One of the first things I learned as a blogger was how important it is to put your blog out there on every social media platform that is feasible. Stumbleupon was on that list, and quite frankly, I had never heard of it before I started blogging. But after learning a few tricks here and there, and learning how to check the analytics of my site, I saw just how important Stumbleupon can be in creating referrals to my blog.
For one thing, Stumbleupon is SO easy to use. Just set up your profile, pick some interests, and start stumbling. When setting up your interests, set up things that are most relevant to your blog first, then things that are relevant to your niche in general. Thumbs up if you like what pops up, thumbs down if you don’t. You can link your profile to your Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ profiles. And Stumbleupon is one of the many social media buttons that can be added to your blog to generate traffic. You can follow people just like on other social media platforms. I try to follow back the people who follow me, and follow friends when I find them.
Even if you aren’t adding new content, Stumbleupon can be great when you have a few minutes here and there. You can pop on, stumble and move on. I like the fact that you can stumble very generally, or be more specific and stumble just within one of your interests. It is important to stumble in relation to YOUR content, so generate solid traffic to your blog. You can share articles you like with others as well. A Stumbleupon button can even be added to your browser, so that you can stumble as you surf, not just stumbling within the site itself.
I add similar content when I stumble, not just my own. In fact, if you promote ONLY your content, you may be locked out. You can even check out if others are liking what you have added to be stumbled. That way you can see what is interesting to others, and drive your focus. I have not done it yet, but you can use their ‘Paid Discovery’ service, which will send users directly to your site.
I have been very happy with the traffic generated so far, with a few minor complaints. I notice a LOT of articles that come up are old; for some reason, articles from 2009-2011 pop up quite a bit. I’m not really sure why, and maybe it is just a coincidence within my interests. Also, when I stumble using the app, after a few minutes it seems to lock up or start behaving slowly. Again, this could be specific to me as my phone is two years old today (yeah, ancient I know, I might as well be using an abacus, right??) although I do regular maintenance to make sure its operating correctly.
Thanks for checking out my article. Hey, maybe even stumble it for practice, then check out my Stumbleupon profile at http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/mtheengineersadv
By adding Stumbleupon to your social media strategy, you should be able to generate many more hits to your blog.
Let’s hear how Stumbleupon drives traffic to YOUR blog!