Blog traffic- we all want it but it doesn’t always happen for us like we want. My blog is relatively new and I knew from talking to other bloggers (who had been in business a lot longer than me) that social media can be a HUGE traffic source for your blog. We always hear about Pinterest and how it has a great lifespan for pins (especially up against Facebook and Twitter) BUT did you know there may be another traffic source you may be missing out on? Let me introduce you to StumbleUpon.
I will be first to admit- I have had a StumbleUpon account for a LONG time but only started using it about a month ago. The results I have gotten have been impressive and it has quickly become my #1 traffic source. A post I wrote last week had as many views as I did the whole month of November combined.
What Is StumbleUpon?
StumbleUpon is a social media platform that allows you to “stumble” on content that you are interested in. It differs from Pinterest, another content curation site, in that you are constantly reviewing sites with a thumbs up or down to fine-tune what StumbleUpon shows you. So the more thumbs up you get, the more likely you are to keep showing up in other people’s feeds.
You will need an account first which you can do here When you first set up your account, StumbleUpon asks you for your interests. When I first started using the site- this section wasn’t super helpful for me but as you stumble more, they will actually ask you if you want to add new categories to your list.
One feature I am currently playing around with is the lists section- it’s comparable to a Pinterest board and people can follow your lists. I’m using this feature mainly for my own content sorting purposes for articles I want to go back to at a later date.
Driving Blog Traffic
The easiest way you can begin using StumbleUpon is to add your latest post to the site. You can do this a couple of different ways but I would suggest adding the Google Chrome plug-in here. It’s a good idea to go ahead and add your page to StumbleUpon before someone else does so you can make sure you categorize your page under the appropriate sections.
I use the Pinterest plug-in on Chrome as well which saves a ton of time because you can pin and stumble any posts you find through the day. And if you are already pinning it- why not take a few more seconds and stumble it? Especially if it means more traffic for your blog.
Adding posts you find valuable from other sites is also a great way to begin building relationships on StumbleUpon. I have heard that by being an active user of the site- you are more likely to show up in the newsfeed. Plus, it’s super easy with the plug-in to add pages to your StumbleUpon likes.
One thing I really like about StumbleUpon is that you can add new content to it at any time- so you can give some of your favorite bloggers a thumbs up and possibly drive more traffic to their site.
A word of warning- don’t just stumble your posts only! I tried this (completely unaware) and StumbleUpon will actually stop you from adding any more of your content for a certain length of time. It is built for you to discover and share from everyone.
You can follow me on StumbleUpon here – I’d love to see what you’ve “stumbled upon”.
So tell me below- do you use StumbleUpon? Have you seen it help your blog traffic?