbleUpon. I have had so much traffic and engagement from it – it’s awesome… Thanks so much – this is a fab service!

4. TheSavvyAge‘s Experience:

…yesterday a blog post was stumbled, and I saw 200 views in a few hours.

5. Daniela Apostol‘s Experience:

SU really works, I got over 200 views through them the other day…

6. LeggyPeggy‘s Experience:

Jordan Dumer, who also experienced massive traffic from StumbleUpon, reported a connection between StumbleUpon and high search engine traffic.

According to Leggy Peggy [as reported on Michael Rios’s blog], The one Janice stumbled drew 11 hits over four days. On one of those days, I had 214 visits from search engines.

7. Jordan Dumer’s Experience:

Jordan reports getting 40,000 page views from StumbleUpon in less than a year. He recounts his experiences in 9 Proven Ways to Skyrocket Your Traffic.

Questions and Answers About StumbleUpon

[bctt tweet=”Now you know StumbleUpon really does result in massive blog traffic.”]

These screenshots prove that StumbleUpon really does result in massive blog traffic, but you can’t use the site if you don’t know how.

These are some of the questions I’ve received since starting the group. My answers are in bold.

1. Will we get in trouble if we add other’s links to SU? Will we get banned?

No, not at all. StumbleUpon wants you to add other people’s pages to their site.

2. The problem for me is I can’t seem to figure out how to find people… I don’t know how to visit others, or attract others to my page. Advice please?

Once you are following someone, it is easy to find them. You go to your Followers list and click their name. Otherwise, SU is used for searching interests so that you find articles. Think of SU like a card catalog in the library. You search to find a book. With SU, you search to find an article to read. How to attract others to your page? Follow like-minded bloggers, and they will follow you back.

You can also click Follow Friends to invite people not on SU.

3. When I add a page to StumbleUpon, is it okay to add it just to a list on my profile, or do I have to share it, or add to the website? I am kind of confused how it works.

You don’t have to share the link. You don’t even have to add it to a list, although your articles will be more organized and easier to find again that way.

4. Can you participate without a SU account?

Yes. Leave as many links in the StumbleUpon group as you like! You can get traffic from SU without an account, but you won’t be able to reciprocate and stumble other people’s links without an account.

5. Thanks Janice! Right now I’ve only been getting 1 or 2 hits a day from StumbleUpon :-/ Not sure if I’m doing something wrong on my end. Hoping it goes up in the future!

I believe the outcome relates to several factors.
1. The day of the week.
2. I find the more I stumble, the better my own links do. 
3. People report peaks and valleys; if you are in a valley, I predict a peak is coming.

6. If I click stumble after I add their page – it does not stumble their page but another page.

I can stumble my likes at random.
How do I like a page when I am on it in SU?

There are two ways to like a page when you are on SU:
1. If you copy a link, click Add a Page, then paste a link, it will go to your likes.
2. If a page is already on SU, and you click the thumb up, it will go to your likes.

7. On SU how do you categorize blogging-related posts?

Click the plus sign. That will bring up a  menu of your lists. Click the one you want to add the link to. If you don’t have that list yet, you’ll be able to type the name of a new list.

8.  I see this on my referral traffic. What does it mean?

It means someone added that post of yours to SU.

9. I’ve just looked at StumbleUpon for the first time since joining it, and realized I still don’t know how to use it, or create a new page to share others’ links.

Just click “Add a Page” when you get there and paste a link.


According to Joan Kerrigan:

I’ve been keeping up with SU and find that the increase in views is very dependent on the group staying active in stumbling.

I responded that I agreed with Joan. You will get traffic both from stumbling as well as being stumbled. Like with many things, you get out of it what you put in.


Keith, the researcher who has been studying our group, reports mixed results*. However, as much as I respect Keith, numbers don’t lie. Is my StumbleUpon group a success? Does the content curation site result in mass traffic? 1,000 page views? The answer is definitely yes. StumbleUpon does effectively send mass traffic to your blog.

Readers, please share, so that other bloggers and site creators discover the power of StumbleUpon.

Can you think of any other social media sites that send that kind of traffic to your blog? Which social media site currently sends you the most referral traffic? I look forward to your views.

If you are subscribed to this blog, and you would like to be added to the StumbleUpon group, put your links you’d like me and the group members to stumble in the comments section.

