Double Your Traffic with StumblUpon in 15 Minutes A Day

Double your traffic with StumblUpon in 15 Minutes a Day

Got 15 mins? I’m going to teach you everything you need to know to start using StumblUpon to drive massive traffic to your blog with the easiest to manage social network on the web.

There are literally hundreds of different social networks out there, each with their own crazy little hangups. All of them are great (in their own “special“ way…*ahem* I’m looking at you Fb) for driving traffic to your website, and all of them require, let’s face it, a shit ton of work.

Well not ALL of them.

One of the best platforms for driving tons (and I mean MASSIVE MASSIVE) traffic to your site, is also one of the web’s most underrated networks.

StumblUpon is this magic little corner of the internet that has the potential to be totally killing it for your blog, but most people are using it totally wrong. If you’re one of those people who tried it, got zero results then kicked it to the curb, this article is for you.

If you can manage to devote just 15 mins a day to the network, you can apply a super straightforward formula that gets the StumblUpon gods to smile on you, and gift you will loads of happy visitors.

I tried it and in just 2 weeks, doubled my traffic.

The 1 & Only Thing You Need To Know

If you take nothing else away from this post, I want you to know this 1 thing.

Slow. Down.

Because of the super easy, almost autopilot setup StumblUpon has got going on, it’s super easy to just open the app, thumbs up a page before it even loads all the way, and tap that big orange button for more content.

This is where most people seriously mess up their accounts and doom themselves to SU purgatory.

For StumblUpon to work for you, you’ve got to let the page load in its entirety, scroll through the content at a readable speed, poke around the site for a minute, and then (and only then), give the content a thumbs up or thumbs down.

Let me reiterate. While you’re going through and applying this formula I’m about to lay out for you…SLOW DOWN.

You might as well make this an enjoyable experience for yourself and start building your account up with content you actually want to read, because you will be reading it.

Setting Up Your Account

Just like any other social network, you need to fill out your profile. Before you get to the
daily routine, you need a good base to work with.

Fill Out Your Profile

Load, log into your account, and click your profile picture at the top right.
Click “settings”, and then fill out your info. Go through each of the tabs and make sure your profile is filled out properly.

Double your traffic with StumblUpon in just 15 minutes a day

Create Your Lists

Once you’ve finished your profile, the next order of business is your collection of lists. Lists are where you will store your favorite pieces of content, and can be followed by other people. Make sure you’re collecting pages that are actually relevant to the list title, and keep in mind your goals here. “To curate content that attracts and benefits your ideal customer”.

Since you will be reading every piece of content that goes into each list, selecting only the best stuff out there should be no problem.

Click the star in the upper left corner, and choose “Create New List”.

Create 10-15 lists for categories related to your business, and your personal interests, in which you will be curating collections of content.

These lists should be titled with keyword rich names, and not overly creative headings. Use titles like “Blogging”, “DIY”, “Gardening”, “Writing Tips”, “PR Updates”, etc.

You get the picture.

Double your traffic with StumblUpon in just 15 minutes a day

If you’re having trouble finding out what your target market is interested in, check out this post to learn exactly how you go about figuring it out.

Your Daily Routine

Just like all the other networks, StumblUpon is governed by an algorithm. Fortunately, this one is a bit easier to work with than some of the others. Use the below routine as the foundation for your traffic building strategy with SU, and then break out and experiment with spending more time in each of the areas to see what yields the best results for you.

TIP: Download the app for a more efficient experience.

8 mins – Stumbl Stumbl Stumbl

Get stumbling. Log on daily and start clicking that big orange button.

Make sure you’re really actually reading the pages you are giving a thumbs up, and adding your favorite articles to your lists. Try to spend at least 1 full minute on pages you like and make sure you’re clicking around to other pages within the displayed blog.

If you like the article, leave a comment, or follow the person who “discovered” it.

Don’t just skim through posts and speed scroll to the bottom. That’s not how this works. Slow down, really read through the content, and if you like it, grant it a thumbs up.

You’re going to spend a full 8 minutes on this anyways. Don’t get fooled into thinking SU is giving you points for the sheer number of pages you stumble. They want you to actually read and engage with the content.

6 mins – Add Your Favorite Blog Posts from Other Authors

Another important piece of this routine is doing your part to discover other pages. Spend at least 6 full minutes a day adding new pages by clicking your profile picture, then selecting “Add A Page”.

Double your traffic with StumblUpon in just 15 minutes a day

Fill out the description with a few words about the subject of the article and click “Save”. It literally takes 10 seconds or less to add a page, so come prepared with a solid handful of links to paste in.

If you’re having trouble finding links to add, join a Facebook group with a blog post promo thread and help your fellow bloggers out by adding their content.

TIP: I use Evernote to collect links throughout the day to add to SU when I work on it in the evening.

Remember to add these pages to your lists when you really believe they fit.

1 min – Add your latest blog post to double your traffic with StumblUpon

Finally, here comes the fun part. How exactly is all this driving traffic to your blog? Well, if you’re doing your job and contributing to the StumblUpon community, this is the step that will drive up the metrics for your site.

Go ahead and add your latest blog post in the same way you added posts from other authors.

Make sure you fill out the “Safe For Work” radio button and the description field. Use a tag in the description that matches up with one of the available categories in the “interests” lists.

For every 20-25 pages you add from other authors, you can add 1 page of your own. And that’s it. That really is all you need to do to get SU to show your page over and over again to people who have listed that category in their interests.

What makes a blog post get tons of thumbs ups? Find out here.

