StumbleUpon’s is Really… Super

supr StumbleUpons is Really... Super pictureIf you have seen more and more people talking about ‘‘ and you have no idea what they are talking about, StumbleUpon has decided to jump into the URL shortening game.

Following in the footsteps of Digg’s recent release of the DiggBar, StumbleUpon has released what has to be one of the most feature filled shorteners to date.

With everything from tracking shortened urls, viewing stats for how much traffic StumbleUpon sends to a given site, Twitter and Facebook integration, and much more, is really living up to it’s name.

The service is still invite only, but there are a few invite codes floating around that will get you into the program. You can try ‘suprrww’, which worked for me. (Thanks Michael Farley)

Once you link up your StumbleUpon account, you are ready to get started. There are a ton of options with, so lets look at each one.

URL shortening:

The first aspect is the core of the service, which is creating a shortened url.

You will notice right off that integration with Twitter and Facebook was really important for StumbleUpon, which is smart as most people are looking for url shorteners for use within Twitter mainly.

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Jump into your settings and give permission to post to Twitter and Facebook, but it is not required to use the shortening service, which can be initiated with the ‘Just Shorten’ button.

Another cool aspect, as you can see, is the ability to schedule your message for a later time and day.

Lastly, and possibly the coolest, is that offers a bookmarklet that not only shortens any page that you are currently on, but also has a drop down box that allows you to also post to Twitter and Facebook.

Using the Shortened URL:

Edit: Brian Chappell mentioned in the comments, which I just checked as well, and it appears the links are now using 301 redirects.

This is possibly the only spot where StumbleUpon seems to have failed. After all the slack that Digg got over the way their DiggBar handled redirects, you would think they would not make the same mistake… but they did.

Even though they claim they handle redirects in a way that is SEO friendly, Danny Sullivan quickly pointed out that they are actually 302 redirecting instead of the prefered 301.

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However, you will notice that there is an option in Settings, under promoted sites, for the ability to use ‘SEO Friendly Redirect’.

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Not sure what this coming feature will include, or if it will apply only to the sites you have entered into the ‘promoted sites’ section.

Another major problem is that it iframes all users, logged in or out, which has also been a huge complaint amongst webmasters.

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I am sure StumbleUpon will fix this, but Brian Wallace pointed out that the toolbar and the links don’t play nice together. If you try to use the toolbar to Stumble a link, it will take you to an error page.

Promoting Websites:

Marketers and webmasters will probably love the ability to add up to 3 sites you want to promote in your settings, which will then be displayed on the right sidebar of the iframed pages.

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Visitors will see your most popular content from the sites you entered in your settings to promote, along with how many views from StumbleUpon each article has received and the total views that the has currently received.

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The part that users may not like about the promoted content on the right sidebar, is that it is not necessarily related to the current page they are on.


One of the biggest aspects people have been searching for in a good shortening service is the stats it provides… and has loads of stats.

From the main page of your profile, you are given a pretty basic dashboard view of the most recent links you have created.

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Clicking on the ‘View Stats’ link below any of the links will give you a much more in depth look at the URL’s stats.

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Not only do you get the number of clicks and the referrer type for people using the links, but you also get stats on all of the following aspects:

  • Views from StumbleUpon members, which is located right below the Clicks count
  • Number of Retweets the link received and the actual Retweets near the bottom of the page
  • Number of StumbleUpon Reviews the link has received
  • The ability to download all the stats in a CSV file
  • View clicks for the current day, the week, and over the last 30 days
  • See your top traffic sources
  • See the users who liked your page on StumbleUpon

Additional stats available from the main page of your account include the following:

All clicks to all links and suggested posting time

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If you click on the display for either of the above stats from the main page, it will take you to a more detailed stats page. It also has a field called ‘Your followers on Twitter’, which I am guessing is going to show how many clicks are coming from your Twitter followers specifically.

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Promoted Websites Stats

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Clicking the display will take you to a more in depth stats page.

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One interesting point about the ‘promoted websites’ stats, is that you do not have to be logged into an account or be the owner of the site to see the stats.

Just use the following URL structure to see the stats for any page you like:

Want to stay on top of some of the coming features and changes? Then check out the support forum here:

You can already see they have started on the API and allowing people to search through their links. It appears a feature that would allow you to enter an RSS feed and have it automatically send the link for new posts to Twitter and Facebook is also under review.

Did I miss anything? Please comment below if you have something else to add or some thoughts to share.


13 Responses to “StumbleUpon’s is Really… Super”

  1. Brian Chappell on June 9th, 2009 11:49 pm

    Looks like they fixed the 302 -showing as a 301 for me now.

  2. Brian Chappell on June 10th, 2009 4:36 am

    Notice Brent if you add a site under "Promoted Websites " you can get your own content featured on the right side when you send out the framed link. Interesting thought, but not sure people clicking on the link will want to see all that.

  3. brentcsutoras on June 10th, 2009 4:39 am

    I noticed that, but I assumed it was only if and for the shortened links that where from that web page to begin with. I will test it out and it will be added to the post soon. Thanks

  4. Rebo Luistro on June 10th, 2009 8:24 am

    "suprrww" still works. Thanks Brent.

  5. Mike Farley on June 10th, 2009 5:22 pm

    Thanks for the link and credit. ;) Off to read Social Media Marketing for Affiliates…right up my alley.


  6. Kellvin007 on June 11th, 2009 1:01 pm

    suprrww and suprbeta don't work anymore, anyone got a code.

    Great read BTW.

  7. Ken on June 14th, 2009 11:59 pm

    I can't seen to be able to promote my website? It doesn't show up in the settings after I saved the url, and others can't see my blog posts on the right sidebar either. Any idea?

  8. brentcsutoras on June 15th, 2009 1:41 am

    StumbleUpon has to crawl your domain and then look to see if any of those pages are in their system. It can take some time before they show up in the sidebar. 

  9. Ken on June 20th, 2009 5:51 am

    My website is still not showing up in the settings (promoted website section) nor the sidebar. I think is taking a long time to crawl into my domain huh? Anyway, thanks for the info brentcsutoras!

  10. Dazediva on August 9th, 2009 6:48 am

    Thanks for the review and the post. Been using for the last month or so and find it to be of great use :)

    The last few days there is a problem with the status updates to Twitter as well as showing scheduled posts but I think that is getting resolved.

    A quick question, at the end of your post, you have a very funky interactive tab (as if each link is popping up from behind a wall) to share links … where did you get that from ? Been trying to find it for ages ! I have the wibiya toolbar at the bottom of your page already but just trying to get that edgy feel for my blog :)

  11. Michael on September 3rd, 2009 5:39 pm

    I look forward to trying it out. I use SU all the time.

  12. sbunting108 on October 20th, 2009 6:08 pm

    When I input my website in the promoted website it just stays blank once I save it! I think it might be because I am not self hosted and it is a domain!

  13. travelwithamate on May 17th, 2010 8:17 pm

    Can somebody explain to me what a "stumble" is on that stats? I understand clicks is visits to my site but the stats say i have had over 24,000 stumbles also known as "views" in the past week. Not sure what this means. I've not had 24,000 visitors in the past week that's for sure so what is a "stumble" if it's not somebody visiting my site? Any ideas?

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