How To use StumbleUpon: A guide for beginners

  #StumbleUpon ! H ow many of you guys use this already? How many of you understand how to use and when it is okay to add your own posts?...

How to Use StumbleUpon 
#StumbleUpon!
How many of you guys use this already? How many of you understand how to use and when it is okay to add your own posts?

I have been doing all sorts of research to find out all of this!

In this post I am going to give a brief overview on how to use StumbleUpon (just the basics) and how it can benefit your blog.
So, first off, what is StumbleUpon?
StumbleUpon is a social media unlike any other! It is made to help you discover new websites that you otherwise would not have ended up on. You tell it what you are interested in and it helps you find lots of new things on the web!
Why use it?
Well..DUH! It is fun!?! I mean really you click that little stumble button and you never know where you will end up! It may be something you will love, if so hit the thumbs up, or it may be something that doesn’t interest you, click the thumbs down.

1. This is the Toolbar- The arrow is pointing to a selection of options.

  • + is to add the current page to a List
  • The thought bubble used to tell other stumblers what you think about a page.
  • F is to share it with your Facebook friends.
  • The last one is to share it with anyone on any social media.
2. Is also part of the Toolbar- This is the part that makes liking or not liking pages easier as you surf the web.
  • In the center is the Stumble button that will randomly take you to a site that fits into your interests.
  • If you look at the other end of the bar you will see a little box with 0 (this means I have no messages or shares waiting)
  • The house takes you to your stumble homepage
  • The gray person is where you can find a drop down menu with options and settings.
3. This section is pretty much the same on all sites: Home, Profile, Follow, Share. The tabs go to exactly what it says.
4. Takes you straight to your homepage and has a drop down menu with a few options like add a page, help and settings.
5. Search bar (all, photos, videos, additions, or by interest)
6. Pages you can view that are recommended for you.
A few terms to understand:
  • Thumbs up or down – you recommend it to others or not
  • Discover- you click the thumbs up and it takes you to a new page because this website was not on Stumbleupon already. You discovered it!
  • Review- write your personal comments about a page
First Discover, then Review, finally Submit!
Be careful when you do this. Because you are the first you get to set the tags, description and area it will be placed. If you do it wrong the page won’t get traffic well and it may even be removed. If you do this often you may be banned!
The goal of StumbleUpon is to have ACTIVE members! This doesn’t just mean using the thumbs, they want you to review your thumbs! Be sure to check your lists and likes regularly and give reviews. If something has 0 reviews it is considered a dead page and is not good for your ranking.
I have no direct knowledge of this but during my research I found on several occasions that you should not have the StumbleUpon button on your page? I’m a little confused by this…anyone got some advice? The sites I found said that it is better to use and encourage your readers to use the Toolbar if you want to get good traffic due to StumbleUpon.
 
-You can comment on pages you like by clicking on the thought bubble in the tool bar.

-StumbleUpon will rank your stumble better if you go to it directly or through Google search instead of straight from Facebook. You can also copy and paste the link into a new tab and then stumble it.

-If you stumble something and a new window opens, it has never been stumbled before. If the thumb turns green it means that it has been stumbled and you are liking it to help it move up in rank.
-Be careful how often you Stumble from the same site. You can get banned for doing this a lot. I would say stumble a friends or your own site once or twice a week at most. I have been using my Bloglovin’ and StumbleUpon together. It gets a variety of blogs inserted into StumbleUpon and I hope that eventually a few people will return the favor
-StumbleUpon doesn’t seem to mind self promotion as long as it is not a constant thing and you don’t take advantage of it.

Key things to remember:
-Set up a COMPLETE profile. This will make it easier for other stumblers to find you and the things that you Like.

-Install the Toolbar! This makes it easy for you to add to your lists as you browse around.
-ALWAYS stumble more content from other sources than from your own.

-Once you start connecting with other stumblers, be sure to view and submit things from their websites.

-Leave a nice review with the stumble. Doing both of these things will keep you from looking like a self-promoting spammer.

-Don’t stumble every single page you post or find. Only do the more popular pages or the best quality pages. It will bring up your reputation as a stumbler. You want to be known as someone that shares important, good, informational, and entertaining content.

-Take the time to find followers with similar interests as you.

Let me know how you use StumbleUpon, what you think of this post (creative criticism is always welcome, just try not to be too mean I don’t like to cry lol) and anything else you would like to see a how to on!
 
As always, please feel free to share this with others you feel would enjoy it!
 

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