I find Stumbleupon great for boosting traffic but am nor sure how to add the HubPages tracker in my URL. - Any ideas?
I have not been able to figure this out either, and I've every way I can think of.
Peter - many thanks - glad its not just me being stupid - annoying to get loads of traffic but not get credited with the referrals!
I am fairly sure you cannot do it. This is stumbleupon's issue, not hubpages. If it's any consolation, I have found the traffic to generate almost no revenue anyway. They tend to click the stumble button off the site rather than any ads. SunSeven may disagree with me though.
I think the only thing Stumpleupon is good for is a temporary boost in the Hubscore (which can be useful) due to the influx of traffic. From my own experience stumbling it's just a mindless activity done when I have nothing at all better to do and the dog is too far away to annoy.
Rik, it is generally frowned upon to include any kind of affiliate link on social bookmarking sites. Best to just use the raw link.
Mark - this is very helpful - The traffic obviously helps the hub score but it makes sense that Stumble users won't hang around very long 'shopping'.
StumbleUpon is a good way to get a start up traffic. When the boost goes away you have to depend on the organic search traffic.
That's not entirely correct - I have had a few pieces of my work stumbled and the traffic can actually increase later. One of my blog posts got stumbled, had a big boost and then about a month later, and even bigger boost and again a few weeks later - and I continue to get traffic from them. I never stumble them myself though - you seem to get much better traffic if it happens organically.
SunSeven is the person to ask about stumbleupon traffic - he/she does very well from it - including financially, but I think it depends what subject you are writing on.
I believe, although I'm not certain, that the more stumblers click "I like it" the more frequently it gets stumbled. So, popularity and traffic could conceivably increase over time from stumbleupon.
Is this consistent with everyone else's understanding?
Yes, that is pretty much how it works. The more people who click "I like it" the more traffic it will deliver. Lots of stumblers just click on through without ever clicking "I like it".
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