Use StumbleUpon The Right Way
If your campaign is lacking link authority, consider StumbleUpon for marketing and exposure to a large targeted community. This large aggregate of awesome websites shared by users contains connections, comments, interests, channels, shares, and more.
On StumbleUpon you have the ability to stumble upon websites and users who have shared other website links or their own content and webpages on their profile page. Simply click the Stumble button on the left hand top of your screen.
This site is in the best social media platforms for local business category.
The moment a user logs in to the StumbleUpon homepage, the user is required to choose at least five interests of choice from a very long list. Just like Facebook, you can “Like” the page on StumbleUpon (just like sharing a link on Facebook) to attract favoritism, more eyeballs, and top page votes that will help capitalize on top StumbleUpon rankings. By doing this you will show up repeatedly on the StumbleUpon website.
The SU community loves “Wow!” factor content.
A best practice is to join the community just like Digg, listen to the audience, and see how it works. Adding rich media such as audio/visual attention-grabbing content, and flash pages will gain followers, watchers, subscribers or purchasers rapidly.
Here’s a short list of best practices when using StumbleUpon
Share Links With Friends:
Similar to tweeting on twitter. Be sure to share cool and exciting links you found and share your own content at a rate of 5 to 10%, or maybe 1 to 3 times per week. Shape your status, as someone who sends useful, fun interesting links and occasional links to your site will gain respectable trustworthiness.
Be a Positive Stumbler:
Show commitment and be dedicated to the SU community. Share things that are nice and appropriate, stumbler’s will automatically have interest in your shared content so share without expecting a thing.
Don’t Sell on SU:
No one online likes to be marketed products and services. Engage with a “soft sell approach”. People of the community love hearing about interesting sites that offer value or bonuses that can help them in one way or the other. Have a conversation about your products and services it’s benefits, not asking or pushing for the sale. In return those who have interests will search your site to learn more and may possibly be potential clients or customers.
Provide Useful Rich Media Sites:
The SU community enjoys rich media content related to news, information, or products and services that stand-out without the snake salesman hype context. Offer killer bonuses and value from your well-informed sites that is useful to the SU community.
Use Tags Accordingly:
Tags should be used to specify areas of interest. Keyword stuffing tags in areas of importance where they shouldn’t be is a sure way to diminish your reputation, so stay away from doing that. In addition, enter tags that are appropriate for the targeted demographic the product or service is for. There’s no need for making a tag factory.
In a nutshell, StumbleUpon’s community of involved and active user’s live to discover cool content, share it, and rave about it! Powerful content and rich media that you can’t find anywhere else drives the unique community. The best advantage is that the content is relevant to the user’s interests and passions. I hope this post helps you tap into this social networks eager audience more effectively.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
P.S StumbleUpon is a large community so have fun and play nice, SU has a zero spamming policy. If this post helped you in anyway you can share it with your network of marketers and bloggers, thanks
-Brandon V. Espinoza