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Lingering Taste Of Stumbleupon Traffic

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It all started when I chose to 'stumble upon' my own article in my blog,
Kolkata Musing. The article was a humorous post - Effect of worms and
viruses - of just 16 words accompanied by a fun photo taken from Funlok
that showed a skeleton of a computer mouse.

I didn't plan the action. It was a Sunday, and so I thought let me give
it a try. Earlier too I 'stumbled upon' my articles in categories like
Offbeat News but no noticeable traffic resulted.

The same was the trend...


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stumbleupon,stumble upon,how to stumble upon


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It all started when I chose to 'stumble upon' my own article in my blog,
Kolkata Musing. The article was a humorous post - Effect of worms and
viruses - of just 16 words accompanied by a fun photo taken from Funlok
that showed a skeleton of a computer mouse.

I didn't plan the action. It was a Sunday, and so I thought let me give
it a try. Earlier too I 'stumbled upon' my articles in categories like
Offbeat News but no noticeable traffic resulted.

The same was the trend when I tried my luck with other social biggies
like Digg and 'del.icio.us'. Reason enough for me not to expect much when
I made this new effort with StumbleUpon.

What happened then was simply delicious. Within 15 minutes of my posting
in SU the first torrent of visitors started rushing to my site. This
continued unabated for the next 2 hours.

Since I use PMetrics stats apart from MyBlogLog and Googl e Analytics, it
has been easy to precisely track the onrush of visitors.

What did I find? Well, it proved to be a test of sorts for me using a
raging social network site, and the results have been fascinating. Here
are my findings recapitulating the events that ensued as the visitors
came rushing in from StumbleUpon:

1
Not all categories attract instantaneous visitors, certainly not the ones
like World News or Offbeat News unless the postings are truly eye -
catching or jaw dropping. In welcome contrast categories like Humor or
Bizarre or suchlike have comparatively high rate of success in SU. After
this posting in Humor I did another in Bizarre with similar success.

2
Nothing can take away the importance of heading and description. Both
should be such that there is an air of suspense in them prompting
visitors to vigorously click the link to your site to find more.

3
The main action doesn't last for more than a couple of hours, which
conveys to me that as long as the story remains on the first p age of
StumbleUpon's related category, there will be torrent of visitors.
Thereafter it's a steady trickle petering out gradually.

4
Most visitors don't stay more than a minute. Perhaps that is perfectly in
order because they come to a site they've never visited before, and do
not find anything of more interest that can retain them longer. In all
probability an overwhelming majority of these guests will never again put
their feet in my site.

5
Do they click on other links, especially the ads when they are in my
site? Sure they do, and for me that's very important. I've the AdSense
ads that when clicked fetch me money. After the initial stampede is over,
I rush to check the AdSense figures.

I first check MyBlogLog stats and I find that in those 2 hours the
AdSense CTR has been 11% of the page-views, which is pretty encouraging.
Or is it?

I rush to AdSense figures and there alas only 2% conversion is shown.
Which leads me to believe that Google doesn't like sudden spurt in CTR
and therefore filters out most of them.

6
Did I gain anything? My answer is nothing really. It'll be too naive to
imagine that those visitors who came hotfooted to my site from
StumbleUpon and left equally hastily would come back again remembering
what a great site they have been to.

7
Did I loose anything? Oh yes, the large volume of traffic gifted by SU
ate away a good amount of my precious bandwidth.

8
Will I try it again? But of course I will if only to set adrenalin
pumping through my body. Who knows some visitors just may come back for
repeat visits..! No harm dreaming that, don't you think? Provided of
course SU doesn't put a limit to stumbling upon my own articles.

				
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