StumbleUpon is an under appreciated social media site.
I visit a lot of blogs, and most of the ones I visit have social share buttons, but no button for StumbleUpon! Now, to be fair, I don’t think that book blogging posts do particularly well on StumbleUpon. SU just isn’t a bookish scene. But if you post about blogging, business, or design, it is the place to be!
When I first discovered the viral nature of StumbleUpon
Buckle in. It’s story time!
It was 2012 and I was running Creative Whim as a design/web development blog. I posted an article about how to make your own planet in Photoshop. The post went viral on StumbleUpon and I got 15,000 page views in one day! That number eventually soared to 23,000 views via StumbleUpon. That’s pretty insane!
I haven’t had this same kind of crazy success, but I have had a few little gems lately.
Thousands of page views through StumbleUpon
Here you can see a very clear spike in social media referral traffic:
That big spike is solely because of StumbleUpon!
In the last month or so, I’ve gotten two big hits via StumbleUpon:
- Is Your Full Screen Image Killing Your Design? — 1,569 page views via StumbleUpon
- Create Business Cards That Actually Mean Something — 1,408 page views via StumbleUpon
Both of those posts triggered my Google Analytics alerts for social media—that’s how I knew I’d gotten a huge spike in referral traffic.
Heck, even my review of The Heir by Kiera Cass has gotten 380 page views via StumbleUpon. Not too shabby!
Tap into the viral potential
Submitting your blog post to StumbleUpon is super easy: you can do it through their website. But consider making it easier for your readers by adding a StumbleUpon share button.
Some people recommend that you submit 10-15 other posts/pages for each one of your own pages that you add. Apparently StumbleUpon doesn’t really like it when you only add your own stuff. I’m not sure how much weight there is to this, but it’s a good idea to try to make a habit out of submitting posts and pages that you like or find interesting.