Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How to get Traffic for Your Blog: Stumble Upon

Have you ever been on the interstate during rush hour with bumper to bumper traffic, wishing you were anywhere but there? “Traffic” is a word that makes most people cringe at the thought of it, but to a blogger “traffic” means that people are interested in what you have to say. Traffic is a reason for a blogger to keep posting more and more to keep the attention of the blog’s followers.

When I started this blog, I had not blogged before. Well, I had started one about a year ago and never did anything with it. I am determined to keep this blog going and interesting for my readers. I have started using methods to gain more traffic for the blog and as I went through a few of them, I thought about my readers who are going through the same trials and tribulations of blogging. So, I am going to share some ways in the next few days that I have found that appear to work.

 Stumble Upon is something that I heard about 2 years ago but never really paid it any attention. About 6 months ago, I saw someone talking on a forum about how Stumble Upon helped their site traffic, so that got me to rethinking joining the site.

Stumble Upon is a social network community based site that allows it’s members to rate websites, videos, and photos that they would like to share with their fellow members with the click of a button that can be found on their toolbar. You can give websites a “thumbs up” or a “thumbs down” and review sites so that members can see how the site would benefit them.

How can a blogger get started benefiting from Stumble Upon?

1. Open an account and establish a profile that includes a brief profile, picture, and your interest.

2. Download the Stumble Upon toolbar. This is a necessity. You will use it to stumble and give your “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” and brief review of websites. When you click “I like it” in the toolbar for a website, a pop-up screen will appear to allow you to give you review and place appropriate tags so that other stumblers will find it.

3. Make sure to try to stumble daily. Ever heard of the phrase, “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”? That applies to Stumble Upon in the fact that you are going to get traffic from the site so you need to give back to the members and stumble their sites.

4. Don’t continually stumble your own work. That is a form of spam. It is o.k. to do this once in a while but not everyday. If you have the Stumble Upon badge on your site, people will stumble your site for you.

5. As you get going make some Stumble Upon Friends. This is another way that you can share post and updates with the site by sending a link to you friends on Stumble Upon. That will give it a chance to be stumbled.

Remember, like anything else, it takes time and effort to benefit from Stumble Upon. It will take patience and participation from you.

If you have had success with Stumble Upon please leave a comment and share it with us.



  1. i've joined, but wasn't sure what else to do except stumble my ehow articles and etsy listings and blog posts.

    but i'll check out the toolbar!

  2. Great information! Thanks for sharing! I had never heard of Stumble Upon before!

  3. Once you download the toolbar, start using the Stumble button on the left of the toolbar and start to rate sites by clicking the thumbs up or down buttons. Also, if you have sites that are your personal favorites, go to them and click "I Like It" and rate and review it. I hope this helps.