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Community members often ask us how web pages end up in StumbleUpon and how users can add them to the index. Here’s how:

How do pages make it into StumbleUpon’s index?

Every web page in StumbleUpon’s index – which contains over 100 million URLs – is curated and endorsed by our community of over 25 million people. Think of it as natural selection for the Internet, where the best of the Web gets submitted to our index, mostly because all of you find great content and want to share it with the rest of us. What this also means is that growing StumbleUpon’s web page index is completely up to members like you. So keep recommending pages!

How can you recommend a page to StumbleUpon?

There are two ways to add content to StumbleUpon:

1. Use one of our installed StumbleBar extensions. Download our extensions for Chrome or Firefox. Once you find a page you’d like to add to StumbleUpon, click the “I like it!” button from your Firefox/Chrome installed StumbleBar. (Tip: The StumbleBar for Firefox is always present in your browser, while the Chrome bar needs to be “added” manually. Simply click on the StumbleUpon button in your Chrome menu bar to show the Chrome bar at the top of the page you’d like to add.) If the page is already in StumbleUpon, your Like will become a green color. But if the page is new to our system, you will be taken to a submission form (as shown in the image above). Here, you’ll need to enter some information about the page, such as the language it’s written in, whether it’s “safe for work” or not, the Interest it falls under, etc. This will help us categorize it and show it to the right people. Click “Add this page” and you’re done!

2. Navigate directly to our addition page. Fill in the information the web page as described in #1.

3. Navigate to your Profile page on StumbleUpon. On the bottom of the left hand side, click “Add a new page” and you will land on the addition page, too.

Useful tips:

1. Be both a consumer and contributor of Stumbles, especially in a very niche Interest. If you are passionate about a certain hobby, for example, adding interesting pages about that Interest helps improve the experience for other like-minded Stumblers.

2. Use tags. For every page you add, you can add up to five tags. This will help you quickly find your favorite pages in your profile later down the road, as well as help other members find your content faster.

3. Don’t self-promote too much. Recommending too many pages from your own domain can be considered spam. StumbleUpon is a communal effort; it really does take a village to sustain it. Disproportionately recommending pages from a domain you own or with which you’re affiliated is frowned upon by other members of the StumbleUpon community, and can actually result in those pages being recommended by StumbleUpon even less frequently to other members. Instead, put a badge on your page so Stumblers who find those pages themselves can add and share them. We like to think of StumbleUpon’s page selection process as a meritocracy where only the highest quality pages get in front of our members.

Feature photo courtesy of dougwoods.

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