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Updated on May 31, 2017

How to use Stumbleupon to increase traffic to your website

My latest favourite online social sharing tool is StumbleUpon! There are two reasons why. Firstly, it allows you to increase traffic to your website. Secondly, it is fun for research. For many students, StumbleUpon was a great way to pass the spare hours, stumbling on many funny videos and pictures!

In this article, I will explain how to use StumbleUpon for personal use and for business. From setting up an account to adding a link, you will find it all in this article. I hope that you find it useful.

What is Stumbleupon?

StumbleUpon is a social bookmarking and websharing platform that helps you to easily find things that you like, and also direct new traffic to your own website or webpage. The clever thing about StumbleUpon is that it learns your likes and dislikes, and when you 'stumble' through the net, it will show you new content relevant to your interests.

How to sign up for a Stumbleupon account

Let's get ready to stumble!

Simply go to and sign up with either your email or your Facebook account. You may have to validate your account by typing in some moving letters to prove that you are not a robot. Simply work through the stages on the page.

You will then be asked to select your interests by clicking on the categories that you like such as technology, dogs or fashion. When you have selected at least five interests, click the yellow 'save interests' button in the top right of the screen. You can then do your first 'stumble' by clicking the stumble button.

StumbleUpon For Dummies
StumbleUpon For Dummies

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The New Stumbleupon

The most important button for using StumbleUpon for research is the 'stumble' button in the top left hand side of the page. When you click this, it will show you new content based on your interests and previous 'likes'.

How do you get more Traffic to your Website using Stumbleupon? - Stumbleupon for social media and search engine optimisation

Using StumbleUpon is a great way to generate new traffic to your website. I find that every time I add a link into StumbleUpon, I get at least four or five new visits almost immediately to my web page, sometimes more if it is a popular site.

To add a site, click on the home icon in the top right. Where you see your stumbleupon username, click on the down arrow and then 'add a page. You will see the page that looks like this. Remember to add as many tags as you can for Social Media optimisation/SEO (search engine optimisation) and fill in a description. Then click the yellow add this page button. You should start to see a few clicks coming through from StumbleUpon that very same day, as people with similar interests will have 'stumbled' on your page.

Stumbleupon Lists

Stumbleupon Tip

You can follow users and they can follow you, like on Twitter. Follow people who share your niche!

Stumbleupon and Hubpages

StumbleUpon is great for promoting a webpage, but Hubpages writers need to be careful with the extent to which they promote their own Hubpages on content discovery engines in general. If you are promoting work on Hubpages, it might be worth limiting your submissions to 1-2 hubpages/month. As an alternative, Hubpage writers can use Stumbleupon's paid discovery service (advertising). There are no limits on self-promotion through Paid Discovery because that's what it's for. Squidoo is now merged with Hubpages, but please also be cautious with over-promotion of your Hubs through StumbleUpon.

Do you use stumbleupon? What do you think of it?

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      I have seen a few references to this site from Face Book. Thank you for posting this lens! I am going to check it out right now!

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      Amy Trumpeter 4 years ago from Oxford

      @tomoxby: Haha! Good one, why not! Or how to Face Facebook?!?

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      tomoxby 4 years ago

      Excellent information, love the title. I guess you are going to write about digging into Digg?

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      I like Stumbleupon - maybe too much. If I'm in the right mood, I can waste hours just clicking through amusing websites. On the one hand, it can be fun - on the other, I burn up a lot of time without even realising it!

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      ItsTimeToBurn 4 years ago

      Good tips!

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      bernicerduplessis 4 years ago

      @BLouw: just stopping by to sit, quietly and listen.

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      StrongMay 4 years ago

      I have never heard of it! Thanks for bringing it to my attention. This could be very useful.

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      I use Stumbleupon but most of my links get no or few views. Still - it's quick and easy.

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      dwsurfshop 4 years ago

      Stumbelupon is great for promoting a webpage, but lensmasters need to be careful with the extent to which they promote their own lenses on content discovery engines in general. Reddit has already restricted Squidoo lenses ( Another lensmaster suggests limiting submissions to 1-2 lenses/month ( As an alternative, lensmasters can use Stumbleupon's Paid Discovery service, which costs .10/guaranteed view. There are no limits on self-promotion through Paid Discovery because that's what it's for.

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      Leigh Stratton 4 years ago

      I love stumbleupon too! It was my favorite and most informative "time-suck" during college. I now plan on getting back into it and finding a way to link my lens to my stumbleupon page. Thanks for the tips!