There has been a sudden increase in the discussion surrounding the correct way to use StumbleUpon threads in Facebook groups so I thought it may be helpful to explain where the discussions are coming from.
It should be noted that I can’t find any definite proof that shows anyone has been suspended from StumbleUpon for using a Facebook group to promote a blog post, but a few admin are asking that the members of the Facebook groups treat the StumbelUpon thread different to the others.
I have witnessed a few members saying they are afraid they have been ghost banned, StumbleUpon puts your account under a ghost ban, you can see your content, but nobody else can, a sneaky way to stop account users complaining, but allows them to stop any spamming.
As with any social network, StumbleUpon has its own set of rules: These rules are intended to make the community a relaxing and enjoyable place for all.
StumbleUpon was created to help people share and discover interesting content, so if you have a personal, non-commercial web page that you’d like to share with others, you are permitted to add it to StumbleUpon. There are limits in place regarding how many times you can add a page from a single domain – if you approach or reach that limit, you may be identified as a spammer. – StumbleUpon Community Rules
The above advice is that the best way to have your own blog posts stumbled is not by you, but by others.
StumbleUpon clearly states that “like for like” is not welcomed
Using personal accounts to promote a specific web page or to encourage others to do so is a violation of our Terms of Service.
If you receive a private message asking you to Like or comment on a web page in return for reciprocal comments, Likes, money, or other forms of reward, please notify Community Support immediately.
Accounts participating in such schemes will be deleted and banned from StumbleUpon; related web pages will be deleted and banned from our database.
The problem with Facebook groups and StumbleUpon Threads
I am a member of a number of Facebook groups, supporting bloggers, they are fantastic groups, not only for sharing your blog in a variety of ways on social media, thanks to threads but also for making friends in your niche.
I have seen a few say this is cheating, they do not like it, this is not the correct way to blog but personally I see this as a supportive community helping each other.
We all know how lonely it can be working several hours a day alone.
You spend hours writing a blog post and hit publish but then nothing happens, you feel deflated and defeated.
This is where Facebook groups help, you add your blog post to a list/thread, another 30 other bloggers do so too, you comment on those blogs and in return, they comment on yours. Within no time, your blog post has at least 30 comments,
It sure picks you up and motivates you it also helps you built natural backlinks too, naturally so it’s great for your own blogs SEO, bonus.
The problem we have is StumbleUpon is an amazing tool to drive traffic to your blog which all bloggers want BUT it has clear boundaries, they don’t want just anything there, they want their community to share things they genuinely like. Not what they have been told to like, as we are are doing on a Facebook group.
Thumbs up need to appear natural
If StumbleUpon sees the only source your using to like/thumbs up a blog page is from the same Facebook group – then they know this is not a genuine stumble.
I knew nothing about StumbleUpon until recently when I had joined a number of Facebook groups, the rules are a little different on them but I saw 2 that asks that you add a social media link to the blog post you want thumbed up, using Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and you are told not to link directly to your blog post.
This makes sense, as when you share your blog post you are sharing it manually to YOUR Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest etc and, therefore, that is how readers would find your links via social media.These look like natural links.
Am I making sense?
You add your blog post link to a Facebook page – 50 others do the same, 50 click the link direct to your blog link – StumbleUpon sees 50 people from the same 1 link thumbs up your post – is this natural?
Or would 50 people who follow you on Twitter, spot a Tweet you sent out to your new blog post, like the title so they click to read more, they like what they read so they “thumbs up” – recommending it to others look more natural?
The Twitter one, of course, looks much more natural.
This is why it’s suggested you do NOT link directly to your blog post when using Facebook groups for blog promotion.
Kissmetrics – 4 Ways to Increase Your Traffic With StumbleUpon
Blog Marketing Academy – How to Use StumbleUpon to Promote
Search Engine People – StumbleUpon Drives More Traffic Than Reddit: How To Use it Effectively
Do you use StumbleUpon to drive traffic to your blog?
Do you use StumbleUpon threads in Facebook groups and will you now change the way you do it?
Can you add anything to this blog post to help understand better?