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Online Business Tools: Ignore StumbleUpon and Ignore 25 Million Potential Clients

You’ve heard of it. You know about it. You even know you should be using this online business tool

And yet, you’re not!

You feel like you are missing out on another huge source of traffic and recognition for your business.

But you just can’t seem to figure out how to use StumbleUpon.

You hear about brand new websites getting 1000’s of visitors overnight.

So you decide to give it another try.

And what happens…

You get one big spike that lasts about a day and a half. And then, nothing.

Down to zero. It makes no sense at all. You have 25 million users dangling right in front of you and you have no idea how to win them over and make them beg for more.

No One Uses StumbleUpon Anymore?

Wrong!

Yes, StumbleUpon is definitely notorious for drive-by traffic.

Bounce rates go through the roof so you immediately think it’s all worthless traffic.

And a few months ago I would have totally agreed with you.

Until I realized that blaming StumbleUpon for readers not staying on your site is like blaming your gym for not getting you in shape.

Everything you need to get the results you want is right there in front of you. It is up to you to get inside and learn how to use it properly.

Speed Dating For Business

Are you using the same type of content for all of your marketing?

This is a BIG mistake.

Every section of your market is unique, so approach them with a unique message specifically crafted for them.

Picture this:

You are at a social gathering and you notice a lovely lady across the room.

Lucky for you a mutual friend is actually on their way over to you for an introduction.

You go with a classic, “So, what do you do for a living?”

It works. You make small talk and she hangs around.

Now try this exercise:

You are at a speed dating event.

You have exactly 60 seconds to convince this lady that you’re interesting enough to take your phone number before the bell rings and you are off to the next one.

Two different situations require two different approaches.

In the first instance, you already have common ground – previous relationship, email list, recommended your site by a friend, etc.

You do not have to work as hard for those visitors.

The speed dater is your Stumbler.

You have about 5 seconds to convince them to take action or you lose that reader forever.

You want to make everything the visitor initially sees your most appealing, engaging and attractive piece of the post.

Have an amazing headline. This is what they will likely read first.

Make sure they do not have to scroll to get what value the page will bring them.

Basically, everything you can notice in 5 seconds must be engaging and totally relevant. If it is not, remove it.

Give Them What They Want

Just like with kids, you know you can’t go wrong with hamburgers, hot dogs and juice boxes -only a few types of posts work time and time again on StumbleUpon…

List Posts

Not your standard list posts either. MASSIVE list posts.

I’m not talking about top 3 ways to build a blog or 5 best Thanksgiving desserts.

I’m talking about posts like 50 Social Sites That Every Business Needs a Presence On.

Not surprising, StumbleUpon ranks out at number 4 (with 22k visitors).

These types of posts do extremely well because they become resources for the reader to refer back to repeatedly. So you will likely get repeat visits as well as more shares and likes.

Image Posts

People love great images. Pictures that inspire. Pictures that have quotes. Even one that is shocking.

The goal is to have something that taps into an emotion the moment they see it.

If the image sits well with them, they will hit the thumbs up, thus, causing more visitors instantly.

See 30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life, with 1.6 million views.

Combination

How about a post that uses both. One that ties into your emotions with a killer headline. Sucks you down the page with an in-your-face opening that almost dares the reader to keep scrolling. Then adds some of the most engaging images you have ever seen.

If you want the best example of the all-around post, take notes on 19 Pictures which scream no excuses, with 445,000 views.

Interactive Posts

This is a fantastic post for many reasons. If your visitor is completely targeted (which I show you how to do later in the post), they will spend a considerable amount of time engaging with your post.

That is why the HBS Elevator Pitch Builder has been doing so well, with 196,000 stumbles.

Getting Inside the Mind of the Reader

Want to learn how to create a successful StumbleUpon-worthy post each and every time?

What follows is a simple process you can use to guarantee a huge amount of traffic that sticks.

