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  1. Top 3-ish Social Media Sites to Help Your Blog Grow | Budget Girl
    February 21, 2014 @ 7:39 am

    […] actually on my blog today because I wrote it as a guest post for Moms Make Money! The post is here, so go read it and  leave your feedback! Deby and I would love to know what social media sites […]

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  2. Blair Lonergan
    February 21, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    So helpful. Thank you!

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  3. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors
    February 22, 2014 @ 7:36 am

    Very interesting! I have not anything with StumbleUpon or Tumblr. I’ll have to check them out.

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      February 22, 2014 @ 7:43 am

      I’ve just started using Stumbleupon Jann. Traffic is starting to trickle my way as a result, and the more content I have there, then the more traffic I should get. Certainly an easy option to use.

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  4. Miriam Schulman ( SchulmanArt)
    February 22, 2014 @ 12:17 pm

    my son is obsessed with stumbleupon so it is definitely worth investigating. I do disagree with you about twitter though… think that would make a good blog post for me ( maybe “why Twitter isn’t useless”)

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  5. Stephanie Jackson
    February 22, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    I have yet to get on Tumblr but Pinterest, Stumbleupon and Facebook are my top three. I get the most engagement (pluses, reshares and comments) Google + but don’t see much traffic to my blog.
    Great post.
    Cheers,
    Stephanie

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    • Chelsey
      February 23, 2014 @ 8:59 am

      My Google+ account has been the same. Lots of +1’s, but no one actually clicks through. 😛

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      • Deby at Moms Make Money
        February 23, 2014 @ 9:20 am

        I’ve also found that Google+ isn’t really sending any traffic my way, but to be fair, I’m not really using it properly. I’m so overwhelmed with all the social media sharing options, that I just tend to drop a link and run on G+, I’m not really interracting

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  6. maria kitching
    February 23, 2014 @ 6:05 am

    This looks like a very helpful article, I’m gonna pin it just now to read when I have time to take it all in. Thanks for this.

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  7. Chelsey
    February 23, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    I hope you find it useful!

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  8. SnottyNoses
    February 23, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

    With Stumbleupon and tumblr do you have to grow an audience as with Facebook and pinterest?

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  9. Brooke
    February 24, 2014 @ 11:46 am

    I’ve just learned about StumbleUpon, and I’ve loved it, but haven’t used it to drive traffic to my blog. So glad to hear it’s been successful for you. I need to get going on it! Thanks so much for your advice. Always great when others are so willing to share. Have a great day!

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  10. DESIGN AND CANINES
    February 24, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the tip on StumpleUpon. I’ve heard of it but never took the time to investigate it until now. I had no idea it could be so successful for bloggers. Thanks! Tricia

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  11. thecraftingfoodie
    February 24, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

    I love Google+. I think the key to getting your links clicked through is to actually engage – not only plus, but leave thoughtful comments and share posts that are meaningful to you. I joined Google+ a few months ago, but in the past few weeks I’ve actually engaged, and it’s definitely showing up as visitors and followers on my blog.

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  12. MomMaven
    February 25, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    My top 3 are Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. I have just started using StumbleUpon so hopefully in months to come that with grow. How are you using Tumblr? Are you just loading a photo and a link back to your main blog? I’d love to know more about that.

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    • Chelsey
      May 30, 2014 @ 10:19 am

      With WordPress, you can connect your blog to your Tumblr account (obviously you have to set up a Tumblr account first). Once you’ve done that, WordPress does the rest for you…kind of like if you link Facebook or Google+. It sends an excerpt over, along with the featured image, and then inserts a “read more” link. It even adds the hashtags for you so you don’t have to! It’s wonderful. 🙂

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  13. Katie
    February 25, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

    Great suggestions! Will have to look into StumbleUpon … (Seen on ‘One Project at a Time.’)

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  14. Carrie From Carrie This Home
    February 25, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

    Great tips Chelsea! I think the one I’m really going to “take home” is putting tags on my pins. I also hate it when there’s tags on pins and everything else, but it seems like it’s pretty necessary these days. Thanks so much for the tips!

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  15. Sarah M Schultz
    February 26, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    Pinterest and StumbleUpon are my favorites along with some private networks that I belong to. Twitter works a bit for me because of the private networks.

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  16. Jamie Koenig
    February 26, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    So helpful, I would of never of thought to use Tumblr but I can see why it’s useful. Twitter is like you said useless, and bloglovin I really havent gotten into. Stumbleupon is new to me, i’ve never heard of it. I wonder though where Instagram is on your list.

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      February 26, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

      Hi Jamie. I don’t even have a Instagram account, and don’t think its right for my niche anyway which isn’t very visual. But its funny what you say about Twitter, because one of the other commenters strongly disagrees and has written an interesting article which will publish on the site next week. She gets great traffic from Twitter and will tell us her secret! Watch out for it.

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      • Miriam Schulman ( SchulmanArt)
        March 10, 2014 @ 9:17 am

        you are probably right… maybe.. I think instagram is important for raising brand awareness, but doesn’t necessarily drive traffic.

