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The Secret to Getting Massive Traffic using StumbleUpon

By Alli Worthington |

how to get traffic using stumbleupon(Hey, check it out- See how I wrote that headline just to get your attention? And the cute picture that just about tells you to stop and take notice?)

We’ve talked about the new features StumbleUpon has to offer, and encouraged you all to use it to help build up your blog traffic. But the truth is, some posts will never do as well on StumbleUpon as others. And if you’re going to ask your friends to stumble one of your posts that week, you want it to be a post that has the best chance for success there, right?

So here are five tips for crafting an interesting post that will be more likely to be shared by the StumbleUpon audience.

1. Titles: Make them Clear and Exciting

You have about 3 seconds to catch someone’s eye who hits your post via StumbleUpon. You want your title to be good enough to make them stay 3 more seconds.

2. Skimmable: Can Your Reader Easily Digest the Material

That means paragraph breaks. Lists. Bullet points. Bolded subheadings. Something they can scroll through and quickly grasp the concept, and then bookmark to come back and read in full at a later date. Make it easy for them to move through the page and don’t give them excuse to click away.


3. Pictures: An Eye-Catching Image Near the Top is a Must

And not only must you have an image, but you need to have it near the top of the post where people will see it above the fold. You should consider adding additional pictures because posts with photos are more likely to be thumbs-upped!

When stumblers are just clicking through site after site, what stands out are the images. And the overall blog design as well, so make sure your blog includes the site design must-haves.

4. Evergreen Content Performs Best

Coupons, giveaways and posts with only time-sensitive information like a concert announcement or one-time event, do not do as well on StumbleUpon. Why? Because stumblers may be browsing posts and articles that were first discovered a year or more ago!

If your post won’t be relevant in 6 months, or 6 days, it isn’t a “stumble worthy” post and is something you’d be better off sharing via Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus.

how to get traffic with stumbleupon

5: Ask for it: Remind Readers to Stumble if They Loved Your Post

This tactic works especially well on posts that have all of the other four points going for them. Great content that is useful, easy-to-read and understand. Eye-catching layout, design and photos. There are always people who will not think to stumble your post unless you ask them, but once you do, they are more than willing to click a quick thumbs-up and boost your traffic a little bit more.

What is your favorite trick for using StumbleUpon? Share it in the comments below!

And don’t forget – if you like this post go ahead and stumble it! People who Stumble this post are 90% more likely to be more awesome than people who don’t. Just sayin’

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About Alli Worthington


Alli Worthington

Alli Worthington is a digital strategist, business coach, speaker and author. Alli Worthington is also a wife, mother to five boys and one stepdaughter, as well as the founder of the online women's magazine Blissfully Domestic and the founder of the BlissDom conference. Read bio and latest posts → Read Alli's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “The Secret to Getting Massive Traffic using StumbleUpon

  1. Amanda says:

    I have been woefully stumble-deficient. I won’t stumble something if it comes from a site that does not have immediate visual appeal. The truth is they are going to look and judge before they read the first syllable.

  2. emily says:

    I have a question (possible future post idea). How do you think the ratio of a stumblers followers/following plays into how well a post does. Do you think it makes a difference?

    I guess what I’m saying, should I follow a lot of people on stumbleupon? Will the stuff I stumble do better if so?

    Ah, the magical power of stumbleupon.

  3. Avitable says:

    The problem I have with Stumble, especially with funny images, is when people only stumble the image URL directly and not the post. Otherwise, I’ve found it to be pretty useful.

  4. Julie {Angry Julie Monday} says:

    Doing a review and tagging a post correctly also gives more weight. Sometimes, you can’t tell what the post is about from the picture and the title.

  5. Susan in the Boonies says:

    You have opened my mind to the concept of what kinds of articles are stumble-worthy. Now I need to figure out more about the actual mechanics of StumbleUpon. I’m registered, but I honestly haven’t taken the time to figure out how to do it. And would you believe it? It never crossed my mind to think that I could remind someone that they could stumble my article! I’m kind of naive and humble that way.

    I am now going to go back and read some of your related posts: yay for you for having that gadget!

  6. Gloria Rand says:

    Love this article. Great tips! One question – I wanted to recommend this article on StumbleUpon but I don’t see any way to do that from your blog. Do I have to go to StumbleUpon directly to do it? You should have more social share options besides Facebook, Twitter & Google+. Just sayin… :-)

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