Using StumbleUpon for Free Website Traffic

April 16th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »

The results are in…

I recently did a poll to find out what most of my readers wanted to know, I gave them the option to vote on what they thought I should write about.

The winner of  the poll was Website Traffic (Free) and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in a close second place.

Poll Results

So, this post is going be about how to generate free website traffic using StumbleUpon, but before I get into that.

Here are some useful links & related posts. I recommend you read them all if you have not done so already.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) 5 simple tips

Using Yahoo Answers for free traffic

Using GoDaddy for free traffic

Okay, a little back ground on StumbleUpon.

StumbleUpon is defined as a social bookmarking website, this means is that when you bookmark (add to your favorites) a website it is shared with other stumbleupon users and they also have the option to bookmark the site and give it a thumbs up (a voting system, a bit like digg) with an optional review.

Our objective is to get as many stumbleupon users to see, bookmark and thumbs up your websites content.

I’ve been using this method for about two years now and it always provides some traffic, and occasionally a shed load of traffic. It all depends on what kind of content you have on your website.

Because the site is a social site of sorts the stumble upon users are mostly casual suffers looking for cool, funny & interesting things. If your website offer these types of things it will do very very well from the stumbleupon userbase, but don’t worry if your site is not cool or funny or even interesting.

You will still get visitors from StumbleUpon no matter what your website is about.

On with the method.

1) You need to create an account at

StumbleUpon Login

2) Login into your account at StumbleUpon, you should be greeted with a screen like the one below, this is how some of the stumbled websites are shared with other users.

You can see that the bottom result has 193,000 visits and 93 reviews. I’m sure the person that created that article about Nintendo is very happy and has probably made a nice bit of money from it too.

StumbleUpon Stumbles welcome page

3) To share your website and it’s content with other stumbleupon users to need to add it to your StumbleUpon Favorites.

Note: You can download the stumbleupon tool bar which makes this process a bit quicker.

Click the favorites tab on the top and then click add site

StumbleUpon Add Site to favorites

4) Enter your websites url or the url of the page that you want to share, so it could be.


Yes, you can share your main site url and then your content pages after, but do this over a few days for best results.

After entering your URL, add a short description, brief or introduction to the page your sharing.

Click the “add a site” button.

Stumbleupon add site part 2

5) Part 2 of the submission process,

Tick the safe for work radio button and add tags related to you websites / page content.

Then click submit.

(You can see in the picture that StumbleUpon has 9,768,092 users as of 16/04/10)

StumbleUpon Submit Part 2

You should now be able to see the website you wanted to share in your favorites.

Note: The photo thumbnail is automatically generated after a few hours.

Thats it your done, easy isnt it?

Check back on your favorites and see how many views it’s had.

Hope you like the post, please feel free to share this post and leave your comments below.

Can I ask a favor?

Please add the url below to your list of StumbleUpon favorites, it’s the url for this page and will help me share it with others. Thank you.



P.S If your interested in taking this traffic tactic to the next level and well beyond, I highly recommend Amy X’s StumbleUpon Domination it blows stumble upon wide open and reveals some awesome traffic secrets.



  1. Thanks Lee
    I’ve now done this and now I wait!!

  2. Hey Lee,

    Thanks for the tips on stumble Upon, I will go back to that site and look at it more closely now. I have an account but never really used it to much if you have a You tube blog about how to make it work for people. looking to ad it to their home based business please let me know and I will place it on my blog under You Tube blogger of the week.

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  4. Anupama says:

    hi Lee
    This post is very useful. Thank you.
    I have added your suggested url to my likes.

  5. zemen says:

    thanks Lee, it an awesome Forbes published that StumbleUpon had surpassed even Facebook as a source of social media traffic in the United States. While statistics change over time, one thing is certain but StumbleUpon is not a bookmarking site to overlook.

  6. Craig Slight says:

    You’ve been most helpful Lee,all your tips have worked to a cerrtain extent.

  7. Craig Slight says:

    Hi Lee, love your idea’s generally but tip’s were you have to do loads of stuff all the time ,probably work but take uo too much time ,one man on his own doing web sshit,and trying to stay on top of my jobs is just too much .
    Less worrk tips are good.

    Mr Nice-n-White

  8. AD says:

    Really a great job done by u Mr. Lee, This is very interesting and informative even two year passed.

  9. Hi Lee its useful infomation related to stumble upon. Will work on this so that i can also grab traffic some new potential clients for  our website.

  10. ornov99 says:

    Using StumbleUpon for Free Website Traffic its so good informative article. SU link is also showing in Google SERP. This current internet world is
    ruling by major social networking sites and SU having large portion of
    social networking traffic. Thanks for sharing this article. 

  11. Very old post but quite informative. :)

  12. I used use SU, but for long time I forgot it. You remember me, and now I want to try using back SU. Thank you very much.

  13. metformin says:

    No-Doubt that SU is the best site not only for TRAFFIC infact he is very helpful in ranking too. Now. SU link is also showing in Google SERP. This current internet world is ruling by major social networking sites and SU having large portion of social networking traffic.

  14. philip says:

    Thanks Lee
    I’ve now done this and now I wait!!

  15. Hi Lee,
    I didn’t find the “add site” option. I didn’t even find the main 3 tabs(discover, favorites & stumblers).
    Please help me.

  16. Wendy says:

    Thank you for the information on StumbleUpon, I am going to join down.

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