You know that social bookmarking is not only helpful since it keeps all your favorite Internet sites in one place, but it can also benefit your business through social networking. But if you’re not familiar with social bookmarking, StumbleUpon can be intimidating at first glance.
Of course, the first thing you want to do is visit StumbleUpon, download the software, and install the Stumble toolbar. It takes just a few minutes, and before you know it, you’ll be bookmarking and sharing your favorite sites, photos, and videos with other Stumblers.
Once you’ve downloaded StumbleUpon and installed the toolbar, you should make the most of your Stumbling experience. And there are definitely things that you can do to enhance the StumbleUpon community and have a lot of fun while doing it.
Let’s take a look at 17 of the best tips on how to use StumbleUpon:
1. Remember that your mission is to be yourself, so only stumble sites that you are genuinely interested in.
2. Make sure you submit your own site pages, or new ones from others you’ve discovered, with accurate tags.
3. Send your own pages, via StumbleUpon, to your friends.
4. Submit your best work (i.e., specific pages, perhaps not highlighted on your site but buried deep within) to StumbleUpon.
5. Don’t submit your own stuff daily. That’s a sure-fire way to send up a red flag and possibly get your site banned.
6. Be selective about who you add as a friend. Quantity is not better than quality.
7. Don’t befriend someone and then ignore them. Remember, all relationships need to be nurtured!
8. Thank people who compliment you or stumble your sites. Everyone appreciates courtesy.
9. Don’t neglect your other social marketing, but why not do it via StumbleUpon? It’s one-click easy!
10. When checking out another Stumbler’s profile, pay attention to your Similarity Meter, located in the right-hand sidebar.
11. Use your “info” toolbar button to see site reviews and leave your own review while you’re there.
12. Subscribe to people who you are really compatible with via content. Click the green “Subscribe” button in the upper right corner or send them a message.
13. Create a StumbleUpon group and stumble each other’s best links.
14. Stumble people who stumble you. If you find their content valuable, give it a thumbs up, but don’t be indiscriminate.
15. Review StumbleUpon profiles of those whose sites you’re interested in.
16. Stumblers love dynamic photos. Occasionally include one (relevant to your blog subject, of course) even if normally you focus only on text information.
17. Don’t forget to add a StumbleUpon button to your blog or website!
Finally, remember that most of all, StumbleUpon is all about entertainment. Keep your business content for your LinkedIn contacts. Instead, let StumbleUpon help you develop your “lighter” side. It’s a bit of an art form to learn to mix business with personal interests in a way that feels natural to both you and your reader, but letting that spark of personality shine through is ultimately your biggest social networking advantage.