StumbleUpon Overview

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StumbleUpon is a social bookmarking site that is driven by a community of users who share links to online content (such as blog posts) they enjoy.

How Does StumbleUpon Work?

StumbleUpon works using a simple voting system. Users submit links to content they want to share, which is called "stumbling" that content. Other users can add their opinions to that stumbled content by giving it a thumbs up or a thumbs down using the StumbleUpon toolbar, which can be installed when a new user registers for a free StumbleUpon account.

The Social Aspect of StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon users can add "friends" to their networks. Adding friends is a quick and easy way to share your stumbled content with like-minded users.

The Benefits of StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is easy to use. The handy StumbleUpon toolbar allows users to submit content with the click of the mouse. StumbleUpon has the potential to drive a lot of traffic to your blog in the long term if one of your submitted blog posts picks up a lot of stumbles. It's also a great place to find new blogs or blog post ideas as well as to network with other bloggers.

The Negatives of StumbleUpon

As with most social bookmarking sites, the StumbleUpon community frowns upon frequent submission of your own content. Be sure to stumble more content from other blogs and websites than from your own. This can add to the time you spend using StumbleUpon, but as you grow a group of StumbleUpon friends and develop a reputation for submitting great content, your StumbleUpon success should increase.