Related Posts and Pages:

StumbleUpon Group

9 Ways to Protect Yourself From Gambling With Your Blog

How to Dramatically Increase Your Blog Traffic [2 Ways]

How to Make Blog Traffic Skyrocket with StumbleUpon

Is StumbleUpon Traffic Worth the Effort?*

Stumbling Along With StumbleUpon

Top 8 Social Networking Sites To Promote Blogs


  1. Mabel Kwong

    I am amazed at how well you use social media and various social platforms to promote your blog and your passion to help others succeed, Janice. Thank you for sharing your blogging tips with us. I’ve never given much thought to StumbleUpon, but now I will after reading this post. It’s all about sharing and making connections when it comes to sharing your work and getting the word about it out there. I suppose the hard part is starting and finding likeminded others on a certain platform. It might take time, but it can be time worth investing in.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mabel,
      Thank you so much for your interest in StumbleUpon and your comments on my article.
      Thank you as well for the kind words about my passion for using social media to promote my blog and help others do the same.
      I agree with what you wrote about finding like-minded bloggers, but yes, that does increase over time as you find more people.

  2. Rebecca

    thanks! How do I join the group? I have no clue how this works but willing to try!

  3. Janelle McCoy

    Stumbleupon still isn’t working for me. I even started adding my own since no one seems to be adding my links. I seen an increase in views but it didn’t say stumbupon.
    What am i doing wrong?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Janelle,
      On 11/5
      I stumbled for you, so your link was added.
      Question: have you stumbled other people’s links?
      Before I started the group, I wanted to get traffic from StumbleUpon. I heard if you add your own link (which you say you’ve done) and still want traffic, you have to stumble THIRTY of other people’s links.
      Go into StumbleUpon, and hit the Stumble button thirty times. Do it while you’re watching TV or something.
      This article says that you get out what you put in. The people experiencing success stumble other people’s links as well as have their links stumbled by me.
      There is a long list here of people who want their links stumbled. Copy paste 30 URL’s into the Add a Page box.
      It seems if you want traffic, especially if you are adding your own links, you need to stumble other people’s links.
      I’m sorry you are frustrated.

  4. John Doe

    Another great SU post. If I am understanding you correctly,the order to join your SU group is,
    1. Follow your blog
    2. Activate the email to confirm that one is following your blog
    3. Add your links in the comments section in any post on your Blogg????????
    4. Then you will add the person to your SU group.
    5. Wait for all the new traffic to come to your site.

    Is this the correct order??????????

    After one follows your blog, why does one have to activate or verify the email confirming they are following mostly

    • Janice Wald

      Hi John,
      Yes, that’s correct. I don’t know. Maybe WordPress wants to make sure you didn’t hit subscribe by accident, so you have to activate your link.

  5. Brenda Pace

    Hi Janice!

    These stats are fantastic! I knew Stumbleupon could drive an abundance of traffic to your site, but I had some embed the bounce rate factor into my head. Does bounce rate even matter anymore? I’m going to say, for the New Year, Nope! I’m going to keep pushing others to SU, as I have been doing. I love when the proof is right in your face. Definitely can make one change their mind and start utilizing SU more.

    Thanks for sharing! I hope you’re having a fab weekend!


    • Janice Wald

      Hi Brenda,
      Let’s talk stats again.
      Yesterday, 125 visitors came to my blog. I had a Meet and Greet which would mean the guests are leaving my blog to go check out other people’s blogs.
      However, I had far more than 3 times the page views yesterday which would mean the average person went to two other posts on my site.
      Does that make sense?

    • Janice Wald

      Hey Trudy,
      You are the best! Thank you! Again, I’m always happy to return the favor.

      • Trudy

        Sure, a post will post later this morning and I will reply with it then .Thank you!

  6. Jeanette Hall

    Been using the site daily for a LONG time. Don’t remember when or why I started posting my blog updates there, just did.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jeanette,
      Great to hear from you today. Do you get traffic from SU considering you’re stumbling your own links? Do you stumble many others?

  7. Clive

    I did some tests years ago and got the same results, however, all the results resulted in visits but not a lot of sign ups. It can generate a ton of visits, yes, absolutely but the quantity does not mean you get quality

    • Janice Wald

      Aren’t those the usual results from organic traffic? People go to SU to look for articles to get information, not new blogs to follow.
      What are your goals? Advertisers would be interested since I can get 1,406 people to my site in one day
      I have other articles that explain how to get new subscribers. Thanks for the visit.

      • Clive

        Odd to say that people do not go to SU looking for blogs to follow as a reason why subscribe results are low. Who clicks on links in any platform looking for blogs to follow? They want info. I don’t think I am the only one to conclude that bookmarking sites produce high traffic paid or organic but often lower engagement compared to other platforms. I am talking about engagement actions, not just sign up.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Melinda,
      I am glad you are impressed with my screenshots showing the stats.
      By the way, I see your headline. What is Publix? A store? Clothing?
      Thanks for coming BBFF Melinda,
      Your BBFF me.

