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Can you do This Marketing Trick at StumbleUpon?

If your site gets stumbled, you might receive a lot of new visitors and this is really why StumbleUpon is such an interesting community. There are many other reasons as well for using StumbleUpon, but today I am only going to focus on the marketing part of it (that is marketing your own site using StumbleUpon).

To be brief; many people, like myself, are submitting their own posts to StumbleUpon in order for other people to see them and “vote” on them. If enough people enjoys the posts, a lot of people using StumbleUpon will see them (and a lot of people are using StumbleUpon).

But there is a minor problem; if you stumble your own site too many times, it will be considered as spam and you will not be able to stumble it anymore. Other people can still do it, but you can`t yourself. I am not sure how many times you can actually stumble your own site, but I am one of those people who just can`t do it myself anymore (and I haven`t done it that many times).

I thought about something that might not be allowed, but it`s an interesting thought and a marketing trick. I haven`t tried it myself, but here`s my thoughts on what you can do if you are experiencing the same problem with stumbling your own site as I am:

Create two or more accounts at StumbleUpon, use different accounts when you stumble your own site(s). When one account receives the spam notification (well, not actually a notification, but a blank page when you try to stumble it), just switch to another account and use that one to stumble it.

Again, I am not sure if this is allowed and I am not sure if it works… but it sure is interesting.



7 responses to “Can you do This Marketing Trick at StumbleUpon?”

  1. V. Neely says:

    Sorry, but my first reaction to the pop-up was I wanted to stomp on it. 🙂 However, at least it doesn’t spawn an extra window. Depending on how it’s used, I imagine it could be pretty effective if used as an opportunity to “make them an offer they can’t refuse.”

  2. Jens says:

    I agree, I don´t like pop-ups either. But I think that this one is a little different. If you use it as you say to promote an offer your visitors can´t refuse, then I think it might be very useful.

    But on the other hand, if you visit my blog and everytime you leave you will get the same pop-up, then you might not want to come back as often 🙂

    I am not sure how it works with cookies, hopefully you can set it as you like.

  3. V. Neely says:

    Yeah, that’s the thing, it would get pretty obnoxious on sites you visit all the time. I think if I were to use it, it would be for a site that exists solely to sell a product.

  4. Jens says:

    Michael,

    Thanks for sharing. I agree that with a sales page like yours the Exit Grabber is very interesting, and it can certainly get you more sales.

    …but what I don’t like about the Exit Grabber is that if you try to bookmark the page / site, you will get the pop-up window, because Exit Grabber will think that you are trying to leave (unless you are using shortcuts or a sidebar to bookmark it).

  5. Tema Frank says:

    I liked the idea, but I see two problems with this particular software:
    1. Often people use the back button while navigating a site. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are leaving.
    2. If you move your mouse back down (away from the Back button) the box should go away. Or at least in their example I found it annoying that it didn’t go away, although I suppose if your box contained a special offer, you’d still need to display it.

    Has anyone found any better solutions? Ideally you want to have it appear as they go to a different root URL

  6. Jens says:

    Tema Frank,

    I agree with you, but I haven’t found a better solution. If it was possible it would be a lot better to get the “special offer” if you started typing in the URL or as you say a different root url.

  7. Jens says:

    crestosssa,

    Thanks. Feel free to link to my site. If you want to advertise on my blog, please contact me and we will discuss it.

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