StumbleUpon: Very Useful for Gaining Traffic for Photo Blogs

For huge amounts of visits, StumbleUpon may be one of the best things ever for a photo blog.  First, I shall explain StumbleUpon.  A user sets up an account on the StumbleUpon site.  The idea is to recommend websites to other StumbleUpon users.  A user can submit their blogs.  Yet, here’s the thing.  StumbleUpon notices you doing that too much; they’ll stop sending traffic to your blog.  Or even worse, they will ban your ass.  The best thing is submitting other websites as the user submit their blogs.  Play your cards right, StumbleUpon will send traffic your way, sometimes more traffic than you ever imagined.

Two girls hugging

This pic has gained almost as many views as the blog itself.

When it comes to StumbleUpon, a photo blog owns an advantage over other blogs.  More than likely, each photo on a blog has its own page. Because of this, a photo blogger can submit not only the blog to StumbleUpon but also separate pages of the photos themselves. Something other blogs can’t do.  Doing this definitely brought major traffic to our photo blog.

Yet, there’s a downside to this.  I found this out with one my YouTube videos.  As StumbleUpon said the YouTube page was viewed more than one thousand times, the video itself had only about fifty views. In other words, let’s say your blog has ads on it.  In order for the blog to make money, it depends on visitors clicking on the ads.  As StumbleUpon sends a site many views, the click-on rate for ads is very low.  Still, those are clicks the blog may not have been receiving if it wasn’t for StumbleUpon.  Yet, if a blog has ads on it, it is not wise to depend on StumbleUpon for all the clicks on the ads.

One more thing, a photo blogger must submit the the blog page the photo is on and not the URL page of the photo.    With the blog page, visitors may visit other pages.  The other way, that won’t work.

StumbleUpon is an excellent tool for a photo blog.  The blog may receive huge amounts of visits from StumbleUpon. In many cases, more than other blogs if separate photo pages are submitted right along with the blog itself.  Yet, because of low click rates, it should never be used as the main source for traffic.

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