How to Get Blog Followers Using StumbleUpon

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Incorporate StumbleUpon into your blog's social media strategy as a way to get followers.
Incorporate StumbleUpon into your blog's social media strategy as a way to get followers. | Source

StumbleUpon as a Social Bookmarking Tool

StumbleUpon is a great social bookmarking tool that will help you get more followers to your blog. Founded in 2001, the website provides a quick way to upload your blog content and bring it before people who would not normally see your articles.

StumbleUpon is like a search engine in that it takes what you give a thumbs up or thumbs down, as well as subscribed Interests, to filter what you see on the screen. If, for example, you are one of 2.8 million Stumblers who follow the Interest "Celebrities", you are likely to see content about movie stars' lives and webpages describing TV shows. Log in to connect with the millions of users who regularly access the site.

The StumbleUpon Toolbar

Easy install using these step-by-step instructions:

Upload Your Blog Posts to StumbleUpon

To get blog followers using StumbleUpon, you need to upload your content to the site. Choose posts that you feel best reflect your site and that you are most proud to share due to quality, quirkiness, or other great attribute.

The easiest method for adding your posts is to use the StumbleUpon toolbar. See the side-box for easy installation to Google Chrome. To upload content with the toolbar:

  • Open your blog post
  • Click the StumbleUpon icon in the top right-hand corner of Chrome to access the toolbar
  • Click the thumbs up "I like it!" button
  • The "Add a New Page" screen opens if the page is not already added to the site.
  • Fill out fields according to specifications of next section to maximize opportunity for blog followers.

Without the toolbar, upload new content by:

  • Open new tab in browser and open your StumbleUpon account
  • Click "Profile" > "Add New Page" (bottom left-hand side of screen)
  • Fill out fields as explained in next section

User Poll

Do You Upload Your Blog Posts To Social Bookmarking Sites?

  • Yes, regularly
  • Yes, occasionally
  • Nope
  • Not applicable. I do not have a blog.
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Incorporate StumbleUpon into your online activities.
Incorporate StumbleUpon into your online activities. | Source

StumbleUpon Submission Page

Maximize your opportunity to get blog followers by completely filling out fields within the "Add a New Page" section of StumbleUpon. On the submission page, identify the "Interest" for the blog post, add Tags, and write a comment. Use all of the fields.

In the drop-down Interests field, select the topic that best describes your blog. For example, I have a poetry blog and submit my posts under the Interest "Poetry". Site users subscribe to particular Interests.

Get your content seen by users who are interested in related material. Remember that people are Stumbling to find content of interest to them; they are open to reading your posts if they relate to their subscriptions within the site. A read of a quality post can turn into a click of your blog's Follow button.

Add Tags for your post on the submission page as well. Tags are keywords for your content. Separate the words with commas and make them relevant. The Tags are ways to further describe the post and affect where your upload gets placed within the sight. Get access to more readers by adding tags. I suggest three or four tags at most, as you do not want to create an overly-promotional looking post. Your blog is valuable enough to follow without stooping to that level.

Write a comment as well. Try using the title of your post and the name of your site. The descriptor may provide the information the reader needs to search your site and become a new follower.

Add a New Page

Fill out all fields for your post on the submission page.
Fill out all fields for your post on the submission page. | Source

Follow Stumblers with Similar Interests

Get blog followers as well by connecting with other StumbleUpon users who have similar interests to that of your blog. If, for example, your blog focuses on tips for using Facebook, follow the Interests category "Facebook" and then click on the link. There are currently 2.4 million subscribers to that interest! Open up your blog to these users who are already interested in your focus.

Scroll through the followers list for the particular Interest and subscribe to people who appear to be active on the site, with several Followers, Likes, and Comments. All of these details can be seen on the user's personal profile, unless you are blocked by the user. Active people are more likely to read your own blog post and then peruse your site. Introduce new people to your blog using StumbleUpon and interest them to the point of pressing the Follow button.

StumbleUpon provides you a great introduction of your content to new eyes. In turn, you open your blog up to new followers.

Leave Comments on Related Content

Another great way get followers is to leave comments on content you Stumble that is related to your own site. If you Stumble a post that you feel is high quality, leave a comment as feedback for the person who uploaded the post. That person may just be interested enough to click on your own profile and Stumble the content you have uploaded. In turn, that person may become your next blog follower.