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  17. Michelle @ Its the New Twenty
    February 27, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

    All good insights. It’s great to hear what is working for other people!

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  18. Michael
    February 28, 2014 @ 6:13 am

    I know that this is supposed to be a ladies only space, but I would just like to say congratulations on a great post, and indeed this entire blog is very well organized and full of information…hope you don’t mind a visit from the guys camp 🙂

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  19. younghopes
    March 2, 2014 @ 5:53 am

    That’s interesting to read, in fact for my blog too i have been using pinterest and that is one of the major traffic sources. However with stumble upon, there is a bit of problem i always face. The day i post any of my articles there i get traffic but from next day onwards i never get any traffic. Also i am unable to get any followers, though i have tried hard. Tumblr has been so far okay with me, sometimes i get traffic sometimes i dont.

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      March 2, 2014 @ 6:50 am

      I find the same with Stumbleupon – the traffic only lasts one day and then its gone. I do have my sites on Tumbler, just started as a result of this article from Chelsey, but have yet to see any visits as a result. I think as with all things, you get out of them what you put in, and I’m not finding the time to put in a lot of work on social media.

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      • young hopes
        March 2, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

        Agreed! i have had success with tumblr though not in a very big way. i have been using tags there which have helped me but basically i have seen be it any network what matters the most is that you need to be socially active, you need to repin other’s pin, the same way you have to repost others’s post on tumblr.

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        • Chelsey
          May 30, 2014 @ 10:21 am

          Repinning other’s stuff and following other blogs is definitely helpful. I think Tumblr is also more useful depending on your niche. Fashion and food seem to do the best. Though that doesn’t necessarily mean others can have success. Hopefully you have some luck with it!

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    • Chelsey
      May 30, 2014 @ 10:13 am

      I have a lot of trouble getting followers on StumbleUpon, too. However, I have found that you get more out of it if you’re stumbling other people’s stuff. (In fact, if you don’t make the majority of your stumble’s other people’s stuff, StumbleUpon will basically mark your account as spam and make it more difficult for people to stumble onto your stuff.)

      I hope that helps!

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  20. Divya
    March 2, 2014 @ 8:16 am

    I find twitter to be pretty useless too when it comes to sending traffic my way but its a great way to keep a tab on lots of different blogs and sites much better than facebook in that regard. google is my no.1 with pinterest and facebook coming i na distant second.I havent tried stumble upon nobody uses it in India, will check it out though

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    • Chelsey
      May 30, 2014 @ 10:14 am

      It’s interesting that Google+ is your number one! I started really utilizing it after this post went up and I’ve gotten some traffic from it (once I figured out how to make it stop publishing as private 😛 ), but it’s still not one of my top ones. Only time will tell, though!

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  21. Kimberlee Gibson
    March 2, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    I am on Stumble Upon but have not used it much lately. I mainly focus on facebook and pinterest. I recently joined twitter but don’t use it that much – trying to use it more but only so much time in a day. After reading this maybe I won’t worry about twitter so much.

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    • Chelsey
      May 30, 2014 @ 10:15 am

      In the end, just do what works for you and what you enjoy using! If you hate using certain media sites, it will likely show. 🙂

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  22. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    March 14, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

    I signed up for StumbleUpon about a month ago and I feel really perplexed as to how to use it and get full benefits from it. I think I need a full blown tutorial. I keep on hearing Google+ will be the next big thing… but then I’ve been hearing that for a while now.

    Thanks for the tips.

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      March 14, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

      I’m also using Stumbleupon religiously, and have yet to see any traffic from it. But I hear it does really well for a lot of other bloggers so I’m not giving up yet. As with a lot of things, it all takes time…

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    • Chelsey
      May 30, 2014 @ 10:17 am

      I’ve learned more about StumbleUpon since writing this post and, you’re right, it requires its own tutorial. The biggest thing I’ve discovered is that if you’re *only* stumbling your own stuff, SU will mark your account as spam and make it more difficult for people to stumble onto you. So you have to add other people’s stuff to it, as well (in fact, it has to be the majority of what you stumble). I hope that helps!

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  23. Michelle Reese
    November 30, 2015 @ 8:48 pm

    I was curious when I looked at my traffic sources from GA most are from sites I think are search engines that I submitted to from site pro news which has links to all the tools from webmasters to SEO and much more with amazing too topics that will let you submit your site for free to I think 20+ search engine and google, bing, and Yahoo was included I believe but my pinterest is very popular for repins over 1000+ a week but I can’t seem to get it to grow more now as followers and traffic is ok. So how can I get more noticed on social media even though I do the group’s and try to post regularly I’m just not noticed as much as I was before I started a blog. My direct traffic is 72% on GA stats. I can’t understand the difference in before and now.
    Michelle

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  24. Alisha
    December 4, 2015 @ 4:38 pm

    StumbleUpon and Tumblr is new to me, I dont know ow to use and get traffic from those, anyway let me try and will notify to all of you with my updates how I’m doing with them.

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