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Stumbleupon: What is it good for?

Updated on January 4, 2013
"In my opinion, Stumbleupon is like TV channel surfing for the web."
"In my opinion, Stumbleupon is like TV channel surfing for the web."

Find Interesting Websites


Stumbleupon.com helps users find websites that might be unknown, but are high in quaility in regards to educating and entertaining. Instead of typing a topic of interest into a search engine, all the work is done for you. Users pick what subjects they are interested in, such as movies, fashion, art, computer technology, books, relationships, and many more. In my opinion, Stumbleupon is like TV channel surfing for the web.


Community


You can also use this website as you would a social networking site in that you can add friends. Your friends can see what websites you have added as a 'favorite' and you can check out theirs. This is just another way that you can discover unique and fun sites.


Generating Traffic


Those that have blogs, write online articles or hubs, or own a website are always concerned with how much traffic they hold. Stumbleupon can help generate traffic if you add your site directly and if users keep adding reviews for it.


Inspiration


I have used Stumbleupon many times for inspiration when trying to find ideas for my online articles. When I saw a video about tall painting, I was inspired to write an article about unique ways to paint. It is also a great place to help inspire artists, musicians, or any other creative occupations or hobbies. It is very easily personalized for each user; one can click on each area of interest and then further narrow it down by clicking on related subtopics. People can find many reasons to start discovering unusual and creative websites on Stumbleupon.


The Basics


What does it mean to stumble? After setting up a profile, the site will ask you to click on topics that you are interested in. After doing so, you can click the stumble button at the top of the screen and websites will randomly be displayed based on your designated preferences.

How do I add websites that I find somewhere else to Stumbleupon? The easiest way is by adding the Stumbleupon tool bar. You can use the thumbs up and down buttons just as if you were on stumbleupon.com. Another way is to click on the Favorites tab and then click on the add a site button. Provide the URL and your review by describing what the website is about and why people should view it.

How do I add my website or blog? You can add it in the same way that you would add any other site to your Favorites. Another way to recommend any website or your own is to enter the URL and review here: http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit


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    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Ben: I'm so glad this was useful to you and changed your mind about StumpleUpon. Thanks for reading!

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      Ben 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for your informative post. ^_^

      Now, I know it's not some "trash" site.

      Thank you! :)

    • Mike Robbers profile image

      Mike Robbers 

      5 years ago from London

      I tried to use StumbleUpon in the past but I couldn't understand how it works exactly .. as far as I remember It was also hard to find people to follow ..

      thanks for your information Ebower, I will give it another try! shared and voted :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I discovered Stumbleupon about a year ago, and I really enjoy it. A person can spend too much time on it (like Pinterest, etc.). I do get some traffic from that site.

      I voted this UP, etc.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      That's true, but I'm afraid I'd do something wrong and it would get infected. I'll leave it to the professionals. lol

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      6 years ago

      Ppl can do their own piercings, too, of course, right? Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, that's true for some. Although, I don't think it has been in my case. It helps when I don't have the money to do anything extra. lol

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      6 years ago

      ... and it can be similar with piercings, too, right? (Watch out!) Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      That's true; I've heard that as soon as someone gets one, they start planning to get another one.

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      6 years ago

      :)

      'Addictive' — a bit like some ppl find tattoos to be ...

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      lol I'm sure I did. I tend to enjoy the internet a lot. I am very active on a particular site and then I move on to another one. I will never grow tired of writing on Hubpages. :)

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      6 years ago

      So you used this word 'addicted' again... . I'm sure you mean it in a good sense ... :) Blessings.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I hope it helps you as well. It has helped me to generate some traffic to my hubs. You are very welcome. Thanks for reading!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hello Ebower, I started using Stumbleupon 2 weeks ago. I hope that it will lead to more traffic. I see from the views of other articles that it is certainly possible. It's easy enough to post once you are set up. All part of the learning curve. Thanks for writing this.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you! It has definitely given me a small boost in my traffic. Thanks for voting and commenting!

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      molometer 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hey what a great hub, very interesting. I will be reading more of your writing. Thanks. Voted up UI I stumbled upon stumble upon years ago and never went back but since I have been on hubpages for a few days now I have created an account there because as you say in may help traffic.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      It's highly entertaining and provides useful information. Yes, I use it to generate some traffic to Hubpages. Although, I've found that posting my hubs on Facebook and Twitter has proven more successful. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • jmartin1344 profile image

      jmartin1344 

      7 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

      My ex girlfriend raved about stumbleupon. It sounds like a great resource and I am going to check it out right now. I also like the idea of using it to generate hub traffic since I am new to hubpages and still need to learn these things.

      Great hub!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      It's really entertaining and addicting. Thanks for reading, Jon!

    • Jon Hunt profile image

      Jon Hunt 

      7 years ago

      Great! I have always heard good things from this site, but never bothered to see it. I'll check it out!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm glad I could inform you. Thanks for stopping by, James!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for this educative Hub. I learned from you and I will check out Stumbleupon.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I would definitely recommend it for generating traffic. Thanks for reading!

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      SusieQ42 

      7 years ago

      I read about StumbleUpon here at hubpages but have yet to check it out. I may do so this weekend. I have a couple of blogs that use some traffic. Thanks, E.

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I'm glad I could persuade you. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Hayley LaGarce 

      7 years ago from Kansas City, MO

      I had heard of this site before but I wasn't sure what it was. I think now I'm going to try it out myself!

    • Ebower profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin Bower 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I heard so much about it, so I had to try it. It's very fun and can get addicting. Yes, I really think it's a great way to come up with ideas for hubs. Thanks for rating!

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      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I hadn't ever stumbled upon this site, I'll have to check it out. As you say, if it can give me some sites based on what I am interested in, that could be an huge resource for hub ideas. You get a vote-up and useful for this hub.

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