How To Submit A Site To StumbleUpon

Do you have a favourite website that you think people on StumbleUpon would like to find?  If so, you can submit it to StumbleUpon, and they may put it in their database, just waiting for another user to "stumble" across it!  Here's how to do it.

  1. Go to www.stumbleupon.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner, and click Add a Page in the menu that appears.

  3. On the next page, you'll enter the website's information.  This includes its web address, whether or not it's "safe for work" (i.e. it doesn't contain nudity, sex acts, gratuitous violence, excessive bad language, or other explicit content), and what interest StumbleUpon should categorize it under.  You also need to tell StumbleUpon the language that the website (primarily) displays in.

    You can also add a bit of extra descriptive information, if you wish.  When you're done, click Add This Page.

  4. StumbleUpon will give you a confirmation that you've added the page, and it will show up in your profile under My Likes (which you can get to by clicking on that phrase here).

That's how you add a website to StumbleUpon!

Notes on adding a website to StumbleUpon

  • You can add your own personal website, if you wish, as long as you're not selling a product or service.  If you are, then you'll have to sign up for StumbleUpon as an advertiser and use their "Paid Discovery" service if you want to add your website.  Otherwise, StumbleUpon may permanently lock you out of your account.

  • If you want to add a friend's non-commercial website to StumbleUpon, that's fine.  However, you are not allowed to "promote" it by adding multiple pages from the same website to StumbleUpon, and "liking" and/or commenting on those pages.  You are also not allowed to encourage other StumbleUpon users to do this.  Otherwise, StumbleUpon may permanently lock you out of your account.

  • Be careful about adding too many web pages to StumbleUpon from the same website.  For example, if you add a certain website, just add their home page; don't add their "about us", "contact us", "gallery", and "in the news" pages too.  Otherwise, StumbleUpon may think that you're trying to promote the website (see above point), and permanently lock you out of your account.


StumbleUpon Search

As we explained in our introductory articles to StumbleUpon, the website is meant to be a way to discover new content on the Internet, not to search for something specific.  However, StumbleUpon does have a few limited search functions.  You can explore popular pages within a certain interest, or you can search for a certain interest, user, or list.

How to search within a certain interest

  1. Go to www.stumbleupon.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner, and then click on Settings, Add Interests, My Friends, My Lists, or My Likes.

  3. From any of these pages, click Home.

  4. Now, click in the box with the magnifying glass inside it (it will say "Explore an Interest") and type in something you're interested in.  Then select an option from the suggestions that appear by clicking on it.  (If you press the "Enter" key on your keyboard to try to search for exactly what you typed in, StumbleUpon will just pick an interest that most closely matches what you typed in.)  From there, you can click on a piece of content that you're interested in.

How to search for an interest, user, or list

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 in the "How to Search within a Certain Interest" section above.

  2. Now, instead of clicking Home, click Follow instead.  From there, you can click Interests, Stumblers (i.e. other StumbleUpon users), or Lists to select what you want to look for, and then click in the box that says "Search" and type in what you're hoping to find.  Then press the "Enter" key to see what results StumbleUpon gives you.

    NOTE: You can also click the Channels option to see official StumbleUpon lists of web pages that revolve around a certain brand or celebrity.  However, they cannot be searched, though you can sort them by brands, people, or those that StumbleUpon recommends to you (based on your activity on StumbleUpon).

  3. From there, you can click on an interest, user, or list to see content within, or click Follow to see more from that interest, user, or list.

That's a quick primer on how to search for things on StumbleUpon!


How To Use StumbleUpon

Once you're signed up for StumbleUpon and have let it know some of the things that you're interested in seeing, it's time to put it to work for you.  This tutorial will show you how to log into StumbleUpon, as well as how to use some of the website's primary features.

How to log into StumbleUpon

Go to www.stumbleupon.com in your web browser, and click Log In in the top-right corner.

This will take you to StumbleUpon's login screen.  Click in the text boxes highlighted here and type in your email address OR username and your password, and then click Sign In.

NOTE: If StumbleUpon remembers you (based on your web browsing history), it will automatically have your username queued up, and you'll only have to enter your password.

How to find new content on StumbleUpon

After you log in, StumbleUpon will display a random video, picture, or web page based on what you told it your interests were.  The page will be below a toolbar at the top, which is your primary avenue for how you to use StumbleUpon.

If you want to see a new piece of content, just click the Stumble button.   It's as easy as that!

How to rate content on StumbleUpon

You can also rate content that you find on StumbleUpon, so StumbleUpon will know what to show you more of, and what to steer you away from.  When you're viewing a web page, video, or image that StumbleUpon shows you, you can click the thumbs up button () to say that you like it and want to see more content like it, or click the thumbs down button () to say that you dislike it and want to see less content like it.  You can change your mind as many times as you like.

