Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.
This Week’s Topic: StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon is the ultimate time waster (and I mean that in a good way!). If you don’t have the toolbar installed, I suggest you do so – it’s your portal to lots of amazing things on the Internet that you’d never find otherwise. You just set your parameters and hit the Stumble button…be warned that it’s easy to spend hours surfing this way.
If you have a hit on StumbleUpon, you can bring in thousands of new visitors – and while traffic does spike, it also continues over time as long as people keep giving you the thumbs up of approval (like a Facebook “like”). Be warned, though – the user’s mouse usually hovers on the Stumble button, so if you don’t catch their attention quickly, they’ll be on to the next random page on the Internet. Today’s articles talk about how to best use StumbleUpon to not just see that traffic spike, but also keep people reading.
Like last week, this week’s topic is serendipitous, since StumbleUpon just announced that they’re being newly backed by investor DAG Ventures, and with their current backers securely in place, that means the company has a reported $17 million to play with over the coming months. So, expect to see this bookmarking platform continue to evolve and expand! (Oh, and this come after buying back the company for just $29 million after selling the company to eBay in 2007 for $75 million. Talk about brilliant double dipping!)
Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:
Getting Mass Traffic from StumbleUpon: A Definitive Guide by Glen Allsopp
I’m always a little wary of “definitive” guides, but this post is as close to one as you can be in an ever-changing digital world. If you’ve new to StumbleUpon, start here. If you’d a user wanting to optimize how you browse with StumbleUpon, start here. If you want to build your traffic using StumbleUpon, start. In other words, Glen is brilliant, and you should start your StumbleUpon education here. You can follow Glen on Twitter @viperchill.
StumbleUpon Etiquette Faux Pas, Tips and Resources by Kristi Hines
You don’ t have to convince me that Kristi Hines is a Brilliant Blogger. This post covers the ins and outs of StumbleUpon etiquette, a topic that is important no matter what new media tool you’re using. It’s just one of the many great resources on Kikolani! Follow Kristi on Twitter @kikolani.
The Why, How and Who of Marketing in StumbleUpon by Garrett French
Like the other two posts I’ve featured this week, Garrett’s StumbleUpon post is a wealth of resources. He gives us tips on marketing, tips on advertising, links to others’ StumbleUpon experiences, and lots more. It’s an awesome resource, and maybe my favorite of the week! Don’t forget to follow Garrett on Twitter @garrettfrench after you’re done reading his post!
Even More Brilliant Advice:
- 4 Great StumbleUpon Alternatives To Discover New Sites by Damien Oh (@damienoh)
- 5 essential StumbleUpon power points by Blah, Blah! Technology (@blahblahtech)
- 7 Steps for Generating Free Traffic From Stumbleupon by Terry Dean
- 7 Tips for StumbleUpon Success by Ian Lurie (@portentint)
- 10 Simple Steps To Increase Blog Traffic Via StumbleUpon by Marko Saric (@markosaric)
- 28 Tips To Make You a StumbleUpon Superstar by Dharmesh Shah
- The 2008 Twitter StumbleUpon Experiment by Jacob Cass (@justcreative)
- Checking StumbleUpon Referrals and Reviews to specific URLs by Tony Adam (@tonyadam)
- Expanding StumbleUpon Network by Justin Germino (@dragonblogger)
- How StumbleUpon Traffic Is Bad For Your Blog by Nabeel
- How to increase StumbleUpon traffic? by Kevin Gibbons (@kevgibbo)
- How To Make A Blog Post Go Viral In StumbleUpon by Devash
- How to Use StumbleUpon and Make it Work for You by Evelyn Parham (@Evelyn_Parham)
- How to use StumbleUpon to Effectively Generate Traffic by Brendan van Son (@brendanvanson)
- How to Use StumbleUpon to Promote by David Risley (@davidrisley)
- How to Write Posts That Set StumbleUpon on Fire by Skellie (@skellie)
- Interview with Garrett Camp, StumbleUpon Co-Founder by Allen Stern (@centernetworks)
- The Most Useful StumbleUpon Feature You May Not Have Known by MohsinNaqi (@MohsinN)
- Never Trip in Link Building with StumbleUpon by Sam (@iacquire)
- The Past, Present and Mobile Future of StumbleUpon with CEO Garrett Camp by Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber)
- The Raw Power of StumbleUpon by Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan)
- Run a StumbleUpon Advertising Campaign For Your Blog by Darren Rowse (@problogger)
- StumbleUpon CEO Garrett Camp On The Downside To Getting Our News On Facebook by Bianca Bosker (@bbosker)
- The StumbleUpon Experiment by Dan Grossman (@djg)
- StumbleUpon Etiquette Guide and Best Practices by Tamar Weinberg (@tamar)
- StumbleUpon for Dummies by Mark Kuiper (@marcofolio)
- StumbleUpon: It’s NOT About the SEO! 4 Compelling Reasons to Become a Heavy StumbleUpon User by Neal Schaffer (@NealSchaffer)
- StumbleUpon Responds To Nick Denton: We’re Actually No. 1 For Social Traffic by Ben Popper (@benpopper)
- StumbleUpon Sucks by Eric
- StumbleUpon Users… Be Careful What You Stumble by Brent Csutoras (@brentcsutoras)
- The StumbleUpon Digg Experiment by JD Rucker (@0boy)
- Targeting StumbleUpon Users by Daniel Scocco (@danielscocco)
- Things To Know About StumbleUpon [INFOGRAPHIC] by Amelia Chen
- Ultimate Guide to Using StumbleUpon by Slick Affiliate (@SlickAffiliate)
- Visualing StumbleUpon Top Users and Their Friends by Chris (@chris_smt)
Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about StumbleUpon? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!
Next Week’s Topic: List Posts
I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Blogger Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.