How to Stumble your own posts

I recently mentioned that I had had a lot of traffic from Stumbleupon. I had not used it much until I read on one of the techy type blogs that I like to read that they had had a huge increase in readers when they started stumbling their own posts. It is quite easy to do.

Stumbleupon

1. Join Stumbleupon and download the toolbar

2. Basically when you clicks on a webpage you can choose the thumbs up symbol and write a review if you wish.

3. Have the post that you want to Stumble on screen. Make sure you have its full web address in your address bar not http://whatever.blogspot.com but http://whatever.blogspot.com/2008/01/01/ilikethispost . If you have difficulty getting the address it is because your post on screen is the last one that you did, so just click on a previous post, you will see it in the address bar, then click back on the latest post and it will show up in your address bar.

4. You will be advised that you have stumbled on something new to their directory and you would have to categorize it and that is all there is.

I don’t Stumble every post because some posts are just chatty aren’t they, but when I think I have something that I might stop at and read while Stumbling around the Internet I do Stumble it.

Since I have been doing it my viewers have greatly increased, of course many have just clicked on, but one or two have lingered and the odd person has stopped to comment also. So it is a new source of readers, and I imagine if you are thinking of monetizing this will have an effect on your ranking, if that is a factor any more, I am not sure about that.

Stumbleupon is quite a neat tool anyway and may help blogger’s block if you came across something worth while sharing.

9 Responses

  1. Oh, thanks for the easy explanation. I love Stumble Upon and I was really curious as to how websites and weblogs were submitted.

  2. Is it not an odd practice to do this to your own posts?

  3. I used Stumble Upon once or twice, but it’s been a while. I totally forgot about them. I’ll have to do this, sounds like a great way to increase traffic also.

  4. I’ve been a member since July of last year. Every now and then I will stumble one of my posts that I feel has a lot of relevance. However, if you stumble your own posts too much Stumble Upon catches on and frowns on that. I’m off to search out your page πŸ˜‰

  5. Well, we can always just stumble each others posts when we find one worth commenting on and that takes care of that! But let’s not stumble this one!

  6. I can’t say that I agree with this use of StumbleUpon. I used it everyday and actually Stumbled this post, which is what I feel it should be used for. But, to stumble your own posting almost seems like a cop-out (no offense to those who do – I used to). Though it did generate some huge numbers to my blog, that’s all it would do, just huge spikes in my analytics with nothing to gain from it.

    I would prefer it more if a user came and decided to Stumble my posting rather then me doing it. Gives it more credibility in a sense.

  7. I have never heard of this StumbleUpon. I think I will go look at it and see what I can stumble upon!

  8. Thanks for the great advice Vic! I’m going to start doing this for sure. I always enjoy and learn something from your posts – even the ‘chatty’ ones πŸ˜‰

  9. Thanks for the post – very helpful.
    i have had a friend of mine who uses stumble often stumble some of my posts and I have to say that in increased my traffic dramatically. I’ve not stumbled my own posts and didn’t know what the consequences would be so I Googled it and found this article.

    There is an excellent discussion on this topic here:
    http://www.growyourwritingbusiness.com/?p=223

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