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How to Get Traffic to Your Blog from Stumbleupon

Traffic is one of the most important things every blogger will need. Even though conversion is very important when it comes to getting results there won’t be any conversion without traffic. Stumbleupon traffic isn’t really the best traffic for a blogger due to the low conversion it results in and the 2 seconds the resulting visitors spend on a site. However, getting traffic from Stumbleupon has its own importance and before I continue I’ll be giving you one or two major advantages of getting traffic from stumbleupon.

1. Social Proof: A major advantage of getting traffic from stumbleupon is that it is a great means of social proof. Some of us display our income reports, some of us partake in activities requiring us to submit the number of visitors we get and whether we like it or not, irrespective of the source of our traffic, having a huge traffic number makes an impression on our readers. Your readers will believe you know what you’re saying if every single post you write goes viral on Stumbleupon. If you’re also a blogger whose income depends on displaying ads on your blog advertisers will be interested in having your traffic numbers, and very few of them are concerned about the traffic source (as long as it is ethical and you’re doing nothing to inflate it) so that boost in traffic from stumbleupon can make a great difference in how much money you will earn in one month.

2. Source of Encouragement: Another importance of getting traffic from Stumbleupon is that it is a source of encouragement, and believe me, great or not, not every one of your posts will go viral on stumbleupon so anytime one does you will be very happy because you believe it is great. I have written a lot of great posts on this blog but only my best posts go viral on stumbleupon. Also, if you’re a blogger getting around 100 visitors to your blog everyday you will be so happy to get over 1000 visitors to your blog in one day as a result of a great post you wrote, even if that traffic is from stumbleupon. And the more encouragement you get, the more quality posts you will write and the more quality traffic and exposure you will get as time goes on.

3. Improvement in Rankings: Another great thing about social media traffic is that it can help you improve your rankings very fast. Even though traffic from Digg or Stumbleupon might be relatively low when it comes to conversion it is very important that you realize that Google is now determining how to rank websites based on these sites. If your article could make it to the Stumbleupon homepage or to the first page of your post category you will experience a significant boost in your ranks.

4. More Backlinks: Another important thing about having a post go viral on social media is that they result in a lot of backlinks. While stumbleupon might not be that strong compared to Digg or Delicious when it comes to backlinks it is really important that you know that every small piece helps. Having a highly successful article on Stumbleupon can result in a few backlinks that will eventually result in more quality traffic and overall improvement in your search engine rankings.

5. A Means of Testing Your Server: I recently upgraded my server to dedicated server but I don’t know the full capacity yet because I haven’t gotten enough traffic to “shake it”. A lot of web hosting companies make claims that cannot be validated to their users about how great and reliable their service is only for a solid influx of traffic to bring the server down. Getting a lot of stumbleupon traffic can help you know how solid and reliable your server is so that you can make amends or upgrade to a better server before you get a traffic influx from a reliable source. I’ve seen people who getting only 700 visitors a day brought their server down, and the traffic was from great sources like twitter or a big blog in their niche, they would have avoided this had they gotten much traffic from a less reliable source to really know their server capability.

Before I Continue

I’m not a king of getting traffic from Stumbleupon and I’ve not been active on Stumbleupon for months now because I believe spending my time on it is a waste compared to spending it writing quality guest posts for other blogs or spending my time on some other reliable traffic strategies. But I’d also like you to know that I wouldn’t just talk about what I know nothing of. Yes, I haven’t gotten 100k visitors from Stumble but I believe everything has a starting point, I have gotten a few thousands of visitors from Stumbleupon (as shown by the images below) and I have examined a lot of highly successful stumbleupon posts so the tips in this post will both be from my experience and what all those posts have in common.

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The Quality of Your Post Matters

I don’t know if this is a coincidence but every single post I wrote and others I examined are long and detailed posts with over 2000 words and they are often some of the best posts on the blogs they were written for. I’m not trying to encourage writing long posts for the sake of getting stumbleupon traffic because I believe that is irrelevant, and brevity is a great thing every blogger and marketer should have. I’m really sure this post will be pretty long because it will make no sense if it is short and I’d also not be able to pass across everything I want to pass across to my readers. I’m not making it long intentionally, I’m just writing what is in my mind, I’m only writing what I learnt and the length is of little to no importance.

