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StumbleUpon is a wonderful resource for finding new and interesting things online. It is a discovery engine that recommends web pages in desired categories. With so much content being posted every minute, there is no way you can possibly keep up with it yourself. Rather than miss out on the best stuff, open a StumbleUpon to check out a variety of content.
When you’re running low on inspiration for writing blog posts, you can visit the StumbleUpon to get some ideas. Since this site also allows you to share your content with other users, it’s a great way to promote your posts once they go “live.”
Get Inspiration from Stumbled Content
There are times when you feel that your own creative writing well has run dry. You are blogging about a particular niche because you love it, but you just aren’t feeling the love at the moment. Any topics that are coming to mind feel as though they have been done to death and you are looking for something new to say.
When you need help finding topics for writing blog posts, you can look to content already posted online to get your creative juices flowing. Reading what someone else has written can get you to think about a topic in your niche in a new way.
Start with Your Interests
When you open the main StubmleUpon page, it says: “You tell us your interests. We recommend great websites, photos and videos.â€ All the sites on StumbleUpon get sorted into various interests. Press the button “Add interest”, which will take you to the page with all, recommended and popular interests. Follow the interests to make your stumbling discoveries more personalized.
You need to make sure you are choosing the right ones for your sessions. StumbleUpon allows selecting specific categories for stumbling through web. Just press the second button in your toolbar (described below in this post) and select one of the interests. By doing this, you will avoid discovering random content in absolutely different categories. Once you choose your category, you will see related sites when you click the Stumble button in your toolbar.
Install the StumbleUpon Toolbar
If you are new to StumbleUpon, you’ll need to install the toolbar and create an account. It’s available at an official website: http://www.stumbleupon.com/downloads. Here you can get an add on, bookmark or extension for Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Your next step will be to add interests to your StumbleUpon account. Once you have selected them, they will be displayed in the toolbar. You can choose to select one of them at a time or explore all of your interests at once. When you click the Stumble button, a random web page is loaded in the active tab.
You can decide whether you want to like or dislike it, share it, or click on the stumble button again. If you like the page, it will be saved to your likes list that you can review in the future. In other words, this is your favorites. By disliking the page you show StumbleUpon that it was not useful or even spammy.
If you decide to click on the toolbar again, another site will pop up. Keep clicking on the toolbar and you can keep seeing websites related to your interest. You can keep running through sites until you stumble upon one (pun intended) that captures your interest.
Since you can use this technique to run through a lot of content very quickly, it shouldn’t take you very long to find something that will give you a new perspective. You don’t necessarily have to find something that you like using StumbleUpon; you can write a blog post inspired by content that makes you sad, angry or frustrated. You should be looking for writing that invokes some kind of reaction and makes you want to share it with your readers.
How can you share this inspired writing with readers using StumbleUpon? Here are some suggestions:
Go for Organic Stumbles
Start by adding a StumbleUpon badge to your blog. Ask your readers to stumble your content if they like it and make it easy for them by making sure that all they need to do is click on it. Organic stumbles are an indicator of quality content, so the more people like and share your pages, the more traffic you will get in the future.
vIt will take time to build up a following on StumbleUpon, and you need to spend time developing online relationships with people. Share your content with them, but make a point of sharing your followers’ content as well. You want to be seen as a good online neighbor and someone who is generous with online resources. If you have a good reputation among your followers, they will be more likely to help you out by sharing your posts.
Check who has liked your content by clicking “info” button in your StumbleUpon toolbar.
StumbleUpon Paid Discovery Service
If you have deeper pockets and don’t want to wait for your blog posts to be discovered using these other methods, consider using StumbleUpon’s paid Discovery service. With this method, your page is likely to be shown to more people. As well as during the usual discovery, they will be directed to your blog, so there is no need to create an Ad. Your content is your Ad. The service is offered at three service levels, so you can tailor it to your needs and budget.
You will have to set up an advertising account, which is separate from your StumbleUpon account, to get started. The next step is to enter the URL of your site. You would choose the topics for the campaign. StumbleUpon can set the demographics for the campaign or you can do this manually.
Next you will set your priority and budget. You will designate a maximum amount you wish to spend per day and set a schedule. Next, you add funds from your Paypal account or credit card, and you’re ready to go.
When used properly, StumbleUpon can be a powerful tool for getting inspiration for writing blog posts when you are running low on it. Use it wisely to drive traffic to your blog once your posts are live to share your thoughts with Internet users.