1. Am I confusing myself? I created an account months ago and gave up. I really want to understand this!!!! Is it so easy I am making it hard?

  2. StumbleUpon is one of the least understood yet probably most effective way of getting a lot of eyeballs on your posts. Thanks for such a clear, detailed, demystifying post about it!

  3. thank you for sharing this, patti. I have never received much traffic from stumbleupon but am open to revisiting it. REALLY helpful. Thank you.

  4. I am going to pin this post because I think I need to read it at least 748 more times to “get it” fully. Thank you for not using too many big words or fancy tech terms for those of us with a below average technically ability. 😉

  5. This is GREAT. StumbleUpon has baffled me for a long while now. I’m going to put these tips to work. Thanks, Patti.

    • You are welcome, Colleen! I look at this post and know it is baffling in itself when one is trying to decipher SU, but perseverance pays off. BTW for perspective: I get more traffic from SU than both of my FoodGawker features combined generated.

  6. This is awesome! Thank you so much for posting….I am clueless when it comes to SU!

  7. I’m with Julie up there. I’m trying my best to to wrap my brain around all of this info, Social Media and I have a love-hate relationship! How did you check with SU to see if you were a member in good standing? Up until a few weeks ago when the TXWB started encouraging us to check out each others SU pages, I had NEVER stumbled anyone else’s posts but my own. After reading your very informative tutorial, I’m thinking big troubles! SEE I told you I don’t know about such things!

    • SU has given me a headache or two trying to figure out how to make it work. When I thought I might be ghost-banned (OoooooOOOoooo!), I simply emailed them and asked if I was in good standing. I also made sure I read their best practices and stuck to the guidelines.

      I know this post can seem overwhelming, but break it down step-by-step. Start by using a ratio when you stumble yours and other posts. Then, go from there.

  8. Thank you so much for this post! I’m honestly just relieved that I’m not the only one that is confused about SU:( I really tried to use it and it just had me so baffled I just gave up. I bookmarked your page so I can keep coming back and learning a little about it at the time. Right now I’m trying to get my Facebook likes up because that’s what people use (in my opinion) to start attracting traffic to their site. Maybe I’ll leave Facebook alone and start stumbling because I really dislike Facebook anyway!

    • Facebook has it’s purposes, but the traffic I get from SU is like a torrential waterfall to FB’s dripping faucet. I tend to use ALL THE MEDIAS every day, that way I’m hedging my bets on what’s working for a specific post. I hope the tutorial helps in some small way, Adrian. Good luck!

  9. I stumble, (a bit) making sure I stumble lots of interesting things that I find (it’s like my second pinterest now) but I’ve never left a comment and I don’t think I’m using the tags correctly. So much to learn, thanks for the advice.

  10. Dana@chocolateandsunshine says

    Thank you!! I’m saving this for reading later. Last week, I noticed several referrals to my blog form StumbleUpon and I had no idea what to do with it. Appreciate your post!!!

  11. Great tips! I love StumbleUpon and have seen lots of traffic from it. Your post have given me lots of tips I’m going to try:)

  12. Oooh! Definitely pinning this to reference! I’m a SU newbie. Thank you for the amazing tutorial!

  13. Hi,
    I just wanted to drop a line and let you know that I am promoting your blog on my Blogger Connections 4 blog hop this week.. I hope you get a little more action on your blog for the next week.
    Have a great week.
    Deedra from the blog At My Counter

  14. Thanks! You answered a lot of my questions about Su! 🙂
    Greetings, Ronja Lotte

  15. Thanks for all this info! I will try Stumble Upon and see how it works. I wish there were more time in the day for all the social medioa that bloggers have to join and take part in–lol!

  16. I have had the worst luck with SU – but maybe I wasn’t doing it correctly. I Stumble like crazy but nada! LOL Gonna add the comments and see if that helps! Thanks girl! Pinning for additional tips!

  17. I think that once I started the process to open a page, but did not understood what to do. I may do it again. Thanks

  18. There are some things I learned here that I didn’t know. I didn’t realize you could leave comments, I don’t think. I like stumble upon – it is kind of like a version of pinterest to me. I have stumbled a few of my own posts in the past but didn’t realize this was frowned upon – hopefully they didn’t ban me as you mentioned. I guess I need to look at using it more and facebook less. I don’t get much from facebook it seems unless I pay to promote a post – I go on facebook a lot though to check in with some groups I am in on there and get caught up using it.

    • You can stumble your own posts, but just make sure you stumble more of others on the same day. Facebook is a useful social media, but I look at it as more of a social gathering joint; a place to catch-up with folks and join a conversation.

  19. StumbleUpon is ONE site I never had clue about until now, you made it SO much easier to use it. Thanks so much for sharing all the details and info. Pinning this post for later.

  20. I love SU… when I remember to use it LOL I need to get better about stumbling DAILY!

  21. The Accidental Mama says

    I will check it out but I don’t know how many social sites I really need to be on for my blog…
    The Accidental Mama

  22. Rocio Chavez (@yoursassyself) says

    Thanks Patti, I’d been avoiding getting started with Stumbler because it felt like a lot of work, but that’s to your niffty post, I think I got it set up and am ready to stumble away 😀 Thanks so much!

  23. I have been looking for a post about SU that tells me exactly how to make the most of it, and this is spot on! Thanks for all those great hints that may seem obvious to some, but I think most people miss the things that seem this obvious. I have been getting most my traffic from SU, and now I know how to get even more! So thanks for writing this!

  24. Thanks for posting this! I started stumbling and quit pretty much all in the same day because I just didn’t get it. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how I’m going to find time for yet another social media page, but it definitely sounds like the return from SU can be worth it if you play it right!

  25. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You’ve answered some questions I had about Stumble Upon. Great! Did I say thank you? I do have another question though. I was looking around on an FB group and they were talking about ‘discovered’ and ‘undiscovered’ stumbles. Any idea what they mean? Thanks (again).

    • Jeanne, thank you! Discovered stumbles are posts that someone has already added to the stumbleupon site and an undiscovered is a post that has never been added to stumble. Love to know when something is helpful. Thanks for letting me know!

  26. Thank you so much for this post! I think it’s gone viral among the blogging set. Quick question for you: when you do the 15 to 1 ratio, does this mean you must ADD fifteen sites, or that giving a thumbs up to fifteen sites that have already been stumbled is enough? Thanks!

    • Thanks, Rebecca! My 15:1 ratio is basically adding my site, adding tags and a comment to that post (on SU) and then giving a thumbs-up to 15 others. What I also do within that 15 thumbs-up is add comments and tags to about half of those, while sometimes adding other posts from other sites. So, basically, it’s a mix. I never ever just give a thumbs up. I always add comments and tags to at least 3-7 of those 15. I hope this helps.

  27. Thanks for this! I was addicted to StumbleUpon a few years back then I think Pinterest came along and grabbed my attention. I loved how I could find new content with SU. I’ve going to revisit it thanks to you and now I better understand it!
    I remember taking my students on a field trip to a design firm here in Chicago. The art director giving us a tour around the place was raving about SU and how he used it to spark creative ideas and even came across some fresh talent he would hire to illustrate his design projects!

  28. I have read so many posts about SU, and this is the best by far. Not only great information that I haven’t seen elsewhere, but I love your style! Thanks!


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