I recently decided to do a test at www.stumbleupon.com. If you don’t know what Stumbleupon is it is a site that offers a toolbar to put in your browser. The toolbar has a button that automatically goes to sites they think you might be interested according to how you set up your account. You can then choose what you think of the site by clicking on a thumbs up or a thumbs down or reviewing it.
There are 2 ways to get into Stumbleupon. One is if people who have the toolbar decide they like your site. The other is paid. You can pay $0.05 per visit. You just charge your account with money and Stumbleupon will use whatever you tell them to.
An expert SEO friend of mine William Cross told me that Stumbleupon was a good way to get some traffic and that a lot of Stumbleupon users have the Alexa toolbar installed. So I sent them $100 and told them to only send 100 visits a day and added my site to the web development category. Sure enough every day I got 100 visitors. Previous to this I had never had any Stumbleupon traffic.
My Alexa rating went up over this time. I forgot to write down what it was before but if you look at the Alexa chart you can see it going up over that period. From my referrer stats I can see that at least twice I got some free traffic from Stumbleupon. My number of community members at www.mybloglog.com has gone up a little every day or so since then as well. I have posted some stats of all www.Stumbleupon.com traffic.
Overall I think it was worth it. It is a good way to grow a website community and get new readers. You have to have a quality site that matches the category you submit to. You have to provide stuff people want to read.
[tags]mybloglog, alexa, stumbleupon, web stats, web traffic, stumbleupon traffic[/tags]