How To Make A Blog Post Go Viral In StumbleUpon

by Devesh · 62 comments

This is a guest post by Devesh, who is a young entrepreneur. He writes at and

StumbleUpon is one of the most efficient ways to drive traffic and get maximum referral visits. With just a few Thumbs-up you can get hundreds of visitors, but most Bloggers fail to get those first thumbs-ups to their sites or blog.

It is still a great source of traffic and links. It’s simply an incredible viral means to drive a large amount of sustainable traffic to any website over a period of time. Using it is crucial to your social marketing success.

Here Are 5 Tips To Make A Blog Post Go Viral In StumbleUpon:

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1. Don’t Stumble Your Own Content

You’ll need to sign up and stumble other member’s websites in return for other members thumbing and tagging your website/blog. If you only stumble your own content, then other users won’t feel you add any value to the StumbleUpon community aside from self-promotion.

2. Be An Active Stumbler

Don’t just submit your articles. Be active and stumble. Get out there and vote on other people’s sites as well. You need to recommend sites to your friends, you need to make friends, and provide well written reviews of relevant sites. Active users command more traffic and they’re more likely to take an action because they’re stumbling actively anyway. Don’t just add a friend then forget about them. The power of StumbleUpon grows the more you network.

3. Be Consistent And Invest Your Time In Your Network Building

Take some time to get to know other members of the StumbleUpon community and befriend them. Your StumbleUpon presence will grow as you network with more users. Start doing all these steps mentioned here every day and you will soon find yourself in a network of people that are interested in the content of your blog, and that are active StumbleUpon users as they have recently submitted/reviewed/thumbed some relevant articles to your content.

4. Onsite Exposure

Include a Stumble Upon button on your webpage or blog post and encourage your users to use it. Like smartbloggerz has done here (in the bottom of every post). Don’t forget to link to your stumbleupon profile, in your about me page and your homepage.

Greet box or Referrer Detector, are great plugins to greet your StumbleUpon visitors with a welcome message and asking them to rate your post and subscribe to your feed or you can do it manually.

5. StumbleUpon Advertising campaign

StumbleUponAds allows you to submit a page on your blog to be shown to StumbleUpon users as they go Stumbling. The cost is 5 cents per impression, so for as little as $5 you can have 100 StumbleUpon users looking your page. If you place your campaign in a popular category and set your number of views to be high, you can rapidly expose your blog to a very new & large audience.

Traffic Is Long-Term!

Every blogger know that traffic generated via StumbleUpon is long-term. StumbleUpon is different from a search engine, which offers very targeted/unique traffic that matches keyword searches with the content on your blog.

PS. If you’re not investing your time in StumbleUpon community, then also your blog will get high traffic but it will not stay for more than 30secs.. :D.

Although there are many ways to generate traffic via StumbleUpon but this post contain simple steps to generate traffic via StumbleUpon. If any of you have any tips or views regarding this post please do share it with us through comment section 🙂

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Kristjan April 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I’m not a big user of SU but one thing I was doing was writing blog posts, and using the SU URL shortener, http;// to post the link via Twitter.

This usually resulted in more traffic than I would have gotten from the Twiiter followers alone which was great.

Chris April 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm

You may get traffic from Stumbleupon, but it is not necessarily good traffic. People tend to bounce off the page almost as quickly as they get there. Also, paying money to get your page viewed is wasteful. The quality of traffic doesn’t equal the cost.

Stumbleupon used to be good until they changed things. I wouldn’t put much hope in it.

MARTIN June 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Yes, I have been hearing recently that Stumbleupon is not as effective as it used to be some time ago. But as I see this article has been posted one year ago, when maybe Stumbleupon has had more value.

Isaac@funnyStuff August 8, 2011 at 7:34 am

I stumble my content all the time. I make at least 3-4 article go viral a weeks. Find friends, stumble stuff that upon users tend to like, like pictures, video and short snappy content. I also occasionally stumble other stuff, which is important too. Post when Eastern US people just get to work 8am, take lunch 1200pm-2pm, leave work around 5pm or at night around 8 or 9pm. On the weekends also works. Just thing about when you’d be home with enough time to browse or get a minute at work. Also always leave a review and a catchy head line. Think of how News does it on TV….Instead of “2 kids missing in CA” try something like “2 kids missing in CA, find out how you kids could be at risk.” Read cheesy sites like and see what is popular and study the headlines.

Cliff@cheap flights Florida September 5, 2011 at 7:17 am

So many people are looking for quick hit marketing tactics that the obvious seems to elude them, which is that in order to rise to the top of a community you must become a part of that community. I’ve not spent that much time with stumbleupon specifically, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

Amit April 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

Nice Article. And StumbleUpon is great. One popular post on SU can change your fortunes easily. But its algorithm is very difficult to understand. Anyways Thanks for sharing.

Kostas April 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Stumpleupon is really a great place to get a lot of traffic easily, eventhough it has changed during the last years it’s still awesome. It’s one of biggest sources of traffic for my blog and everytime I submit a post there it always send me some traffic, thanks for sharing…

Cyracks September 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Nice article but am still yet to have a good time with stumbleupon. No one stumbling my post at the moment do i have to nudge them?

Cole October 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

What really sucks is when you have a post that you thought would go viral, and it didn’t. Can you re-submit old posts for advertising?

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