StumbleuponFor those who have never heard of Stumbleupon, it is a bookmarking site as well as a little bit of a social networking site as well. I started using it sometime ago, but as there are just so many of these types of sites around, I added a bio and the mandatory information then promptly forgot about it. Months later I read more about the site and had another look and then decided to post a few of my favourites sites and of course a couple of my own.

It took some time to follow some other users and to have some follow me back and then well, nothing much happened at all really. But I continued and persevered for a few months. Adding a post or two, following a user or two, but with little enthusiasm. Then one day something did happen.

My blog completely froze and gave me a ‘Page Cannot Be Loaded’ message. So off I went on an immediate hunt to find out why. It took me some time because I was looking in all the wrong places, and even if I had an inkling of the problem I wouldn’t have known how to go about remedying it anyway. Therefore I didn’t find the problem and decided to try another alternative. Wait half an hour and see what happened.

During that half an hour I popped into Stumbleupon by sheer chance. There at the top of my page was my problem. My server had been hit by over 1,500 visitors in less than fifteen minutes. Yes, from Stumbleupon. As my site is on a very normal everyday type server, this was a bit too much for it to handle. But what a nice problem to have.

This happened some months back now, but as you can imagine, I now use Stumbleupon regularly. The image with this post shows the hits I received on a recent posting. I took this screen shot only thirty minutes after the top item was posted on my blog. As you can see, somedays don’t attract much interest, but then something will gel with ‘Stumblers’ and you get to be the lucky recipient of a bucket load of traffic to your blog. And maybe a frozen site for a few minutes. Worth the effort? You bet.

Blogging – The Stumbleupon Effect
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15 thoughts on “Blogging – The Stumbleupon Effect

  • 01/11/2011 at 4:01 pm

    This sounds very intriguing. Thank you for the information. Good luck with your writing!

  • 01/11/2011 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to pass along gems like this!

    I have had the Stumbleupon button for a while but hadn’t really bothered with it. Are you saying you just click the button yourself and reccomend your post using the Derek Haines stumbleupon account?

    • 01/11/2011 at 9:29 pm

      Stumleupon is a social site Andrew, so it does mean sharing. The best idea is to share your own posts among others you find (or stumble upon) while doing your normal Internet surfing. So perhaps some favourite blogs and websites. As well as ‘liking’ those that are suggested by other Stumblers.

      Sounds complex I know, but once you get the hang of it, it works well.

  • 01/11/2011 at 4:49 pm

    I use it all the time Derek when I’m posting to my blog, or an article or short story. I get a lot of hits via Stumbleupon, mainly for my articles on Angie’s DIARY. :D

    • 01/11/2011 at 9:30 pm

      I can understand Jack. Your content on Angie’s is ideal stuff for Stumbleupon.

  • 01/11/2011 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing this great info! I am intrigued. Will definitely check it out!

  • 01/11/2011 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks so much for this information. I’m going to check it out right now,

  • 02/11/2011 at 4:55 pm

    You provide the most useful information, Derek! It’s because of one of your posts that I decided to (finally!) give WordPress a try and now I’m going to take Stumbleupon seriously. I’ve opened an account out there weeks ago but not done anything with it.

    By the way, the spike in traffic that you mentioned, I’m worried about things like that crashing my site. (That I should be so lucky!) Perhaps this isn’t a question I should ask in a comment, and I apologize if it isn’t, but where do you host your blog? I’m thinking of moving my site and am looking for recommendations :)


    • 02/11/2011 at 5:07 pm

      Happy to here your news Karen. Good luck with your new WordPress site. But don’t worry too much about a spike. Even if it happens, it’s only for a short while. I’m hosted on a local provider here in Switzerland, and it handles it ok.

      The more common outage problem associated with WordPress sites is using too many plugins. These can cause site outages on a regular basis as I have discovered the hard way. I’ve pruned a lot of them, but some are just so cool, it’s hard to delete them all. Hope that tip helps!

  • 02/11/2011 at 6:10 pm

    I went on Stumbleupon and I’m stumped! Are you using Paid Discovery to add your site? I don’t understand how it works.

    • 02/11/2011 at 7:40 pm

      I’m just using a standard account Susan. As I said in my post, it does take a while to get your head around Stumbleupon. Follow a few active ‘stumblers’ and ‘thumbs up’ a few of your favourite sites, Then wait! :) Btw, I find it much easier to use by installing one of their add ons to be able to ‘thumb up’ sites that you visit.

  • 03/11/2011 at 9:34 pm

    Hi, Derek,
    I had the same experience with Stumbleupon. I’m just now figuring out how to use it effectively.

  • 16/11/2011 at 4:06 am

    I never took StumbleUpon seriously. However, over the summer a few of m,y friends became addicted to it, and I hit a few stories like yours. At this point, I think I’ll try it and see what happens. Thanks for spreading the wealth!

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