The Undiscovered Guide to StumbleUpon

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Do you live for the StumbleUpon experience? Do you get excited to see where that next “Stumble” click will take you? If so, then this article is for you.

A Quick Note Before You Dig In: Make sure you read this article all the way to the bottom. I’ve saved the best tips and tricks for last…

In order to become a Top Stumbler, you must get reviewed by others. The best way to get reviewed by others is to review them first. Look for some good stumblers and send them a nice review. Here’s a quick example:

Hi Todd, I came across your StumbleUpon blog today and found a great collection of inspiring articles. I especially liked the articles about Young Entrepreneurs. I also enjoyed your collection of photos. Some of them made me laugh out loud. Thanks for the stumbles I look forward to discovering more great sites through your page. All the best, Kim.

Simply reviewing others will help you to get lots of reviews in return. So remember to spread the love.

Connect with the upcoming stumblers. A lot of people will tell you to connect with the top stumblers, but I have a different theory. Instead, I like to look for the new guy on the block.

Here’s why…

Stumblers have a limit to how many friends they can add. Yes, 200 measily friends and you’ve used up your friend quota. After the 200 friend limit, other stumblers can become your fans, but you can no longer add friends. Kind of a bummer, I know.

So by connecting with the upcoming stumblers, there’s a much greater chance that they will add you back as a friend. But make sure you look for active stumblers who are providing good content.

Take your stumbling to the next level with these power tools…

Facebook StumbleUpon Application: Display your most recent “thumbs up” stumbles on your Facebook profile page. This cool tool helps you bring the StumbleUpon experience to Facebook.

WYSIWYG Editor – This is a greasemonkey script that will allow you to quickly and easily format your reviews and comments using a “What You See is What You Get Editor”.

Here’s a preview of what it looks like:

StumbleUpon Sticky Helper:This Greasemonkey script allows you to create a sticky post on your StumbleUpon blog, which continually stays at the top of your blog. This is perfect for featuring your favorite content. With this script installed, a specified post will always remain at the top of your blog even after you post something new.

StumbleUpon Music Player: Create a custom music player for your StumbleUpon blog.
The tool allows you to put an MP3 player on your StumbleUpon blog in just a few minutes.

Add a Search Box to the Stumble Upon Toolbar:

It’s a lot easier to search through StumbleUpon with a searchbar. To enable search in your stumbleupon toolbar go to Tools > Toolbar Options > Configurations and check the box that says “Show search/tag box” under the tab labeled “Other”.

Now you can browse StumbleUpon directly via the search box in your StumbleUpon toolbar.

How to Stumble With Your Keyboard…

Here’s a cool tip that I “stumbled” upon: Stumbling with Your Keyboard.

You can start stumbling faster by setting up keyboard shortcuts. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Step 1:

Once you’ve installed the toolbar, click on the “Tools” button on the far-right side of the bar.
A drop down menu will appear…

Step 2:

Click on the “Toolbar Options…” on the drop down menu. A pop up menu will appear.

Step 3:

Check the box that says “Enable stumbling shortcuts”.

Congratulations! You are now ready to start stumbling from your keyboard.

The default keyboard shortcuts are :

Alt+` for Stumble
Alt+1 for Rate “I like it”
Alt+2 for Rate “Not for me”
ALT+/for Tag/Untag
Alt+3 for View Reviews and…
Ctrl+F11 for Toggle Toolbar.

However, you can change the keyboard shortcuts from within the shortcuts tab.

Be sure to use the key combinations that you feel comfortable.