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how to use Stumbleupon for your blog traffic

How to Use Stumbleupon for your Blog Traffic

I have been saying for a while now that Stumbleupon has been a brilliant source of blog traffic. Today I’m going to show on how to use Stumbleupon for your blog traffic.

(Stumbleupon – SU)

When I discovered last year that Stumbleupon was an amazing tool for blog traffic – it was a eureka moment. Before that I was struggling with my blog traffic, I could barely make 100 pageviews a day.

But now since using SU I can make nearly a thousand pageviews a day! How amazing is that. My blog gone from zero to hero. And it all thanks to using SU.

SU send me waves of traffic to my blog on a dailies basis and today I’m going to show you on how to surf that wave. This is how to use stumbleupon for your blog traffic.

(I’m assuming you have an account as I will be explaining on what to do after setting up an account. If you don’t then It takes 1 minutes to set up an account.)

After publishing submit the new blog post to SU:

After hitting the publishing button, the next things I always do is open a tab and click on SU. Goes to the top right hand side and look for your username then click down to your profile and look for a blue button that say ‘Add page’.  A grey dropdown box comes down. This next part is very simple to understand:

how to use Stumbleupon for your blog traffic

  • Add the url of the blog post
  • Click yes it safe for work
  • And then choose an interest – a general idea of what the blog is about. If it beauty write beauty, if it about japan write japan. Usually there is only a dropdown menu choice –if you are unsure on where to put it I always use the weblogs interest.
  • Click the blue button Save.

After that you can close it down and hooray you added your new blog post to SU. Don’t break out the martini just yet – there still work to do.

Add the SU button on your blog:

My next piece of advice is to add a SU button to your blog. If you have social share buttons plugin on your blog, then often it already comes with a SU button. If you use Jetpack for your WordPress blog, then a SU button should already be there. Search for a SU plugin and it very easy to integrate this into your blog as it usually does all automatically for you.

Keep stumbling and being active:

People tend to forget that SU is a social media platform – just like Facebook. So you do need to be active. SU will reward you for being active in term of lovely blog traffic. But it can also punish you and give you no traffic if it sees you are not being active.

SU has TONS of interests so pick one that you are interested in and have a good wander around. The brilliant thing about SU (apart from the blog traffic) is you often find websites that you never knew existed. I personally love looking at the Japan interest and it fascinating to see all the websites aimed at japan.

When being active don’t just stumble – give the page a thumb up or down or add it to your like.

Join SU Facebook Groups:

After submitting the blog post to SU I often then add the url to various SU Facebook groups.

Here is a short lists of SU Facebook groups:

I find this beneficial as other people will then add your blog post to their SU – hence giving you more traffic. But you do have to reciprocate everyone after all they scratch your back you scratch there. Oh it also beneficial for these groups for you to have a SU button on your blog.

A couple of last things to be aware off:

  • You might find your blog bounce rate goes up a little when using this. This is due to people who find your site but quickly then stumbled onto a different site. Your aim is to have content that will keep them on longer.
  • If you are being to spammy then SU can ghost banned, you. This Is not outright banning you but limiting how much traffic you can received and how often your site will be shown. You will notice this will happen to you when your traffic goes from 500 a day to 20. If hasn’t happen to me but I have heard of people being ghost banned.
  • Fill out your profile, add a profile picture and add your interest to the site. Also interact with people on there as well – look at their pages.

how to use Stumbleupon for your blog traffic

I think that is everything, if I missed out anything then do let me know. That was how to use Stumbleupon for your blog traffic – let me know how you get on with using SU.

Hello, it’s so lovely for you to join me. Let me introduce myself. I’m Anna Nuttall living in London and married to my husband, Richard. I worked in retail for ten years before I left and fulfilled my addiction to social media and blogging, where I’m now working as a fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger and also in digital marketing.


  • I’ve signed up for an SU account, and even used it on occasions, but not properly. So thank you for explaining what I should be doing! How do you keep track of your blog posts? P is for Plan with Purpose as you Build a Better Blog. #AtoZchallenge.

