We all use stumbleupon in order to publish our articles, and we all say it is not such a great views bringer. However, maybe we just used it for the wrong type of articles…
I am publishing online content for over 5 month now, and slowly over time I discovered more and more promoting tools and social networks it is worth to invest in in-order to increase my number of views. I even shared those tools with you.
Over time I discovered that the first site I know about – stumbelupon is giving me the worse results. And it was not just me. I noticed that almost all online writers say the same thing. Therefore, I never gave it too much though, and was happy with the few 10s views I got from it.
StumbleUpon is it really useless? (Photo credit: dannysullivan)
However, today I changed my mind. Today started as a regular day at work. Until a group of C programmers that just recently started to learn C++ programming started a debate about the comparison of two programming tools (Template vs. Void*). Since I am both a C programmer and a C++ programmer – I immediately explained to them the differences between the two and which one is better.
The newbie programmers were so happy with my explanation that they called all our other new co-worker and asked me to explain it again. I happily did so in the first, second and even third time. However, then I decided it is taking to much of my time, so instead of explaining it again. I wrote it down and published it on expertscolumn. I preferred to publish something like that on expertscolumn since it gets published immediately.
My next move was to send the link to all the worker who ask for an explanation, and it was nice to get a few more cents out of them .
Later I thought why not promoting it in the regular way? So I sent it to StumbleUpon. Immediately afterward I noticed I am getting a lot of traffic from StumbleUpon to this article! Much more than usual! I started wondering about it, and then I understood – it was the first time I sent and article to this category (programming).
This made me understand – StumbleUpon can bring us a lot of views, if we are sending articles to the right categories. Most of the articles I sent till today were to abstract categories. However, I believe that if we will have article in specific expertise and will send them to this category we can get a very nice number of views from StumbleUpon. It turns out StumbleUpon has “gold” categories. Meaning, it has categories that have lots of follower and generate lots of view. We just have to discover them.
So right now I have over 100 views (and the count keeps going up) and I earned over 10 cents from StumbleUpon on an article I wrote in 5 minutes just to make people leave me alone…
So let’s check it out: Programming is one, what other “gold” categories did you encounter in Stumbelupon?