My point here is that every single posts I have seen go viral on Stumbleupon is packed with value. Stumbleupon readers won’t just promote your posts because you have a lot of traffic, they will promote your posts because they are valuable. I know people with as low as 50 visitors a day that have written posts that have gotten thousands of visitors from stumbleupon. It doesn’t matter how great your blog is or how many traffic you get daily you need quality posts to succeed on stumbleupon.

When it comes to quality post people have different “assumptions” and “definitions” and some people believe it is all about your content. So many things determine the effectiveness and quality of a post, and based on what I have seen from a lot of successful stumbleupon posts I will be giving you some tips to make sure your posts go viral on stumbleupon.

Have An Attractive Title: On average 8 out of 10 readers read your headline and 2 out of 10 read your post. I have seen a lot of great posts with bad titles, in fact, I have written some myself but the end result is that these posts don’t get as much traffic as they deserve. The fact that 8 out of 10 people only read your headline and 2 out of 10 read your posts is talking about your blog loyal readers let alone people who hardly know you and are of the habit of visiting as much as 50 blogs a day from stumbleupon. Building a successful blog is about being very smart and having a great knowledge of some very important elements that determine how successful your blog and your blog posts will be.

And attractive title arouses curiosity in your readers, makes them feel comfortable and like they will be gaining something from your post, and in most cases tells a story. Believe me, I’m writing this from personal experience. I have been getting a lot of requests from my readers to be writing posts based on my experience but due to not being comfortable with this I haven’t, I recently decided to write a more personal post based on my experience and I wrote a post titled My journey from a poor fatherless kid to a successful blogger. In less than 15 days this post has gotten over 800 views when the average number of views a post get on this blog in that duration is around 200-300 views. The reason for this has a lot to do with the headline, the headline tells a story, it makes people comfortable because by reading it they feel they are not the only one experiencing a problem and that as long a poor fatherless kid can experience success they also can, and the story arouses their curiosity. As a result it got hundreds of visitors from Facebook, hundreds of visitors from stumbleupon and visitors from many other sources.

It doesn’t matter how great, practical or realistic your blog post is its success will be determined by its title.

It is Easy to Read, and Digest: One thing I noticed from every single post I analyzed when trying to write this post is that not a single one of them was improperly written. Every single post I analyzed was easy to scan, easy to digest and properly presented.

When it comes to writing successful blog posts, taking a few minutes to format your posts can go a long way to affect your success. Try using headlines, sub headlines, numbers, bullet points, blockquotes and some other important elements to help make your post easy to read for your readers. Yes, a lot of your readers love to scan your articles, if I were you, I wouldn’t try to discourage this by making my posts difficult to read but I’d rather encourage it by making my posts easier to scan while easily passing my point across as early as possible.

Make Your Posts Easy to Share

Another very important aspect of writing blog posts that succeed on stumbleupon that many people overlook is the aspect of making their blog posts easy to share. A lot of people complain of not getting retweets for their blog posts yet they have no retweet button on their posts, some people ask why their posts are not going viral on stumbleupon yet they have no stumbleupon button on their posts. I’ve seen people with successful stumbleupon posts who have no stumbleupon button on their blog but they are few and they are the highly successful bloggers whose readers will go to any extent to share their posts. You have to increase your chances of success by making it easy for your readers to share your post. I will easily share a post that has a button that encourages sharing than go through the pain doing it manually: in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever shared a post that didn’t have a share button, if I love a post but there is no way to share it then I’ll forget about it. Unfortunately, I’m not the only one who thinks and acts like this, most of your readers do and you can give them reasons to share your content by having attractive sharing buttons on your blog.

Make Effective Use of Call to Actions

There was one thing in common with every single post on this blog that went viral on stumbleupon, and that one thing was my call to action. In most of these posts I encouraged readers to share the post and in some I specifically told them to share it on stumbleupon, believe me, it worked!

