How I Use Pinterest and StumbleUpon Together to Increase My Pageviews

Keeping up with Social Media can be difficult for a blogger. Here's how I save time by using Pinterest and StumbleUpon together to increase my pageviews. Click through to find out the big 'secret'.

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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.

Keeping up with Social Media can be difficult for a blogger. Here's how I save time by using Pinterest and StumbleUpon together to increase my pageviews. Click through to find out the big 'secret'.

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.

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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.


  1. Krystal thank you so much! You’ve answered and made it so easy for me to understand and how to use it! Pooh! I wanted to use that platform this year, but have no idea where to start and how to find articles! Thank you!

    I’m going take the time tonight to get started and Follow you there too! 🙂
    Have a great day!

    1. No worries at all Yasmina! It took me a while to wrap my head around it all and now it seems so simple. StumbleUpon really is like a temperamental teenager though but don’t be disheartened by it. Keep at it and you’ll see the results. xo

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this strategy! This is awesome! I’m starting tomorrow doing both. These StumbleUpon tips are great – it makes perfect sense to take that extra little step while you are pinning in Pinterest.

    1. StumbleUpon is a bit of a dark horse – there’s not a great deal of information about it and how to make it work effectively for you. Hopefully this tip helps 🙂

  3. That is a really great strategy to have them both open. SU is my top social media traffic referral (according to analytics) and I’m trying to beef up with Pinterest. Thanks for the tips!

    1. That’s fantastic that you have SU working well for you as your top social media traffic referral. Pinterest takes a bit of navigating at first but once that penny drops and things just click you’re sure to see your stats boost!! Check out How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul- by Ruth Soukup. It has a lot of fantastic Pinterest tips.

  4. I pinned your post some time ago and looked it up again today to start making use of the tips here. Only just signed up to StumbleUpon and I’m trying to figure out how to use it. At least I managed to find out how to follow people! (By looking you up there :))

    Thank you for this awesome post and I hope stumbling will introduce me to some awesome pages I wouldn’t otherwise find.

    1. StumbleUpon is a pretty awesome site and I often find myself spending a lot of time there reading through all the interesting posts. I’m glad this has been able to help you and I wish you all the luck with StumbleUpon. xo

  5. Your description of Stumble Upon as a temperamental teenager is spot on! I’ve been adding my posts to SU on a regular basis, and every time I do, I make sure to stumble before and after for a few minutes, but I really need to start adding more pages. This Pinterest + SU combo tip is gold!

    1. There’s still so much I’m trying to learn about StumbleUpon… it seems to be so hit and miss but I have noticed since using the SU + Pinterest combination it has started to pick up a little more. I’d love to know how you go with it – make sure you check back in and let me know!! xo

  6. Thank you so much for this! StumbleUpon is like the equivalent of SEO, you should use it but it’s a mystery! I added the StumbleUpon Chrome extension to my browser, but I honestly still don’t know if I am doing it right. For example when I have the extension open and come across a site/blog post/ my own content I like it opens to this page. Do you actually fill it in every time? Also what type of category would say this blog post go under? Writing? Thanks for any help!

    1. Hi Shawna – thanks for the comment. When you are adding a site you like to StumbleUpon, yes I do fill in that form each time. This usually only occurs if the site hasn’t already been added to StumbleUpon. When you are stumbling through the actual StumbleUpon site you simply click the thumbs up for pages you like and the thumbs down for ones you don’t (make sure you click the down arrow too so you can say why you don’t like this page). The categories on StumbleUpon frustrate me a little. The main ones I use are Marketing, Writing, Self Improvement and Food. Make sure you select this category correctly (I accidentally set one of mine about relationships to A.I (artificial intelligence) and I don’t know how to change it now!!). I hope this helps. xo

  7. Hi Krystal,

    Thank you for this post! I was actually wondering about stumbleupon for awhile now and trying to share some stuff there from time to time, but didn’t really see any effect. I will definitely try your way now, it seems like a very good idea!
    Im new to your blog, but after this article Im definitely subscribing to your newsletter!


    1. Hi Katya, thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂 StumbleUpon definitely needs to be something you use regularly, not just a stop by every now and then type of thing. They really respond well to engagement. I hope it works well for you! x

  8. Such a great post! I’m currently trying different things to increase my page views. Pinterest and Stumbleupon are two of the platforms I use. I already noticed that Stumbleupon is a strange thing. For example last week I entered a page from my blog, and it got stumbled so many times! I had never seen so much traffic directed to my blog before. So that’s great! It’s calmed down now though. On the other hand, I wouldn’t ever had come up with combining the two! I’ve just put your tip into practice, by repinning your page on Pinterest ánd stumble your page!

    I’ve also started using Flipboard. Do you have any experience with that?

