Saturday, February 5, 2011

Stumbling in the Right Direction.

This is sort of a follow up or correction to my last post about StumbleUpon.  I'm still new to blogging and while the method i discussed yesterday does work, this way is better.  A couple people asked about other buttons like reddit, and similar services.  This handy trick should cover all services in one fell swoop and hopefully we'll all get even more traffic! 

So apologies to anybody who used yesterdays method, you can leave it there or just go back and remove that line from your code.  Lets get to it.  I haven't even tried this out yet, so I hope things go according to plan, as I know sometimes putting these things in a gadget can reduce functionality.

1.) Log in and go to design then add a gadget:

 2.) Search for: Sociable, click the +
3.) Set options, I recommend vertical to maximize visibility of this gadget, but horizontal looks better IMO.
4. Add it and preview changes, to make sure it works.  If you see this, save changes.
Wow, that's a lot of services for 4 easy steps.  Also I noticed yesterday that if you put the stumbleupon code into it's own gadget element, it will only get people stumbling to your main page.  Not with this gadget!  This gadget lets people stumble to each post that's submitted, as seen here:




That URL is for a post, not the main blog!  So this gadget rocks, and it's easy to add!  Now I just gotta make accounts for some of these services so I can submit my pages and get people "liking" em.  Just made a technorati acct and they want me to put the code: ESWAZ7P9PXFW into a post, so just ignore that. :)

This is probably enough for one post, but you see those reaction buttons at the bottom of my posts now?  If you don't know how to add those, I'll cover that in tomorrow's post if there's any interest in the subject.  I thought they were cool.

Enjoy the extra traffic sources!

44 comments:

  1. Wait.. I thought you had to pay for StumbleUpon? You do, right?

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  2. excellent guide, lots of useful information here.

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  3. love the Squeak a comment. another great post keep them coming.

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  4. this is unbelievably useful. honestly than you so much for this. keep posting finds like this.

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  5. @Tasty, nope, it's free, so are a bunch of other similar sites.

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  6. @Wise One, yeah, maybe tomorrow i'll show how to change that 'add a comment thing' to a picture or text of your choosing...maybe i'll do that and reaction buttons. sounds like a good idea, I think.

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  7. Stumble is my favorite way to get my thoughts out.

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  8. Nice tip, I already had it on mine but I'm sure this will help a lot of people.

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  9. Hm I've already added the reddit button manually... Might put the whole thing on my blog as well.

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  10. That's very nice, thanks for sharing. :)

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  11. Man everything you post is a treasure to a blogwriter.I stumble my blog and now this.Thanks really and thanks for letting us know something more

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  12. I was wondering how to do this, thanks for the tip

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  13. Thanks for sharing, I didnt know hwo to go about doing that. You're guides are great! >:3

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  14. This is very useful! Will use for my blog.

    Followed!

    musicnewslife.blogspot.com

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  15. I'm totally going to try this! Thanks for the hint!

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  16. Im confused. so does this help to get my blog posts out to more people?

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  17. @chris,
    yes, this helps more people to find your blog posts.

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  18. thanks. that's way easier than the guide yesterday.

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  19. yeah, i'm glad i figured this out...much better. :) don't just add the gadget though, remember to submit your posts/blog to stumbleupon or whatever service(s) you want to use.

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  20. cool find bro, gonna get me sum dat for my blawg!

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  21. Great advice!
    I always look forwar to your posts. They're really useful. :)

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  22. This is much easier, thanks for this

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  23. Thanks, I didn't use the other method but I'll be sure to try this one!

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  24. how do you get to see how many people have "stumbled" onto your pages?

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  25. Hmm very interesting indeed. Gonna check out it.

    StarcraftIICommentary.blogspot.com

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  26. You commented about bookmarking all your followers in chrome, just wanted to say that'll help me in the future! haha thanks. Definitely will use it when I want to streamline my blogging habits.

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  27. I think I manually added the add.this addon. It works pretty well...it think.

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  28. @reality of dan,
    you can see where your traffic comes from in the stats panel, just look for stumbleupon.com in the reffering urls section.

    here's a screenshot link to help

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  29. Excellent advice, thanks!

    Oh and I'm loving your background.

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  30. Thanks mouse! I'm trying it now. I've tried 1st your method that you recommended yesterday, no success :(

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  31. Very nice guide, will try it out later tonight!

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  32. Great tutorial - just added it to my blog, cheers :)

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  33. Thanks for sharing this! Great info.

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  34. Don't really have anything to say, I just couldn't pass up the oppurtinity to squeak on somebodies blog.

    ....although it does sound dirty when you put it like that o_O

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  35. You have a drink from me for this! :) Thanks!

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  36. Just put this on my blog yesterday, thankyou for the help!

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  37. Thanks for more guides, very helpful!

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  38. You are a GOD, this is amazing info. Thank you!

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  39. Thats pretty cool, I never even thought of using stumble upon, even though I use that site all the time lol

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  40. @con queso,
    great, glad i could help. i still think FF is the more blog friendly browser, but chrome does have some advantages too, so i'll gladly keep sharing whatever tips i can.

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  41. Great guide, quick and easy to do. Really will help! Thanks!

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