Your call to action might determine whether your blog post will go viral on stumbleupon or not. It is not that your readers are doing that intentionally but a lot of them read your posts via their RSS feeds, some of them are used to reading posts they don’t share on other blogs so it will take an effort from you to make them share your post. And that effort is going to be in the form of an encouragement.

Another thing is that you won’t have any problems with people sharing your post if you give them your best so following the tips in this post will have a mark on your efforts to make your posts viral on stumbleupon.

The above are some tips on getting traffic to your blog from stumbleupon please spread the word by sharing this post on Stumbleupon.

Category: blogging

92 Comments on "How to Get Traffic to Your Blog from Stumbleupon"

  1. Brilliant post Dele, though its long but, its full of great information on the importance of StumbleUpon traffic. Thanks for sharing your experience. Shared

  2. semmy @ Make Money Online says:

    Hi Oni another great tips and example!! Thank you very much to share your experiences to us! Looking forward another post!!

    • Wpfix says:

      Yes Oni has again written a wonderful article.

  3. LoveChic says:

    In fact, thanks for the tips about Stumbleupon. I have never worked with it,but after reading your post, I have decided to try it. May be I will succeed.

  4. DiNaRa says:

    Hi, Onibalusi,
    Stumbleupon is something difficult for understanding for me, at least, it had been so till reading your posts. As usual you made a good job and how we have a detailed step-by-step strategy to conquer this social network.

    • Java Nature says:

      stumbleupon like twitter,,, you can follow someone to get share article from them. and hope they do the same to following you. so you can share your article to them, so you can get traffic with that…

  5. Samuel says:

    Awesome post bro. I guess the tips you shared work on all social network sites. Catchy title and arresting introduction will make visitors come to your site 🙂 thanks for sharing.

  6. Andreas says:

    Stumbleupon is a great traffic maker and can send a lot of traffic your way if you are getting stumbled alot.

  7. Bojan says:

    I still don’t get it how you drive that much traffic trough stumble upon…

  8. Eleazar says:

    I’ve seen in my analytics that I’ve attracted visitors from Stumbleupon. Though even if it’s only a couple of visitors, I’m now encouraged to try to get more visitors from Stumbleupon and any other social media. Oni, I’m glad that you shared your Stumbleupon experience and give some tips. This is a good starting point for me.

  9. Nancy Fairbrother says:

    Another great post, Onibalusi! I have great respect for you. Your information always gives value and I always learn from it. And you’re so young. You have the drive and maturity of a much older person. Continued success to you!

  10. Thanks Onibalusi. great post.

  11. Dave says:

    Thanks for sharing this useful information. You always provide a different view on things. Great post.

  12. Wow! Great job on the Stumble Upon traffic Oni! Whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it right! 🙂

    I definitely agree with making your headlines attractive. I’ll be honest and say that out of all the blogs that I am frequent visito of, don’t comment on every single post.

    In fact, it’s the headline which usually either causes intrigue or deters me away from reading and commenting on the article. And I wouldn’t expect my readers to feel obligated to comment on every article i write either.

    I would only expect people to comment on article that interest them to for the interest to be there you have to write good copy.

  13. Hi Oni,

    I know StumbleUpon is great source for generating traffic and you need to follow some points for such result, which you’ve clearly on the post.

  14. StumbleUpon is great way to improve your ranking, I’m using StumbleUpon and receive around 50+ traffic each day and it’s really helping me to reduce the Alexa Rank. 😉

  15. Mark says:

    Do you use the Onlywire service on your blog to submit posts to multiple social networks? The pliug-in is free and it can submit (after you sign up for user name and password) to over 40 (I think) social media sites
    Nice post!


  16. Sebastian @Webbhotell says:

    Great post, will check it out later today! Thanks for a great blog 🙂

  17. thelma harcum says:

    Very nice article Oni.
    Great tips on artical writing too. Especially to use headings and subheadings in your article.

