I’ve known about StumbleUpon for a long time but I never used it on a regular basis. Last month I noticed that StumbleUpon is actually sending me a lot of my daily traffic but it was only when my best friend recommended it that I began to realise how useful it is (my friend has nothing to do with web development or blogging, he recommended it as he uses it to find games and clips etc).
After stumbling across one of my own posts I asked myself the question I’m sure a lot of bloggers out there have asked, namely ‘Should I be stumbling my own posts?‘.
Are you allowed to stumble your own posts?
According to this page,
No. StumbleUpon recommends pages based on correlation and user clustering, rather than average ratings, so people rating their own sites as ‘I like it!’ cannot spam the database. Anyone attempting to circumvent or abuse this system is in violation of our terms of service, and is subject to prosecution.
This is the kind of policy you would expect StumbleUpon to have. Afterall, if everyone was stumbling their own websites day in day out, the quality of this service would decrease. Clearly you cannot stumble every one of your posts but I suspect that stumbling one of your articles every other week will be fine and will not get you banned.
Increase the chances of your posts being stumbled
Whilst you cannot actively stumble your own posts, you can encourage your visitors to stumble your posts for you by placing a stumble upon voting link in all your posts. You can find more information about how to do this here.
I’ve added one of these links to every Blogging Tips post to see if traffic from StumbleUpon increases. This link is already included in the fantastic Share This plugin I use but since StumbleUpon seems to be the only networking site which is sending me traffic I think having a dedicated ‘Stumble’ link will prove worthwhile. Time will tell no doubt! 😉
The funny thing is, I’ve never been a fan of Digg. The basic concept of StumbleUpon is very similar to Digg ie. you give a page the thumbs up or thumbs down, however I feel that they have come up with a better system. Certainly, integrating StumbleUpon with your browser is one of the reasons why I think it’s a much better system. For example, if I wanna do a random search for blogging articles all I do is type in ‘Blogging’ in my toolbar and the stumble button will bring me post after post of blogging related pages.
I encourage all you non-stumbler’s to download StumbleUpon and try it out. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. 🙂