The number one thing people have commented to me on is how they can't for the life of them, figure out the StumbleUpon layout, it's pretty easy once you get the hang of it. As you can see, in the top right hand corner is a link to your profile, clicking on this will bring up a tab which is where you can access your settings, saved likes, interests, lists and friends. This is also where you can sign out of your account and add a page - more to come on this below.
The thumbs up icon adds the page you have 'thumbed up' to your saved likes. Doing this means that more people will see that page and the more people that give it a thumbs up the more traffic it gets. The thumbs down icon works in the opposite way, pressing this means that StumbleUpon will show you less posts like that page.
The red Stumble button is used to find new pages and this is generally what drives traffic to pages via StumbleUpon. The more you press this button the more pages you will find from your interests. It is said that giving a thumbs up and then stumbling generates even more traffic but I don't know how true this is - it's worth a shot though!
2. Adding Your Pages To StumbleUpon
3. Seeing Your Saved Likes and How Well Your Pages Are Performing
Above is how your own blog or website page will look when you stumble it. It will have the StumbleUpon toolbar on top for navigation to and from the site. To stumble your own page simply go to 'My Likes' on the tab screen accessed from your profile image, click on the post you submitted to StumbleUpon, this will take you to the page on your blog or website via StumbleUpon. You cannot give your own page a thumbs up as this automatically happens when you add a page to StumbleUpon, by doing this you are, of course, liking it and recommending it to other users. Remember to press the red 'Stumble' button after this too to take you to another page and generate more traffic. It is recommend that for every page you submit to StumbleUpon that you stumble ten more, so get clicking that thumbs up or down icon on pages you either like or don't want to recommend to others.
5. Remember What StumbleUpon Is About
I'll make it very clear that I would only recommend you add pages to StumbleUpon that you think people will be interested in reading, after all, the site is for, in my opinion anyway, things that are out of the ordinary, touch a cord with people or that will make you go "wow" - hence why photography is such a popular category on there. I would only add pages that have good photography - a blurry or poor quality image is never going to make anyone interested (same with Pinterest). I'd also make sure that your blog has a clear and uncluttered look to it as it just makes it easier for people who are stumbling to read posts. I don't submit personal posts about my family to StumbleUpon because the audience there won't be interested in that, I do however submit my photography posts, personal posts about parenting issues that other users may resonate with, beauty reviews but only on products that are unique or look great, my travel posts as there are travel readers on there and my interiors posts because the image mood boards always grab people's attention.
Following the above points should help you to generate traffic to your site but remember, like with all these social sharing sites, content is king, you want to engage those who are stumbling. The interests can be hit or miss and can generate little or no traffic if you get it wrong but for a two second submission I think it's worth a punt, don't you?
StumbleUpon is the biggest traffic source on my photography, travel and inspiration blog Fawns & Fables and has sent 210 views to this blog already today - it does work, if you get the formula right.