Bask in Your Traffic

15 mins a day can actually double your traffic with StumblUpon, and it doesn’t take rocket science to make it work.

Put in the time, complete the routine, give it 2 solid weeks, and watch your referral traffic from and skyrocket.

A word of caution though…It’s easy to see great results with this network, but just like any other channel, it’s important to diversify your traffic referral sources. Don’t rely on any one channel to bring visitors to your site.

The algorithm could change at any moment, your account could be flagged as spam, or the network could disappear from the face of the earth entirely. Make sure you’re working to generate traffic from a variety of sources and don’t ever get too dependent on a single one.

Now go out and kick some StumblUpon ass!

  • Excellent advice. I love Stumbling, but after reading this feel like I could be doing more, or at least better. Thanks.
    Dropped in from Blogger’s Pit Stop and happy I did. 🙂
    Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂

  • This is advice I had never heard before, and it’s great. Thank you. I shall SLOW DOWN when I’m on SU.

  • Kathleen – Bloggers Lifestyle

    Once again your advice is spot on. I sure did not understand how to Stumble in this way. I am going to try it from now. Thanks you.
    Bloggers Pit Stop – We value quality posts.

  • This is an amazing article and really brings to light the logic behind it. I’ve purchase an e-book on this subject which didn’T even get through to the bottom 3/4 of this article…luckily it only cost me $17 so not a deep expense. I just tweeted it and liked it and stumbled it of course!!! Awesome tips. I love SU but wasn’t aware of how it actually bumpd your pages to show to people. I did have a few days of viral traffic on one of my Xmas gift guide posts…I still get traffic on it from SU but not as much as when it was the season. Thanks so much 🙂

  • sue

    Thanks for the lesson on Stumbleupon Olivia. I don’t know why but I’ve had such trouble getting my head around it all and wondering if it is worth getting involved in another form of social media. Pinning for future reference. Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty. Stopping by from Blogger’s PitStop

  • The Oracle

    Thanks this is good advice. I often have a tough time with stumbleupon myself

  • I started using stumbleupon this year and it’s really increased my traffic. Definitely need to slow down though!

  • Sharon Combs

    I’m always leery of having more social media than I can handle. Thank you for this blog! I think I will be starting me an account up tonight. Never knew how useful StumplUpon could be.

    • I hear that a lot. It’s a smart way to approach the overwhelming amount of channels on the web. Deciding which to take on is all about figuring out which channels have the biggest reward for the smallest input of time.

  • I suddenly saw my traffic sky rocket a few days ago from stumble upon! I had no idea how the algorithms worked but now that I do thanks to this posts I feel like I have a much better change on keeping the traffic coming! Thank you, Olivia!

    • That’s wonderful Sofie. I battled with SU for weeks trying to figure out the secret. Once you understand the basics, it’s easy to rely on it for solid traffic.

  • I have gotten pretty decent traffic from stumble upon as well.

    • Super! It works well for high quality content and engaging material.

  • Ana

    Thanks for the tips! I didn’t understand how stumble upon worked until now! I’ll start using it from now

    • Great to hear! Let me know what kind of results you see!

  • Thanks for the great information. I haven’t used Stumble Upon but I am intrigued and may need to start using it.

    • The awesome thing about it, is that it’s a totally different kind of social network. There ARE algorithms at play, but your content doesn’t get thrown into a black hole like on Fb.

  • Carla

    Okay ! You just made me a believer. I think another social media site but I can spend the time doing this. Great article.

    • Thanks Carla! I’m glad you’ve been converted!

  • Kathleen – Bloggers Lifestyle

    You have made the list of the most clicked on The Blogger’s Pit Stop. Congratulations – look for a feature on Friday.

  • Paula Atwell

    Great post. I have found SU to be a great source of traffic. 🙂

  • Blue Faced Momma

    These are great tips! I love SU! Thanks for linking up for some #mommatime!

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  • I’m still new to SU, thanks for this!

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  • Matilda Polu Togiai

    Thanks for this great info on SU!

  • GREAT post. Love it. Just started really getting into StumbleUpon and I’m definitely going to use these tips. And I just “thumbs up” this page!

  • Emily Thomas

    This is a resource I am not yet utilizing for my business! I used to use StumbleUpon for personal use but haven’t in probably 5 years. never thought about how it could help my business, so thanks!

  • Jennifer Arthur Cirone

    Thanks for sharing. I actually have stumble upon account but had no idea how to use it. I Thanks for posting on #mommatime

  • Lisa Pomerantz

    I’m going to give it a whirl! Thanks for explaining the process. Very helpful.

  • Meg

    I’ve never used StumbleUpon, but I’m definitely interested in trying it. Your article is so easy to follow, and clear. I really appreciate that; learning all the ins and outs of social media kind of makes me crazy, but you make this one sound manageable. Thanks!

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  • The Mom Life

    I’m totally doing this for my YouTube channel!!

  • This was so useful, thank you x

  • OK, dumb question time. What’s the difference between what you’re doing for 8 mins and then for 6 mins. I think I get that for the 6 minutes part I’m going to blogs and stumbling them…but where do I go for the 8 minute part? Sorry in advance for between a Stumble dweeb!

  • Kellie Molway Ljungholm

    Thank you for this!

  • Carol Cliffe

    This is completely brilliant, definitely the best guide I’ve read so far. I’ve just shared it with some blogger friends, we all need to see this!

    • Carol Cliffe

      Oh, and I Stumbled it, of course!

      • Olivia Rose

        Thanks Carol! I love StumblUpon and the time spent experimenting with it has absolutely been worth it.