Stumble Your Way to More Exposure
Since the addition of the new “Share” button, Zibbeters have been asking about StumbleUpon. Today, please welcome guest contributor Christina Spiker, owner of UmeOrigami, as she explains what StumbleUpon is and how to use it to increase Zibbet’s exposure on the World Wide Web. In last week’s Featured Zibbeter interview, Christina described herself as a StumbleUpon “junkie.” She is convinced that StumbleUpon can be a very powerful tool for Zibbeters and encourages us all to try this extension of social networking!
What is StumbleUpon? Simply, StumbleUpon is a great tool that allows you to “discover” websites. Although the internet is vast, the real truth is that everyone (even those who are savvy with all of the social-networking buzz) tends to fall into an internet routine. We log on, and we make our digital rounds day in and day out without really exploring all of those hidden corners of the web. StumbleUpon helps to combat the information overload that you may feel by allowing you to “stumble” into websites that are matched to your explicit set of interests. StumbleUpon gets you right to the meat of what you enjoy without having to sort through endless pages of search results.
How does StumbleUpon work? StumbleUpon uses a thumbs up/thumbs down rating system in order to suggest sites to you. Every site you stumble was “liked” by at least one person. As you “stumble” around, you can also contribute by offering your own positive or negative rating. Highly rated sites are more likely to show up while low rated sites can drop off if their ratings fall below a certain threshold.
How can StumbleUpon benefit me, as a Zibbeter? StumbleUpon is a great way to get your work seen. However, there is one word of caution. Please follow StumbleUpon’s Terms of Service which prohibit stumbling your own shop and shop items! StumbleUpon is not meant for self-promotion. By violating these terms you can have your account banned. However, if you believe in karma, then your good deed may be returned by another kind stumbler in the future. This is the beauty of community-based browsing! StumbleUpon can help give you ideas for blog posts or craft projects. It can help you keep tabs on high-rated competition, and it’s a fun way to be a part of the social-networking universe. It also might not hurt to have your friends stumble their favorite item once in a while!
I’m interested! How do I join? StumbleUpon is free to join. Just go to StumbleUpon and register. Once you’ve registered, be sure to customize your interests so StumbleUpon can suggest the most relevant topics to you.
How do I Stumble? You can stumble from within Zibbet or by installing and using a browser toolbar. In order to “submit” Zibbet items to StumbleUpon, all you need to do is find the “Share” button on the Zibbet Page. It’s located in two places as highlighted in the screenshot below:
Once you click the link to StumbleUpon, you will be taken to a submit page. You will want to click “Yes” beside ”Safe for Work?” if it is not a mature item, and then fill out the tags to help other stumblers find your submission. For this charm bracelet, I picked “Jewelry, Ecommerce, Shopping, Zibbet, Bracelet.” You can also add a small review if you are inclined. When you are done, click Submit.
This site was recommended to 10,583,303 stumblers! That would be some good exposure for this bracelet if it gets some “likes” by other stumblers. Try to think about StumbleUpon like one tiny snowball rolling down a hill — as likes get bigger and bigger, so will the exposure. Just like the share button on Zibbet, you will find similar buttons on blogs, forums, and other websites. Keep an open eye for it to keep submitting your favorites!
If you like StumbleUpon as much as I do, you may want to install the Firefox or Internet Explorer toolbar, depending on your preferred browser. You can download the Firefox toolbar from Mozilla’s website. It installs like any other Firefox plugin and it will look something like this.
When you have the addon installed you can stumble whenever you like by clicking the “Stumble!” icon or you can add ratings (thumbs up or thumbs down) easily without having to submit items like the previous method. If you don’t want the toolbar, you can also stumble from within StumbleUpon by using the “Search” bar.
Helping the Zibbet Community Although you cannot submit your own items, stumbling has some far-reaching benefits for the Zibbet Community. StumbleUpon can help get Zibbet’s name out to people who would probably be interested. Because of the way stumbling works, StumbleUpon only recommends sites that fall within your interests. So if the site shows up for a stranger to Zibbet, it can potentially generate a quality click, a new buyer, or a new seller! StumbleUpon is one more way that Zibbet’s footprint on the web can be expanded and soon become a more casual name. The more people that “stumble upon” Zibbet, the larger and more popular it will grow. So together let’s stumble our way to some sales, friends, and new discoveries!
Best wishes for much success on Zibbet!