How To Submit To Stumbleupon - A Step-By-Step Guide To Increase Web Traffic Via The #1 Social Media Traffic Generator
First of All What is StumbleUpon?
According to the web definition it is a discovery engine where you discover and recommend websites amongst StumbleUpon members.
How Does StumbleUpon Work?
When you sign-up to StumbleUpon you will participate in viewing web pages which you will rate according to whether you like or dislike the web page, photo or video you are viewing. It also gives you an opportunity to write a review about the web page and share your interests with social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
StumbleUpon also has a toolbar feature you can download which makes the process of discovering and recommending webpages easier. For example, the toolbar has a ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’ icon you can simply click to rate pages. It is through the ‘thumbs up’ icon that new sites get onto the StumbleUpon database which serves the end user whilst they are stumbling web pages.
When you put through a new website submission with a “thumbs up” a separate window will open giving you the opportunity to choose a relevant category, add a review and up to 5 keywords that match that website. Upon sites being listed in the system, people will then be able to stumble them and learn more about the sites you submit.
How to Use Stumbleupon to Increase Website Traffic
Your main aim in using StumbleUpon is to get your web page submissions noticed to the point that it increases website traffic to your web page.
To be successful on StumbleUpon you should carry out the following steps after sigining up:
Step 1. Complete Your Profile Page - It is important to let others know who you are and what you like. Write a short bio about yourself, upload a picture, preferably with a photo of yourself rather than an animated picture or company logo. This is more personalised so that when people are browsing they know they are communicating with a real person and will get a real sense of who you are.
Step 2. Join Communities - It’s a good idea to join communities that relate to your interests and your business and get to know other StumbleUpon users. By joining these communities you will be able to contribute similar pages to the StumbleUpon engine so that they are shown to the other group members. You can join up to 63 groups in the main categories.
Step 3. Begin to Socialise - StumbleUpon is an excellent place to make new friends. Browse through SU and find people who have similar interests to yours. By adding friends whose pages you like means that they are likely to reciprocate and like the pages you submit.
Step 4. Stumble Sites Regularly - If you want to get noticed and build a good reputation it is essential that you stumble several pages daily and rate them according to like or dislike. This way people will take note and if they like the pages you have stumbled upon or submitted, you will more than likely receive high ratings in the community and drive targeted traffic to your site submissions.
Step 5. Label Submissions - It is important to label and tag your submissions correctly. This enables your web pages to receive the most targeted traffic from users who are interested in the subject matter you have submitted content to. Using the most relevant keywords and tags will also increase your popularity and the number of ‘thumbs up’ clicks. Irrelevant labelling leads to ‘thumbs down’ clicks and has a negative impact on your reputation.
- Complete Profile
- Join Communities of Interest
- Follow people who have the same interests
- Stumble Daily (minimum 10 sitea)
- Properly label your new submissions
Why Should You Use StumbleUpon?
Because it will provide a steady flow of extremely targeted traffic to any webpage you submit.
Several StumbleUpon users claim they receive up to 20,000 visitors per month to their webpages, visitors that are specifically interested in the topic of the webage, which means they are more likely to click the ‘thumbs up’ icon, make a purchase if there are products or a service on offer or click adsense ads that relate to the topic of the webpage.
You could also sponsor your site on StumbleUpon, which is significantly cheaper than rivals Google Adwords, Yahoo or Microsoft Adcenter at $0.05 per visitior with a maximum of 2,000 visitors per day.
Personally, I am a member of various StumbleUpon communities and have a number of interests. I stumble sites daily, rate pages through the thumbs’ icon, write 4-5 reviews, befriend other StumbleUpon members and submit my hubpages and receive a great deal of targeted traffic to my Hubs and blogs. (a word of caution, do not submit your personal pages too often or more than the webpages your stumble as it may be seen as if you are only trying to leverage your own pages and not considering the pages of other SU members. This could lead to your account being closed.)
So if you’re interested in receiving targeted traffic or advertising cheaply, join StumbleUpon.