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5 Tips to get the most out of StumbleUpon

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5 Tips to get the most out of StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon 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.

<script type=’text/javascript’>
tweetmeme_source = ‘USERNAME';
tweetmeme_url = ‘<data:post.url/>';
tweetmeme_service = ‘su.pr';
tweetmeme_service_api = ‘STUMBLEUPON API';
</script><script src=’http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js’ type=’text/javascript’/>

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.

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  • babanature

    Nice tutorial i must say. stumble up is not bringing much traffic to my blog but let me try your tips here and see how it works out. great work

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  • Social FeedBack

    Hi,
    if anyone knows if Stumbleupon has an API which could allow me to know if a user A follows a user B like with Twitter or Digg I would appereciate to know the link. I know that I can do a workaround but if the API does exist, it’s better ;)

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  • Mukund

    @Andrew: I accept with what you said! There are technologies that bring in traffic but it also depends on, how the user handles these technologies to get the best out of them!

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  • Andrew @ Blogging Guide

    Nice share. Traffic is the life of every site. Good thing there are technologies that can help gather favorable traffic.

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  • enursa

    StumbleUpon is good social site to gain traffic. And, of course first you need a lot of friends there. So, Follow me and i will back follow…. http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/enursa/

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  • Anil @Blogging Tips

    I have been able to get few hundreds clicks on some of my blog posts from SU, but the engagement that I get from StumbleUpon traffic was very poor.

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    • Mukund

      Well, I accept! Even, I felt the same:( I hope people start to engage better on SU…

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  • Mukund

    @Sara: Exactly right! Pretty difficult to kick off but, once you do so, you’ll end up with very good followers!

    @Ajaypratap: Yup! Thanks for the comment! Hope you enjoy the upcoming articles that I write as well!

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  • Ajaypratap Sidhu

    StumbleUpon is a great tool to increase the traffic,more specifically bounce rate. Nice article Mukund,thanks for posting!

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  • Sara@WebLoverz

    StumbleUpon is a nice social network….Initially it is difficult to get follower.. but later on you will know how to get good followers…

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  • Mukund

    @Maninder: Thanks for the comment! Yes! Since sharing and getting traffic is quite simple via twitter and Facebook, people tend to choose them!

    @Aamir: Just try the above mentioned tips! I bet you’ll see an increase in your traffic! At least, tweet using su.pr! It’ll do some magic.. Lol:)

    @sureshpeters: Not to a great extent unless you are very popular in your niche!

    @rakesh kumar: Yes! I’ll try to come up with an article using digg, as well! Make sure you start using Google+ too!

    @Sandeep: Your right Sandeep! It’s possible to drive a huge amount of traffic via StumbleUpon provided you spend some time daily on it!

    @KBharath: As I mentioned in the article, provide unique content. Secondly, include a link to your StumbleUpon profile everywhere you can – emails you send to your blogging friends, about me page, share the link on fb.

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  • KBharath @ HDBloggers

    Getting Followers is very difficult in Stumbleupon from past 4 months i am trying and i have only 14 followers, is there any way to get more followers in Stumbleupon.

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  • Sandeep@CuriousLittlePerson

    Very nice article – sites like digg, stubmle upon can get you lot of traffic if you work on them correctly.

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  • rakesh kumar

    Very Good Article Mukund, I was only trying to tame Google up to last month, Now i am also stressing on social bookmarking like stumbleupon and Digg. Do you have any such article related to digg.

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  • Aamir

    but its difficult to convert stumble upon traffic :(

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  • Maninder@ HackTik.com

    Nice tips. StumbleUpon is really a nice tool to drive traffic. One can really drive huge traffic if you learn to use it well. Most bloggers don’t tend to pay much attention to this tool and just keep on spending their whole promotional effort in Fb and twitter.

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  • Mukund

    @Farzeen: If you work out the above mentioned tips, you’ll drive lot more than what you do now! Thanks for the comment buddy!

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  • Fazreen

    Really nice articles. I have use stumbleupon for 3 months and I can my traffic increase a bit using Stumbleupon

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