I have used StumbleUpon for a few months now and to be honest I still don’t get it. While it brings me a fair amount of traffic not once have I received a single comment from a StumbleUpon visitor or have they stayed long enough to read another related post.
StumbleUpon is a social bookmark and rating site, a place for people to share the favourite “Stumble Upon” web pages and share them with their own followers, people will even rate your pages. I have never had a page reviewed to date.
Many bloggers end up having a love-hate relationship with StumbleUpon. They love the amount of traffic that the service – which now boasts over 10 million members – can send, but they hate the conversion rate on that traffic. ViperChill received 12,040 visitors from StumbleUpon in May, yet their average time on site was just 26 seconds (overall site average is 2 minutes and 24 seconds) and they each viewed around 1.22 pages.
Simply put, compared to other traffic sources, StumbleUpon is terrible. However, because the service sends so much traffic, even leveraging just a small percentage can see a decent increase in your comment count and subscriber numbers. Today I’m going to give an in-depth guide to the service and then give my tactics for getting the most out of it. So Viper Chill tells us.
I have a low bounce rate, most readers stay to read another related comment. I find StumbleUpon the only traffic source that reads and runs. I would love to engage further with these readers.
532 visitors landed on my blog from StumbleUpon in the last 30 days. Not 1 comment left, not another post read. Why?
It’s important that you do not simply keep submitting your own content to the site as I’ve noticed a lot of people do as this is a fast-track way to get your account banned or have your site banned. Even a huge blog like ProBlogger was removed from the service and while the domain was allowed back into the system after a huge uproar, it does show that nobody is exempt from their heavy hand.
You can submit a new page to the system by simply clicking ‘I like it’ and if the page has not been discovered before, a pop-up box like this one below will appear: source
Oh dear looks like I have a lot to learn, so while I go off to do some research leave me a comment to let me know …
Are you a visitor from StumbleUpon? Share what we mummy bloggers can do to improve our conversion with StumbleUpon?
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