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While Pay Per Click (or PPC) is a great way to get traffic quickly to your website, as its name suggests, you have to PAY for it. However, there are many ways to get free traffic to your site, and one of them is by using the Social Networking sites. One of the best StumbleUpon.
StumbleUpon is the combination of a great website and a small piece of software, which is designed to help you find websites that will most likely be of interest to you. It does this in two ways. Once you have signed up to be a ‘stumbler’ (which is free) you will be asked to complete a two-minute questionnaire so that the software (which you will install into your toolbar) knows what things you are interested in learning more about. This is the first way that it works.
The second way it works is by having other “stumblers” rate each website that they discover. When they find a site that they like, they use the downloadable tool to give the site a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Literally, there are two small buttons, one showing a thumbs-up and the other a thumbs-down. Whenever you find a site that you like (or dislike) you click one of the buttons and this will open a new window where you can make a comment about why you like the site.
You can also click the ‘stumble’ button, which will present you with a new website; the site will be related to the topics that you told the software you were interested in. Which sites will be presented? Well, they’re not totally random. They are in a hierarchical list and the ones towards the top of the list are presented to you first.
This begs the question, how does a website make its way to the top of that particular list? Simple, it does this because other stumblers have given that site more thumbs-ups than the other websites!
There are separate tools for either Firefox or Internet Explorer, so depending on which web-browser you use will determine which piece of software you install onto your toolbar. You can find this free software just by using your search-engine and typing the word StumbleUpon.
But how does this help you get more traffic?
As an internet marketer or you just have a website you want to promote, you can use this tool to make YOUR website found by other “stumblers”, that is, anybody else who is using the StumbleUpon software. You see, you can also rank your OWN site in StumbleUpon. However, you must be cautious when doing this. You can’t just thumbs-up your own sites all the time; if you do this, you’ll be banned by the StumbleUpon team very quickly.
The way it works is very simple; however, you need to study how to use StumbleUpon properly. If you don’t, you either won’t get the traffic you want, or your account will be closed for good. Of course, you CAN open another account with a different username etc. but I recommend that you study first and get is right from the outset. There are FREE lessons available at the link ‘Traffic Rush
These free lessons will give you a good understanding of how to use StumbleUpon to create free traffic to your site. Without traffic, you simply don’t have a business.
By Luke Hawthorne
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