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How I Stumbled on StumbleUpon Using The HubPages Hop Tool

Updated on June 19, 2012

What's HubPages Hop?

Today, I finally got around to understanding what the HubPages hop tool is for. I’ve read one or two hubs that recommended the use of this tool but I didn’t understand how it could actually help me. Until today.

I was checking out the statistics on my hubs when the links at the top of my browser caught my attention:



I clicked on the first link, Help us out, Hop some hubs, and after hopping through a few hubs I got to this very interesting and highly useful hub:

http://hubpages.com/hop/#/how-to-raise-the-traffic-of-failing-hubs

This hub outlines how you can attract visitors to your hub from outside of HubPages. The author recommended the use of StumbleUpon and I thought I should check it out.

So I signed up for a StumbleUpon account, submitted the links to my hubs and waited to see how it would turn out! Before I signed up for StumbleUpon I took note that my page views were at 268.

8 Hours Later

So here we are now 8 hours after I signed up for StumbleUpon. I hurriedly logged on to HubPages and clicked on My Account and lo and behold my page views were already at 335! This meant that my traffic has increased by 25% in only 8 hours!

Wow, I was amazed. For a new hubber like me this is simply incredible. I am just starting to experiment with social media but I can already see the results.

But wait there’s more

After the excitement faded, I started to realize I must be missing something. I do have a tendency to get overexcited but I wanted to share my discovery especially with new hubbers. So, here’s what I realized when I finally started to think rationally:

HubPages has a pretty good tracking system so it might be just coincidence that I signed up for StumbleUpon just when I happened to publish a new hub


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So I decided to do a bit more research so I can make a satisfactory conclusion. Here’s how I did it:

1. Statistics for individual hubs

On each of your hubs, you can track where your traffic is coming from, i.e. did people find you on HubPages.com or from search engines.

Go to My Account > Hubs > Statistics

Scroll down to view the complete list of hubs. Click on the TITLE of the hub you want to visit. Here’s an example:



By clicking on Stats, I saw that I got 1 page view from StumbleUpon.com for this particular hub. Disappointing, I know, but since I just published this hub shortly before I signed up for StumbleUpon then I knew I shouldn’t be expecting a miracle. I have to be pretty realistic at this point. Anyway, I’ve read that traffic would increase once more people stumble upon the hub so I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this!


2. Traffic sources - how to know how many people from StumbleUpon viewed my hubs.

Go to My Account > Hubs > Traffic Sources

In a period of 8 hours, my traffic sources statistics show that I got a total of 9 page views from StumbleUpon:



Not too bad for my first 8 hours. At this rate, I got an average of 1 page view per hour. LOL. I’m expecting this rate will increase in the coming days, weeks and even months from now!


To conclude:

1. The point of this hub is to show that you can find extremely useful and informative hubs by using the HubPages hop tool.

2. This hub also illustrates that social media marketing does work. StumbleUpon is just one of the many sites you can use to promote your hubs and get traffic from.

Here are some other hubs that you might find interesting as well:

http://archbob.hubpages.com/hub/Promoting-Your-Site----StumbleUpon-strategies

http://shafmasta.hubpages.com/hub/Stumbleupon-Traffic-How-to-Increase-Hits

If you have any feedback or more tips on using StumbleUpon, please feel free to post your comments below. Thanks.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I use Stumbleupon to promote my hubs all the time to promote my hubs. I have had some success with it. I get enough traffic from it to make me want to continue. I am still learning how to use it.

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      Angie D 5 years ago

      Hi Davenstan, thanks for sharing. I am aiming to have maybe around half of my traffic sources from outside of hubpages, i.e. search engines, stumbleupon, digg, etc. Getting traffic from a diverse number of sources would be ideal but I understand this will take time. *sigh* I wonder if there is such as thing as speeding all these up? LOL! Thanks for dropping by! :-)

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      sonykkid 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot, this was my hub, thanks for linking to it it is very appreciated, I am glad you got traffic from following my advice

      Thanks again for reading my hub and linking to it, if you want other sites that will give you a boost of traffic go for digg or reddit, i get burst of traffic from here

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      Angie D 5 years ago

      Hi Sonykkid, thanks for dropping and you're welcome. :-) I do appreciate the help you've given. I'm going to be reading up on Pinterest next because I've heard a lot of good things about it. And it's just a really cool looking website!

