I have been baffled by stumbleupon for months now. Each time I try something new, I fall on my face which doesn’t surprise me considering their name. I tried posting my best notary articles, comedy articles, business articles, but nothing got noticed unless I used their PPC campaign which ate up my budget without giving me much in return. But, then I opened my eyes and began to watch where I was going.
I have done well on Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, and am even beginning to get the knack of Google+. All of these social media engines let you post content, get followers and interact. On Twitter, I mastered the art of getting mass amounts of followers in record breaking time using the most effective techniques. It is routine to me now, and I can do it in my sleep from my nest. Facebook, we use a PPC system which gets us low-cost high-value followers quickly too. For Linked In we do manual outreach, and get a healthy amount of followers every week. But, for Stumbleupon it is a slightly different ballgame.
Commenting is key
I was frustrated. I was looking at the profiles for stumblers who had varying amounts of followers. Some posted, others didn’t. Some liked stuff, others didn’t. So, what gives? How do these guys get followers when I have only 1? How annoying! Then, I saw it — or should I say that I stumbled upon a reality. They were commenting. I saw that for each two or three comments they made, they got a follower. Hmmm. I love commenting. Maybe Stumbleupon is for me after all.
My first Stumbleupon article to get 33 views manually was a travel article. What I learned was that Stumbleupon is good for travel, but horrible for business topics while LinkedIn is the best for business. You live and you stumble. I picked a fun article from Lonely Planet, published it and got 33 views. I don’t know why nobody liked it. I think they should since it was a fun article about the friendliest city in the world. But, if I had more followers, I bet that I would get more views. If I had 1000 followers, it is my guess that those followers would mostly see what I posted and a few would like it, which would allow for even more people to see it, and the possibility of the article going viral.
I’ll let you know
Social media is an adventure filled with excitement, joy, learning, and mishaps. I’ll let you know if I learn anything in the next few months. You never know. I think I have stumbled upon something as this is the first time in human recorded history that I got close to three dozen organic views!