  8. SloWord

    What do I do with plain old reciprocal traffic? Even if people leave a ‘nice post’ comment, I find that next to useless. The problem with reciprocal traffic is that it is fleeting and temporary and does not offer any real engagement since the parties are basically just hoping for that reciprocal backscratch.

    I get the fact that as you increase the numbers of visitors, you also increase your chances of improving engagement. However, in my experience reciprocal arrangements do not translate into anything more than a temporary uptick.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t gathered any numbers to prove it, but I’ve see such visitors drop off after a couple of visits as they go away to chase a wider audience.

    I prefer the slow and steady approach… write good content, interact with blogs you like and develop an organic relationship. This is slower but much more permanent.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi SloWord,
      Thank you for writing. I have not seen you here in a long time. It’s a pleasure to see you. I appreciate your comments.
      I would like to respond to them. It sounds like there are several issues here.
      For example, I am not sure if you agree with Clive, another commenter on this post, that the organic traffic one receives from StumbleUpon means nothing, or if you are commenting in general that when people simply write “nice post”, it means nothing.
      As far as the organic traffic, Clive seems to feel it can result in permanent followers. Although I did just follow someone’s blog I met on Pinterest yesterday, the norm, in my experience, is that organic traffic results in page views. My observation tells me that it is referral traffic that results in page views and subscribers.
      Reciprocal arrangements: I have written about the value of Follow to Follow Directories which you sound critical of as empty, a temporary back scratch. Did you and I meet on a Follow to Follow Directory? I could be wrong. It was a year ago.
      I have engaged in Follow to Follow Directories. The people and I are still together. I comment when they write something that interests me, and I’m sure they do the same since they do comment every now and again.
      I agree in the value of writing good content and interacting with blogs to develop a relationship. I have other articles explaining how to do that.
      However, this article was on the value of StumbleUpon to get high page views to your blog.
      I love how this article turned into a controversial issue. I’d say that’s pretty good for a blog about blogging!
      Thanks for adding that element.
      Take care,

      • Anonymous

        I have had very little traffic from Stumbleupon. When I see the pages I stumbled there, I see a count of eyes there. However, that does not relate to eyes on my blog.

        Visitors from anywhere who fail to engage beyond a perfunctory ‘Nice post” type of comment mean two things to me.

        1. I failed to provide content that could engage with.
        2. They left a comment in the hope that I will I visit them.

        Traffic in the form of hits alone mean nothing to me. My blog is free and I don’t earn anything from traffic and I don’t intend to.

        I have never engaged in like-for-like or link exchanges. I think I had left a comment somewhere on your blog at one point. I did visit some of the blogs of the bloggers who had posted there.

        My issue with link exchanges is this: In the race to gain more traffic, most bloggers fail to engage with their visitors. I can’t remember how many times I’ve visited and left a comment to find that the blogger hasn’t responded to the comments they received. What’s the point then of gaining traffic? Unless, of course, you’re getting paid for each hit. Then I can understand the need to gain blind hits.

        I do agree with Clive that organic visitors, in my experience, are more likely to remain permanent.

  9. Keith Lunt

    Hi Janice,

    I think one of the keys to StumbleUpon, which you have overcome, is like any other social media you have to build a following. My personal results were based on a limited following and although I did see a couple of posts showing lots of traffic, I’d not say I went viral.

    That’s down to me and me not having time (pre Christmas rush!) to really use it properly and not getting the connections set up. I’d guess from what I’ve looked at so far that the following can be really quite small. It’s just a few people to Stumble the same page and then bingo, lots of traffic (whether they are valuable is another question I suppose).

    The biggest problem is if you aren’t supposed to Stumble your own posts, how can you get the ball rolling? That’s where my little experiments faltered.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Keith,
      The answer to the question you posed is you trade stumbles with someone else. For example, I would be happy to stumble you articles if you leave them on my StumbleUpon group page.
      In response to your other comments, I really do appreciate your taking the time to study our group. I so respect you. I am looking forward to reaction to tomorrow’s guest post.

