Posts with tag "StumbleUpon"

Are you a blogger that doesn’t use StumbleUpon? Very Big Mistake!

I don’t very often talk about numbers when it comes to my sites, mainly because like the majority of bloggers they aren’t anything to write home about. Also like the majority of bloggers out there I make as much use of social media type buttons to help spread the word about my posts; and again, like most of you, they help a little bit.

However, in light of recent events this past week I have come to one firm conclusion. Any blogger that doesn’t include StumbleUpon as an integral part of their social media outreach they are making a huge mistake.

How big of a mistake?

Well take the following graphic of my basic stats for the month of June to date. That huge hockey stick you see there in the graph .. that’s a StumbleUpon run on one of my posts.

June stats to date

June stats to date for WinExtra - click for larger image

But here’s the pretty incredible part – the post that sparked this run is over a year old, and it isn’t the only post on WinExtra that has had the same loving from StumbleUpon.

None of the other social media related mediums like Twitter or even Facebook come close to producing the kind of traffic that StumbleUpon has. Sure Twitter and Facebook might, and I say might, bring you a surge of traffic during the first couple of hours of your post hitting the web; but the beautiful thing about StumbleUpon is that it really seems to love the long tail.

Not only does StumbleUpon love the long tail but you can have it keep coming back again and again with whole new runs. I have had this happen with a couple of other post where I will get a good solid run and then a couple of months later it will happen all over again.

Of course, as with all the other social media outlets, you have to be careful and not flood StumbleUpon with pointless content, and it is always better if someone else “stumbles” your posts but as long as you are judicious and also spend time stumbling other really good posts from other site StumbleUpon will reward you.

Personally if I had to pick just one of the social media call to action buttons I would have to go with StumbleUpon because as you can see when the StumbleUpon loving starts it can be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Oh and this newest run .. while it has slowed down somewhat today it is still going, now on its fifth day.

From the Pipeline – 6.12.08


Well what started out as the first day on a possible really bad weekend (plus Friday) may actually turn out to be a good one which means I could very well be here come Monday. I’m still waiting for a couple of finalizing emails to arrive to make sure I’m not talking out of my hat but in the meantime here’s a few things that caught my eye in today’s FriendFeed pipeline.

Why Plurk Will Fail :: Michelle’s Blog – I don’t like Plurk at all and even though all of the early adopters seem to have climbed on the bandwagon I’m still standing at the station hoping something better is coming down the line.

The Five Stages Of Early Adopter Behavior :: Louis Gray – early adopters maybe an important ingredient within Web 2.0 and social media but that doesn’t mean we can’t be a finicky bunch.

Why I Won’t F’in Digg or Stumble That Page For You :: Shoemoney – not every blogger out there wants to be your digg or StumbleUpon pimp.

Nudity on FriendFeed: What Are Some Sensible Rules? :: I am not actually a geek – a look at the perennial question that comes up when any community is developing.

Do Regular People Really Read Blogs :: ReadWriteWeb – I sure hope so or there are an awful lot of people who are investing a lot of time for minimum return.

Best Office Pranks of All Time :: Jimmy Ruska’s Blog – had to include this one just because it is so much fu to see the crazy things people will do to their co-workers in the name of fun.

Digg and StumbleUpon don’t do bloggers any favors

Getting dugged One of the many tips that constantly get regurgitate for bloggers to try and follow so they can increase their readership; and for those that monetize their blogs, is to try and slant your posts in such a way to get on or to get stumbled. There probably isn’t a top 10 list that doesn’t come out with that advice somewhere in the list. Well after enjoying enjoying the momentary page view spikes after being both dugged and stumbled a few times I call bullshit on the tip.

Really .. I do… sure the spike in visits is nice but the truth of the matter is that there is no lasting effects for you blog in the vast majority of cases. Now I can only go by what I have seen by my own logs and the such; and maybe WinExtra just isn’t up to the standards of the diggers and stumblers the fact is that sure they might read the post but that is it. They don’t post comments and if numbers are any indication next to none grab an RSS feed and for those monetized sites they very rarely appear to click on ads.

Regarding this last part I did read on a more knowledgeable blog than mine; and I tried but I haven’t been able to find the link again, this blogger had also noticed a correlation with the page view spike and a down turn in their AdSense income for the period of popularity. It was suggested by the blogger that AdSense automatically reacts to the spike in page views as an attempt to game the system and penalizes you. From my own checking of stats and AdSense for the period I have found that this just might be true.

So the next time you get all goose bumpy when a post gets on Digg or StumbleUpon just remember that while the temporary increase in eyes might be nice they aren’t really doing you any favors. The only ones who are getting any real benefit are the ones posting this dumb tip because people love to read Top 10 lists.