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Best StumbleUpon Tips

Hi, I’m Cheryl from TidyMom and today I’m talking about StumbleUpon. If you’re not familiar with SU, it’s a tool you can use to rate sites as you visit them. Giving a fellow craft blogger’s site a thumbs up on SU is a great way to show support to that blog, and can help the blog get a lot of exposure on the StumbleUpon network. When a site gets a few thumbs up, it can be sent out to the StumbleUpon network and really increase the traffic to that page. I get a little “obsessed” with trying to figure out StumbleUpon, so if you’re interested, read on.

Add your StumbleUpon URL to our Linky.

The StumbleUpon Toolbar

First of all, the most convenient way to use StumbleUpon is by installing the SU Toolbar in your browser. StumbleUpon also has other tools you can use. Find them all here.

stumbleupon button

Here’s a photo showing my SU toolbar. The red arrow is pointing to where I gave Wenderly’s post a thumbs up.

Discovering Posts

When you “discover” a post, your stumbles are supposedly worth extra in the SU algorithm that ranks you as a user.  So when you discover and put in the tags and descriptions it
is valuable to your SU standing. Also, keep on stumbling. The more stumbles you have the more your stumbles are worth too.

StumbleUpon Tutorial

It’s really important when you discover a blog post, meaning you are the first one to submit or thumbs up the post, to give it a proper category/tag. So for example, if you are submitting a cookie recipe post, it would be best discovered/tagged under Food, recipes, cookies.  If you are submitting a craft post, click under Home, then you will see “crafts.” Then if you want you could add a few other related categories.

If you fail to tag your discoveries correctly, people who might be interested in the post will never see it.  When a recipe or craft is just submitted under “weblog” it’s categorized just to “general,” so people whose interests are “crafts” or “food” will probably never get a chance to see the post.

Tagging correctly increases the chances our posts are see by others who are using SU to find things. There is a place to submit a category change, but I’ve done this (and so have some friends) and it never gets changed for some reason.

Also, once the post has been discovered,  I don’t think the tags given by each review matter as much as the original tags.

Spread the Stumbles Around

Every time you come across a cool post (one that you would tweet about, share on FB, or post a comment on), you should give it a thumbs up on StumbleUpon. It’s SUPER important that you stumble LOTS of other sites rather than just a few of your friends’ sites over and over. It’s not a good idea to Stumble your own site, just really good content (not every post–even though every post we all write is AWESOME content! Lol.)

What I do is, when I’m blog hopping, clicking thru Twitter, FB or my party link ups, I give thumbs ups to great posts, so I get a wide variety of sites represented on my SU account.

  • Tags are important- several tags even better.
  • Reviews are important. If it’s a new discovery, leave a review, but you can even leave a review when it’s not a new discovery.

StumbleUpon Sez

Here’s some info I found on the SU site:

We have a limit in place that prevents multiple postings from a single source. If you habitually post content from only a few sites, you’ll probably encounter this limit. If you’re still able to rate and review sites but not post new entries from sites that you’ve previously submitted, it is likely that you have encountered the ‘posting limit’.

This limit will likely remain in place until you use the StumbleUpon toolbar more frequently to rate, review and discover a wider variety of websites.

It is also worth noting that our members are very discerning and seek interesting pages and reviews. Accounts that post repeatedly from a single source (or the same few sources) tend to be viewed as “spammy”, and do not generally prove popular.

This Part is Annoying

Just trying to help everyone out. One discouraging bit of information I’ve found is, 99.9% of stumbles that get the BIG number of views are PAID spots. So sad to say, but apparently if you want the really big numbers, you have to pay for it.  If you do not have a paid advertising account, there is no guarantee that pages will be visited and thumbed up and reviewed – doesn’t seem fair.

I have a friend who paid to have a premium SU spot once. She said it was eye opening, and she  got a lot of thumbs down by the average Stumbler, and felt the paid spot was not worth her money. If you are thinking of doing paid spots, be prepared for negative comments because your post goes out all across the SU network, and won’t necessarily be aimed at your target audience.

Don’t feel too bad, though! Even if you are not using the paid spots, you will probably see some increased traffic to posts that are stumbled on your site. Once in awhile, you will get a significant bump in traffic from StumbleUpon. As you continue to stumble and be stumbled, SU will become one of your largest referrers.