  10. Melinda

    Janice, yes, Publix is a grocery store. The best in the world!
    Your BBFF, Melinda

  11. Stephanie Lewis

    Great article and very intriguing comments! I think this is such a good example of The Golden Rule. “Do onto others…. Etc” If you want legit, organic engagement with sincere comments then you need to really read someone’s blog and be an authentic commenter. Must You Be Sneaky to Become a Successful Blogger? | Once Upon Your Prime
    Also it all does usually all boil down to priorities and motivation. My initial reason in starting a blog was to attract an agent for publishing purposes because I love to make people laugh. Ironically along the way, I realized “I’m my own agent and I am publishing right now!” Love your blog.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Stephanie,
      Thanks for your comments today. I am glad you enjoyed my article, and your are enjoying my blog. Interesting how this article became a controversial issue. I had not predicted that. Sorry if my comments were on the brief side today. I was writing you from work. Happy to get to know you. It sounds like we have a lot in common. Musical theater, California, blogging…

  12. sue

    Hi Janice would you believe I just posted a question about Stumbleupon today on the Pit Stop Q&A. This is a great post and I’m pinning so I can read in detail. It seems that others are recommending this form of social media as well. Thanks for being part of the Pit Stop crew I think it is a fabulous idea and I know I will learn so much from you and the other crew. I appreciate our generosity in sharing your knowledge. Have a great weekend!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sue,
      Great to hear from you. I am excited that you liked my article. It was nice of Sue Coletta and Joan and others to send me their screenshots for help in composing it. Thanks for sharing on Pinterest.

  13. Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Thanks so much for the great post. I haven’t used StumbleUpon much because I’ve never really seen in traffic coming from it. But just recently I started trying to use it more to see what happens, it’s still a little confusing for me though. Think I just need to sit down one day and spend some time on it so I can get a better hang of it. Pinning! Thanks again!

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks for the share! I am glad you enjoyed the article. If you are a blog subscriber, and you’d like me to stumble your link, let me know. Then, you don’t have to do anything. Just sit back and wait for the traffic.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Paula,
      I stumbled your link and added it to the group list. Thank you for making use of my StumbleUpon service!

  14. GiGi Eats

    StumbleUpon is a true GEM! I found it a long time ago… And I am soooo thrilled I did. It changed my life!

    • Janice Wald

      My first post went viral because of it, as you saw in the article. If you want me to stumble any of your links, let me know. Thanks for dropping by. I always love seeing you. Happy holidays Gigi!

  15. Pingback: This is the Way to Quickly Increase Your Blog Traffic [Blogger Collaboration]
  16. Pingback: How to Blog Like an Expert
    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mummitsok, Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to my blog and letting me know how you found me. I always wonder. I am so excited! I am currently blogging. I am having a big blog party in a few hours. You will receive an invitation. As soon as time allows, I will stumble your article for you and iinvite you to pin to our group Pinterest board.

  17. Ellen

    How or can I add a SU button to my blog posts in Wordress? I have tried but I must be doing wrong.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Leanne,
      I know why you haven’t received a confirmation Email. When I tried to enter your Email in the subscribe box, I received this message:
      The email address has opted out of subscription emails.
      You can manage your preferences at

      Can you please go to and fix it? It might be under “Manage Subscriptions.” This has happened to many others, then they fix it, and I get the notice they subscribed, but I’m never sure how. Perhaps you can tell me when you fix the problem.
      I am off to school (I am a teacher), but I will check back when I get home tonight.

  18. Deb

    Hi Janice! Thanks for this article. I have to admit StumbleUpon mystifies me! I don’t find it very intuitive compared to other sites. Stumbling is easy but trying to figure out how to get my own content circulating is confusing. Thanks for this post – I will try the StumbleUpon Group!

    • Deb

      P.S. my last comment didn’t include my latest blog post so trying again 🙂

  19. Joe Cosme

    Hi Janice, I still haven’t figured out StumbleUpon. I usually click on a link here and like the article/page, then add it to the list I made (The Mostly Blogging StumbleUpon Group). I’m not sure if that’s the correct way to do it. Well, anyways, here’s a post to share.

    Using powerful words can help us form the life we want and helps us to be a blessing to the world.

  20. Pingback: This is How Facebook Can Always Help You Blog Better
    • Janice Wald

      Hi Katie,
      You came to the right place. I help new bloggers here! Stumbling links is a service I provide for my blog subscribers, so I signed you up for the blog. I stumbled your link and added it to the group directory. There is no maximum, but in the future, please leave your link (one per comment box) in the comment section of our StumbleUpon group page. Here is the link for your future reference:
      If you click, you’ll see our group directory. That way, others can stumble your links too.
      I also invited you to pin to our blog’s Community Pinterest board, another perk for following my blog. Welcome and thanks for your interest in our StumbleUpon group.

Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.