    19th April 2017
  • you can also make lists, giving you a place to keep track of what you have added or things you would like to go back and look at

    19th April 2017
  • Love this article! I’ve been using stumbleupon for a while and it’s been great for bringing in new traffic.


    19th April 2017
  • I used SU but it gives too much bounce rate which I think it’s not nice. That’s true it gives increase in traffic. How do you deal with it?

    19th April 2017
  • Thank you for posting this. We are a new blog and haven’t gotten much traffic so I feel like soon we will need to start using websites like Stumbleupon. How much content do you think our blog should have before using SU?

    19th April 2017
  • This is great! I just learned about SU and am still in shock and how I didnt know about it sooner. Your tips are on point and have already made me feel better about using it. Cant wait to see the progress.

    19th April 2017
  • This is great! I just learned about SU and am still in shock and how I didnt know about it sooner. Your tips are on point and have already made me feel better about using it. Cant wait to see the progress and how my traffic grows.

    19th April 2017
  • I have a SU account but am pretty well clueless as what to do with it. Thanks for sharing this post; it is just what I needed to point me in the right direction. I

    19th April 2017
  • SU has really brought me traffic from time to time it’s pretty big but seems to be hit or miss. Thanks for these tips, I’ll try them out.

    19th April 2017
  • As someone pretty new to the blogging world, this post was super helpful! Will definitely be checking out SU soon! ???

    19th April 2017
  • Bailie

    I never understood why bloggers used StumbleUpon, this helped cleared up how to use it. Thanks for sharing!

    19th April 2017
  • I am still lost! I created an account but it doesn’t show me an add page option in my drop down by my name. Is there a difference in signing up as a website/blog vs. just a person? I think I am signed up as a person. It never asked me my website info…Help!

    19th April 2017
  • Stumbleupon is something I definitely need to start doing more. Thank you for this helpful post!

    19th April 2017
  • I need all the help I can get with Stumble Upon! Thanks for the tips!

    19th April 2017
  • I fully agree, StumbleUpon has been excellent in getting traffic to my blog. Many people say it’s low value traffic but that is not true.. I have a consistently low bounce rate from stumbleupon and when I first “stumble” my page I get a huge spike in traffic for a few days 🙂

    19th April 2017
  • I’ve honestly never used StumbleUpon before, but I might just have to check it out!
    Thank you!

    19th April 2017
  • I am kinda lost. I tried adding the button to JetPack, but it appears they totally redid their design. Now you’re instantly taken to, which… sadly… doesn’t seem to be working 🙁

    19th April 2017
  • Thank you for this post! I love StumbleUpon and only recently started using it. This was exactly what I needed to help me understand it better.

    19th April 2017
  • Thanks so much for this post! I have been wondering how to use Stumble Upon to help with my traffic. I found you on the LB group.

    19th April 2017
  • How much traffic or benefit can you see from using Stumbleupon? I’d like to see some stats. I hear it works great for some bloggers but not for others. Thanks! 🙂

    19th April 2017
  • Thank you for this. I had a SU account but never used it. Now I know how to use it!

    20th April 2017
  • i was getting fantastic traffic from stumble upon then suddenly nothing. i always stumbled and posted more of others than myself and still 0. it was really depressing to go from several hundred to literally 0 and i’ve never been able to get it back. i wish i knew how to fix it

    20th April 2017
  • I have been hearing loads about this. Some love it and some say the visitors are not even real people. So I am not sure . But I’ll try and see. Thank you for the guide.

    20th April 2017
  • I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of SU until really recently – I’m glad to hear / read that it really is beneficial. Looks like it’s time to open another account on another platform!

    20th April 2017
  • I am still quite lost on how to exactly use Stumble but I will try and see if I can use your blog to help me.

    20th April 2017
  • This is great advice, i’ve not really used it properly so will have to put a bit more time into it. x

    21st April 2017
  • Wow thank you for this and love it! Ruth

    25th April 2017
  • I just set a SU but had no clue how to use it. This is very helpful!

    25th May 2017
  • I didn’t realise you could add your own posts to SU I though that would be seen as spammy.

    2nd July 2017
  • Great post, I also used SU for getting new topic ideas for my blog but now SU converts to NEXT and totally new interface but still useful.

    3rd April 2019

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