First, think about what you want the reader to do with your post. Is the post just for entertainment? Do you want them to sign up for your email list? Do you want them to tweet the post? Facebook like? Subscribe to your blog?

Just keep this in mind once you start to create the post.

Next, go over to StumbleUpon right now. Make sure you are logged in.

I should not have to tell you that if you do not already have an account, you need to create one. I will not go into full details of the importance of your profile and how you can use followers and the community to boost every page you post in the future. This is all explained on this post over at ViperChill.

Next, scroll down to find the category you are considering posting in. You could also click the “Discover” tab on the middle far right of the page then input the interest in the box provided.

When you get the success message, click the now hyperlinked category.

Look at the posts in that category with high page views (preferably in the thousands) and duplicate the style of the post to drastically improve your chances at a successful campaign.

The Upper Hand. (Advanced Users)

Want to jumpstart your results?
They have an amazing feedback score that will let you know exactly how well your post is doing.

StumbleUpon has one of the best paid advertising programs you could ever get.I regularly run a test campaign on my pages before I start my outside promotion to test the levels of engagement.

I paid for 100 visits and it cost me a whopping $5 which resulted in a total of about 500 visits in about a 24-hour period.

How do you know whether a score is high or low, you ask? In general, you can consider a campaign to be performing decently if it is more liked than disliked (i.e., over 50%). But we encourage you to aim higher! After all, you want more people to like your content than not. A campaign that is at 65% or above is performing well, and anything over 80% is performing very strongly. On the other end of the spectrum, consider pausing campaigns that drop below 40%. Read the full scoop on your score here.

I was able to have an engagement of 83%

You can view the test post at: 23 Pictures That Say – Stop Complaining and Start Creating.

I always shoot for 80 or above. If you are ranking lower than that, I would pause the campaign and tweak the page. This can be effective in testing how well you page is engaging the viewers.

Another advantage StumbleUpon Paid Discovery has over any other advertising network is how you can get views of your page for 5 cents a page view. No sliding scale where sometimes its 4 cents and the next one is 15 cents like most networks.

You also don’t have to worry about getting clicks on your ad. Five cents gets them directly in your site and on your page, so 95% of the work is already done.

A successful business is one that masters the art of cultivating a unique and engaging message specific to the audience it presents to.

Millions of Stumblers are Waiting for YOUR Message

You now know how effective StumbleUpon can be.

You comprehend the importance of understanding your audience.

You alone must take control of putting your message in front of them in a relatable way.

Because you believe in what you do.

Because it’s worth it.

Because you are an action taker. When you envision an opportunity to reach the masses with your message – You Take It.

The vision that inspired you in the beginning.

The vision that can change lives.

The vision that can create thousands of happy customers eager to spread the word about how you fulfilled their dreams.

Twenty-five million people are waiting.

Waiting for you to change their lives.

Waiting for the chance to share your vision.

Waiting to StumbleUpon something amazing.

Waiting for you to lead them into the life they’ve always dreamed of but never thought possible … Until now!

They’re waiting for you.

They’re ready to take up the challenge to make a difference.

But they cannot do that without your help.

So go to where the people are.

Open your StumbleUpon account right now or breathe new life into your stale one.

Speak their language and you open a new door of endless potential.

Ignore them and you deny 25 million people the opportunity to share your vision.

It’s an easy choice. Use this online business tool and Stumble on!

67 comments

  1. I have had some clients get a good level of consistent visits from stumbleupon, depends on the niche if they convert to anything useful however, some just come to look at pics, etc!

  2. I tried using Stumble Upon a few years ago with limited results. Looks like I was doing it wrong. It almost seems like I could be writing a few interspersed “long-list posts” specifically for Stumble Upon readers. Definitely something to put on my to-do list. I can think of several that would be of value to my current reader as well as the Stumble Upon crowd.

  3. Oh my! I have been ignoring Stumble Upon. I’ve noticed occasionally a little surge of traffic from SU, but actually was not really sure how the traffic got there or how to optimize for it. Your advice and steps are very much appreciated! I’ll be working on this.

