StumbleUpon: Tags

June 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm (Etsy, Etsy D-Listers, Tutorials)

I wrote about how to use StumbleUpon not long ago. It’s a great tool for marketing, and, well, it’s just a lot of fun if you’re bored and want to kill some time. Tags are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT; They are the bridge from you to your viewers. I’ve done some experimenting with different tags on StumbleUpon. Now, we have to remember that StumbleUpon only uses ONLY ONE tag (the first one) to put your web content into it’s system. So, when we’re stumbling things like blogs and their pages, or Etsy, Artfire (or another site as such) and their different listing pages, we have wiggle room to spread the pages around. If we keep tagging pages with the same exact category tags we’re only shooting pages down one viewer path. We need to spread it around to different categories to get it to a different audience. This is what I call Creative Tagging.

Creative Tagging Vs. Mistagging

We are NOT going to mistag. I find mistagging VERY annoying and it’s also against TOUs. Besides, let’s face it, mistaggers in most cases are just outright jerks. Creative tagging is thinking outside the boring box in tagging, yet staying within the TOU box. I have been experimenting with tags on StumbleUpon to see which ones can work best. The tags that do NOT work would be Ecommerce and Shopping. They are bloated categories and it doesn’t seem like many people use those as their interests. So forget those tags exist and use other ones!

Examples:
Items – Category tag
Home decor items – interior design
accessories – Fashion, clothing, they could also go in sewing, knit, crochet, jewelry, etc, depending on what it is.
Painted items – painting, arts, interior design
Flowers and garden stuff – gardening, outdoors, forestry, nature
Business items such as business cards – business, entrepreneurship, home business

The list goes on and on, but there are tons of categories and you can find a creative way to use StumbleUpon’s category tag to suit your items, shops, and blogs. If you need help finding what categories StumbleUpon has, login and check here.

Happy Stumbling!

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