Social bookmarking traffic is misleading.
There are thousands of social bookmarking sites all over the web.
To be completely honest these sites can really be push-button traffic sources (really they work).
I’ve been able to send thousands of visitors to my blogs from Stumble Upon, Digg, Reedit, and more.
The down-side to this traffic source is the quality of the visitors they send you. It’s bad (really bad)…
On a scale of 0 to 10, I’d rate visitors from social bookmarking sites to be exactly 0. In fact, I’d rather not have them visit my blog in the first place.
Come on Joe… They can’t possibly be that bad. Can they?
The stats from these traffic sources plain out stink. You’ll start to find too many zeros in important places.
I actually tested this with one of my past who’s Your Blogger? Articles: SEO is dead.
Why did I choose such an article?
Step By Step Stumble Upon Traffic
Social bookmarking sites are built to spread the coolest, weirdest, strangest, and most interesting content all over the web. SEO is Dead shared some of the most shocking beliefs anyone has ever heard. It would catch the attention of any internet marketer.
Two words: It worked.
347 visits later I figured out the real secret to massive “success” overnight. Any content following these guidelines is almost guaranteed to get over 100 visitors almost instantly from Stumble Upon, Digg, or Reedit.
Note: This process works best with Stumble Upon, but works with other social bookmarking sites almost as well.
- Insanely crazy
- Anything Abnormal
You’ll get to see stats in a minute, but first I want to show you exactly what I did when I set up an account.
It’s quite simple actually, because I just wanted the basics to see if it would actually work.
Surprisingly with about 10 minutes of my spare time, I was able to send over 300 visitors to my blog. Not bad if that’s all you’re looking for.
- Set up an account on Stumble Upon (No need to fill out optional profile information)
- Visit the Submit Page and enter the url, use the suggested list for your topic, and enter a review (instead of a review make it more of a meta-description)
- That was easy! Wait a few minutes, and if the content meets the above requirements… prepare your server for thousands of visitors!
The Horrifying Results
After searching through all all of my stats, not one of them gave me any value. Worst of all, they probably hurt my blog by slowing down my website’s load time for other valuable visitors.
My Google Analytics account was rocking. I thought it was going to explode…
Stumble Upon Traffic
It is possible to get massive traffic from Stumble upon…
The graph speaks for itself, but I want to point out the average time on site and pages per visit. It’s important to realize they out right stink.
I gave you my step by step process to getting hundreds or even thousands of visitors from Stumble Upon and other social bookmarking sites not so you could become an overnight success, but instead you can use to test social bookmarking traffic and compare it to mine. Chances are you’ll get the same results.
As well as taking a look at my Google Analytics results, I also decided to check how many visitors Stumble Upon said I received. It was a different story.
Apparently Stumble seems to disagree with Google Analytics…
Stumble Upon says I received about twice as many visitors as Google Analytics told me. Which one is correct?
If you have noticed Stumble Upon does this weird view when visitors are “stumbling” web pages. My guess is that Google Analytics wasn’t working in some of the browsers, and caused them to miss a few hundred visitors.
Those stats are already huge fails, but I also got zero subscribers and not even a single comment, which makes about everyone of them worthless.
What do you think?
Have you been able to drive quality visitors from these sites?
Or do you share my opinion?