Getting Traffic From StumbleUpon – The Simple Guide


Getting Traffic From StumbleUpon

There are thousands of social platforms available to the public these days but not all of them are that useful to website owners. I personally find that getting traffic from StumbleUpon is VERY effective so I thought I’d cover the related tricks of the trade in this article.

When used correctly – StumbleUpon is a very useful marketing tool!

The Stumblers

StumbleUpon is now apparently the number one source of social media traffic on the web and this is down to the other Stumblers on the site.

That powerful little search bar that the site offers is used by millions of people on a daily basis and the big juicy ‘stumble’ button is used by even more.

If just one person stumbles over your entry and decides to ‘like’ it things could really take off – it’s that easy! The chances of someone seeing your post increase dramatically with each stumble.

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Simple Yet so Effective!

The simplest way to get your content into StumbleUpon is to simply submit your URL through your profile homepage ( Add a Page function ).

Once it is in there it will be displayed to like-minded individuals who are interested in the content’s niche. They will then read your work and choose whether to give it a ‘thumbs up’ or a ‘thumbs down’. In some cases they may not decide to do either and just stumble upon to the next webpage in that category.

StumbleUpon Toolbar

The ‘thumbs up’ button is essentially a ‘like’ button and if this is pressed just once – you are well on your way!

This ‘like’ will effectively tell StumbleUpon ‘Hey…Maybe you should keep this webpage circulating for longer?’.

This will then lead to a couple more ‘likes’ ( or ‘thumbs up’ ) coming your way and even more exposure for your page.

At least once a week I end up with a page that really takes off. I’m not talking about 100’s of ‘likes’ and visitors here – I’m talking about thousands! 

Use Your Head

Use Your HeadI’m pretty sure that after reading that last section you are already opening up a new browser tab and signing up with StumbleUpon…but wait just one minute!

StumbleUpon was not designed as a marketing tool and the ‘powers that be’ don’t really like marketers using it.

If you just start submitting your own work into the StumbleUpon engine I predict your website domain will be banned within a week. Once it’s banned the game is up – no URL’s from that domain will ever be allowed into the StumbleUpon Engine again ( bummer! ).

You should always stumble more content from other sources than your own, or you’ll look like a self-promotional spammer.

Are You Sociable?

I have to admit that I don’t really have hundreds of followers on StumbleUpon – I don’t find it ‘that sort’ of social site!

But there are stumblers that have a massive following and drive big traffic because of this. I’m afraid I simply don’t have the time to go down this avenue and I get huge amounts of traffic WITHOUT the massive base of followers ( most people will if their content suits the category chosen! ).

SUPER TIP – Categorize!

When getting traffic from StumbleUpon it’s VERY important to discover what the most effective categories are for your niche.

Take for example this article – one might think I should submit it to the internet marketing category right?


StumbleUponFor some reason the internet marketing category brings pretty drab traffic results from StumbleUpon. This could be down to high competition or simply being an unpopular category – I don’t know!

What I do know is that it will be a waste of time submitting there!

Through a little trial and error I realized that submitting my work from this site to the ‘internet tools’ category will bring me at least 50 – 100 visitors every time ( bingo! ).

So look around and choose your categories wisely – if one stinks for traffic then try another ( you’ll be surprised at what categories will work out for you! ).

Are you using StumbleUpon for your marketing efforts? If you have any of your own tips on getting traffic from StumbleUpon we would love to hear about them. Please leave them in the comment section below.

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8 comments on “Getting Traffic From StumbleUpon – The Simple Guide

  1. Before this post, I didn’t really know much about Stumble Upon, always heard about it but never took the time to find out what its all about. I even checked it out for the first time.

    Good post you have here Chris; also quite relevant to me as a new website owner still looking for consistent traffic.

  2. Hi Chris,
    I would never know that Stumbleupon is also a social media if I don’t read it from your post? Do they have many followers now?

    Nice for you to give recommendation what category to choose at the end of your post. I’m sure many of us will pick Internet Marketing if you don’t give the tips. I think your post are valuable information about the Stumbleupon.

  3. Chris,
    This looks like a great traffic generator. I use the other popular social sites, never used this one before. I like how you explained that getting traffic from Stumbleupon is not just putting up adds. I will add this social network to my daily list. I will have to work on the categories as I do not do Internet Marketing.

  4. This a great post about getting traffic from StumbleUpon!
    I have never heard of StumbleUpon before, so I found it surprising that it is the number one source of social media traffic on the web.
    As you point out I was ready to add this tool to my tool bar and then I read about how it was not designed as a marketing tool!
    The last thing I want is to get my site banned or lack-listed.
    I think I will do as you suggest and look into what categories I may want to choose and research StumbleUpon a bit further before I start using this tool.
    Thanks for bringing this to my attention 🙂

  5. Hmm…. This looks interesting. I never heard of stumble upon before. From your article, it seems like some sort of social sharing site, though not exactly the likes of Twitter. Does it have an app for Android? I must check this out, it’s free, right? I don’t have a big budget.

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