How to Get StumbleUpon Traffic
StumbleUpon has the potential to deliver thousands of visitors to your blog in just a few hours, but only if you optimize your posts so that they work for the site properly.
The important thing to know about StumbleUpon is that people will choose to view your site based on first impressions based on the title you use and the image associated with the page entry.
When you add a page to the site you choose a category. People then choose the categories that they want to ‘Stumble’ and are randomly shown different pages from all the categories that they have selected.
How often your pages are shown very much depends on how people react and vote on your page. People vote with a thumbs up or a thumbs down depending on whether they like your content or not.
The more people who like your page, the more people will be shown your page, more often. Success begets success.
In the same way, if people vote against your page, it will be buried and few people will see it.
There are a few things you can do to improve your chances of being shown much more often.
Firstly you need to put a lot of effort into your content and your headline… the headline you use is the first thing that people will see, so to get peoples attention you need to write a compelling, interesting headline that encourages people to find out more. See our ‘Creating Compelling Headlines‘ post for guidance on how to write great headlines.
The other important point to note is that quite often you will have a high bounce rate from SU traffic. Because people are shown your content somewhat randomly, they are unlikely to be actively seeking information on your exact content. This means that while many people shown your content will have a broad interest in your content, they may not be prepared to follow through your content to your call to action.
The solution to this bounce rate issue is to be aware of the issue and adapting your content in order to encourage take up of your call to action by as many as possible.
Some people split their content onto a second page so once you have someone interested, they naturally follow onto a second page in order to find out more…….
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