Stumbling My Way Through the Internet

With a vast assortment of content online, how exactly do you find what you’re looking for? Sometimes we don’t even know what we want until we see it. StumbleUpon.com has been my savior of inspiration, laughs, and entertainment for the past few years. Written by Juliet Rocco

During the beginning of my freshman year in college, I learned about StumbleUpon.com from some of my peers. I thought, “It’s just another website, I’m not going to become addicted or anything.” I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. Hours and hours would pass and I would be sitting in the same spot just hitting the “Stumble!” button over and over again, exploring what my interests had to offer.

How would I describe StumbleUpon? It’s like an espresso shot for your imagination! Once you get started stumbling through your interests, the possibilities of discovering new and inspiring content seem endless, not to mention it’s simply addicting!

The In’s and Out’s of Stumbling: For anyone who’s never used it, here’s how it works:

  1. Go to StumbleUpon.com and set up an account (or Facebook log-in)
  2. Add interests to your profile. What do you want StumbleUpon to find for you?
  3. Hit the “Start Stumbling!” button and begin launching into a whole new world!
  4. Click the thumbs up button to get more content like the webpage brought up, or the thumbs down to discontinue getting certain content.
  5. Become addicted, procrastinate, and get inspired!

Recent Website Exposure: I always submit my blog posts to StumbleUpon. I know I can’t simply rely on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin to contribute to my site views because that’s only limiting myself to my own private networks. Reaching out to people who are not in my network and gaining exposure is important to me, since I never know who will end up viewing the blog. My last post garnered twice the page views of an average post from StumbleUpon alone in a matter of a few hours. Someone also referred the post which then became indexed in the curated content for business and marketing interests. Pretty exciting stuff, huh?

Takeaway: StumbleUpon has given a plethora of websites mass exposure, which would otherwise be left unfound if not submitted. This website allows us to effectively share high quality content with the rest of the world. We’re not restricted to privacy settings and blocked content. Everything is available right at your fingertips. I think StumbleUpon is a great way to gain free exposure for your brand. If you want to be discovered by people other than your friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter, then I suggest you take advantage of StumbleUpon!

Well, now that you’ve read this post, go ahead and submit it to StumbleUpon! (just click the StumbleUpon icon in the “Share it” menu below) Thanks!

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