We all know how overwhelming social media can be when you’re feeling like you need to keep up with everything. Posting to Facebook, engaging on Instagram, Twitter chats, Pinterest parties, Google+ (what’s Google+ again?) and then there’s StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Medium…. it goes on. And it was when I was researching and testing ways to increase my pageviews to my blog that I discovered how to use StumbleUpon and Pinterest together.
I’m all for ways to streamline your social media management and this is definitely a new favourite of mine.
I decided to focus on Pinterest and StumbleUpon together. Pinterest is by far my highest traffic referral and is a powerhouse for increasing my pageviews and driving high-quality traffic to my blog.
As for StumbleUpon, I had used it before and seen some great traffic being generated, then I would go a week without seeing a single referral – it was being a temperamental teenager and I needed to learn how to speak its language.
So What’s The Deal With StumbleUpon?
StumbleUpon really is like a temperamental teenager. It responds best when it is receiving attention and shuts down once the attention fades. You really need to be using StumbleUpon regularly to see great benefit from it. The idea is that you add pages to StumbleUpon that you have found on the internet that you like. You also ‘stumble’ through everyone else’s ‘likes’ (the pages they have added) and you can either give them the thumbs up or the thumbs down.
Here are some quick points about StumbleUpon:
- StumbleUpon wants you to add new content.
- StumbleUpon will penalise you if the only new content you add is your own.
- As a general rule, I add at least 10 pages from other sites for every 1 page I add from my own blog.
- Some people say not to add your own pages and rely on your readers to do it for you – I like being in control and giving my post a little head start so I add my own.
- What you give the thumbs down to is just as important as what you give the thumbs up.
- If a page receives a lot of thumbs down it will be penalised heavily and won’t show up in as many stumbles.
- StumbleUpon will penalise you if you only show up on their site on sporadic occasions. They will also ‘reward’ you if you show up every day.
- Follow Stumblers that suit your niche or what you’re interested in. The more followers you have, the higher your chances of your page being stumbled.
But I Already Have So Much To Do!
With all of the other social media platforms you need to keep up with, how on earth are you going to have the time to sit down and find at least 10 different webpages you like just so you can add it to StumbleUpon?
This is where Pinterest comes in…. I’m going to assume you pin on at least a semi-regular basis. Pinterest is addictive and easy to lose yourself in for hours on end. Why not use that time to boost your StumbleUpon rating as well?
When I have Pinterest open on my laptop, I make sure I have my StumbleUpon page open too. For each pin that I re-pin, I add the webpage it comes from to StumbleUpon.
It’s so simple. It’s already a webpage I like, I wouldn’t repin it if it wasn’t. So why not share it with StumbleUpon? In doing so I am able to use Pinterest and StumbleUpon together to increase my pageviews.
You can see on StumbleUpon a list of your ‘likes’. You can easily create a list of all the pages you have added yourself so you can keep track of them. You’ll also see a counter on each of them showing you how many times that page has been stumbled.
I’ve started to add more pages from other bloggers to StumbleUpon for three reasons.
- To increase the topics I have in my ‘likes’ (at present they are mostly recipes, family related or photography tutorials),
- It is a way to support other bloggers and helps them gain new readers and increase their pageviews (a little bloggy karma) and;
- Because it feels really good to see the number of times a page has been stumbled going up, knowing that their increase in pageviews was because of you doing something nice for them (by adding their page).
What social media platforms do you use and how do you keep up with them all? Leave your comments below, as well as a link to your favourite social media profile.