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StumbleUpon is THE Favorite Social Media Site

February 10, 2008

s.jpgIn 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:

“I think StumbleUpon is an excellent site – far reaching in how you can use it to explore the known internet, and the unknown internet. I consider it to be social networking for my browser. I also think Facebook is an incredibly rich social media site – the extensibility of the applications creates new social networks in any direction you can think of. For example – Scrabulous links you to scrabble players around the world; goodreads books links you to authors and readers who might like the same genres as you or who might introduce you to new authors/genres; the games like vampires/werewolves/slayers/zombies allow you to have fun and attack your friends in a virtual competition. Facebook is leaps and bounds ahead of myspace in terms of useability for REAL social networking.”

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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34 Responses to “StumbleUpon is THE Favorite Social Media Site”

  1. Stop Foreclosure on February 10th, 2008 3:19 am

    I am a fan of Digg, although I do  not have many friends it gets a new site indexed fast and ranks for long tailed keywords.

  2. Ruchir Chawdhry on February 10th, 2008 4:28 am

    StumbleUpon is my favorite social media site too. As you said, it’s unique and it’s the easiest to get traffic from. Also the traffic from StumbleUpon tends to be much better than the traffic from other social media sites like Digg. In fact, the bounce of SU visitors on my blog tends to be between 30-40%…

    Ruchir Chawdhry’s last blog post..Keep Track of the Sitepoint Marketplace

  3. Tay on February 10th, 2008 7:28 am

    Ruchir, yes, the SU traffic is often times much better quality. The visitors tend to be less critical, and they’re even likely to visit other parts of the blog/site, since they’re browsing automatically according to their interests. A bounce rate of 30-40% for stumblers is very good, congratulations, and keep up the great work! ;)

  4. Steven Snell on February 10th, 2008 2:10 pm

    Tay, thanks for including me in this post.

  5. Tay on February 10th, 2008 3:35 pm

    You’re welcome, Steven. Thanks for participating in this Asking the Readers. :)

  6. BobbyT on February 11th, 2008 12:48 am

    Hi Tay, added you on Mixx and Sphinn. Need some support regarding my articles posted. Check them out and give them vote up if you like it. Thanks :)

    BobbyT’s last blog post..Have you tried Mixx?

  7. Heath on February 11th, 2008 11:47 am

    I’m glad to see stumbleupon rise to the top.I’ve never found digg to be a site that drives much traffic to me, but that could be because I didn’t have a visible “digg me” type icon/button on my posts (which I do now).We’ll see if that changes anything.What I like about stumbleupon is that you can “stumble through” from one place to the next based on categories or based on what else that person likes. For me, it’s like following the rabbit trail across the known universe.

    Heath’s last blog post..Do Straight Men Shave Their Groins?

  8. Debby Banning on February 11th, 2008 12:26 pm

    I agree… Stumbleupon is also my favorite. It is a good way to get your site indexed in Google quickly.

  9. On Hold Messages on February 11th, 2008 2:13 pm

    i think i might like delicious the best just because of how easy it is to use

  10. Tay on February 11th, 2008 7:15 pm

    @Bobby T,

    Thanks for adding me, I’ll definitely return the favor and I would love to help.


    I agree with your points about StumbleUpon and Digg. With Digg, to see traffic you have to have a lot of votes and a good network most of the time. With StumbleUpon, you can get one vote and start receiving traffic. And like you said, those visitors are more targeted because they’re browsing through their interests, which means they’re more likely to visit other parts of your site as well (unlike most Diggers).

    @Debby Banning and On Hold Messages,

    Thanks for dropping by and sharing your opinions, it’s much appreciated! :)

  11. C-Squared on February 11th, 2008 8:25 pm

    I love Stumbleupon, because the more you put into it, the more you get back. You get to discover lots of interesting sites and you become your own judge, too� It’s really a very reliable service. :)

    C-Squared’s last blog post..Poem #12 – thoughts on bamboo

  12. Tay on February 11th, 2008 9:52 pm


    That’s very true and I agree with you. Thanks for dropping by and thanks for your comment, it’s much appreciated! :)

  13. BobbyT on February 11th, 2008 10:10 pm

    Strange that nobody mentioned Reddit, I found that it gave me more traffic than StumbleUpon and Digg, that’s for an article which only got 2 points…

    BobbyT’s last blog post..Have you tried Mixx?

