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StumbleUpon = Worthless Traffic

I have been “Stumbled” twice recently and both times I have come to the same conclusion that StumbleUpon traffic is pretty useless. StumbleUpon is actually a great site that allows you to surf the Internet. It’s a lot of fun for the surfer but for the websites they are surfing I am not sure there is much value.

Once you join up to SumbleUpon a toolbar will be installed on your computer (this is the part I don’t like) and you will be asked to check the boxes of categories that interest you. If you check the humor box you will be taken to websites that fall into the humor category and the politics box will get you political websites etc.

Once you have done that you are ready to go. Put on your seatbelt and press the “Stumble” button on your new toolbar! You will then immediately be taken randomly to a website that falls into the categories you just chose. Once there you can stick around and peruse the site or push the stumble button again. Another new site will pop up and after that one other and another and another. Now you are now truly surfing the net!

 Stumbling the web can be very entertaining but I only do it when I am bored or have time to kill. One of my categories is humor so I go from supposedly funny website to funny website. Some are better than others, of course, but it is a great way to see what is out there in your categories.

 The problem is that when I stumble I am in the mood for some fast action. I don’t want to be bothered with heavy reading and just want to be amused. I think it is this way with many others as well. When I am in that mood, I am not going to slow down too long to read anything and I am truly just surfing.

This brings me back to the premise of this article that StumbleUpon traffic is useless. I know that I definitely could be classified as “useless” when I stumble and my stats show that others are the same way. The last time I got Stumbled I had an additional 500 people view my site in under 2 hours. On that day I did not make any new sales, adsense income, or RSS subscriptions that were above and beyond the norm. The people were there, but only briefly. My site is a blog with posts and not that many videos or pictures. It takes visual stimulation to keep them there longer, I believe, and my blog does not have that.

Being Stumbled is great for the stats (Alexa rankings) and very exciting when it happens but kind of a let down afterward. It’s kind of like going on a game show and coming home empty handed!

PS. Would someone mind Stumbling this post? 🙂

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  • 1

    I haven’t been stumbled yet so I’ll need to experience the stumble effect to know how good StumbleUpon is!

    David on September 3rd, 2007
  • 2

    happy to stumble upon you as requested.

    500 worthless hits coming your way. feel free to return the favor.

    bob on, my friend.

    bob on September 4th, 2007
  • 3

    Quality vs Quantity Blog Traffic…

    Do you want quality or quantity blog traffic?
    I’ll take quality over quantity anytime.  Don’t get me wrong, I love large volume of blog traffic.  Who doesn’t like double or triple their blog traffic?  It’s one of the joy of b…

    eBestAgent on September 4th, 2007
  • 4

    I also find stumble traffic to be pointless and see no spikes in income. I also picked up around 500 extra hits just today, but my Adsense is still at $.05

    Today I have had 1019 unique visitors and .05….man!

    Skiing at Home on September 4th, 2007
  • 5

    If it helps your alexa ratings won’t that eventually help your blog profits as well? For example, it seems that with Payperpost, having better Alexa ratings opens more opportunities.

    Elena on September 4th, 2007
  • 6

    Yes, but other than my Alexa ranking I don’t think it has provided any long term value. I have yet to try Payperpost but you are probably correct about that.

    DayJobNuker on September 4th, 2007
  • 7

    Thanks Dayjobnuker, I found this post really helpful and gave me a better understanding for stumble. I just signed up for it too. I agree for blogs that it will be hard too keep a stumbler’s attention for long even though you get a lot more traffic.

    CHESSNOID on September 5th, 2007
  • 8

    Thanks for giving me the motivation to take the Stumbleupon tool bar off my browser. I agree with everything that has been said so far. SU is a nice way to do brainless browsing, but, I so far have seen no traffic from SU after using it for severl months. It’s a waste of time as far as I am concerned


    Rat Rod Barn on September 7th, 2007
  • 9

    I can’t disagree with you too much, but my Stumble traffic has been a lot better than other sites. Entrecard for example, gives me a regular 60+ hits every day, but not a single one of them spent over 1 minute at my site. It’s just a cycle of dropping cards to earn points for more free worthless advertising.

    Loche on November 27th, 2007
  • 10

    I was thinking about joining Entrecard. Maybe I will hold off.

    DayJobNuker on November 27th, 2007
  • 11

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