StumbleUpon is one of the best traffic generators among the top seven social media sites, referring more than other social bookmarking and voting sites such as Digg and Reddit according to Statcounter.
Because when a user likes, or stumbles, a particular page, it is put into the StumbleUpon lineup. As other StumbleUpon users are randomly searching for new content on a specific
topic using the Stumble button on their toolbar, any pages in the lineup for that topic will be displayed to them.
So how can you capitalize on this great network and start getting traffic?
1. Don’t Stumble Your Own Content
It is an unwritten rule of StumbleUpon that you should avoid stumbling your own content. Of course, that does not mean you can never submit your own content, but it is always better if someone else submits your content first. If you only stumble your own content, then other users won’t feel you add any value to the StumbleUpon community aside from self-promotion. Essentially, if your content does well on other social networks, it stands a good shot at doing well on StumbleUpon also.
2. Stumble a Variety of Content from a Variety of Sources
Take the time to stumble content from a variety of blogs and websites as well as a mixture of articles, photos and videos. Only stumble the very best content that you truly want to share with other StumbleUpon users. Avoid stumbling content that does not add value to other StumbleUpon users.
3. Use Great Titles and Descriptions
When you stumble content, take the time to write a great title and description for that content to entice other users to click through and view your submission. Vague titles and descriptions are not helpful to other users.
4. Make Friends
Take some time to get to know other members of the StumbleUpon community and befriend them. Your StumbleUpon presence will grow as you network with more users. Do not just add a friend then forget about them. The power of StumbleUpon grows the more you network.
5. Use One Account and One Identity
Do not try to fool the StumbleUpon community by creating multiple accounts or stumbling only your friend’s content and vice reverse. Chances are you will get caught, which could lead to your content getting buried or you getting banned from StumbleUpon temporarily or permanently. Follow the rules.