Help your comments stand out from the crowd by making them unique. Show that you have knowledge in the particular area, or add a quirky sentence. Show your cleverness to increase the probabilities of your profile being clicked in amusement or curiosity.

Get Blog Followers

The social bookmarking site is a great way to gain blog followers.

Fill out all fields within the submission page to maximize the opportunity of your blog post being Stumbled by users. Leave original comments on posts to generate interest in your own site. Connect with other users with interests similar to your own content. These are great ways that StumbleUpon will help you increase your number of blog followers.

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C L Mitchell 20 months ago

I noticed that all of the comments are from 2yrs ago. Are people still using StumbleUpon? Is it getting them any traffic? I've signed up today to try and promote a few hubs, so I guess I'll soon see. Good article.


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CharronsChatter 3 years ago from California

another winner, Christy! I use Stumble Upon to pretty good effect, and already was following the first caveats of this post, but I will be sure to look into the Interests part--follow poets and whatnot, I guess--and I guess we both know commenting is key!!

Have a great page, post, article, feed and stream!! :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Hi Dwachira, yes I noticed the new look for SU as well. I think it is easier with the new layout to see followers and other profile statistics. I am glad you use it as well.

CCahill, Do you mean that you cannot submit the same hub twice? Which rule do you mean? If two users submit the same hub then one person enters the details for submission and the second user gives a thumbs up as the hub is already bookmarked on the site.

Hi Rob! I appreciate your kind words, thanks! Yes occasional traffic is nice given the few minutes only that it takes to post a hub on SU. Well worth the time, in my opinion.


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Rob Winters 4 years ago

Another nice, digestible and most importantly actionable hub Christy.I do bookmark my hubs there and always get some immediate traffic and occassional traffic therafter but have never put in much time on maximizing stumbleUpon's potential.I may need to rectify that :-).Just noticed the revamp - Nice!!Up & Useful from me :-)


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

How does it work with the duplicate content rule from Hubpages?


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi ChristyWrites,

I do agree with you, StumbleUpon is a powerful social bookmarking tool. I use StumbleUpon and one thing i like about is the quality of bookmarks posted there. Surfers stumble for quality bookmarks so the blog has to be a cut above the rest. Lately, StumbleUpon changed its look and i must say it is more friendlier than before. Voted up, useful and shared.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks Audrey, I do find that it can get me a decent number of views from certain websites. Appreciate the comment and read!

Deerwhisperer, thank-you for your support and comment!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I use stumble and like it a lot. I have friends who do very well with it--


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Deerwhisperer 4 years ago from Bradenton, Florida

Thanks for the info. I will check it out for sure because I'm always looking for new avenues for traffic. I voted up, and shared.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Glad the info helps you Audrey!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I really like Stumble Upon. Thank you! You have a lot of great information about it on this page---


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Suzette, I like that StumbleUpon provides me webpages that I might not otherwise see. There are just so many great articles and sites to see on the web! Thanks for your compliments.

Vinaya, Thanks for stopping by and I will check out your hub.

@TT, It does take time to get more reads and commenting on other blogs helps too. Wishing you much success!


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Very interesting, informative and helpful. I have never used StumbleUpon, but I have come across it on the internet. Thanks for the tutorial on how to us it. You have explained it very well!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Christy, I have not found any luck with stumbleupon, but I would like to apply your ideas and see the result.

PS: I feel awkward to self promote, however, since you have asked, here is the link.

http://vinayaghimire.hubpages.com/hub/Freelance-Ca...


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Thank you for this, Christy! I only average about 25 - 30 views on my blog a day...would really like to get that up and I'll be checking out your helpful advice. Voted up and sharing! Oh, and bookmarking so I can reference back. :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Glad to hear how helpful this read is for you @robb6669. You are quite right that StumbleUpon is also a great source of inspiration. Thanks for adding that point to the hub.


robb6669 4 years ago

This is an awesome article. I actually signed up for Stumble Upon but I have used in a different way. I have been using it to gain ideas about what to write about. It has been a useful tool in that sense. Now to know that I can use it to attract users to my sites or my article submissions is awesome. Thank you for the article.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Awesome @KBEvolve, and thanks for the great fan mail as well.