I hope this has helped give you a bit of insight on StumbleUpon! I’ll be joining as a special guest on Monday’s #crafterminds chat, so if you have any questions about StumbleUpon, I’ll be there to help answer them.

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32 Responses to “Best StumbleUpon Tips”

  1. Tracy says:

    Excellent tutorial for Stumble Upon! I’ve even been using it for a while and definitely still have a lot to learn; this was so helpful!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing what you know about Stumbleupon. It is tricky thing to learn and all of this really helps!

  3. I’m still trying to figure out SU, so this was super info for me. Thanks!!

  4. Great post. I just started trying to use Stumble Upon & was a bit confused about how it worked exactly. Your article really has helped me to understand it better. Thanks!

  5. Amanda says:

    Fantastic info Cheryl.. you are spot on!!!

  6. wow, this was eye opening. I’ve just been playing around with it recently and this post helped so much!

  7. Thank you for sharing these great tips Cheryl! I’m a bit addicted to SU thanks to you. 😉

  8. Miss says:

    VERY HELPFUL! SU is so hard to get your mind around for new users. I didn’t realize they had paid spots. I have received amazing amounts (well amazing to me) of traffic and I have found some great connections with other stumblers. It is intimidating at first but well worth the time and effort. Thanks for the great post.

  9. Mrs. Jen B says:

    An excellent tutorial! I’m learning more about SU every day and this is so helpful. Thank you!

  10. naomi says:

    Great tutorial and so helpful!

  11. ALot of very useful information…thank you!!

  12. Ethan says:

    I’m slowly piecing together the puzzle that is Stumble Upon and this certainly helped. Thanks for writing about this.

  13. Wenderly says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! It was so informative and really explained some things that I was confused about!

    Not to mention that it was a fun surprise to see that you used my page! I was like “huh?” How did I get on there!? 🙂

    Thanks love!

  14. Thank you for this information. I’ve been putting together information to do my own post on my web biz blog…you’ve given me some new information and I’ll share your site when I get it done. When being the word!

  15. This helps so much with the understanding of SU. We never can know too much. Great info as always from you.

  16. Great post. I just signed up with SU and could not figure it out to save my life. LOL So, thanks!!! 🙂

  17. Groove Press says:

    What a great tutorial about Stumbleupon.
    Thank you for sharing.

  18. Bethanie says:

    Wow! I had no idea there was more to it. I’ve been really just kinda playing with it. I’m glad I read this article before I made a discovery because I probably wouldn’t have put the proper thought into it. Thanks for the info!

  19. Thanks, TidyMom! I am overwhelmed at this info, but am excited to learn. Thanks to crafterminds also for hooking us up with this information:)
    C:)

  20. Charlotte says:

    I’ve only heard of SU mentioned in Crafterminds Tweet Chats, so this was really helpful.

    Bloggin is overwhelming sometimes, being a writer, crafter, inspirational genius, photographer, designer, coder, marketer, promoter… tutorials like this are so great and part of the appeal of the blogging community (for me anyway)

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte

  21. WenDee Riffe says:

    Wow!!! Thanks so much—I had NO idea!!! Wow!!!! Again!!!! Very good info!!!!

  22. Peaches says:

    Wow, I had no idea you could pay for a stumble spot?! I have had the toolbar for a while too…never realized what I was missing. I should be thumbs-uping a dozen times a day and didn’t even know it. Thanks for the info!!

  23. Johnnie says:

    Helpful info. Thanks for posting.

  24. Jen says:

    Thanks for the info. I’ve recently joined a few groups where it’s the same peoples links daily. I better get in there and stumble some others.

    I’d love for you to join my my link is http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/busybee68/

  25. Kathryn says:

    I haven’t been able to get my head round stumble upon yet so this was really helpful, thank you!

  26. This has given me great insight to the practices of SU. Thanks Cheryl for an awesome and informative post.

  27. This is a great post! Seriously, I had no idea there were paid spots for SU!! Is that why I get the same posts in my “Weekly Recommendations”? It’s kind of annoying and doesn’t seem genuine.

    Thank you!

  28. Rob says:

    Just getting familiar with StumbleUpon, thanks for helping to clear things up. I do have a Travel Blog and not quite sure how many of my articles to post and how frequent yet?
    Thanks for sharing!

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