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What Is Stumbleupon is their traffic worth getting?

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]

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  • shandyking February 21, 2007, 8:52 pm

    I don’t think it is worth it at all. I tried this out 5 months ago or so and nothing really came of it. I got more traffic for those days but it was short lived.

  • David Dalka February 22, 2007, 1:11 am

    Interesting post, I understand the details behind StumbleUpon now a little better.

  • hayathp February 28, 2007, 1:53 pm

    Interesting Post I think it was worth it. It is a good way to grow a website community and get new readers. You have to provide interesting stuff which people want to read.

  • Holly Kees April 4, 2007, 8:08 pm

    Essentialy I use blogger and google pages for a hobby. But I receive a significant amount of my traffic from stumbleupon according to google analytics. I have to say, not only has it generated traffic, but I really enjoy what it has to offer and the community itself.

  • Adam May 23, 2007, 12:22 pm

    I didnt even realise there was a paid inclusion options in stumbleuppon. I actually joined for free, made a profile and I submit all of my pages and blog post to stumbleuppon. the funny thing is, after one particular post I got over 1000 hits in one day from them. Although the Adsense clickthrough ratio wasnt that great, its still eyes on your site which will help for subscribership, members and sales, so i highly recommend it.

    PS you dont have to pay anything.

  • Eliena June 17, 2007, 8:11 am

    do i really need to pay them to get traffic. I have been using stumbleupon for 2 months, and not getting single traffic though i submitted 4 pages to stumble upon ????

  • Donetsk September 26, 2007, 10:44 pm

    Never did get any real success with stubleupon. In fact all social networking has failed for me so far, sadly.
    Regards Don.

  • Amie Stilo January 10, 2008, 3:48 am

    I did try them out a few times but just didn’t seem to get any real traffic.
    Maybe I am doing something wrong?

  • Mayhem January 17, 2008, 12:53 pm

    My colleagues and I have been having this debate for sometime now and I just wrote a posting about it last night with an example of my normal traffic and then a day of Stumble! traffic. It’s interesting to see the analytics behind it. I get tons of hits but nothing of real value. Most of those visitors are just hitting the Stumble! button repeatedly until something REALLY catches them.

    I say, be patient, comment on other blogs and do some SEO efforts – don’t leave it all up to Wordpress or whatever platform you’re using.

  • Ray Edwards January 27, 2008, 8:31 pm

    I found this article by Googling “stumbleupon traffic” so I guess that SU is working!!

    I did the search because I notices that I just started the social networking traffic gig and SU has given the greatest number of hits within a very short time. Just hundreds but the other sites DIGG, de.licious, ect are below 10.

    I suspected that the quality of traffic was poor as well. I’m not really selling from my blog but do run Adsense and a few other paid ads programs.

    I’m glad to read about the experiences of others.

  • Video Websites March 15, 2008, 3:01 pm

    The quality of “visitors” Stumblebum sends is pure unadulterated crap. I know from personal experience both from paid advertising with them and from tagging site pages w/ SU.

    SU users seemingly blind to content, haphazardly click their toolbar’s Stumble button visiting websites at speeds up to 10 sites a minute. Zero to minimal prequalified visitors is the norm – and you can forget about any conversions – it’s a celebration of mindlessness.

    Their tagging system is a complete joke – you can only see 7 sites for any given tag – sometimes none. Sites disappear only to be replaced by those maybe a year older without even any reviews. Searching SU is even worse – results contain a mishmash of irrelevant nothingness.

    Stumblebutt has a really good thing going – for them that is – they sell advertising for a nickel a click – and with millions of users they’re making a killing. Only problem though is that advertisers get zip in return for their money – only elevated uniques in the site stats – no sales, no comments, no clicks, no conversions whatsoever.

    Essentially, Stumbleblunder sucks. There are far more productive and measurable means by which to garner traffic – read – visitors that have conversion potential.

  • ogletree March 16, 2008, 2:53 pm

    Video Websites I think your right.

  • estetik April 17, 2008, 6:32 am

    I think stumbleupon is a good way to get traffic but you should setup your account very carefully.

  • huoyangao June 23, 2008, 3:03 pm

    Good experiment. The question is are the StumbleUpon visitors come back later or not?

  • Stumble Traffic November 13, 2008, 5:26 pm

    Many people stumble their website and sit back and wait for something to happen. This doesn’t work because the real power behind social marketing is in the network.

    Are you building a big network of friends who are into the same topic as your website? And if so are you using the Send to: feature to get your Stumble friends to help propel your Submissions? These actions are key to having success with Stumbleupon.

  • Estetik November 24, 2008, 10:39 am

    My only real problem with google analytics is that it doesn’t work very well with a lot of ASP pages, which a lot of clients use nowadays. It can also get kind of hairy when trying to get it to understand what a conversion is. Instead of just any click, it needs to be one specific click haha.

  • Dave December 17, 2008, 8:52 am

    I tried StumbleUpon a few month ago. Did get some traffics, but not worth it at that time. Most users just stumble through… I’m trying it again. Will see.

  • business hosting guy June 3, 2009, 1:42 am

    I think it worth a little, but this sort of traffic is not enough in order to achieve targets, as you will get mix up of traffic, means site will not get targeted traffic.

  • hesi exam tips June 5, 2009, 3:11 am

    I think that stumbleupon traffic is kinda good in case you’re looking for better alexa rank…

    I tried it myself and my rank went much more better..

  • Dumb Boss Quotes August 11, 2009, 7:58 pm

    I got SU’d by someone and all of a sudden got 300+ hits in two days, but they looked at my site for less than 30 seconds each. It was a nifty boost, but not much help otherwise.

  • millslinks August 19, 2009, 1:33 am

    No doubt in it, that stumble drives a lot of traffic; but the question how could you get benefit from mix up of traffic, means stumble will not drive specific type of traffic according to your site or products, what i think best way to utilize the stumble traffic; we can generate a lot of affiliate programs along with our own product about the relevant stuff to your niche. I think this is the best use of stumble traffic.

  • Arthur Pledger September 29, 2009, 1:36 pm

    I noticed not a single cent of conversion despite a huge leap in stumbleupon generated traffic. Not worth it unless you are in the sole business of counting hits

  • Isaac February 3, 2010, 6:42 pm

    I recently tried the system “tumbleUp”, but haven’t got response yet!
    I don’t know how effective it is?

  • çene eklemi February 11, 2010, 4:19 am

    Document very successful. But a little more detailed information should be.

  • Paula July 28, 2010, 4:35 pm

    I’m not getting anything out of it. I can’t even “stumble”- if I do I cant get out of their site and I can’t vote up or down-nothing. Pretty worthless. There should be a step-by-step process to make sure you know what your doing.

  • Alfonso Coley September 12, 2010, 2:12 pm

    I have read through many post pertaining to purchasing a stumble ad, most of them were very positive and direct to the point. Just wanted to let everyone know that if you plan to use stumble upon to advertise your own work – the site will shut you down, or stop you from submitting your content. All in all I think it would be a wise decision to purchase the ad service from them, nothing in this life is truly free, a little advertising goes a very long way, especially in the competitive e commerce society we live in today.

  • Word of God for Today October 19, 2010, 8:00 am

    I noticed on my feedjit that immediately i stumble, 2 visitors will always visit my page. If i stumble 5 post, that gives me 10. I begin to wonder How real is stumbleUpon and are those traffic REAL?

  • dilawer March 24, 2011, 6:32 am

    i get atleast 500 visits from stumbleupon and thats great!

  • RN Salary November 19, 2011, 9:38 pm

    i will try stumbleupon.
    it can get traffic?