StumbleUpon is THE Favorite Social Media Site
February 10, 2008
In my latest Asking the Readers post, I wanted to know what your favorite social media site is. Social media is a huge part of blogging and one of the largest and most powerful ways to get new visitors and more traffic. Successful use of social media can result in thousands upon thousands of visitors. There are pros and cons to this traffic (such as the fact that it doesn’t convert to loyal readers well at all), but obviously, no blogger wants to miss out on the benefits.
And since social media is one of the most important parts of blogging, I had to ask what YOUR favorite site is to promote your blog – whether it be Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Twitter, Sphinn, Reddit, Mixx, Blogging Zoom, or something else – and for what reasons. We all have different results with different sites, so this was definitely an interesting project with many enlightening answers.
Speaking of those answers, let’s take a look at a few of them to get an idea and some new opinions on the social media sites we use (or don’t use but possibly should):
Heath Buckmaster said:
Wayne Liew said:
“Add my vote onto StumbleUpon please. Apart from the wide range that it caters, the traffic that it brings along has been something really amazing. Maybe Digg front page can bring in more traffic, SU is a better platform for those who are trying very hard to get onto the front page of Digg.”
Bud Calabrese said:
“Right now I am in love with twitter. I love how I keep meeting new people and the comments and ideas that are posted. It has really helped in creating content because I keep getting new ideas.”
Stuff Guy said:
“Yeah, I’m a big fan of stumbleupon too. It’s helped get my site, which is still fairly new, some decent traffic. Not to mention there are some really good sites to be found via StumbleUpon, a lot of fun flash games and that sort of thing. I thought shoutwire was good too but they come down pretty hard on self-promotion. Has anyone tried Squidoo?”
Steven Snell said:
“I prefer StumbleUpon and delicious. StumbleUpon is so unique and delicious is great for keeping track of stuff and for marketing your own content.”
There are obviously a wide range of social media sites out there, but StumbleUpon takes the cake when it comes to favorites – and I do have to say, StumbleUpon is my favorite social media site as well! Like Steven Snell mentioned, it’s very unique. StumbleUpon has a great system and it’s so easy to send traffic, unlike Digg where you have to have plenty of powerful contacts and a ton of votes for each submission. Even one vote with StumbleUpon can get the traffic rolling. Not only is StumbleUpon great to promote content, but it’s awesome for finding fantastic articles, fun stuff, and entertaining games as well.
There are a lot of social media sites out there, however, and we shouldn’t limit ourselves to just one, or even two or three. I believe picking one or two “main” social sites and building up strong profiles on them is essential, but on the side you should also have the rest of the major social media sites to submit your best content to. There’s a social media site for every person in every niche, no matter your topic, and having several under your belt is important. If you’d like to learn of more social media sites, check out this extensive list over at Traffikd.com.
If you didn’t get a chance to answer and comment on the original question, you can go ahead and share your favorite social media sites with us here, let us know which ones you use, and the successes or results you’ve had with them all. If StumbleUpon is your favorite or even if you just use it, you can also share your results with it as well along with any advice you might have. If you like, provide links to your social media pages so we can add each other and build our networks to help promote our blogging content even further!
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