    1. That’s awesome Patti!

      Chances are if you were seeing sporadic surges from SU that one of your readers enjoyed one of your posts and shared it. But then it dies off if the engagement does not continue. Hey, its still good to see that spike and know that people are sharing your stuff.

      It just means that post that spoke to the person who shared it probably would have done better if they shared on Facebook or something else. That is the point: Your message may be the same but how you present it may be slightly different depending on where you plan on promoting it. SU is just one more traffic source to add to your marketing.

      For a long list of other great methods to add to it, just make sure you are subscribed here at Firepole Marketing Patti. =-)

  4. Great info James. For months, I submitted my content to StumbleUpon and received a good amount of traffic from it. Eventually, I stopped because I did not use StumbleUpon any more (didn’t have time and decided to focus elsewhere). Since I was only promoting my own stuff on the site, I did not feel it was right (or smart) to continue.

    What is your opinion on promoting your own content on a site you don’t use?

    1. Hi Alan. Great question.

      First, as marketers, it is up to us to promote our work any way we can. There are lots of popular strategist that would suggest as much as 80% on marketing and 20% on content creation. The reasoning behind it being the theory of “If you build it, they will come” just is not true. Creating a ton of content, books, courses, trainings or whatever your business focuses on (I am assuming Digital Designs and Laser Engraving) and then just hoping to be found is not a good strategy.

      So do not ever feel bad about promoting your own content. It will never be found otherwise.

      As far as SU, eventually they will stop sharing your content and/or shut down your account if you only submit your own posts.

      If you want to invest into SU (and 25 million people hope you do) install the tool bar, keep it open at the top of your browser and throughout the day during your normal browsing, “thumbs up” some of the content you are already reading. This will give your account some diversity and then your own content will blend in nicely.

      But you do not have to “use” SU personally to still get the benefits from it. Watch the video above and create one post specific for SU and spend $5 with the paid advert and see how it does. That 100 visits could turn into 1000 in a matter of days if done properly.

      Good Luck Alan

  5. James

    many thanks for this. I have a few flirtations with Stumbled Upon – but never really understood it or how I could use it to promote my stuff.

    Thanks to you, I do now, and I’ll be putting your ideas into action!

    1. Glad it helped you Angie. And thank you ever so much for taking the time to say so. Please come back and share your results with the Firepole readers. We would love to learn everything that you did right. =-)

  6. Yup, all great advice.

    I tried to create a few posts optimized for stumbleupon, and had mild success (~250 stumbles on one, ~100 on another), but I know now that I don’t really like creating content in the format which appeals to stumbleupon users.

    1. Hi Amit.

      Yeah it may not be for everyone. Certain audiences just may not respond to the type of content you create.

      I do however hope you give it a try again one day. The platform they are using does not make the ready any less valuable in my opinion.

      It would be the same as saying that I do not like creating content that I hope is shared on Facebook.

      Such big potential for such little effort. Seems worth a shot to do a SU post even just once a month.

      Thanks for commenting and sharing your perspective. Always appreciated.

  7. Hey, it’s great to see one of our A-List Blogger Club members shine with an outstanding guest post!

    I think Stumbleupon is a great source of traffic! I recently created a viral post on WritetoDone.com, called “How to Write Better: 7 Instant Fixes”. It got over 119,000 stumbles.

    The most important thing is to capture stumblers immediately. A good subscription incentive, like an attractive eBook works well – especially if you place subscription boxes at strategic places on your blog so that even fleeting visitors can’t miss the offer.

    1. Hi Mary!!!

      Thank you for stopping by and adding more of your amazing wisdom and experiences to the post! =-)

      Yes. Having an awesome freebie front and center that captures the readers attention is another great way to ensure the stickyness of a post.