    1. Hi Maaike – thank you so much for your comment. I’d love to know how you go with using Pinterest and StumbleUpon together and how it impacts on your page views. I don’t think StumbleUpon should be a traffic source that we rely on totally – it’s a bonus when you get a massive spike in traffic and there are ways and means to capitalise on that. I haven’t looked at Flipboard at all and to be honest I’m not sure what it is all about. What do you use it for in particular?

  9. Thanks! I’ve been using Stumble to promote my blog posts but didn’t realize I was being penalized for not promoting others. Great idea to promote stuff I find on Pinterest – I’m a Pinterest junkie.

    1. As with all social media channels they want you to spend more time on their sites and will reward you for being organic, sharing, commenting and spending time there. 🙂 Pinterest is seriously addictive – it’s where I spend the most of my promotion energy.

    1. StumbleUpon is so tricky but this is the only way I’ll use it now – it can be quite a time consuming venture (StumbleUpon that is) so just keep an eye on whether you’re getting a good return for the investment of your time. 🙂

  10. You have no idea how happy I am to have found this post!! I’ve been wanting to try StumbleUpon again, after having tried to use it with my blog and running into the same problems you did. I don’t know why I didn’t think of using the two sites together – it’s genius and makes so much sense! Thanks so much for sharing this nugget of wisdom.

    1. I’m glad you like it Jenn! TO be honest I had slacked off a bit with it and decided that I should get back into using it again and my blog traffic has had a lovely boost!! It’s been amazing. I hope it works really well for you too! <3

    1. Thanks so much Erin – StumbleUpon can be really great for reaching out to new readers. I hope you love it and congrats for starting your blog. Please feel free to email me anytime you want (krystal@).

  11. Thanks for this Krystal! I feel like I just “stumbled” across a super secret marketing strategy with this post! Just signed up for StumbleUpon (and followed you!) and am going to give this a try for the next month to see how it does for me.

    Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. Love Ruth’s book too 🙂

  12. This was extremely helpful. I am just starting to use stumble and i had great views from it one week and it has slowed. I will definitely be trying these tips out.

  13. This is the most helpful post I’ve read today. My stumbleupon accout has been lacking for years and I’ve never thought about doing this before. Great advice!

  14. Krystal,

    I’ve been using everything you shared here for a few weeks now and it has made a HUGE difference in my traffic! Thanks SO much for sharing!! Most helpful blog traffic post I’ve read yet (and I’ve read A LOT).

  15. Thank you so much, I had never heard of Stumble and now I hopefully
    can make a informed decision as to whether or not it is a worthwhile platform
    for my blog. Your information was great and easy to understand.
    Others will definitely benefit from this article.

  16. This is such a great idea! Is there anything you do to make the overall process go faster, as well? Every page I find on Pinterest has to have all its tags and categories inputted. I’d love to just “thumbs up” and move on. (I’d also love for SU to stop freezing once I input all of that, but I don’t think you can fix it for me. 😛 ) It’s weird, because some posts will be stumbled before I get to them, but they still want me to input tags. Just like it used to do for posts that had never been stumbled before, way back when.

    I have definitely noticed an uptick in traffic, just over the course of two days. So thanks for this post!

  17. I honestly just discovered StumbleUpon because I had gotten a couple of page views from it. I had no idea how to use it and there isn’t much instruction. I’m going to try your method every day now. Thank you.

  18. This is brilliant! I’m so glad I came upon this post! I just started stumble upon yesterday for my new blog with no clue how to make it work for me. I’m eager to see the outcome of this method!

  19. Thank You for this post!!These tips are awesome! I had gotten a post to go viral on StumbleUpon so I started adding more of my pages annnnnd now I know why! I’ll be referring to this post often.

  20. Thank You for this post!! These tips are awesome. I had gotten a post to go viral on StumbleUpon so I started adding more of my own pages and haven’t seen much traffic since. Now I know why! I’ll be referring to this post often!

  21. I decided to finally get StumbleUpon yesterday and Holy Cow I don’t know what’s going on but my traffic skyrocketed! I’m trying to understand the website better I’m hoping that it’s not just beginner’s luck and that it’ll be a new source of major traffic.

    Is that a thing for newbies to the site to get tons of traffic the first day??

  22. This may seem like a really stupid question but, if you’re adding 10 pages from Pinterest to every 1 page of your own, how does StumbleUpon know that the pages you’re adding from Pinterest aren’t your own and that that one page is?

    1. Good question. It’s more about not adding a whole bunch of pages from the same domain. Like, if I was to add 10 pages from then StumbleUpon would see that I’m adding all from the same place. However, if I add 10 various pages and one from, then StumbleUpon knows I’m sharing from a variety of sources and therefore is more likely to share them around. I hope that makes sense…

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