Every web developer loves free traffic. There are quite a few different wants to generate free traffic to your site, but one of the most popular is through social media. There are millions of advertisements tweeted on Twitter and posted on Facebook accounts every single day. These mediums are a good way to generate traffic, but you do not want to look like you’re simply spamming to get traffic to your site. So, what’s another way?
StumbleUpon has been around since about 2001, so it’s not exactly new. However, it has been getting a lot of attention lately and has been amassing quite a bit of traffic. Users on StumbleUpon (you?) are now stumbling over 1 billion pages a month.
What is StumbleUpon?
The concept behind StumbleUpon is pretty easy. You install a toolbar on your browser and create a profile of interests. StumbleUpon then finds websites that it thinks you will like based on those interests. As you stumble through sites you can give them the thumb up or thumb down, depending whether you think the information on the page is interesting or not and StumbleUpon keeps track of that information and it helps the system choose sites you should like. I’ve been using StumbleUpon on and off for about five years now and it is pretty good at finding things that interest me.
Generate free traffic to your site
It’s pretty easy to see how you might be able to game the system to generate some free traffic to your site. Simply go to your site in your browser and stumble it. When you stumble something or give it the thumb up then StumbleUpon will show that site to other people who might be interested in seeing your content, thus generating some free traffic for you. If your site content is really interesting you will continue to see free traffic from stumblers. I have had single pages of my old sites stumbled by over 50,000 people!
Paid traffic at StumbleUpon
You can also buy advertising at StumbleUpon. They have recently re-branded their StumbleUpon Ads to StumbleUpon Paid Discovery. With StumbleUpon Paid Discovery you can get some pretty targeted traffic for as low as $0.05 visitor, which is a pretty good price. Plus, if the stumbler you’re paying for gives your page the thumb up you will start seeing free traffic from that stumble, which can drive down your cost per visitor as well. I plan on doing a case study with StumbleUpon Paid Discovery soon :)
In conclusion, StumbleUpon is a great resource for generating some free traffic to your website and should not be overlooked. Please let me know if you have any questions about StumbleUpon or StumbleUpon Paid Discovery in the comments below.