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KBEvolve 4 years ago from United States

I am going to implement some of this advice. I am interested in the results.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Glad the information will help you Tammy. Wishing you luck and lots of views!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Good information. I signed up for StumbleUpon and got a few hits but I have forgotten about it. With our Digg button gone and Redditt no longer accepting hubs, I think I will need to revisit it. I will use these tips because their set up was a lot different. Thanks for sharing this!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks everyone for the great comments! Check out SU and let me know how it goes. I have received comments that you need to space out your shares from any one website, such as HP. Share from different sites and fill in a hub or blog post now and then. Best of luck (and reads) to you all!

@mrfigaro, you will need to build up a following for more consistent readership and interact there too. You never know what will go viral and when though - see you on SU!


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MissyGear 4 years ago

I was wondering if StumbleUpon could be useful, but I've never used it myself so I really know nothing about. Your hub makes it look pretty easy though, so I'll be sure to check it out!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I use StumbleUpon but only put a few hubs on at a time. If you do it to fast you will get a warning. Even if you're not putting your own hubs on but hub pages from other hubbers. Just have to do it carefully. Always good to add blogs in between that are not from hubpages. I do get traffic from StumbleUpon.

Thanks Cristy for this hub. Voted Up.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Whoa. I need to get on this train. I've used SU in the past, but I never knew if it was okay to really submit too much of your stuff. The "interests" part is novel as well as leaving comments - duh! *slapping my forehead* - I have a photography blog with no followers...though I just started it the first of July. I'm going to have to use this tool. Thanks!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub and I learn many things about stumble upon from you. I love your tips. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Terrific! Have to go back and refine my tools. You always clearing up the smog, behind social network. Thanks Christy! This was useful and voted up of course! Bookmarking!


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Trinity M 4 years ago

Great hub as always Christy. I find Stumbleupon to be very useful, although I do not have a blog I write articles for my sites regularly and I use Stumbleupon to promote them. It works very well for one of my sites but not for the other… I haven’t figured out why yet. Voted up, useful and shared.


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mrfigaro 4 years ago

Will this increase my followers substantialy being that I'm new here?


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks everyone for the great comments! I appreciate that @howlermonkey and a few other hubbers make a great point about spamming behaviour at SU. Do not overpost from one site, such as your blog, as you may be cut off from any new submissions. Spread out your own content along with sharing links from other sites and you should be okay.

Great feedback all and thanks for taking time to read, comment, and vote!


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

Wow, you have risen meteorically in the hub/blog world, girl! Where do you find the time? This and helium? I'm too busy writing for a law firm right now, and just took on a franchise for all of their manuals and brochures... wish i had your energy!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This is a great resource about Stumbleupon! Many of these tips can be applied to a wide variety of topics, such as articles and product listings.


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

Thank you for your clear explanation on stumbleupon. I've never heard of it and am trying to branch out into cyber world. This helps a ton!!


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lauramaryscott 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

ChristyWrites, thank you for informing us about StumbleUpon. I need to do something to increase my readership so your article is important to me. I uninstalled Google Chrome when it could not find my HubPages. Do I have to use Google Chrome in order to use StumbleUpon?


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Thank you for this...I found this useful and will try the toolbar...cheers


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editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

Excellent Hub Christy. Clear and precise information on how to use Stumbleupon. I use SU often to get followers to my hubs and blogs. However I would point out that you have to be cautious as to how many of your own blogs and hubs you put onto SU as they view it as spamming the site.

Good job. Voted up.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Thanks for the information Christy. Too many people do not use the submission page effectively...a must if there are to be views!! Thanks so much for sharing. Have shared this hub!!


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Very helpful and useful info as usual Christy. I need to be more active on Stumbleupon. Thanks for the reminder.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

I know that Stumble upon is a potential traffic generating social media, but i still not getting enough traffic from it. May be i have to follow your instructions and to work on it. Thanks for sharing, rated up and useful.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Well written, useful Hub for every blogger. As always, you have written another great Hub. Thank you for the tips you have shared. Voted up and shared with followers.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very useful info and thanks for sharing. Ever since hubpages did away with the stumbleupon button I missed out on sharing new hubs here.

Now with your hub acting as a trigger I did share 2 hubs already.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing it.