      Thank you again Mary

  8. Your post has been incredibly helpful and enlightening, James.
    I’ve had fair results posting to StumbledUpon, but never treated it as a special case, so to speak. Nor had I any idea at all that one could pay for views.
    I love your idea of looking closely at high-performing Stumbles in your targeted category. D’oh! Why didn’t I think of that years ago??
    Thanks for the great advice, Coach!

    1. I love causing that “D’oh!” moment! =-)

      Think of the potential! Do you think if you spent an extra day to just ONE specific type of post and it catches on you could benefit from an extra 20k views?

      Small amount of effort with giant potential!

      And if that post does not take off immediately, you are left with an amazingly engaging piece of content that you can promote in other places.

      Win-Win

    1. YAY. My work here is done! =-)

      My hallucination is that everyone who reads this will do what you just said Priska – A least go back and give it a second look.

      We are talking about 25 million people. Chances are good that you may get through to one of them.

  9. Wow James. Thanks so much for this extensive coverage of StumbleUpon. I must confess that I was one of those ignoring it because I didn’t fully understand its use and power.

    It’s clear that I’ll need to
    –reread your article to absorb all that you shared.
    –use a different type of content for Stumble Upon.
    –track my results to really be effective

    Thank you for so much detail, especially for explaining what the stats mean.

    Love your dating analogy.

    Now you’re now just the Comeback Coach, but also the JumpBack Coach.

    1. hahaha “JumpBack Coach” is kinda catchy.

      But it looks like you have exactly right:

      Know whether or not you are going to post on SU BEFORE you start writing it.

      I definitely do NOT submit every single one of my posts because I know that people will just skim right over some of my more editorial pieces. But hey, if someone ELSE wants to share it there I am all the more grateful. =-)

      Thank you for your comment Flora

  10. Hey Coach,
    I had to use all my willpower NOT to click on all the case studies you linked to in this article. I’m sure they’re all awesome because I know you do your research and only link to helpful stuff.

    To be honest, this post didn’t change my mind about my personal use of StumbleUpon. It’s just not a part of my social media strategy and incorporating all the (wonderful) suggestions you have would detract from other goals I have with my posts. I know there will be plenty of folks who read this and are persuaded to take action though. And if they don’t, they at least know you’re credible and can produce one hell of a useful article!

    1. Thanks for the comments Joel.

      I think this can be worked into just about ANY goals you may have. But of course I am partial because it seems so effortless now and can only add to what you already have going.

      For your content Joel, you would not have to do anything more than the occasional submission since I think the way your content is written, along with the audio interviews and podcasts, your post should do well.

      The “Radio Broadcasting” Category has currently 251K subscribers who are already looking for your content. Or maybe its a better fit for the Multi-Media category with 3.5 million followers.Why not take 30 seconds and give the chance to hear it?

      I am going to do my best to convince you….

      So I just submitted your amazing podcast ” Passive Income Mastery” with Pat Flynn to SU. =-D

      In a few days come back and share if you have any results from my single submission.

  11. Hi, Coach! (Or do you prefer James)?

    Like a few others said already, I tried using SU back when I first heard about it, but eventually stopped because it didn’t seem like the engagement was worth the effort. You mentioned that the key is to share and submit content from a variety of sites instead of going directly to self-promotion — if you don’t mind my asking, how much time do you usually spend building your account on Stumble Upon? How much time would you recommend spending on it? I’m trying to get a feel for this. 🙂

    Thanks for your time, and for the post!

    1. Coach. James. PJ. . . friend. You can call me any of those Jill.

      I will try to explain my theory without it turning into another blog post. Stay with me Jill.

      Many people feel the same way about SU because they judge its effectiveness on a single metric: They get one big spike and only saw a few (or none) new subscribers (or sales or comments or )and said “oh this site doesn’t work” and gave up on it after about 1-3 posts.

      Yet the same people will spend MONTHS trying to rank a single keyword that may get about 50 visitors a day that has the same zero conversion rate. But that one takes longer to judge so people overlook the time vs conversion ratio.

      To answer your question Jill, I would spend as much time using SU that brings the results you want.

      The more you put into it the better results you will get.

