After getting my blog installed on WordPress, the next step was to consider how to properly market it and promote it. One of my many thoughts turned to StumbleUpon, that giant monster of internet traffic, which is properly utilised, can turn you into the next Seth Godin (with hair preferably!).
But you don’t have to be a blogger or webmaster in order to appreciate and enjoy Stumbleupon. Anyone can use the site to enrich their internet using experience. With lots of different categories, groups and tools, StumbleUpon can change the way you look at the net – even someone as jaded as me who sees countless new pages every day in this job and finds it hard to be impressed with the Next New Thing.
Here are some useful StumbleUpon tools and pages:
The Stumbleupon Community – a list of the most active users on Stumbleupon, constantly updated. If you are new to Stumbleupon, maybe linking to these users, chatting to them and seeing what they are looking at will give you an idea of what to do yourself.
Link to your Stumbled Videos – as well as webpages, you can also stumble videoclips, and this small snippet of HTML can put a link to your stumbled videos on your website / blog.
Put Stumble Buttons on your webpage – you can use these buttons to link to your Stumble profile and also advertise the fact you are a prolific stumbler!
Back up your Stumbleupon page to your hard-drive – using this script, you can now back up your Stumble blog to your own computer as a HTML file. Useful if you have thousands of pages bookmarked and one day Stumbleupon goes down!
Create an archives to your Stumbleupon pages – this script will create an archives to your stumble pages which people can click on to see what you stumbled last year or two years ago.
StumbleUpon add-ons – a page with lots of useful add-ons for Stumbleupon including Firefox extensions, bookmarklets and userscripts.
Stumble-Mod – this site will allow you to create a bookmarklet that will automatically insert your personalised layout into any StumbleUpon text box.
Greasemonkey scripts (which of course requires the Firefox browser and Greasemonkey)
Sticky Helper – places a sticky note on your stumble page.
Tag Toplist – adds a little button to each StumbleUpon profile which allows you to see some advanced statistics about the tags (sort alphabetically or by tag count).
WYSIWYG editor – this Greasemonkey script adds an WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor to StumbleUpon, so you can easily format your reviews and comments.
Preview Stumbleupon posts – allows you to preview your Stumbleupon posts before submitting them.
StumbleVideo Embed Code Displayer – displays the “embed” HTML code when stumbling videos on Stumbleupon Video.
What Stumbleupon tools have I forgotten? Drop those links in the comments!