Tuesday, June 16, 2009...7:00 am

I can't seem to StumbleUpon myself

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I recently reported a minor traffic spike from a bookmark on Reddit, which rekindled my interest in social bookmarking sites. 
So imagine my excitement when I got an inbound referring link from StumbleUpon, which is one step better at number three in the social bookmarking rankings

“One of our members added your page to the Writing topic on StumbleUpon. Each time our members who are interested in Writing “stumble upon” your page using our toolbar, it will record an entry on your referral logs.”

Great, I thought. I wonder who did that. And what my StumbleUpon link looks like.

I’m still wondering, as it happens. Because, you know, the thing about StumbleUpon is that its search function is utter rubbish. 

Seriously – for a site that “helps you discover the best of the web”, it has the least helpful search I have seen for a long while. With hundreds of thousands of sites to trawl through, there’s minimal filtering and very little guidance on how to find the category I was looking for.

And, stupidly, the notification I got from StumbleUpon didn’t actually send me directly to the link. Why not, for heaven’s sake? It’s the screamingly obvious thing to do.

The main message from StumbleUpon was that I should advertise on the site to drive even more readers to Freelance Unbound. But, since I can’t actually find myself there, I don’t think I’ll bother.

Just in case I’m being really dim, though, if anyone manages to find the link to my post there, do please let me know…


  • That was me. I definitely sent “Great newspaper headline ” to Reddit. I think I may have sent something from here to Stumbleupon too.
    I’ve been playing with the social media sites for a while. Reddit works better for me, but I’ve never had much success with Stumbleupon.

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