      This post could have gone on for days if I added the value of social networking on SU. If you reach out to other users and gain followers, you can then boost your submissions even more by sending directly to your followers.

      Once it is “set up” so to speak, you really do not have to do anything more than produce quality content.

      If you are doing paid campaigns then you wont need to spend anytime building your account and if the content is good it will start to spread on its own.

      What I do is just keep the toolbar open while I am browsing (and we all do tons of it) and submit a few pages that I am already on throughout the day. Only takes a few extra seconds.

      When you do it this way there is no need to worry about searching for new content to add to fill up your account. Just add what you are already browsing. It adds up.

      Hope I answered your question. If not, ask another and I will be glad to continue this discussion. As you can probably tell… I am quite the chatterbox lol

      1. Wow, you answered my question and then some! Thanks so much!

        I’ll have to make a conscious effort to jump back on SU and see what’s changed. I love your suggestion of keeping the toolbar open and submitting interesting pages throughout the day. That’s a lot easier than doing everything at once.

        Thanks for being a “chatterbox,” because I love blog discussion! 🙂

  12. Oh My Gosh!

    Finally someone ‘splained StumbleUpon in a way I completely understood… THANK YOU Coach Comeback!!

    Off to repair and ramp up my Stumble!

    Best,

    Ande Lyons

    1. Well that made me laugh! I like you already Ande

      I just might have to “Tune in & Turn On”

      Your content has StumbleUpon written all over it!
      I would bet your campaigns do VERY well!

      1. Coach Comeback!

        Thank you for your oh so fine feedback… and support!

        My campaigns will be doing much better now that I’m not stumbling around in the dark… whew!

        Cheers!

        Ande

  13. A solid post. I use StumbleUpon but have never gotten more than 5 visits per day from it. Thanks for codifying a method by which StumbleUpon can be become a useful tool in my blog’s marketing strategy.

    1. Thanks again for the attention. I belong to a speech writing group on LinkedIn and have gotten some visits but not as many as I would have expected given the topic. Obviously, I need to change my writing style for the blogosphere, or find another method of marketing.

      All The Best

      P.S Not all bad news. I got another subscriber despite having less than 50 readers in two days.

      1. That is good news =-) Glad you are taking the time to appreciate your progress. That is huge in keeping the motivation to carry on when it seems like all hope lost.

        It is process. Spend more time marketing and your audience will let you know what they want more or less of.

        Keep at it J.

    2. Thanks for stopping by Jeremy.

      Your headlines are already pretty good. Like with your post “3 benefits of being a risk taker”. Maybe you could expand that list and move it a little higher in the post and move the back story to the bottom. I bet that would increase those page views.
      What category are you submitting to?

      1. Thanks for the pointers. I’ve been wondering if my posts were being written backward (least important at top and most important below) and you’ve confirmed it for me.
        I usually try to submit to a category that is most similiar to the post I’ve written. The risk taking post is probably under self-improvement or travel.

        1. Try different categories and see what has better results.

          Also, make sure you are not only submitting your own posts. It should be at least about a 1:5 ratio or more of other outside content.

          StumbleUpon terms say that can cannot use it “solely” for self promotion.

          Mix it up.

          Try a $5 test and check your engagement. This will give you more insights than you know as to why you are only getting 5 or so visits.

          Would love to hear about your results after testing.

          1. Hey Jeremy. I would say to rewatch the research video again. I don’t think it has anything to do with your account. (although you should be stumbling other posts… Like this one while you are here =-) ) But on quick glance – which is what most stumbles do – nothing grabbed my attention at all.

            1. The picture of Mitt, regardless of how handsome he may be, is far from engaging at all. Yes it is highly relevant to your post and makes a great editorial piece, keep in mind stumblers are looking for fast paced entertainment.

            Then the opening paragraphs are rather long. Big blocks of text usually get glossed over. Those first few lines is all you have. Make it short an punchy if you want them to keep reading.

