Getting blog traffic is important.
But not all traffic sources are created equals.
I wrote about how to get more traffic to your blog using the best traffic sources. They worth your time and effort. They create such long-lasting passive traffic for your blog.
But what about getting blog traffic from StumbleUpon? Does it worth the effort?
The fact is that StumbleUpon traffic often bounce. The visitor just take 5 to 10 seconds to figure out if he’ll like your page or stumble upon a new page.
A few people actually go for StumbleUpon traffic. But is it useless?
No. StumbleUpon helps.
And if you don’t spend more than 20 minutes a day managing it, you don’t risk too much trying.
In today’s post, we’ll dig into how to get blog traffic from StumbleUpon. And how to make that traffic converts.
First, you need to understand how StumbleUpon works.
It is a social network around content. More like a social bookmark community.
Bloggers need more traffic to their blog. Readers want quality content to consume. StumbleUpon plays as intermediary between the two.
You can use it to discover pages to share with your audience on other social media as well.
The more you like pages, the more StumbleUpon understands your interests and show you pages around them.
The more it understand your pages, the more targeted stumblers can see your pages and interact with them.
It should send targeted traffic to your blog, right? What’s wrong?
What’s wrong with StumbleUpon?
StumbleUpon defines its content community in one sentence:
StumbleUpon is a giant collection of the best pages on the internet!
In fact, StumbleUpon is an application that is used to bookmark best pages on the internet.
Once someone like a page and bookmark it, the community can visit that page, like it, leave comments and share on other social networks. Each time someone interacts with it, it gets more popular.
This is then a big opportunity for that page to go viral instantly… without further efforts.
It is possible because StumbleUpon has 25 millions + users. It stores more than 100 000 000+ bookmarked pages; and get 180+ visits per page submitted on SU per month on average!
Furthermore, contents are grouped under categories, channels, lists, etc… It makes things more interesting.
StumbleUpon shows pages submitted by other stumbler to anyone who browse the site. it selects those pages based on interests the user entered in his profile or based on recent pages he likes.
So, you can get targeted traffic from StumbleUpon… quick, effortless, free. But there’s a catch.
If your webpage is not optimized for StumbleUpon, people will spend 10 seconds on your website and leave.
If it is well optimized, people will spend time reading or like it so it reaches more people.
Another reason why StumbleUpon traffic bounce rate is so high is when people like us use it. We stumble other pages just to do not look over-promotional. We’re looking for pages to like, not to read. Here comes the high bounce rate.
How to use StumbleUpon to boost your blog traffic? How to make that traffic converts?
Here we go…
How to get traffic from StumbleUpon?
The common way users visit pages is by hitting the “stumble now” button.
The best pages according to StumbleUpon ranking criteria are served first, then the others. An optimized page get more traffic. So, how to optimize a page to get traffic from StumbleUpon? Hold on.
Then, you can get traffic from directory pages (list, category, channels, profile, brand, tags, etc…); Optimized pages still apply then popularity and interests.
Getting traffic from stumbleUpon does not take more than 20 minutes a day. So, even if you get a few high bounce traffic, it worth the time chasing converting ones.
Do it following these tips:
1.- Post in right category
Content is listed by category.
Users can follow categories and get stuff from that category when stumbling.
If your chosen category is popular and followed by a lot of people, you’ll get more traffic for your submission. You can visit the category page for insights. As example:
- Business – 1.4 millions+ followers
- Computer Science – 187 000 followers
- Writing – 3.4 K followers
2.- Get likes by popular stumbler
On social networks, audience is always limited to a few people called followers, circles or fans. To get more audience, you need to get promoted on someone else network.
Ask stumbler to share your content and reach a wider audience. Add stumble upon button to your pages to help sharing by users with existing wide audience. And, pages popularity and stumbler authority help rank better in category pages.
3.- Shorten your URLs with StumbleUpon
Shorten your URLs with StumbleUpon can increase your site traffic!
A sharing with a link shrink with StumbleUpon will include the social bar with the Like and Unlike button which will help the user to add your pages to its lists and share it with his friends with one click.
You can use that short URL to share on twitter and get stumbler to add more views to your twitter status which stay for just a few minutes.
4.- Get more followers
More followers mean a wider audience.
With StumbleUpon, you can reach anyone by interest, but higher pages are served firs.
With followers, you get seen what ever the ranking of your pages based on time line. StumbleUpon also deliver suggestions by mail, getting followers will help your pages to be promoted through mails.
5.- Use effective tags
Tags are powerful in StumbleUpon listings. They help to create new interests people can follow! When tags exist on system, tags help you share your submission under more than one category. Remember to pick carefully tags you will add to your submissions.
6.- Group your pages under lists
The game is not to simply share your pages and stop! You can create custom lists for a better segmentation.
Those list can be about anything (best work outs, 2013 seo traffic tips, etc…)! Unlike categories, it is up to stumblers to create lists. Create list, add your pages and get your lists followed by stumblers for even more traffic from StumbleUpon.
7.- Share your stumbles and like your stumbled pages
Extends your impact with proper sharing. To get traffic from StumbleUpon, you can share your pages with your social networks, your StumbleUpon followers via mail and suggestions, and even more.
If someone else shared your page first, go to that profile and like the submission. It is claimed that pages submitted by your audience are more powerful, your listing from them just add values and help you with your success.
8.- Optimize your article headline
Your page is shown also in user home page on StumbleUpon, lists, categories and profiles. To increase click through rate, nothing better than a great headline that catch user attention!
Recommended reading: How to write headline that increases listing CTR?
9.- Use attractive and high quality featured images
With your headline, an image is shown under the title and above the page description! That image is taken from your post, the featured image is used or your page screenshot. Thousands words in a pic can dramatically increase your traffic from social media; StumbleUpon is not an exception to the rule.
10.- Use StumbleUpon widgets
With StumbleUpon widget, you can reach people out of your network anywhere you can add some html codes. S.U widgets help you to showcase your popular and latest submission on StumbleUpon.
Plugins also help to get StumbleUpon followers and sharing. Add them somewhere that will be visible and you’ll notice augmentation of your traffic.
11.- Use StumbleUpon advertising
While all above tips help to get traffic from StumbleUpon without spending a dime, StumbleUpon advertising helps you get cheap traffic packages. pay $0.10 per targeted and high quality traffic.
Those traffic are direct and help getting even more as they are natural and increase likes that spread the word across the world.
12.- Stumble pages submitted by others :)
It seems ridiculous, visit others while you want to get traffic! Yes, it is not required but it is recommended. First, if everyone just submit pages, who will read the submission? Then, each time you stumble pages and like, it is recorded by the system.
It will be used to show you only pages you like but also to suggest your account to be followed by others users. So, define your interesting by stumbling upon pages and get promoted by the system who knows you better.
Apply those tips to get traffic from StumbleUpon with less effort! You get targeted traffic, high quality social traffic, more followers and real readers.