Generate traffic to your sites with StumbleUpon


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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.

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What is StumbleUpon?

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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

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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.

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12 thoughts on Generate traffic to your sites with StumbleUpon

  1. Great article. But I think that StrumbleUpon is around for a while and it isn’t big news that StrumbleUpon could generate traffic for new site.

  2. A big thing with Stumbleupon is to just give it time. You can get huge surges in traffic maybe 1 in 20 times (Can be a bit hit and miss, especially depending on your content) but when it happens it is well worth it. Something I see alot of people doing is submitting one or two posts, it bringing in only a couple of uniques then passing it off. It is something that just takes time.

  3. I paid for 100 stumbles on this article on StumbleUpon Paid Discovery and received 100 stumbles (no freebies). I will be writing up another article and doing a test that I think will work better soon 🙂

  4. The only problem I have with stumbleupon, is that the traffic quality is so low. Most people just see your page then click stumble.

    1. True, but if you’re doing a targeted campaign with StumbleUpon Paid Discovery and your niche falls within the interests, you can get a pretty decent return. I advertised a Firefox add-on using it and generated a lot of installs for a pretty low amount of cash 🙂

  5. I learned today that Stumbleupon does not like any landing page that leads to an offer with a “special offer” navigation box. (They consider it mouse trapping) I’m trying it out on a few other offers to see how it goes.

    1. That’s up to you. You should stumble other websites as well to help your stumbles actually gain value, but how often you stumble your own pages is up to you and I’m not sure if you’ll see much traffic just by stumbling every single page. I try to focus on the pages that I think will do well and get more stumbles from StumbleUpon users if I stumble them. I’ll usually do a Paid Discovery campaign on those pages as well.

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