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...That's what Max Miroff of Blog Badly thinks. In a vague, yet interesting post he writes:
Not about that time you accidentally used the wrong bathroom, but about whether your Stumbles are organic or not. That means that if you get a bunch of your friends to thumbs up a page in an attempt to boost its initial traffic, a red alert goes off at the SU headquarters and your page gets blacklisted or at least denied some traffic. I know from experience that even though some of my articles have had 5+ stumbles within two minutes from friends, they never got any visits. In short, inorganic thumbs up that occur within a set period of time after you submit your site probably have a small effect, if any.
I've actually seen this happen to a few of my posts, though how, why, or when it happens is still unclear to me. My recent post on how to make butter in under 5 minutes totally blew up on SU, but others that had more stumbles didn't. hmm?
Do any of you have any experience with this? Is your Stumble Upon traffic still consistent? I'd love to hear if your SU traffic has changed.