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      sonykkid 5 years ago

      I use Pinterest too what is your username I will follow you, I suggest you follow a group like 'Articles of Hubpages' that someone on here set up and that way you can get some followers and hopefully some traffic, do you use google plus?

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      Angie D 5 years ago

      Hey, thanks for the tip sonykkid. I haven't set up an account yet on pinterest, I've just been looking around the site. The collage of images is really something to look at. Regarding google plus I'm not using it yet. I do use facebook but I am not sure yet if I should be linking it to my hubpages account and vice versa. I guess it's too personal. Some of my friends recommend I set up a less personal / more professional facebook account. I haven't gotten to it yet though.

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      sonykkid 5 years ago

      I have an account on Twitter Facebook and g plus just for Hubpages I would feel a little awkward telling my friends about what I blog about, do you have a blog or do you only write on Hubpages?

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      Angie D 5 years ago

      I know, right! ;-) I am just starting out actually. Hubpages is my first stop since the site reviews I read seems to lean towards hubpages as opposed to squidoo or triond. I work full time so I only write when I have spare time. I was aiming for at least 1 hub per day but have not been able to manage this so far (obviously!) or I would have published 30+ hubs right now. LOL! I enjoy writing though and I certainly love hubpages! Hubs such as yours provide a ton of useful information for newbies like me. Thank you! :-)

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      sonykkid 5 years ago

      Thanks Triond isn't for me and neither is squidoo, on squidoo you don't get paid what you earn and that's why I hate it so much, but hubpages pays 60% which is still a big chunk imagine if you earn $100 they'll only pay you $60 thats a huge chunk, it's good to try a few thingss out like infobarrel or wizzley these are the best alternatives to hubpages and pay you from adsense. Squidoo is good for product reviews where you need a lot of out-going links and on Squidoo and Wizzley you can add your own affiliate links which means you'll earn more, in my experience hubpages get more traffic than squidoo and its easier to rank on google, with little/no effort you can get to page 1/2 of google using only on page seo, and content. Good content means people will liink to your hub and this will give you traffic, just like when I wrote a hub to help with people's traffic you linked to it, and now I get traffic from you. Take it slow on Hubpages and the number of hubs doesn't improve earning people on here have only 80-90 hubs and they earn over $300 a month

      If you need any help getting traffic just ask me

      I have been on hubpages for 4 weeks and have published 56 hubs so far

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      Angie D 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! You are wonderful, sonykkid! I will definitely be looking at the sites you have recommended once I find the time to do so. I get distracted quite easily so I think it would be best to focus on one site at a time so I actually finish something instead of doing everything at once. ;-) The learning curve is quite steep and finding the time to learn all these stuff is proving to be quite a challenge!

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      sonykkid 4 years ago

      If you like to do hubs with loads of links and want to be able to add affiliate links Hubpages may not be for you, have you tried Squidoo or Wizzley

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      Angie D 4 years ago

      No, I haven't tried Squidoo and Wizzley but I sure am interested. It's helpful to know that those two sites allow for affiliate links. I like hubpages but it does have some limitations. Will definitely be checking out those two sites sometime this week. :-)

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      sonykkid 4 years ago

      Do you do product hubs where you review a product and try and get amazon and ebay sales. If you do you really should try Squidoo as they are better for this. I also like squidoo as they allow html, and posts there can come out looking good as you can change font,colour

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      Angie D 4 years ago

      Yes, I am planning on promoting some affiliate products. I've already started building a list of products along with suitable keywords. Nothing concrete yet though. I'm trying to get my google adsense set up first (just applied yesterday) so I can then put adsense on the affiliate sites. :-)

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      sonykkid 4 years ago

      I do product posts on squidoo and posts about information and seo on hubpages it works out better that way

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      Angie D 4 years ago

      Yes, I think this is what I'll do. Trying to get my hubs set up first. Hopefully, I'll get approval on my adsense this week. Once that's sorted out, I will start working on squidoo. :-)

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      sonykkid 4 years ago

      with squidoo you dont need adsense but you will only get paid money if your posts rank high enough it is quite complicated to explain

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