            Next, if they make it that far and continue to scan the page, none of your Subheads entice the reader to want to know what that section is about.

            Think about magazine headlines at the checkout counter. What were the last headlines that caught your attention and why? Headlines like “Truth” and “Truthiness” will not grab a Stumbler! Think of each subhead as another headline just as important as the one on the blog post.

            I think that post would be a knockout in the right Linked in group! Seriously! Find a political group and send that post and I bet you see some traction.
            Keep at it an try another one J.

  14. This is great content. What I love about the brave new world of post Penquin and post Panda and all the other denizens of the Zoo is that articles all of a sudden have to get real. There has to be meat to them. Spinning 500 versions of garbage is just not going to cut it. It means that you write more and research more and have much more relevant things to say, which is fabulous for us readers.

    Thanks for the great content I guess while the understanding is clear I will go and get my StumbleUpon account current and up to date and get serious about using it which will undoubtedly help on Reddit and Digg and others

    The “advertising” portion of StumbleUpon sounds fabulous.

    Mary

    1. I’m glad someone else said it 😉 Thank you Mary.

      With the Google zoo being so unpredictable these days it only makes sense not to rely on old-hat tactics like keyword stuffing and article spinning. I never really was a fan of that type of marketing and I am personally happy about the updates!

      Matt Cutts has been saying for quite some time that social interaction is becoming far more important than backlinks and SEO.

      If you really look at it, the goal is still the same:
      Better user experience for the reader. Which is what is at the core of this message.

      Be more engaging and write for the readers – NOT Google.

  15. Thanks for this post. It’s perfect timing. I just opened a SU account last week and looking to really explore the articles there as well as using it to gain exposure and traffic. I’ll definitely try out your suggestions and I like using it to gauge a specific campaign as well.

    1. You are very right Sandra.

      It is also great for fantastic market research.

      Just look at what is doing well in your category and study it.

      If you ever want to be successful in anything, just find someone who is already successful and do what they do =-)

      1. Also having to choose a category really makes you narrow your focus.. I do wonder how/if there is much difference in traffic from choosing different but related categories… But will look into “my” category and see what’s going on.

        1. There can be a dramatic difference in results depending on the category you put it in.

          For instance, this post may do extremely well in the Marketing category but results may be dismal in the business category.

          You just have to test, tweak, test tweak. Once you know you audience by studying the other posts in the category that are doing well, it almost makes it impossible not to see amazing results the first time out.

    1. That is very observant of you Ruth =-)

      Most users who are on StumbleUpon have the browser toolbar installed which allows you to click the thumbs up on any page while you are browsing.

      So I can see why sometimes having the button can be redundant.
      -If you are an avid Stumbler you would probably have the toolbar open and not need the button
      -If you do not a Stumbler then chances are you will not submit to StumbleUpon, and you would also not need the button.

      With that being said, here is the direct StumbleUpon link for this post http://su.pr/1MW60O

      If you would like to submit it and give it a “thumbs up” (and we hope you do) just click the link above and the stumble options will be above.

      Thanks for pointing that out Ruth

      1. Gotcha. I’d say I’m an occasional ‘stumbler’, and I only really ‘like’ those sites that have the button – hence my questions.

        But I understand your logic. Probably the best traction comes from users who are more active and not folks like me.

        1. The most traction comes from those users that are most engaged!

          If you message is compelling enough, people will go out of their way to share it.

          I know when I read something that strikes a chord with me and it does not have a Facebook like button, that has never stopped me from sharing it with everyone.

          Sure, the post that are just.. wel… ok, if the like button is there at the end, I click it. If not, I move on. But what real good have I done sharing something that I just thought was ok?

          People are so busy these days they do not have time of “OK”.

          If what I produce does not compel you to find all the ways possible to share my message, then it is I who have not done a good job to deliver.

  16. Hey James,

    Just like Dave, I dabbled in SU in the beginning of my IM career and had no luck, so I stopped using it.

