StumbleUpon is a very useful social networking tool for webmasters and bloggers. If you don’t know what StumbleUpon is, it is a platform that allows users to share webpages that they find particularly interesting with their friends and the StumbleUpon community. The webpages are split into groups or categories based on what they are about. Users are allowed to select what categories they are interested in and then they may “stumble” pages. Stumbling brings up a random webpage that was shared in one of those categories.
This may seem similar to traffic exchanges, which are usually junk traffic, but it’s not. The traffic from traffic exchanges is incentivized, meaning the users are only doing it to get something in return. In the case of traffic exchanges this would be return traffic for their site. The traffic is usually just to any random site in the pool, so the user has no interest in the content. StumbleUpon users on the other hand are there for the content. They want to find relevant information for the subject or category of their choice. So placing your webpage under the correct category will actually get you interested readers.
Take into account these tips when trying to gain traffic through StumbleUpon:
Post Interesting Content With A Catchy Title
The title of your page is the first thing a StumbleUpon user is going to see. If it doesn’t catch their attention, they are likely to stumble on to the next page without giving your page the time its worth. You may even want to create a landing page specifically for StumbleUpon.
Thumbs Up Pages That Are Similar To Your Website
The more thumbs ups or favorites you have in a certain subject, the higher your authority appears to be in the matter. If your authority is deemed high, the higher the chance is that your page will be shared with other viewers.
Don’t forget that first and foremost StumbleUpon is a social media platform. Find people with similar interests as you and share your pages with them. They are more likely to thumbs up your content.
Reviews And Tagging
Don’t neglect the review and tag fields when submitting a site. This shows that you aren’t just spamming pages and that you actually have a reason for submitting. The tags also help align your content with other content that other users share.
I know you are trying to help your website, but try not to over submit your pages. That isn’t the point of StumbleUpon. The idea is to share content from all over the web. If you are only submitting your website you begin to look like a spammer and you won’t get any views like that.
If you have the budget for it, you can try StumbleUpon’s paid discovery. Prices start at $0.05 per visitor, and go higher based on the level of reporting and user engagement level. It’s well worth it if you have interesting content. These views can translate into sales as well as thumbs ups that will get you free views in the future.