How to Use StumbleUpon to Increase Website Traffic


This is a guest post by Shanna Mallon of Straight NorthHow to Use StumbleUpon to Increase Website Traffic

Would you like to use StumbleUpon to increase website traffic?

Everybody talks about using Facebook and Pinterest to build referral traffic—but what about StumbleUpon? In 2011, Forbes published findings that StumbleUpon had surpassed even Facebook as a source of social media traffic in the United States. While statistics change over time, one thing is certain: StumbleUpon is not a bookmarking site to overlook. So what do you need to know about this tool? How can using StumbleUpon build traffic on your website? Here are three steps and a few general guidelines to use StumbleUpon to increase website traffic…

Three Steps to Getting Started With StumbleUpon

If the idea of using StumbleUpon feels new to you, take heart: It’s not difficult. Here are three simple steps to begin using the site.

How to Set Up a StumbleUpon Account

Step One: Set Up a StumbleUpon Profile & Connect with Others:-

To use StumbleUpon, you need to set up an account. Go to, and click “Join for free” at the top right corner. Once logged in, you have options to set up a profile, link social accounts on Twitter or Facebook, and name your favorite topic areas. Because this is a social network, you may also connect with other users. Follow individuals with whom you have relationships on other networks; follow anyone who stumbles content you like. Over time, as you interact with these StumbleUpon users, you will strengthen your connections.

Step Two: Use StumbleUpon to Scroll the Web:-

Make the most of StumbleUpon by using it regularly. Click the “Stumble” button to scroll through content other users have bookmarked on the network.

Like, Dislike and Stumble Pages on StumbleUpon

When you like a page, click the “thumbs up” button; when you dislike a page, click the “thumbs down” button.

Step Three: Share Your Own Content:-

Part of using StumbleUpon is making discoveries of your own.

Add the StumbleUpon Button to Your Browser

Go to to add the “StumbleUpon” button to your browser. Then, when you come across blog posts or infographics you like, use the StumbleUpon button to like them on the network. This is also how you begin promoting your own content. Along with the content you share, highlight your own posts and photos, too.

4 Quick Tips to Use StumbleUpon to Increase Website Traffic

Once you set up your StumbleUpon account and begin using it regularly, what should you keep in mind? What general principles ought to guide your activity? Here’s a look…

1. Invest Consistent Time:-

To see the best results from StumbleUpon, use it regularly. Rather than logging in once a month, try to dedicate regular time to scroll through and submit content.

2. Add Stumble Buttons to Your Website:-

Another way to help your site gain exposure on StumbleUpon is to make it easy for your existing readers to promote it. Add buttons to your website that invite visitors to stumble your stuff. When they do, they promote your brand to a wider audience and help bring you new traffic.

Add the StumbleUpon Button To Your Website

Taking this step can play a key role in driving more website traffic, as a study by BrightEdge Technologies shows that sites with social share buttons received seven times more shares than those without.

Websites With Social Share Buttons Receive More Shares

So add the button to either the top or bottom of web pages and blog posts. For better results you could add it to the top and the bottom.

3. Build Community:-

Follow back the people who follow you on Stumble Upon. Follow friends when you find them. Go to to discover users with similar interests and follow them, too.

4. Share Content with Your Followers:-

When you’re scrolling through content on StumbleUpon, the top menu bar gives you ways to share what you’re viewing. When you want to promote your pages, therefore, click the button at the top left that says “Share this page with anyone, including through Twitter or LinkedIn.”

Share StumbleUpon Pages on Other Social Media

This is a powerful way to promote your stuff—Just be careful not to over-share, or you’ll annoy your connections and lose followers.

Your Thoughts:-

What’s your perspective on StumbleUpon? Have you used it before? How do you use it to drive more website traffic? Please leave your comments in the comments box below.

About Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon is a writer for Straight North, an Internet marketing agency providing SEO, web development, and other online marketing services, with headquarters in Chicago. Follow Straight North on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Christian Karasiewicz

    Don’t agree with Step 3. Whoever wrote this article knows very little about using StumbleUpon. One of the first rules of StumbleUpon is don’t stumble your own content. That’s a surefire way not to increase your website traffic.

    • Lions Ground Tube

      Hello i don’t agree with you, that’s the definition of being on Stumbledupon/Social Network. To share Content, your own content included.

      I only promote others those who promote me.

      • Christian Karasiewicz

        @lionsgroundtube:disqus I agree with you about promoting other peoples content, but what you don’t want to do is stumble your own content i.e. self-promote.

        Sure, it’s ok to do it from time-to-time, but if all you are doing is promoting your own content and not promoting someone else’s content, it’s a turn-off to users. Ideally, you want to promote others more than you promote yourself.

        • Lions Ground Tube

          One thing is for sure, you have to be interactive. When someone adds you, add them back. When someone share i keep my eye on their content too.

          However in big lines i am promoting my own content only, this is about content people like. Let’s go back to StumbleUpon, they want content. I am not a spammer but i am a source.

          Analytics Top 5 Traffic Sources
          1. StumbleUpon
          2. Google
          3. Youtube
          4. Facebook
          5. Twitter

          So if i would listen to you i would have a gap of 6K per month.

    • Lions Ground Tube

      However our disagreement, i love your site and i learn things from you. So let me subscribe to your newsletter! Maybe you are interested doing a collab. Can you mail me at ?

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  • Nikhil

    Great tips to drive traffic from stumble upon. It is best source to drive traffic to your website……… :)

  • Leslie Scott

    Good tips to manage the marketing using stumbleupon. This post is quite helpful for me in growing the business through out and drive the online traffic. Thanks for the wonderful share.

  • Dionne

    So the more you stumble, the more traffic you get?

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  • firstnewspk

    so its mean more I stumble , more i can get traffice, am i right

    breaking news.

  • Vipul Behl

    These are very good tips to drive traffic to my website, i will surely follow them and share my results with everyone

  • Frugal Grad

    Great article, thank you for the tips!

  • Richard M.

    Very helpful post… But my problem is sometimes I am getting more traffic from stumbleupon some very low.. What to do to get constant traffic?

    I am also sharing post with my friends..


    Great tips and very helpful. I think that it’s good to utilize as many social plate form as possible for maximum exposure.

  • Hassan Salman

    Great Insight.. but most significant factor should be the quality and the value of the content.

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  • Catalina Castro

    Good Article great tips on how to take advantage of the power of this social media giant.