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Saturday, September 13, 2008

How to Use StumbleUpon for Website Networking

Networking Your Website with Rita Wilhelm

StumbleUpon, a centralized location for sharing web sites, can be found on the Internet at The site has over five million users currently and is growing daily. If used regularly, you can increase traffic and exposure to your web presence
exponentially and all free of charge. An added advantage to this site is that users can rate the quality of the site so when you are searching, you “stumble upon” only quality, relevant websites within your defined category preferences.

In order to use the StumbleUpon services you will need to sign up for a free account and install the custom toolbar. This is a very quick and easy process that requires no special computer or programming skills. You can customize the types of sites you would personally like to stumble upon by defining your category preferences. At this point when you are surfing to recommended sites you can rate the sites thumbs up or down based on the design, content and relevance. This is a great bit of internal quality control to ensure only worthwhile sites get added into your rotation.

You can also add your websites to the list of StumbleUpon sites in order to increase traffic and exposure. Your search engine optimization will increase due to added exposure and direct linking when people enjoy what you have to say. It is important also to keep track of who is viewing your site and visit them. You want people who have linked to your site to get more traffic so it helps you as well. So, make sure you visit and rate them. As StumbleUpon is a community site, it is important to stay active within it. Network with other users, thank them for visiting your site and rate their own sites. This will give you many advantageous over those who only occasionally use the service and do not participate in the community.

If you are a regular, active user your ranking will go up and more weight is given to your recommendations. If you have a lot of people who enjoy your posts and rankings you will be added to their network of friends which will also increase the weight given to your recommendations. This can be highly beneficial when promoting sites. In addition, if you submit and rate sites and are the first to do so, your picture will be the one that is featured on the site even when additional comments are posted after you. There is a tendency then to see what else you may have rated so all your important sites will be stumbled upon more frequently. So, when using StumbleUpon, be active and rate sites accordingly to increase exposure to the sites in which you want to add traffic.

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