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.

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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.

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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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