StumbleUpon Traffic Surge on My New Blog

My inner gadget lover got me thinking that I need to start a gadget blog. With that thought, SmartHomeGadgets.com was born at the start of January 2008. With just a few posts and a fantastic WordPress Revolution Tech theme, SmartHomeGadgets.com entered the blogosphere along with the other 150,000 blogs that are born everyday! Do the math!

I heard that StumbleUpon gives great traffic and Smart Home Gadgets was the perfect blog to test the theory. On January 19, 2008, Smart Home Gadgets was Stumbled and within a couple of hours, the traffic surged in.

275 Stumble visitors later, I checked my Google Analytics to find the most amazing bounce rate! My Stumblers bounce rate was 33.09% with 1.80 pages per visit!

stumbleupon traffic surge

At least some of my StumbleUpon traffic looked beyond the first page of my Smart Home Gadgets blog. With a fabulous magazine style theme, one must look beyond the cover to see what’s inside.

On January 24, 2008, my blog was Stumbled again to the tune of 85 visits and a 36.08% bounce rate.

I thought I couldn’t have enough of a good thing so I decided to try StumbleUpon’s advertising campaign program. I figured that if the free traffic was so good, the paid traffic ought to have a similar result. And it’s a bargain at 5 cents per visitor!

On February 5, 2008, I got my StumbleUpon Advertising campaign going at a nickel per view. 157 visits and $7.85 later, my bounce rate was a whopping 82.80%. Wow, that was much higher than the free StumbleUpon traffic. I found it hard to believe and I am a glutton for punishment, so I continued a limited ad campaign over a three-day period.

The numbers were similar, with a much higher bounce rate.

So now that I am down about $25, I hope that a few Stumblers from the paid advertising will make a repeat visit to my blog again, but judging from the high bounce rate, I’m not so sure.

I also learned that free StumbleUpon traffic brings quality visitors who are more likely to go beyond the surface of a blog or website, and may even return for a visit or two or more. The paid traffic results, while seemingly inexpensive, were dissappointing.

What else could I have bought with my $25? More Smart Home Gadgets, of course!

Leave Typos Alone and Get Some Internet Traffic

Blogging to the Bank

Are you one of those people who carefully spellchecks your blog or website and makes all the necessary corrections? If so, you can be missing out of my favorite kind of Internet traffic, that is, typo traffic. I know, all the “Pro” bloggers tell you to check for those typos in your blog postings. Don’t bother with corrections. Chances are, you did type something wrong that can benefit your site.

Did you know that AT LEAST 17% of all Internet searches contain typo variations of the real keywords? Wouldn’t you like to steer some of those search results to your website?

There are two types of typos:

  • Domain
  • Regular words

Domain Typos

Now even though we all have a Favorite menu in the Internet browser, many people still enjoy typing a domain name to reach the Internet destination. This result in lots of domain typos. Imagine if you owned a typo domain of a real domain that gets tons of traffic? You would end up getting lots of free traffic too.

Take JohnCow.com for instance. First you have to know the real domain name. Everyone knows who JohnChow.com is, don’t you? If not, scoot right over there and then come back and finish reading this post. Well, JohnCow.com is a typo domain version of JohnChow.com. The bloggers over at JohnCow.com have a had a lot of fun with this one. Do you know in their first month of owning the domain, they had over 67,000 new visitors? And the visitors just keep on coming.

How about Gamil.com? They were around about eight years before Gmail.com came into the Internet picture. Gamil.com gets tons of free, new traffic due to all of us who can’t type Gmail.com correctly.

There are two good examples of typo domains. See, typos can drive enourmous traffic!

Regular Word Typos

Now that we covered domain typos, let’s talk about regular words in blog postings, web pages, title tags, and meta description tags. I first discovered typo traffic when I typed a product name incorrectly on an affiliate marketing web page. I didn’t realize I typed it wrong and was pleasantly surprised when my sales for that particular product went up suddenly. I checked my site statistics and found that all these Internet surfers were typing the product name incorrectly into the search engine. My site was number one for quite some time due to that little mistake.

Lots of people use typos now on purpose to drive traffic to their sites. So give it some thought before correcting it next time you find a typo in your blog post or web site article. People have built entire blogs or web sites around typos (domains and words.)