    This post really opened my eyes to the possibilities and I think it is time for me to jump back on the StumbleUpon train.

    I had no idea that you could get paid adverts so cheap on SU and I think using them to test your ads is brilliant.

    Thanks for your insights James and have a good one!

    Ian from im Graphic Designs

    1. You are welcome Ian

      It really can be simple to craft your stumbleupon posts once you understand who you reader is.

      Used properly you can get targeted traffic almost instantly far cheaper than any other ad network I am aware of. Mostly because the long term effects are immeasurable.

      When I paid for 100 hits in that 24hour period and I ended up getting about 500, some of those people who engaged by hitting the thumbs up caused that post to be seen by even more people every day.

      As with Adwords or similar ad networks, you pay for that ad space and hope they click. Then, once the ad is gone, traffic from that source stops immediately.

      Not with StumbleUpon. One targeted post, as you can see in the examples, can send you traffic for months on end, regardless of the size or age of your blog.

      No backlinks

      No keywords.

      Where else can you get that?

  17. Hi James,

    Thank you for writing this great article. I did not know fully how to tap into the wide network of StumbleUpon. I am going to make this one of the top priorities of the day.

  18. Hi James,

    I’ve dabbled with Stumbleupon in the past, but gave up early.

    I have to say, your post was a real eye opener and your section on ‘Getting inside the mind of the reader’ really got me thinking. All the discussions I’d seen on SU focus on traffic or clicks rather than the people behind them.

    Thanks for a really helpful post.

    1. Hi Dave,

      Understanding your reader is a highly overlooked step that should be first in any market.

      You post “20 (or so) things to notice would probably do really well on StumbleUpon.

      Possibly tweak the headline a little bit to give it a little more “pop” and make sure you submit it to a very targeted category like Inner peace, or serenity and I bet it would take off.

      Try not to go in the general “self-improvement” category and you will do well.

      To your success

  19. I’ve been using StumbleUpon for the last few months to input posts from my round-ups into the system.

    However, for me, when I add the page, it’ll get eithe 50-200 stumbles in one day…or none. And it’ll never have any more stumbles. Is that typical behavior?

    1. Hi Chihuahua

      StumbleUpon does not like a ton of self promotion.

      You have to mix it up. If you only submit posts from the same website over and over (whether it be your own blog or another) they will stop showing it and possibly ban you.

      But there could be several other reasons why the stumbles stop. If you post is getting bad engagement, like lots of thumbs down or lots of people leaving without clicking anything, then they will stop showing your post.

      That is why you need to be sure you are only submitting the posts that are “set up” for Stumblers and their short attention span.

      I hope that helps.

  20. Sorry Danny. I usually love your stuff, but I don’t buy it. The conversion rate toward paid ROI from SU is so low I ‘d rather invest time and ad dollars elsewhere. SU for branding and promotions…maybe. SU for ROI, show me the money.

    1. Hi Tom. Well I can renew your faith in Danny because this is a guest post… Whew! You can go back to fully loving all the awesome work he puts out here.

      Let me ask you Tom, when you are talking about conversion rates:
      What type of conversions where you hoping for? An immediate sale? An opting? A comment?

      You say show me the money which leads me to believe you attempted to use StumbleUpon to land on a direct sales page.
      If this is the case anyone here can tell you that ROI and conversions are dramatically lower if your first contact with a customer is a sales pitch.

      Read engagement from scratch again to understand the importance of building a relationship with readers regardless of the industry before you can expect to see income.

  21. Thanks for featuring my post James!

    I felt I totally lucked out when that post of mine went viral, but it’s nice to know there’s a methodology behind StumbleUpon.

  22. Thanks for the helpful link Danno.

    I does seem a little better than traditional pay-per-click or impressions because you actually get them to land on your site. On any page you choose.

    With the right kind of message it can have viral effects for about $2

  23. Yes. It has so much untapped power.

    Used correctly it could breathe new life into any blog within days!

    No other method can have results that fast with such little effort needed

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