Stumbling nowadays is a daily part of bloggers’ life. Stumbleupon as a bookmarking site to increase the traffic has been strongly evolved in the last few years. To have a multiplier effect of results, marketers also use the ‘StumbleUpon paid discovery’.

What is Paid Discovery?
Paid Discovery is StumbleUpon’s advertising system. StumbleUpon’s platform lets users surf the web by Stumbling to sites that match their interests, simply by hitting a button on their browser or mobile device.
Paid Discovery sends the visitor directly to the page which is being advertised. In Paid Discovery there is no need to create the adverts as your webpage itself is the advert. 

According to, up to 5% of all stumbles are reserved for Paid Discovery where the advertisers directly insert their web page into the user experience. This means the audience lands directly on their web pages. Users can also provide feedback (thumbs up / thumbs down) on this content.

Why Paid Discovery is required?
StumbleUpon algorithm prioritizes the content order based on ‘more thumbs up’ on the page (similar to FB likes). Paid Discovery ensures the visibility of your content to a larger chunk of readers and if the content quality is good, it attracts more ‘thumbs up’. Which in turn, again increases the chances of organic searches on StumbleUpon.

How to use Paid Discovery:

Below is a step by step guide to using Paid Discovery

    1. Click on Paid Discovery. You find it bottom side of StumbleUpon.

paid discovery

    1. Now, You will see the – Create a new Paid Discovery campaign
      Enter the URL of the webpage which you have to promote and set a campaign according to the number of unique visitors per day or total amount in ($) per day.
      Remember, Campaigns will not activate if the account balance is zero.
      After completing this click ‘Save and Review.’

campaign url

    1. After filling basic options, we get more options to edit the campaign. There are multiple options provided to have targeted promotions.

campaign information

precise testing

    1. After again we get more advanced options to filter the audience.
      Here we set the Campaign Name and can filter the audience based on demographics.
      Also, we can set the Budget and Scheduling. We will discover it in the next point.


    1. Budget and Scheduling
      Spends are based on ‘Cost per clicks’. Cost per clicks is based on the level of visitors engagement. Higher is the engagement required, more will be the cost per click. One can also schedule the utilization of funds either manually or automatically.
      By manually one can set the start and end date and automatically campaign will stop temporarily when it runs out of funds.
      Refer to the following screenshots:

campaign info

edit campaign info

    1. Filtering the audience demographically
      Here you can filter the audience by yourself or by giving it to the StumbleUpon.
      The StumbleUpon itself do the filtering based on age, gender, location, and device and optimize the campaign automatically.
      You can choose yourself the options to filter the audience based on age, gender, location, and device and optimize the campaign by manually.

edit campaign information

Create the campaign by clicking on the ‘Create Campaign’ button. Now, StumbleUpon ask for funds here, the window look likes this:-

add funds
After transferring funds, the Campaign will get started. Now it’s your time to see the stumbling game, keep watch on visitors.

At last, important to note,

StumbleUpon is quite cost-effective than other advertising campaigns, the lowest price is $0.05 per visitor.
There is nothing like CTR, when your webpage gets the traffic then only you have to pay. The key is to have quality content, precise targeting to get more votes. The traffic multiplies as your webpage ranking improves. Inversely a not-quality content will have an adverse effect as the bounce rate will increase and ranking will go down.

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