[StumbleUpon](http://www.stumbleupon.com) is a popular social site that over 1 million people use. It is not as popular as [digg](http://www.digg.com) or [del.icio.us](http://del.icio.us), but it drove 17,209 visitors in the last 25 days to this blog. That makes it a valuable traffic source, so lets see how StumbleUpon works and how you can use it to get traffic to your website.
Many of you may have websites or blogs that are not doing to well on Google because they are in the Google Sandbox. If you ever wondered how to get out of the Sandobx, [Andy Hagans](http://www.andyhagans.com/) from [Text Link Ads](http://www.text-link-ads.com/) recently wrote a detailed post on the “[Secrets to Beating the Sandbox 2.0 REVEALED: The Ultimate Guide](http://www.linkbuildingblog.com/2006/09/secrets_to_beat.html)”.
Yesterday I posted on “[Making your blog popular through content](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/making-your-blog-popular-through-content.html)” by using methods such as breaking news which can help boost your popularity. Although it can be effective it can be difficult and time consuming to try to break news, so here are some ways that might help you find breaking news:
As a blogger one of your goals might be to become popular. You might be able to do this by [optimizing your blog](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/optimizing-your-blog-for-search-engines.html) or by using the diverse [social mediums](http://www.stumbleupon.com) out there today. These methods are great and can really boost your popularity, but they are usually not in your control. The one thing that you have in your control is the content on your blog, so here are some ideas on how you can increase your popularity through your content.
Recently [Paul Scrivens](http://wisdump.com/) from [9rules](http://9rules.com) announced that [9rules round 5](http://9rules.com/blog/2006/09/9rules-round-5-october-25th/) will be taking place on October 25th. Some of you may be thinking about entering your blog in round 5 and some of you maybe wondering what 9rules is all about. This blog and [Cameron’s blog](http://www.cameronolthuis.com) both got accepted into 9rules during round 4 and ever since we have been discovering exactly what 9rules is all about. A lot of the people whom I’ve talked to see it as a blog network, but as a member here is how I see it…
How to guides have been a smashing success on the web. New how to guides are written on a daily basis and you always see them popping up on sites like [digg](http://www.digg.com) and [del.icio.us](http://del.icio.us). So why do how to guides have to stop with the web? Why not create commercials based on that principle, such as [how to save money on your phone bill](http://www.vonage.com). Or even how to see a girl naked…
Lately many bloggers have been making an extra effort to try and get on the [digg homepage](http://www.digg.com) so that they can increase the popularity of their blog. Many of the bloggers will do almost anything to accomplish this, some go as far as telling all of their friends on their AIM buddy list to digg their story while others go to the extreme of joining digging groups where everyone diggs each others story. If you really want to get on digg, here is how you do it.
In the last couple of months more and more bloggers have been catching onto the power of [digg](http://www.digg.com) and [Netscape](http://www.netscape.com). Bloggers have realized that if they get their blog on the homepage of digg or Netscape thousands of visitors will flood into their blog within minutes. So the question is, how can digg and Netscape be leveraged for traffic, and what results can you expect from them?
As some of you may have noticed, I am addicted to stats. Every couple of hours I have to look at my blog stats or else I go crazy. Today I noticed that my Google traffic went up drastically and my referrers showed that I was getting traffic for terms such as “soesman”, so I decided to do a Google search and check it out. And lucky me, when I did a search I saw a newly designed Google search result page.
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with [Todd Malicoat](http://www.stuntdubl.com) at the [Search Engine Strategies conference](http://www.searchenginestrategies.com/sew/summer06/agenda.html#400-3) in San Jose. Todd is a well known expert in the field of Internet marketing who has worked both for himself as well as marketing firms. Because of his experiences and knowledge in Internet marketing, I decided to do an email interview with him.
Have you ever seen the magic trick where a person is cut in half with a saw and then put back together? As you probably already know, it is just an illusion; the person may seem like they are being cut in half, but in reality the saw never even touches their body.
Although the [blogosphere](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogosphere) is a new space on the web, it is starting to become a crowded. Millions of bloggers are writing on a daily basis and many of them are writing on similar topics. Because of the sheer number of blogs fighting for the same eyeballs, it is becoming harder to become popular, so the question is how do you make your stand out from the rest?
Writing how to guides is a great way to educate people as well as a great way to build links. Last week Chanpory Rith from [LifeClever](http://www.lifeclever.com/) wrote a unique how to guide on [dressing like a Mac](http://www.lifeclever.com/2006/09/07/how-to-dress-like-a-mac/) which drew a lot of buzz.
Have you ever wondered how popular a specific blog is? You might be able to tell by doing a backward link check in [Google](http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=link%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.pronetadvertising.com&btnG=Google+Search) or by looking up their [Alexa ranking](http://www.alexa.com/data/details/main?q=pronetadvertising.com&url=pronetadvertising.com), but that will not always give you a full picture. If the blog uses [FeedBurner](http://www.feedburner.com) you might be able to view their subscriber count to get another viewpoint on their popularity with a few simple steps.
There are thousands of design resources on the web which can lead to an overwhelming experience when looking for inspiration or ideas, so I created a list of resources that I use on a regular basis. Here is a list of 50 design resources that can be helpful to any designer or marketer.
The Olympics is an event where you get to represent and support your country. Because of all the patriotism shown around this time and the millions of people glued to their television sets companies are sponsoring these events to keep their branding strong.
Have you ever wondered how many data centers the search engine giant Google has, or why it is important to know each one? Currently Google has around 39 or more data centers. They can tell us a lot about how Google works; such as giving us an indication of when they are doing an algorithm update or when they are updating pagerank.
Is your website getting no Google love when it should be getting a lot of love? In March 2004 the mysterious theory of the [Google Sandbox](http://www.softwaremarketingresource.com/article55.html) came about, which is when Google puts new websites through a probation period where they do not rank well.
Last week a guest speaker came to one of my marketing classes at [Cal State Fullerton](http://www.fullerton.edu). The college has guest speakers quite often and this time they brought in [Boris Bugarski](http://www.murgent.com/murgent-management.php), the CEO of an email marketing company called [mUrgent](http://www.murgent.com/). …
We all know web analytics can provide a lot of data about your website and its visitors. It can tell you how many visitors came to your site within the last month, your source conversion rate and even a breakdown of your search engine traffic. …