I have been using StumbleUpon regularly since the other day and I must say that I am getting a great deal of traffic from that great social networking site.
StumbleUpon is a great tool to drive blog traffic, but there are rules to follow to actually get positive results. The same goes for Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites but today I will be focusing some attention on StumbleUpon today (actually this is my first time blogging about StumbleUpon.com).
I have a few strategies and tips to share with you on how I doubled my blog’s traffic using StumbleUpon.com, please check these tips out below.
How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon
<li><strong>Don't Stumble Your Own Content</strong></li>
It’s an unwritten rule of StumbleUpon that you should avoid stumbling your own content. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can never submit your own content, but it’s always better if someone else submits your content first. If you only stumble your own content, then other users won’t feel you add any value to the StumbleUpon community aside from self-promotion.
<li><strong>Stumble a Variety of Content</strong></li>
Take the time to stumble content from a variety of blogs and websites as well as a mixture of articles, photos and videos. Only stumble the very best content that you truly want to share with other StumbleUpon users. Avoid stumbling content that doesn’t add value to other StumbleUpon users.
<li><strong>Use Great Titles and Descriptions</strong></li>
When you stumble content, take the time to write a great title and description for that content to entice other users to click-through and view your submission. Vague titles and descriptions are not helpful to other users.
Take some time to get to know other members of the StumbleUpon community and befriend them. Your StumbleUpon presence will grow as you network with more users. Don’t just add a friend then forget about them. The power of StumbleUpon grows the more you network.
<li><strong>Use One Account and One Identity</strong></li>
Don’t try to fool the StumbleUpon community by creating multiple accounts or stumbling only your friends’ content and vice versa. Chances are you’ll get caught, which could lead to your content getting buried or you getting banned from StumbleUpon temporarily or permanently. Follow the rules (even the unwritten rules).
<li><strong>Stumble On Sundays</strong></li>
I know this seems kind of funny to you, but I only stumble my contents on Sundays (in the afternoon at about 1:00 pm GMT). Whenever I stumble my contents during the weekdays I notice that I don’t get much traffic as I do when I stumble my articles on a Sunday afternoon.
This works best for me. I think you should try it as well.
3 Additional Tips
1. I have an iPod Touch and I recently downloaded the StumbleUpon app from the App Store for free. I use my iPod touch regularly not just to listen music or watch videos, but also to write blog posts and to help improve my blogging. I got the StumbleUpon so that I can stumble other sites and this is great on my part because I get back the traffic when my contents get stumbled. If you have an iPod Touch, iPhone or the new iPad, I suggest you download the StumbleUpon for free from the App Store.
2. I also use Google Chrome as my default browser and I must say that I really love this browser, thanks Google. I have installed the StumbleUpon extension so this makes it easier for me to stumble sites that I come across. If you are a Google Chrome user like me, then the StumbleUpon extension is a must have for you. Download it here.
3. Don’t stumble your content as soon as you publish them. I have tried this a number of times on my blog articles and I must say that this has not worked for me. If you publish a post, I would say wait for about 3 days to past to stumble that blog article.
<li><strong>Are you using StumbleUpon to drive maximum traffic to your blog?</strong></li>