  14. Tay on February 12th, 2008 5:33 am

    @Bobby T,

    Really? I’ve never experienced traffic like that before with Reddit – about how many visitors did it send you? However, I’m surprised it wasn’t really mentioned either. It might be a little more boring and less-used but it’s still one of the major social media sites. Good point!

  15. Bud on February 12th, 2008 9:15 am

    Thanks for using me as an example. I will admit I am a twitter junkie. I do like stumbleupon a lot too, it is about 36% of my traffic to my blog.Bud

    Bud’s last blog post..Three Cannot Miss Article Marketing Tips

  16. Adam on February 12th, 2008 12:16 pm

    I use the top four of your favorites as well. I belong to Mixx, BloggingZoom and Reddit, but rarely use just manly due to available time, since I am already spread so thin, any thinner would just be a waste of time.

  17. Tay on February 13th, 2008 2:23 am


    I definitely think I should use Twitter more than I am, so I’ll be trying to get back into that. And you’re welcome, thanks for leaving some great comments.


    Actually the ones I mainly use are StumbleUpon, Twitter, Blogging Zoom, and Sphinn. I use the others too, like Mixx and Reddit and Digg, but not as much. But my top one is definitely StumbleUpon. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your opinions!

  18. Krabbeldecke on February 13th, 2008 1:43 pm

    Hello, I have a question. Can you explain me what is the meaning of stumbleupon??That would be nice. thanks a lot.

  19. Tay on February 14th, 2008 2:05 am

    StumbleUpon is a social media site, which basically means it’s a site where pages and content can be submitted and visitors and members can rate the content up or down (in this case, thumbs up or thumbs down). The more positive ratings you receive, the more traffic you get to your posts. Basically, it’s a great way to get traffic if you use it properly.

    Go to StumbleUpon.com and download the toolbar, not only is it a lot of fun to browse with and find cool things with, but you can really grow your site.

  20. kita-kitz on February 14th, 2008 6:31 pm

    I’ve learned StumbleUpon early this year and I can say that this site is very interesting.� It is just easy to navigate their toolbar and you can rate every website that has been submitted there. I like to browse all the pictures and videos that other members submitted.

    kita-kitz’s last blog post..Need Expert help about Computer problems?

  21. Tay on February 15th, 2008 2:45 am


    Yes, it is interesting. I agree with you, I absolutely love the toolbar and being able to browse some random content that’s geared to my interests with just a click of button, no matter what other webpage I’m on.

  22. Scuba Diving on February 15th, 2008 7:04 am

    yea i got tons of traffic from stumble but a group is actually manipulating this site!

  23. Tay on February 16th, 2008 3:01 am

    @Scuba Diving,

    Pretty much every popular or even semi-popular site or service gets manipulated in some way, at least when it comes to the blogging world. What group are you talking about and what are they doing?

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  27. Jenny on February 26th, 2008 10:05 pm

    i dont know. i think stumble is only good for one day on each post you submit. i never get anything but that one good day. and i doubt they’re even views. cause i get no comments or thumbs ups.

    Jenny’s last blog post..Major Mom @ PeaceLoveMom

  28. Tay on February 27th, 2008 7:48 pm


    I’m going to have to disagree with that, because multiple times I’ll go and check my stats and find out an article that was stumbled months ago suddenly got an extra thumbs up months later and sent hundreds more visitors. That happens to me at least once a week. It’s strange, but I’m not complaining!

    And as for views, of course they’re views. StumbleUpon sends all those visitors, but the majority of them are there for knowledge or entertainment and won’t comment. I rarely comment on sites I find through StumbleUpon, and only thumbs up if I really, really like it. But that doesn’t mean the visitors didn’t exist in the first place.

    The sites that only work for one day are social media sites like Digg, after 24 hours I think it’s pretty much a lost cause. But there are always exceptions.

  29. Saad Baig on March 18th, 2008 1:06 am

    I love Stumble. The users are generally more focused on quality content, rather than spamming the system.

    Saad Baig’s last blog post..Download Shaurya Songs

  30. Nor Cal on March 31st, 2008 9:14 pm

    I’ve experienced the same as Tay. One of the pages I stumbled about a year ago appears to have been revisited. I received another 400 visits for it a couple days ago. There were no additional thumbs up listed so I am assume stumble just randomly chose it, it was not caused by some one stumbling it.

    Nor Cal’s last blog post..Spotlight on the Honda Element

  31. Lastminute on June 17th, 2008 5:59 am

    This is a very beautiful site.

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  34. On Hold Messages on August 2nd, 2010 3:48 pm

    I think stumble upon is my favorite. 

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