Writing for StumbleUpon: High Impact Content “Above the Scroll” in Four Easy Steps

Writing for StumbleUpon: High Impact Content “Above the Scroll” in Four Easy Steps

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  1. although i didn’t stumble a lot, but this make sense, but then again, my preferences is like this :
    above the fold + 1 scroll

    say like in the Freelancer Switch case, since the header already got my attention, i the content isn’t too visible at the first time, i usually give it another 1 scroll πŸ˜‰ to skim the content πŸ™‚

    nice article as always mr. saleem πŸ™‚

  2. Wow – I never realized that! We’re just about the launch a redesign so I’ll make sure we take that into account.

    Thanks Muhammad πŸ™‚

  3. I have recently earned a nice bit of traffic from stumble upon. I think it helps that my design is simple and straight to the point. I also use the wordpress more tag which helps force me to write an informative introduction on all my articles in order for it to draw people in from the homepage.

  4. Coming from the guy who Stumbles EVERY SINGLE ONE of his own stories, how can we trust you?

    Kidding. You’re right though, the key to a good stumbling page is the same key to any good writing–a good hook. If you have that, you’re halfway there.

    And SU is really amazing right now. At Rudius we’re doing 15,000 new visitors a month just from unsolicited stumbles. The best part–the part that really matters–is that almost 100% of the visitors are first timers and the bounce rate is under 30%.

  5. Very good article, but you forgot to mention a few points: too many ads distract from the message.

    Also: when you make it impossible for the readers to find what they are searching for (cluttered pages, with too many graphics and inconsistent design) you lose page views, thus you lose SE points…

    And, you might find Blasting the Myth of the Fold very useful for future reference.

  6. The quickest way for a site to earn a thumbs down on SU from me is when it has more AdSense above the fold than content.

    I know many people want to make a buck online (myself included) but if I Stumble onto your site and can’t see any content I’m not going to give you a thumbs up!

  7. Hi Muhammad — I wrote a similar article a month or so ago for ProBlogger, called ‘How to Draw StumbleUpon Users Into Your Blog‘. We had a few points the same, a few points different. Thought you might be interested in seeing my take on the subject :).

    My points were:
    1. Make your core mission statement unmissable
    2. Insert powerful visual cues
    3. Push your content above the fold
    4. Create an eye catching design

  8. Great article. I’ve been trying to find ways to make my content more appealing to StumbleUpon users. I like the service in that it allows me to flip through sites at a fast pace and find interesting stuff to read.

    I just need to work on my titles….

  9. Stumble really can bring on some massive traffic. The most recent of my stumbled posts is past 18,000 views in the last seven days.

    There is also almost 80 comments due to a debate that started up in my comment section. Heck yes.

    After all of that traffic though, not a penny earned. Only one click on one of my affiliate banners. yarg. The traffic is a nice change though πŸ˜‰

  10. These principles are true no matter where you bookmark. As a former newspaper editor, I realize the importance of “above the fold.” It’s just as important online where the top half of any page you visit is visible. So I’d say this is an important principle for web pages as well as blogs and for any social bookmarking site, social networking, or any other marketing method.

    Good article.

  11. Good point, Graywolf.

    And it never fails, if you want to get traffic about a particular social site, write about that site. There’s a nice collective ego at most of them.

  12. I’ve been starting to use bookmarking sites more to generate more traffic and am really happy to have stumbled onto your article and blog..thanks for all of the wonderful, insightful tips!

  13. I wonder how many people joined stumble upon, upon reading this article.

    I did. And in my stumbles it was hard to find good ‘content’ in my niche.

    maybe i’m just not good at stumbling

  14. StumbleUpon is a great source of traffic. As you said in the post. Visitors from their spend very little time on your site unless you catch their interest. Stumble is just channel surfing for the net.

  15. Thanks for the great tips! I’m in the process of redesigning my blog right now.

    Where does copyblogger get all the awesome photos?

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