You can also click the small arrow beside the thumbs down button to tell StumbleUpon why you dislike the content you're seeing; just click an option to select it.  You can use this to report a website to StumbleUpon if you think it's unsafe or just isn't interesting to anyone.

How to add StumbleUpon content to lists

If you like a certain piece of content and want to save it for later, click the plus button () to open a menu where you can save the page you're on to a "list".

Click on the name of a list to save the page in that list (you have one default list that you can save web pages to, Save for Later).  You can also click in the box labelled "Search or Create a New List" and type in the name of a list to search for it, or click Create New List to create a list with that name (if it doesn't already exist) and add this web page to it.  You can also give the list a description, and decide if you want anyone else to see it or not.

How to comment on a web page with StumbleUpon

Let people know what you think about a webpage that you find with StumbleUpon by clicking the speech balloon button ().

From here, you can click in the box labelled "My Comment" and type in what you have to say.  You can even click the social media icons in the bottom-left corner to instantly share your comment on your Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn accounts!  (You may be prompted to log into these websites and allow StumbleUpon to post on your behalf.)  Then click Comment.  You can also see comments other people have made about this website on the right-hand side.

How to share a web page with StumbleUpon

Do you know somebody who would be interested in something that you happened to find on StumbleUpon?  You can share it with them right from StumbleUpon by clicking the share button ().

In the menu on the left, you can choose to share the web page with people via their email addresses, or you can share it directly with people you know or have recently interacted with on StumbleUpon.

On the right, click in the box labelled "Your Message" and type in a bit of an extra (or personal) description of what you're sharing.  As with comments on StumbleUpon, you can also click the social media icons at the bottom to share this web page as a status update on Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn (again, you may be asked to log into these websites and allow StumbleUpon to make posts for you).  When you're done, click Send.

How to filter what content you see on StumbleUpon

If you only want to see certain things when you hit Stumble, then click All Interests (note: the name of this tab will change as you select different interests).

On the left-hand side, you can select to see new content across all of your interests, content that other users of StumbleUpon are commenting on, sharing, or "liking", or only photos or videos.  On the right-hand side, you can choose to find content that matches only one of your interests at a time.

Other StumbleUpon functions

In the top-right corner, if you click the number, it will show you any unread notifications that you have received on StumbleUpon.  This includes how many private messages have been sent to you, how many web pages have been shared with you, and who has recently done these things to you.

Click on a user's name to send them a message, or click Messages or Shares to go to a list of all messages that you have sent or received, or web pages that you have shared or have been shared with you (respectively).

You can also click your profile picture (it will be blank if you haven't submitted one) to open a list of other options.

From here, you can:

  • Get further help with using StumbleUpon

  • Tweak your StumbleUpon settings

  • Log out of StumbleUpon

  • Suggest a web page to add to StumbleUpon (see our How to Submit a Website to StumbleUpon tutorial for specific instructions)

  • Add or remove your interests on StumbleUpon

  • See whom you've connected with on StumbleUpon

  • See lists of web pages that you've saved and categorized into lists on StumbleUpon

  • See lists of web pages that you've "liked" on StumbleUpon

 

That's a quick tour of how to use StumbleUpon!


How To Sign Up For StumbleUpon

Are you ready to start your own personal Internet discovery journey with StumbleUpon?  Your first step on that journey is to create an account on StumbleUpon.  To do that:

  1. Go to www.stumbleupon.com in your web browser.

  2. When you reach StumbleUpon's home page, click Start Exploring.

  3. You can sign up for StumbleUpon by using your Facebook account, but since not everyone has one, we'll show you how to sign up with your email account instead.

    Simply click in each of the four text boxes here and type in (respectively) your name, your email address, a username for yourself, and a password for your account.  Then, click each of the drop-down menus here and select the month, day, and year of your birth.  Finally, click one of the two buttons here to select whether you are male or female (this last one is optional).  When you're done, click Sign Up.

  4. You will have to pass a security check so that StumbleUpon knows that you're a real human wanting to use the service, and not a computer program trying to cause trouble by mass-producing fake accounts.

    Simply click in the box labelled "Moving Letters" and type in the letters that you see moving in the window above (note: they may be different than they are in this screenshot, and they aren't case-sensitive), and then click Join.

  5. On the next page, StumbleUpon will ask you to tell it some of the things that you're interested in, in order to help it get you started discovering new things on the Internet that you might like.

    Click on an interest to mark it with a checkmark, or click an interest that's already marked to remove the checkmark from it.  You must mark at least 5 interests to continue.  Once you've done that, click Save Interests.

After that, you'll be taken to your own personal interface on StumbleUpon.  Congratulations!  You're all set to explore!