Is Stumbling your site worth it?

by Bishop81 8 replies
Well, I know that I have to keep the site maintained in order to keep the traffic, and who knows how many of them will be back, but...

A picture is worth a thousand words. Check out the one attached to this post.

This site has only been up for probably 4 hours. I stumbled the home page, and 2 posts that I had written. I can only hope that the effects are lasting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
    Congratulation on your traffic.

    If you were looking for more 2.0 traffic, maybe you could try some other social sites, and add to your traffic, maybe even stumble your posts on those other sites. Tumblr seems to be growing in popularity, jaiku I think is still closed but I think Pownce is still open. Clearblogs, and wetpaint are places you could stumble as well I bet.
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  • Profile picture of the author hebsgaard
    Social bookmarking can be really cool. Maybe you should look at BIGMike's SocialBot offer.
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Originally Posted by hebsgaard View Post

      Social bookmarking can be really cool. Maybe you should look at BIGMike's SocialBot offer.
      Thanks for the heads up. Heading on over to purchase.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Originally Posted by Bishop81 View Post

    Well, I know that I have to keep the site maintained in order to keep the traffic, and who knows how many of them will be back, but...

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Check out the one attached to this post.

    This site has only been up for probably 4 hours. I stumbled the home page, and 2 posts that I had written. I can only hope that the effects are lasting.
    The results will not last. You've hardly done anything - how can you expect lasting results?

    Getting a few hundred visitors a day is almost a no-brainer for anyone using a blog with decent plugins, but that has no relation to making money.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Bogowski
      Originally Posted by Andyhenry View Post

      The results will not last. You've hardly done anything - how can you expect lasting results?

      Getting a few hundred visitors a day is almost a no-brainer for anyone using a blog with decent plugins, but that has no relation to making money.
      Woah Woah Andy take it easy on the guy

      This is a positive sign for sure, it will likely die off a little but that fact that you are getting traffic at all from stumbleupon is good.

      Ive had blogs I stumbled and got zilch from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    Is Stumbling your site worth it?
    To answer the specific question by the OP...

    ...I tend to ignore Stumble traffic when I'm working out my site's visitor value, mainly because the traffic is not targeted and therefore low quality from a sales conversion point of view.

    It really depends on your niche. My opinion is that Stumble traffic will be more useful for sites that are targeted at the public at large, and not narrow niches such as IM.

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  • Profile picture of the author Bishop81
    Lol, so many experts pop up when somebody shares something.

    All I was saying is that the initial rush can be really good. Whether the traffic comes back or not is up to the person in charge of the site. With mine, the traffic usually dies down with a day or two to a normal level of 1 - 2 visitors.

    If I can update the site regularly, though, and provide quality content that people decided to come back and check, then I may be able to keep a percentage of those initial visitors.

    I just wanted to let people who wonder if a stumble on your site is worth it or not, have a chance to see first-hand what it can do. It doesn't take much time to build up your profile either. When DP still had their friend exchanges going on, and stumble exchanges, I participated in those, not knowing how it was actually helping. Now, I don't do any of that any more. The key is to have a decent number of friends, however, and to build your profile up. If you see a page you like, stumble it. Discovering pages helps quite a bit too. Spend a little bit of time on stumble and add some friends. I'm not sure how you get it, but in FF there's an option when you right-click on a picture to Stumble Photo-Blog it. Take advantage of that as an easy way to share some good pics. With a good profile, you can drive hundreds of visitors to your site in a very short time. Now, keeping them coming back is an entirely different matter.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
      Originally Posted by Bishop81 View Post

      Lol, so many experts pop up when somebody shares something.

      All I was saying is that the initial rush can be really good. Whether the traffic comes back or not is up to the person in charge of the site. With mine, the traffic usually dies down with a day or two to a normal level of 1 - 2 visitors.
      The reason 'experts' pop up is because this is a community and some of us feel a responsibility to stop others wasting their time doing ineffective things that they don't properly understand.

      There's nothing wrong with spending your time wandering around the web stumbling interesting things - it's just not an effective way to get targeted traffic for someone just starting out. There are many other more productive things you can do.

      I'd be first in the line to say that social bookmarking can be useful - when done effectively.

      You can do a ton of social bookmarketing on auto-pilot just from using a couple of free plugins, so it's not something that should take your time.

      Most IMers are effectively using social bookmarking and so it's more of a waste of time and a distraction than a useful addition to their business.

      The problem is that many people don't take their business seriously and will try anything to desparately just some traffic, no matter how unfocused it is. If that traffic is then the basis for their business they're onto a rocky start and can waste months trying to make money from a poor position.

      Why would it make sense for anyone to tell others to do that?

      You may think my comments were harsh, but they're not negative, they're just a reality check because whether you care or not, others will read your comments and think they should go and do social bookmarking instead of something more productive and it's not going to help them if they just do a couple of bookmarks and then expect significant results.

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