StumbleUpon

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Do you stumble? When I come across a blog post that speaks to me, gives a great tip or recipe I don’t want to forget, or is simply something I think others should read, I stumble it.

StumbleUpon is an Internet community that allows its users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos. It is a personalized recommendation engine which uses peer and social-networking principles. (via Wikipedia)

I don’t know all the ins and outs of StumbleUpon, and therefore probably don’t get as much out of it as I should, but I do know a few things:

  • With one click I can Stumble a post and have it bookmarked for future reference.
  • StumbleUpon drives traffic to blogs.  When I stumble someone’s post, I am complimenting them and promoting their blog. It feels good!
  • When I see a spike in my traffic, it is often due to someone(s) Stumbling a post of mine.  In my toolbar, I can look up who stumbled it and get to know my readers.
  • I’ve set up a little community of like-minded friends on StumbleUpon.  I can go to their Stumble page to see what they’ve been reading and enjoying.  Don’t want to miss anything!
  • Stumbling is super easy if you download the toolbar.  To Stumble a post, just click on the “thumbs up” sign.  To see who has Stumbled a post, click on the conversation bubble.

StumbleUpon is my go-to tool for bookmarking posts I want to keep handy, and complimenting those who wrote them.  Works for me!

If you don’t stumble, what is your favorite method of bookmarking and promoting blog posts?

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Comments

  1. I love Stumble, although I’m still trying to figure it all out. Like, how on Earth do you figure out who Stumbled with the toolbar?! I must know!

  2. For a while I was trying to do the Stumble thing. Then I forget about it. I am glad you wrote this post. It will prompt me to get back into it. I like how you put it. It’s a way to compliment a blogger. I like that! Thanks, Amy!

  3. GASP! A comment from a “famous” blogger! Thanks for stopping by my new blog and leaving a comment! I am going to be posting soon about the Mommy Come Home Series. Loved it!!! Is there a way to get the Mommy Come Home Series button on my blog?

  4. Thanks for the into to StumbleUpon. I haven’t done it, but it sounds great. I don’t have a good system for bookmarking. I wonder if it helps you organize the pages that you’ve bookmarked?

  5. Ok I just signed up for Stumbleupon. Thanks for the heads up! i think I will be a stumbling fool for a while!

  6. It’s been so long since I signed into my Stumbleupon account… it was becoming a major time suck and I decided I needed to step away *L*

    These days I use delicious which is dual purpose. Saves the sites I like (and I can use tags to sort) and puts them out there in the world too.

  7. The first time someone linked to a page on my website, I had a month’s worth of people show up on my site in a day! It was amazing!

    I had people link to my site on delicious as well.

    It’s always a pleasure to have people link to me and bring me more traffic!

  8. Ok, I am now laughing that I haven’t been pushing the thumbs up when I have been stumbling people. I downloaded the tool bar but was cliking the Stumble icon. Do you think it was working? 🙂 I stumbled this.

  9. SU is fun! I find some really neat things that way!

  10. I have an account but haven’t actually done anything since I wasn’t sure how it worked.
    Now to get my computer back so I can start.

  11. I think I signed up for it? LOL!

  12. Hmmm… Think I need to get into this StumbleUpon stuff too! Trying to get more traffic on my blog and other posts! This might help! Thanks!

  13. I was curious about this, but also intimidated. Doesn’t sound so hard after all. Thanks for breaking it down for me!

  14. I don’t use StumbleUpon, but I love your philosophy that it’s like complimenting someone. I do use Twitter and Facebook – and, occasionally, I use Kirtsy – but it’s so hard to find time for all of the social media tools.

    That said, I do love your idea of promoting the posts of other bloggers. I do that primarily through my Tuesday Tours column, but perhaps I should brainstorm other ways to do that as well… 🙂

  15. Yes, I do stumble but had no clue about the white bubble. Learn something new every day. Thanks!

    By the way, I stumbled this post.

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