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BizVT34 4 years ago from USA

ChristyWrites ..... as usual great stuff from you! Now I gotta go work on Stumblin'


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

I like SU. It truly increases traffic. I try to add all my hubs and articles from different blogs. I need to follow more people on there. Really cool place to explore.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Christy,

This is an awesome tutorial for Stumbleupon! Very clear presentation, easy to understand! I know I have told you already, but this is an awesome niche' you have going! :) Keep it up Christy!


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Great info here. I just started using stumble upon for my hubs. I haven't jumped into starting my own blog just yet, but maybe someday. Thanks for this helpful info.


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

I just started with stumbleupon so this is useful, thanks!


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Hmm...I'll have to give it a try! Thanks Christy :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Interesting. This made me want to visit Stumble Upon.. I never opened this site and I want to give this a try. thanks Christy!


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Patti Riggs Hale 4 years ago from Burdette, Arkansas

I've used Stumble upon but, like everything else, have not used it to its full advantage. Will try it again. See you on Stumble Upon!


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I've used stumbleupon for hubs and yahoo articles, and gotten a few hits off of it. I'll have to try it for my blogs. Good, useful article!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I have been using StumbleUpon but you have me some additional tips here that I didn't realize. I am going to be using it more efficiently now. Thanks for the info! Voted up and useful!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

I am on my IPad now, but am totally pinning this to try later. I did sign up for StumpleUpon yesterday and need to look into it further this week. Thank you for the invaluable information, because I truly appreciate it. Shared and VUMs too!!


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Mr Tindle 4 years ago

ChristyWrites,

This was a really informative article. I have used StumbleUpon a little to try get exposure for some of my hubs, but these tips will come in handy for further use. Voted up!


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Voted Up, Interesting and Useful! Thanks for sharing this information!!!


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howlermunkey 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

From the link I looked up ---

Q - "I can’t seem to add any more web pages from a particular domain to StumbleUpon"

A - "We have a limit in place that prevents multiple postings from a single account. If you habitually post content from only a few domains, you’ll probably encounter this limit. If you’re still able to add and comment on other Stumbles, but not add new web pages from a domain you have previously added, it is likely that you have encountered the posting limit."

"StumbleUpon detects behavior like this to prevent the unauthorized promotion of a specific web page, product or service (please note such use is grounds for account termination). The posting limit will remain in place until you use the StumbleBar more frequently to Like, Dislike, comment and add a wider variety of web pages."

Our members are seek interesting web pages and comments. Accounts that post repeatedly from a single source (or the same few sources) tend to be viewed as “spammy,” and do not generally prove popular.


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howlermunkey 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

Christy very timely information as I am just getting into stumbleupon.

I would like to issue a word of caution to fellow hubbers though (I was going to write a hub, but yours is perfect).

When I first starting submitting to stumbleupon through the "add page link", I noticed IMMEDIATE traffic, in the range of 15-30 hits per add. Not knowing the rules, I did what anyone would do, I started adding all of my hubs. Not at once, but spread out throughout the day so I could gauge traffic and see the results. They were solid, it was a good day.

By that night, I was posting number 10 or 11 I believe, when all of a sudden I got an error "failed to upload url"...when I hit "submit".

I thought it was a bad link, so I tried another,..same result. I googled the error and there are several people who made the same mistake I made.

Apparently, I had hit the "upload limit". StumbleUpon has limits to avoid too much posting to a page -- such as howlermunkey.hubpages.... they feel this is spamming.

This happened to me last weekend, and I haven't tried to post since, just trying to build "likes" and a solid profile. If I could do it over, I would have submitted two or three max. Then built up a solid profile, Then maybe one or two again this weekend.

I didn't get an email, no warning, and the rules aren't very clear.....

We'll see how it ends, I still have an account, although no followers yet. Just wanted to let my fellow hubbers be aware that while StumbleUpon gave me the best immediate results yet, there are rules and limits.

Thanks for posting this Christy (perfect timing)!


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Gamerelated 4 years ago from California

Hello ChristyWrites, this is another great Hub from you. In between writing Hubs I often come to your Hubs to learn about social networking. Social networking is my weakness and that seems to be one of your strength so I always learn a lot from you every time I read your social networking Hubs.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I have a double bookmark here as I have been wondering about how to use stumbleupon. Uploading the blog...I will try that. Thanks for sharing this information. Much appreciated.

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