    It is like using more tags to also drive traffic to your site.(knowing what the article is about is very important)

  18. Java Nature says:

    wow, it works oni. now, i can get > 300 uv/day and 60% come from stumbleupon. but why i can do that with digg and reddit?

  19. Mighty says:

    I’ve also gotten some form of traffic from Stumbleupon although I have not maximized it yet. Thanks for the tips Oni.

  20. Lakhyajyoti says:

    I have been using stumbleupon since Jan, 2010.But still I am getting very small amount of traffic from there.Hope your tips will help increase traffic from stumbleupon.

    • Java Nature says:

      you must have Followers and always share your article to your Followers… do not forget to “LIKE” your friends articles…

  21. Alamin says:

    Oni. Thanks nice post. I never tried stumble upon as my traffic source. But now it’s time to check that out

  22. Natalie says:

    Stumble Upon has its own URL shortener and if you use it they love you for it.

    A lot of people are still moaning that they don’t get traffic from Stumble Upon and it is because they are using it all wrong.

    Stumble Upon tells you in clear black and white that if you only stumble your own posts, they will class you as a spammer. Accept shares and spend just 1 hour a week stumbling other posts and Stumble Upon will love you and return the favour.

    Agree with what you say though, Stumble Upon users have to rate your post and the more thumbs up you get , because you have wrote a good post, the more traffic you will get.

    • Scott says:


      Great suggestion on spending an hour a week.

      Is it best to focus on stumbling posts in the same category as your own?


      • Onibalusi says:

        I think it is more important to stumble posts in different categories.

        • Java Nature says:

          you right oni,,, but we just have to focus on the quality of the articles so that the user how stumbelupon would be interested to see our article and liked our article

  23. Hi Onibalusi,

    It’s very important to have an interesting and attractive title for your submission & if you can use an good attractive photos then it also attract stumblers to view your post.

  24. Kevin V says:

    Very informative and useful post on how to get traffic to your blog using stumbleupon.. specially like the graphs!

  25. Tech Crates says:

    Excellent post….on how to get traffic from SU !! Love the way you represented it

  26. I am sure these steps will give very positive results for beginners and they can boost up their blogs.

  27. Emily says:

    Very interesting…I’ve never really used Stumbleupon, but I’ll look into this. 🙂

    • Java Nature says:

      sure emily,,, now i can get more traffic from stumbleupon… and that is really help to reduce my alexa rank…

  28. fantastic sams says:

    You can get only traffic from any social networks if you can write quality contents. There should be uniqueness in your contents.

  29. Jon says:


    I admire the way you came out and said that you aren’t some Stumbleupon master. You just know how it works and you’ve experienced it’s power. This type of honesty is a breath of fresh air.

    Your thoughts on a surge in this type of traffic being a source of encouragement resonated with me. It really is a big deal when you get a traffic spike, a fantastic comment, or notice some heavy RT’ing of your articles. It truly does make you want to get to work producing more great content! (definitely make them easy to share.)

    Thanks for another great post, I’ll be re-reading this one for sure (as it’s late here for me now).


    • Onibalusi says:

      Aha Jon, I’m really glad I could help 🙂

  30. quite interesting!! I will try it out for my site and update the feedback soon…

  31. Best hosting service says:

    Really greatful tips

  32. ani says:

    Your tips are really great & I hope it will work as it did not happened before. I am a stumbler but don’t know about its url shortener so thanks Natalie!

  33. HP toner expert says:

    I also use StumbleUpon but my traffic from it is very low. I have a good experience with Digg.

  34. entrepreneurs says:

    i dont get much traffic from media optimization takes lot of time.i think if your post is really good the visitors will share to the social media sites.i do always have problem in choosing the titles for my blog posts.thanks for sharing. its a great post.

  35. Edison says:

    Very informative article. I always use Digg and Stumbleupon for submitting my newly posted article.

  36. Suraj says:

    Very nice article. Yet still Stumbling our own posts doesn’t fetch you traffic?

  37. indeed traffic is really important for any blogger..really loved the tips Oni! Keep it up!

