Traffic Just Stumbled on my Site

By Ian Fernando

WOW, checking my stats this morning to my site via google analytics. There is a sudden burst of traffic to my site. I was curios as to where this traffic came from. Come to find out it has been coming form a specific social bookmark site. I have had some of my pages bookmarked as I check my linkbacks via google. But this was great!

Now I have been reading all about social bookmarks and how they can create tremendous traffic. I have not really concentrated on social bookmark as I do with the other marketing techniques. But this just blew my top off:

Now this screen shot is from yesterday, the burst of incoming traffic. I started to look at the stats google analytics provided. 87% came from referring sites, well in this case it came from StumbleUpon.

What exactly is StumbleUpon? To my knowledge, StumbleUpon is a little different from the social bookmarking websites like Digg and However, all these three system are working excellently on getting big traffic to your websites. StumbleUpon has now over a million users, it brings you lower traffic than Digg or, but which still means a lot. Webmasters will never refuse more traffic.

I have now realize that social bookmarking is very popular, and I should KNOW this because I keep talking about Web 2.0 and the new wave of interaction we have between users.

I am now curious as to how I can now get traffic to my pages, or my website in general. With StumbleUpon and other social bookmarking websites, I will tend to try to get onto these sites and promote much better.

Now what I also realize is maybe its the content that gave the reader the chance to bookmark my site and gave it a review. Since I have been talking about content in the past couple post, it is important to have unique content for readers to read and enough that they would want to give it a review.

With that said I have now google stumbleupon and strategies to get put on stumbleupon. It was very hard to see an article about stumbleupon, mostly it was general social bookmarks. I was unable to find a good post about StumbleUpon. I did find a study or a mere comparison about StumbleUpon and Digg. The writer composes his studies and list about his research and how he have more success with Digg, but the writer also states that StumbleUpon is catching up fast!

As for me I will be looking into StumbleUpon and might be doing a new case study soon about it as well, after my trackback marketing case study is done. Talking about that for a little bit I wonder if this has had an affect on my traffic?

Well I have signed up with StumbleUpon, and I found so many other great blogs!! With ease!! New Orleans Internet Marketing has a GREAT post about why StumbleUpon is a great traffic amplifier.

Just like Digg, the SU community shapes what content gets seen on SU. SU can literally send thousands of unique visitors to a stumbled site at anytime. I’m pretty new to SU, and I’ve stumbled my blog a few times (which isn’t even ranking in the search engines yet, it’s so new), and had 2000 SU visitors come in one day. Also, all SU content is indexed by the SE’s. When I stumbled my blog, it went to #1 in their business section for a few days. A very good link.

They even provide a gret list of how it can benefit you. I wonder why this is SEO friendly unless I am wrong, because I was unable to find StumbleUpon on other blogs. But I stumbled on some great websites and blogs. The list provided by New Orleans Internet Marketing provide a great in depth realization about how StumbleUpon can really benefit your website!

Final note I also saw that StumbleUpon was bought by eBay:

StumbleUpon has officially joined eBay. We’re excited about this, and we hope you are too. Looking to the future, we think that joining eBay is the right thing to do to help us to grow StumbleUpon to its full potential. We think eBay is a great fit for us because eBay and StumbleUpon share similar approaches – we’re both driven by our community of users, and we are both dedicated to connecting people.

So that means that it can be a great resource to use, I know for sure now that I will be using or attempting to get myself on stumbleupon and read more about it as well as other social bookmark sites.

Ian Fernando
Involved in the internet space since 2002 and have been through the ups and downs of this online industry. I am a traveling digital nomad, media buyer, online strategist, and many more online titles.

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