June 22, 2007

How StumbleUpon can benefit your blog

When I first heard about StumbleUpon, I was somewhat reluctant to try it. Installing a toolbar to my Internet browser seemed too much of an inconvenience to me; there's already too many buttons clogging up my browser, thank you very much! But eventually I gave in. I thought I'd give it a try, at least for a few days, just to see what all the fuss is about. I'm so glad that I did! For the benefit of those who don't already know about this great tool, here's a little explanation:
StumbleUpon uses ratings to form collaborative opinions on website quality. When you stumble, you will only see pages which friends and like-minded stumblers have recommended. This helps you discover great content you probably wouldn't find using a search engine (StumbleUpon)
Once you've signed up, you can submit keywords of your interests which guide your "stumbles" to sites that other members have tagged. By stumbling sites related to Blogging, for example, I discovered sites like this and this (great blogs, I'm sure you'll agree!) As a blogger, I've found the StumbleUpon toolbar to be an invaluable tool: there's a vast wealth of online inspiration and resources out there which StumbleUpon can help you find. What's more, if your blog gets the thumbs up from just one reader, it will be added to the database and become available for others to stumble too. It could be a great way to get a surge of traffic to your blog, provided of course that your content is worth a thumbs up! Technorati Tags:

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