StumbleUpon is a social network around content. More like a social bookmark community and it is one of the best traffic generators among the top social media sites.
For a content promoter or a blogger, StumbleUpon is a MUST and if you have good quality and useful posts, you can get a very good traffic from StumbleUpon shares and likes.
Let’s see how can we generate traffic from StumbleUpon.
Go to StumbleUpon, and sign up for a free account.Select your interests and follow people and learn the platform and how it works for 5-10 minutes.
Make sure that you complete your profile so that people can follow you back
-Complete bio information and write about yourself and your interests. Check Settings > Customize Profile
-Complete your interests. Check Settings > Manage Interests.
-Good profile picture. Check Settings > Profile Picture.
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.
The main thing is good content. Lets not focus on sales pages or pages with lower content quality.
Bookmark your good quality pages. Focus more on nicely written articles and blog posts.
Add StumbleUpon Badge
To increase chances of your content getting stumbled, one can add StumbleUpon badge to your website content. One can grab it from http://www.stumbleupon.com/badges/
http://su.pr/ is a shortening URL service from StumbleUpon. You can get a shortened URL from Su.pr and use that URL in other social websites, like facebook, twitter.
For example, you can tweet like: Nice blog on employment http://su.pr/xyx. Try signing it today.
If someone uses this link, it will open a website with StumbleUpon toolbar conveniently above the post making it easier for the user to vote up for that.
Create social network
Getting followers on StumbleUpon is much like getting followers on Twitter where in we can follow people of similar interests and rely on the fact that they may follow you back.
Find people of your interest. Finding followers interested in the same topics as you are simple. You can start by going to http://www.stumbleupon.com/discover/keyword/ and replace the keyword with topics you are interested in.
You can try StumbleUpon exchange shares with your followers. Try installing StumbleUpon toolbar plugin in firefox, a good one: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/stumbleupon/
Whenever a mutual follower sends something to you, you will see a red number in your Stumbleupon toolbar and on click, it will open the page being shared and you can vote or send a reply that you like the page.
This will encourage them to like your pages also.
Stumbling own content
Your content needs to be stumbled before you can share it.You can ask your friend to stumble your page so that you can share it with your followers
Submit interesting web pages
Apart from just sending your own pages, try submitting other interesting web pages in the same niche also.StumbleUpon does monitor user activity and may prohibit activity if all you do is promote your own stuff.