Stumbling Along into the Great Unknown. Part 3
May 31, 2013
In this series of articles, we’ve covered:
* how to open and set up an account on StumbleUpon.com (SU)and
* how to post a link onto the SU site.
Now let’s return to that link we posted and look at what we can do with it.
Remember, we discussed two ways to access our links and both of them involved visiting our “Likes.” From the last article, we learned that as soon as we submit something to SU, we are prompted to see it by “visiting your likes.” (Here’s a repeat of Image 2a from the last article.)
For today’s lesson, log into your SU account and from your home page, click the “Profile” button in the upper margin. (I circled it in RED in image 3.)
All your submissions and any others you voted for will be displayed on this page. You may have to scroll down to find the one you want. Image 4 shows what I did. I scrolled down and found the link I wanted — one of the chapters from my serial novel, The Presidents Club.
In image 5, notice I’ve circled in RED, three icons that appear on every link.
Today, we will work with the one in the middle — a little box with an arrow jumping out of it.
BEFORE you click on the icon, just position your cursor over it. Notice a tiny window opens and identifies the icon as the “Share” button. That’s exactly what we’re going to do — share this link with our followers.
Most likely, you have a few followers. You may have some you weren’t aware of. Go ahead and click the button. Image 6 show you what I see when I do that. Beside each of the followers listed, is a blank box. Click on that box for each of your friends to whom you wish to send your link. I usually pick the ones that have a track record of voting for my links. (A future article will show you how to determine who is voting for your links.)
After you’ve selected everyone you want to contact, move down to the “Message” field. SU rules prohibit asking for votes, so I try to think of some clever attention getting blurb that will entice people to vote for the link. Often times, I’ll simply copy and paste a snippet from the article.
Now, click the “Send” button and you’re done. In a few seconds, SU will notify you that your link was shared.
HINT: SU won’t share your message with more than about twenty people at one time. If you exceed their limit, you’ll get a message stating that your attempt to share wasn’t successful. I learned this the hard way.
Next article, “Follow and be followed.” How to get more followers on SU and increase your online presence. Here’s the link to my profile: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/FCEtier/likes