  38. kentucky derby tickets says:

    I have read your whole post and get a great pleasure to read it.

  39. entrepreneur training says:

    Stumbleupon can become a huge source of targeted traffic, I think that tips provided in this post will help an every online entrepreneur to make use of Stumbleupon. I like these tips, thanks!

  40. mrohila says:

    Hi Oni another great tips and example!! Thank you very much to share your experiences to us!

  41. Flights to New York says:

    Hi Onibalusi,

    I read your blogs it’s very use full and informative. Thanks for sharing us.

  42. Conservation Jobs says:

    I’ve never had much success with stumbleupon but I will try your tips and see how they work for me.

  43. Mukundan Srinivasan says:

    I have tried several ways to get traffic from stumbleupon but nothing worked out as expected. When I promote interesting news articles i get thousands of views but when i promote ordinary blog posts i never cross single digit views. Stumbleupon is the place for Interesting or Amazing or News content.

  44. Kharim Tomlinson says:

    StumbleUpon has always been a great source of traffic to my blog and I think that it will always be.

    Great post Oni 🙂

  45. Kevin Dallas says:

    Wow great tips thanks for share.Stumbleupon is onw of the greate social bookmarking site and high PR too.I have just use it and get some good traffic but I will try more to get better result

  46. abrablog says:

    i know about stumbleupon potential. But i’m not really good with stumbleupon. I prefer other ways.

  47. mrohila says:

    stumbleupon like twitter,,, you can follow someone to get share article from them. and hope they do the same to following you. so you can share your article to them, so you can get traffic with that…

  48. We can get huge traffic from stumbleupon but we will get lot of pageloads from one user this traffic is not useful for our website to improve our ranking. If we get a organic traffic from Search engines then we will get lot of unique user page loads.They will help us to increase our website Alexa ranking.

  49. Jon V says:

    In my experience, StumbleUpon traffic “just happened” – I didn’t submit anything or ask friends to post. I made my regular blog posts for a year and all of a sudden I had 2,000 – 3,000 visitors from StumbleUpon each day. Not sure what kicked it off other than I have noticed more traffic in general lately because I have been writing better posts and have been more active on Twitter.

  50. habib chy says:

    Good job, i will follow up every steps of your blog,, Thank you so much for showing us (newbies) nice path to get more traffic..

    I hope you may spare some time for my blog and let me know any kind of rectification…

  51. Romy Singh says:

    Hi Oni,
    Another Very Informative Post…
    Social bookmarking can generates lots of traffic for your website…and Spcially Sites like Reddit, Digg, StumbleUpon, mixx etc…

  52. Flights to Bangkok says:

    Social bookmarking can generates lots of traffic for your website…and Spcially Sites like Reddit, Digg, StumbleUpon, mixx etc

  53. Train Games says:

    I think I’ll try this method to get more traffic to my websites because it’s great!

  54. weight management tips says:

    Hi Onibalusi, I’ve been thinking about starting social media traffic for sometime, since I really don’t know a lot about it, what type of blog tends to get more traffic in stumbleupon? are there topics that get better reception than others?

  55. thanks for telling us benefit of getting traffic from SU. Surely going to work on it

  56. juliesworld says:

    Very good information, I have been doing different things but I will try some of the things you posted.

  57. Joseph says:

    Great post with a lot of excellent points. I especially liked the part about testing your web server so that you won’t get shut down later on if you get an influx of higher quality traffic later, like a mention on an A-list blog)

    I’m still a bit baffled as to how the Stumbleupon algorithm actually works (ie. how many likes or hits need to happen immediately before it gets completely buried.)

  58. map of mass says:

    Nice concept about Stumbleupon.I have used it for a long time but not success until I found this post
    Thanks so much

  59. Seo Service says:

    I have used Stumbled, Digg and other social bookmarking service before but never worked for me. Right now, I only use social media marketing such as twitter and facebook in marketing my blog.

  60. Jagjit says:

    Thats some great info. I am having little luck from stumbleupon. Hopefully, it’ll change soon.

