5 Tactics For Driving Traffic From StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is a hot social discovery site that continues to rapidly increase in popularity. With the increase in popularity comes an increase in the potential traffic that it can drive to your sites. StumbleUpon has always been great at driving traffic and links, but lately I've started to notice that it is one of the leading social sites, often times sending more traffic than even Digg. Most of the basic social media marketing tactics apply to StumbleUpon. It's important to be an active user in the community who provides value and discovers great sites. It also helps to have a lot of mut [...]


eBay Buys StumbleUpon

As expected, eBay has purchased StumbleUpon for about $75 million. "StumbleUpon is a great fit within our goal of pioneering new communities based on commerce and sustained by trust," said Michael Buhr, senior director, eBay. "StumbleUpon’s downloadable toolbar provides an engaging and unique experience to its users, but it is the similarities in our approaches to the concept of community that make it such a compelling addition to eBay." eBay reportedly bought StumbleUpon for their 2.3 million users community, who shares the discovery content based on personal preferences. More coverage o [...]


eBay May Buy StumbleUpon For $75 Million

EBay Seeks to Add StumbleUpon to Portfolio from the Wall Street Journal brings back the rumors that eBay will be purchasing StumbleUpon. The Wall Street Journal reports that the potential asking price is $75 million. However, when Chris Sherman interviewed Garrett Camp, one of the founders of StumbleUpon, he said these were "just rumors." An eBay spokesman told the Wall Street Journal the same thing that they do not comment on "rumors or speculation." The rumors started with Techcrunch report back on April 18th. [...]


StumbleUpon Releases StumbleThru For Domains

StumbleUpon, a search service that displays recommended sites for users based on interest profiles, has released StumbleThru, a service that searches for content from some of the most popular sites on the web, including Flickr, MySpace, Wikipedia, YouTube, BBC, CNN, and Physorg. This makes it easy to discover new content on these sites that has been given a thumbs-up ranking by other StumbleUpon users, theoretically making it easier to find the better quality content on these sites. StumbleThru is available on the web, or users of the StumbleUpon Toolbar, when on a StumbleThru domain, will s [...]


StumbleUpon Acquired By eBay: “Just Rumors,” Says Founder

The blogosphere is abuzz with rumors that eBay is acquiring StumbleUpon, but they're "just rumors," Garrett Camp, one of StumbleUpon's founders just told me on the phone. "There have been rumors before and that's what they are now," Camp said. Of course, if the company is in play, Camp would likely be bound by non-disclosure agreements, so the rumors could possibly turn out to have some merit. We'll follow the story and report any further details if and when they are confirmed. Meanwhile, it's interesting reading the speculation about why eBay, a vast auction site, would be interested in acq [...]


Q&A With Garrett Camp, Founder & Chief Architect, StumbleUpon

Search engines are great tools to help you find things you suspect exist on the web, but they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to discovering the unexpected or unknown. Sure, you may find something really cool after doing the result-page/back-button tango for a while, but that's an inefficient approach. Enter StumbleUpon, a service that lets you "channel surf" the internet, displaying sites that others have "stumbled upon" and recommended. StumbleUpon is a hybrid: Part directory of human selected sites, part search engine (the millions of pages recommended by "stumblers" have been [...]


Top 25 Web 2.0 Start Ups To Watch

The Next Net 25 by Business 2.0 ranks the top 25 up and coming Web 2.0 for this year. Here is the ordered list: StumbleUpon Slide.com Bebo.com Meebo Wikia Joost Dabble MetaCafe Revision 3 Blip.tv Fon.com Loopt Mobio Tinypictures.us SoonR Turn.com Adify AdMob SpotRunner ViTrue SuccessFactors JanRain Logoworks Rearden Commerce SimulScribe Keep an eye out for them, we have already heard a lot of buzz on many of these companies. [...]


StumbleUpon’s New Webmaster Friendly Referral Page

I regularly check our traffic referral sources, and StumbleUpon is often a large one. Today I noticed that the StumbleUpon referral page has been changed to make it easier for site owners to understand how they got StumbleUpon traffic -- plus StumbleUpon uses the new format as an opportunity to push its ad program. More on this below, plus how to add StumbleUpon links to your blog or through FeedBurner FeedFlares, using a new XML file I've created. When someone visits your site from StumbleUpon, the visit leaves behind in your logs a URL that looks similar to this: http://www.stumbleupon [...]


Forget ABCs – The Social Media Alphabet Is DNRS

Many search marketers know their search engine alphabet, A for Ask.com; G for Google; M for Microsoft Live.com and Y for Yahoo. But how many know the important letters of the social media alphabet, D for Digg; N for Netscape; R for Reddit and S for StumbleUpon? Comfortable with AGMY but DNRS seems like another language? Relax. Here are the ABCs of DNRS: Digg Digg is a social news site that covers all topics but is mainly populated with tech, world and business stories. Digg is a community based website where users submit stories, "digg" or vote for the stories they l [...]


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