How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon

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Today, I’m going to review how to get traffic from StumbleUpon. I was really happy with my initial results using the platform, especially since all the traffic I got was free.

I recorded a video in case you prefer to absorb your content with my lovely voice speaking to you instead, which you can see here:

If not, you can simply read on from here 🙂


I actually spent 5-10 minutes putting all my articles in StumbleUpon, and my site traffic absolutely spiked…

How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon

I was so happy when I logged in to see this…

And then I saw it was from my 5-10 minutes of effort getting my posts on StumbleUpon.

How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon

Now before we get into how to do this, let’s analyze the traffic a little.

The way I see this is that it’s easy, free traffic that requires very little work. There is no reason not to post your content on StumbleUpon (and I’ll show you how later in this post).

Now the traffic itself has a high bounce rate (people are not staying on the site long and are “bouncing”. It makes sense. It’s random people stumbling and they are in “stumble” mode, meaning they are just in content discovery mode, they didn’t stumble upon your content specifically to read about that topic.

So it’s lower quality. But it’s free, it’s a social bookmark which can help with Google rankings, and it never hurts. So I recommend you follow my steps to do this for all your content.

Now if you don’t know what StumbleUpon is, don’t worry, I’m going to cover how the site works for you first.

StumbleUpon is a content discovery type web site. Meaning people “stumble” onto content and can either like, share, add the content to a list or dislike the content.

The bar to do this with is here:

How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon

When you click “stumble” it will display a piece of content like this:

How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon

You can even tailor what gets shown to you based on interests:

How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon

Therefore, some of the traffic you will get is more targeted while other visitors you will receive aren’t. This is because some people stumble upon what they are looking for, and some others aren’t interested.

Either way, I advise you do this for all your content because as far as I can see, it can only help. It’s a free way to promote your blog.

Preliminary steps on how to get traffic from StumbleUpon:

  1. Set up a StumbleUpon profile at , you can use your Facebook profile if you like
  2. Have content ready to be posted (check out my How To Start a Blog in 20 Minutes post here to get your blog set up so you can add content)

Once you are inside StumbleUpon, you’ll see this option in the top right:

How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon

Click “My Profile” and you’ll see this page:

How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon

Click “Add a Page”…

How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon

Then you’ll simply add your content link in the first spot, and from there fill in the rest of the areas. Add as many relevant tags as you can. It’s pretty simple to do this.

You’ll see a traffic boost doing this with all your content and it should also help with Google.

It’s free so it just makes sense 🙂

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11 thoughts on “How To Get Traffic From StumbleUpon

  1. ANAND says:

    I am searching for how to increasing traffic. In many articles I read that we can increase traffic through social networks. But they didn’t give me clarity how to do that. You explained very clearly and also posted a video how to do that. I am very happy. I found here very useful post to me. Thank you friend.

  2. Kerry Tiwana says:

    Social media playing major role in websites rankings now these days. If any blogger want high ranking in search engine then you cant avoid Stumbleupon. This article is very useful to get traffic from Stumbleupon.
    thanks to the writer.

  3. Ryan Biddulph says:

    Hi Stefan,

    Awesome stuff dude. I always share my latest post on StumbleUpon but need to keep up with the old posts too, because I went a minute without SUing my posts a while back. Free traffic and easy traffic too. Even though SU traffic usually has a high bounce rate, heck, it is traffic, and when you start driving a huge volume of traffic to your blog, more and more of these folks become regular readers.


    • Youness Bermime says:

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for stopping by. You’re right. Traffic from SU has high bounce rate, but with high-quality content that gets their attention, they’ll soon convert to regular, active readers of the blog. They will even share the content on their social media. It’s a win-win situation.

  4. Susan Velez says:

    Hi Stefan,

    Great tips on StumbleUpon. To tell you the truth, I started using it a while back, but I didn’t see a lot of return from my efforts.

    To tell you the truth, I don’t think that I actually gave it enough time to see whether or not I could make it work for me. Glad to see that you’ve been able to make it work for you.

    One of the things that I’ve learned from using social media to help me grow my blog is that it takes time to see results. At least that’s been my personal experience.

    Maybe once I finish focusing on Pinterest, I’ll take the time to go back to StumbleUpon and use your guide as a way to help me make the most of it.

    Thanks for taking the time to share these tips.

    Have a great day 🙂


  5. Donna Merrill says:

    Hi Stefan,

    Seems like the general consensus is that SU traffic is not a very high quality.

    Like Ryan mentioned earlier, it does tend to up your bounce rate.

    Still – like you say – it is free and I’ve always found that SU posts do get a lot of traffic.

    We can argue about the quality of SU traffic, but really, it’s the blogger’s job to make sure that when people get to their blog – they want to stay and they want to return.

    So I would say – yes. Stumble all your posts.

    But don’t forget to stumble other people’s work too.

    Nobody wants to find

    It’s never a good idea to just promote the wrong work.

    For every one of your own blog posts that you Stumble, you should share at least five other people’s.


  6. Shafi Khan | BlogCharge says:

    Hey Stefan,

    StumbleUpon has never worked well for me (I actually got my account banned for no reason at all)

    I’ve created another account and constantly try to use new things to catch the user’s attention. One thing, I have found to work best is the introduction to the post.

    If you can write an interesting intro, people would stay for longer and eventually may read the complete post.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Dexter Roona says:

    Hi Stefan, found your post after you commented on my SEO Guide … Hey comments work 😉

    I have shared this to my Wakelet Feed so I can read it when I have a bit more time.

    Im a fan of StumbleUpon so I will definitely take notice.

  8. Mr.Bakshi says:

    Thank you Stefan for writing this valuable article. In my case, it’s get a few traffics for a few minutes, after that this link never receives the traffic. Can You explain, Sir?

  9. Ashish Kumar says:

    Hello Stefan
    When it comes to Social bookmaking and social media sites. I have noticed that Stumbleupon and Reddit are the best one.
    If you use them carefully they can generate the huge traffic.
    back in 2013 one of my article got viral on Stumbleupon and I ended up getting over 2000k unique visitors on my website within matter or hours.
    Same goes with the Reddit.
    But if do something stupid, you can get banned instantly.
    Anyways Thanks for sharing all the useful information.
    keep up the good work

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