  61. Olawale Daniel@Technology Blog says:

    Thanks Oni for this awesome post.

  62. Katie Gray says:

    You’ve got the right idea that maximizing your exposure on StumbleUpon is about engaging with the community and doing some research. Some good blog posts on the topic:

    “Stumble, Follow, Discover: How to Make Your Blog Big on StumbleUpon”:
    “How to Make Your Blog Big on StumbleUpon: Your Content”:

    We also have a free webinar coming up that discusses how to use our Audience Tools to maximize your StumbleUpon traffic:

    – Katie Gray
    Social Media Marketing Manager, StumbleUpon

    • Onibalusi says:

      Hi Katie,

      Thanks so much for the awesome comment on this post. I’m sure readers will enjoy the other posts 🙂

      Have a Great Day!

      • LOL says:

        When StumbleUpon’s crew comment on your post about of course StumbleUpon, that means you wrote a really good post 🙂

        Nice post Onibalusi.
        Thanks Katie about those links, i’m going to read them 🙂


    • HI Oni and Katie,

      I read the articles carefully.Thanks for the great resources.. I am looking forward for a hope of light now..Lets see.

  63. shenoyjoseph says:

    once the post is went to front page in stumbleupon then you will get tons of traffic

    • Hazel says:

      I never see StumbleUpon front page, like Digg!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. Taimur says:

    I have around 145 followers in stumbleupon and i hardly get 15-10 visitors per day.

  65. Doctor Usman says:

    i am happy to be here.

  66. Sadia Komal says:

    StumbleUpon is a great source for traffic.

  67. Business Analyst Jobs says:

    When you’re starting of on Stumbleupon, I think its a good idea to establish a following. The more people follow, the better. Sumbleupon sends traffic nonetheless.

  68. Great article, this taught me alot!

  69. Eric Murphy says:

    yes title of the article matters a lot. also quality of your content is very important to attract loyal readers.

  70. Manu Rana says:

    hi Onibalusi i heard that StumbleUpon is a great source for traffic.i am a new blogger and i hope your post will help me to get traffic.waiting for your new post to read.

  71. Vera Wang bedding says:

    Hy oni… thanks nice post. yes stumbleupon is a great way to get traffic….

  72. edmonton flights says:

    Its a good information about the traffic how the traffic rotate from the single post to your web and stumple digg reddit all are the sites where we get the relevant traffic thanks to share this information to us…….

  73. Well, If you’re not using social media sites to promote your blog/site then your missing huge numbers of targeted people who will be interested on your blog. You need to spend some quality time on your social media sites to build your product/service awareness and then you’ll start getting targeted visitors.

  74. Hazel says:

    Nice tips, I totally agree with u. Sometime I argue myself about the value of SU traffic. u r right!!!!!!!!!!

  75. Ikhsan says:

    Your tips makes sense, but I’ve tried to do it and did not work. Now, I just focus in the major search engines organically. but, thanks for your detailed article

  76. Bellaisa says:

    Interesting article. I came here because I just received over 3,000 visitors in one day off of one post. But the post was not long like you were talking about. In fact, I think it was only 500 words or so. It’s a guest post, and it’s not high quality. It’s not bad – but it’s not super informative with information that you’ve never heard of before.

    I think the reason it caught on was because of the title. It’s kind of a negative title, and I personally think that people are more likely to want to read something negative AND share it. I’m not sure – but I can’t see how else it caught on. lol.

  77. Jordan says:

    Thank you for posting this – it seems to be very helpful!!!

  78. Shubham says:

    Social bookmarking sites are great source of traffic. These sites are major source of traffic for websites that cannot rank high in search engines.
    StumbleUpon is my favourite. Great post…

  79. Pablo says:

    I’ve tried Stumble Upon for a couple of months, and at the beginning I got a lot of traffic, now I get like 100-50 visits per day.
    The best thing we can do to get traffic, is to make remarkable posts. Thanks.

  80. Sir mikel says:

    Thanks for the insights, I hope it works for me too


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