Mob vs Smart Mob: 7 Reasons Why StumbleUpon Traffic Is the Best Social Media Traffic

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StumbleUpon traffic

Do you think Reddit or Twitter and Facebook are the places to go nowadays? Never used StumbleUpon until now?

You need to try StumbleUpon, both as a user and a webmaster.

  • Users get highly relevant content that matches their preferences
  • Webmasters get substantial, steady and recurring traffic.

Especially new and small non-profit blogs like this one can get a regular, even daily traffic boost. That’s not all though to say about StumbleUpon. It’s not just any traffic, it’s the best and most targeted traffic you can get from social media.

Let me present 7 reasons why StumbleUpon traffic is the best traffic compared to other social sites:

  1. It’s very targeted! StumbleUpon is like channel surfing the Web. The users subscribe to certain topics. So people already interested in your topic stumble upon your site or blog. Unless of course someone adds your post to the wrong category. For instance this post here is fitting for the SEO, marketing and StumbleUpon categories not technology or computers.
  2. New visitors: StumbleUpon traffic means over 95% new visitors, new visitors that are really interested in your topic not just any visitors. On Twitter or Facebook mostly people you already know click the links.
  3. Recurring: This post is the best example. It has been written originally in 2007 and it still gets traffic from StumbleUpon after all these years. After all it’s still valid. Digg, Reddit, Twitter and Facebook traffic happens once and in most cases never again.
  4. Steady:  StumbleUpon traffic comes in steadily with occasional recurring bursts. SEO 2.0 has been stumbled numerous times, almost all articles have been submitted by users not myself. Some have been stumbled repeatedly like this particular post. It means that every time a user decides to “like” this post you get a burst of traffic, which in some cases amounts to approx. 100 visitors. This is not much you might argue, but for a new blog like mine that had less 100 visitors daily without social media it’s substantial.
  5. Less flames: Reddit users hate you for no apparent reason but probably because the site forces topics upon people whereas StumbleUpon mostly sends you those who like your subject matter anyway. Most StumbleUpon users behave like surprise guests because they stumbled into your party in a way. So they don’t offend you. On a side note: I was submitted to Reddit and was buried in an instant, probably for being an SEO.
  6. International: While some sites like Reddit is predominantly male, white, middle class Americans and Europeans StumbleUpon even brought me some of the rare users from Africa. SU has a more varied international user base.
  7. Instant: While new blogs and sites won’t get any significant traffic from Google and it takes a while to build an audience on Twitter and Facebook StumbleUpon in contrast can jumpstart your blog. A complete stranger is enough. SU is not about getting friends. I wasn’t an SU user myself by that time. My blog was stumbled on day two of SEO 2.0 at a time where Google sent 2 visitors per day. The first significant traffic from Google began to pour in after two weeks but still amounted to 20 – 30 visits. After a month I received more traffic from StumbleUpon alone than from Google’s organic search.

Conclusion: In case you set up a new blog or site that targets a niche try to target the StumbleUpon audience. Then make the people who stumble your stuff your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

StumbleUpon does not allow self-submission, friend votes do not count on SU and the system does not support social networking. So you better don’t engage on SU as a webmaster. Focus on attracting existing StumbleUpon users.

Also do not concentrate on Google. Google does not send any significant traffic to new sites to prevent spam. So only older authority sites can built upon organic Google traffic.

Then other social media will follow.


Last updated: April 7th, 2015.