StumbleUpon is one such place where a click on the “Stumble” button will let you know about everything around the web ranging from funny jokes to useful apps. However, a majority of the bloggers tend to use twitter and facebook to drive huge amounts of traffic while very few try to do the same with other social networks. In this article, I’ll provide some tweaks and tips so that you can make the best out of StumbleUpon!
SHOW YOUR FACE
Well, it’s very important that you show people, who you are and what your interests are. I find it strange when I see people who do not care to add a profile picture on sites like Twitter, StumbleUpon, etc… These sites are all about being real. So, I strongly suggest you to post a real image rather than cartoons/caricature to show some individuality.
Many people are not going to follow you, just because you are not ready to show your true identity. To be frank, I made the same mistake did/do, but from the day I changed my profile picture I’m able to see gradual increase in the amount of people following me. Seriously, that simple worthless task did miracles. So, why not you try the same?
ADD A CATCHY INTRO
The next spotlight would be a catchy intro about yourself. It’s very important that you maintain a simple but clear intro about yourself that states your interests. It’s a little different from your normal “About me” page because you’ll need to fit in every possible info about you in not more than 3 lines. No one is ready to read anything above 3 or 4 lines. May be I should use the docomo tag line here – “Keep it simple, silly!”
Have a look at the description below “Man behind Shoutmeloud” – scroll to the end of the page. That’s a very good example of what I mentioned above – simple intro with interests and links to connect with other social networks (he’s forgot StumbleUpon, nevertheless you can add one).
GET PEOPLE TO FOLLOW YOU
Unlike Facebook or Twitter, getting people to follow you on StumpleUpon is not an easy task. To make people follow you on StumpleUpon, there’s only one way to do it – by providing quality content. It’s obvious that people should be able to find you so as to follow you. This will not happen with one or two stumbles that you make on your blog.
Believe it or not, “About” page will be one among the top 10 that receives more traffic on your blog. So, I’ll have to refer to the previous point again – ensuring a proper “About me” page with links to connect on various networks including StumbleUpon shall be the ideal method to get more followers. I’ll give you another idea too – add a link to your StumbleUpon profile on the author info box that appears below each of your article and try the same with your guest articles on other blogs too.
USE THE SU.PR URL SHORTNER
I’m sure many people are’nt aware about this. If you know it, then it’s well and good. If not, make use of su.pr URL shortner on your tweets to get more visitors through StumbleUpon – I’m not sure about the logic behind it but, it works! Moreover, this stuff works only with tweetmeme buttons and not on Twitter’s own tweet button.
For WordPress users, install the button on your blog. Assuming that you’ve already installed the button, go to ‘Plugins’, choose ‘Settings/tweetmeme’ and find the ‘URL shortener’ tab and choose ‘su.pr’ from the menu.
For Blogger/Blogspot users, remove the existing tweetmeme code on your blog and replace with the one shown below.
tweetmeme_source = ‘USERNAME';
tweetmeme_url = ‘<data:post.url/>';
tweetmeme_service = ‘su.pr';
tweetmeme_service_api = ‘STUMBLEUPON API';
Replace STUMBLEUPON API with your API. To obtain the same, login to http://su.pr with your StumbleUpon Account and navigate to Settings page. You’ll find your API key there. Similarly, replace USERNAME with your twitter user name and save your template!
MAINTAIN A GOOD FOLLOWING/FOLLOWERS RATIO
Last but not the least, you need to maintain a good following to followers ratio. Unlike twitter where you can follow a lot more people, StumbleUpon offers only 500 people to follow. So, it’s very important that you unfollow inactive or least active users . Secondly, maintain a relevancy in following people. There’s no use in following people who write about making crafts and candles while your interests are blogging and marketing. So, follow stumblers with similarity greater than 35%.
So, it’ll take some time and effort to make the best out of StumbleUpon. I just shared few tips that I learn’t out of my experience with StumbleUpon. You can share your opinions as well, via comments! Don’t forget to stumble up and share this post with your stumble upon friends.