Mark My Words

Writing, flying and yawning my way through motherhood

Trolling for Hits With StumbleUpon November 2, 2008

Being a successful blogger comes down to playing well with others. Anyone who has written for Associated Content, eHow, Today.com, and other sites that pay per page view know just how much social bookmarking can make or break your blog in terms of monetizing. StumbleUpon is one of my favorite monetizing tools.

StumbleUpon has been one of my favorite toys since I discovered it this summer. As a procrastination tool, nothing tops StumbleUpon. Web users download the StumbleUpon toolbar and view it at the top of their web browser. It looks a little something like this…

The StumbleUpon toolbar.

The StumbleUpon toolbar.

Whenever the user is bored and wants to visit a new website, he clicks the “Stumble” button and it takes him to a new site within the categories he is interested in. Not only is this a great way to procrastinate, it’s a really awesome way to generate writing ideas.

I first used StumbleUpon to promote my now defunct Trust Me, I’m a Flight Attendant blog. In order to create buzz, I paid StumbleUpon $5-10 and they would put my blog in heavy rotation under the Travel category until my funds ran out. I got to dictate which categories to run my posts on and I could start and stop the rotation at will. It would usually bring in over 100 hits in less than 15 minutes.

I’ve since been using StumbleUpon to promote my stories at The Inkwell and Unsent Letters. As a user of the StumbleUpon toolbar, all I have to do is load the page I want to promote and click “I Like It”. This too places the page into the StumbleUpon rotation, I just don’t have as much control over what category it appears under or how frequently it is run through the rotation.

In the last hour I’ve received about 115 hits on “Dear Florida Democrats” just by clicking the “I Like It” button.

This is great news when you’re trying to attract viewers who will come back over and over again. And it’s also a simple way to generate the page views you need to get paid.

So, go have some fun. Download the StumbleUpon toolbar at StumbleUpon.com.