Wrong StumbleUpon categories are quite common and need to be fixed. You might think this is a trivial issue, and in the scheme of things probably not a major priority, but if you have been mis-tagged by mistake you are missing out on traffic, but malicious mis-categorizations also happen (eg. marking as adult theme etc).
StumbleUpon Category Mistakes Happen Often
When someone discovers your post they set for everyone the category it will be found on. In most cases this is a good thing, you get a little traffic boost and you are happy. If they put your article in the wrong category though the wrong people see it, and that means either you don’t get a traffic boost or worse, get thumbed down.
Later reviews can add tags that allow your article to be seen by more people, but it is the discovered category that does the heavy lifting so it is important that is correct.
Putting a stumble in the wrong category is easily done, I have made mistakes myself. In most cases it’s just a slip up in the drop down list. Putting it right is not so obvious, so after seeing my LinkedIn tips post mis categorized as “socialism” by mistake, I thought I would put these instructions together.
You can notify StumbleUpon, and they do have a team of volunteers who set these things right, but it can take a while and why bother them if you can sort it out yourself? It might be your only choice, especially if you suspect foul play, but it is worth making an attempt before going through official channels.
If You Mis-Categorize
Your mistake is easy to correct if you know how.
- Find the page you stumbled
- Click the speech bubble in your StumbleUpon toolbar
- Scroll to bottom right of the SU page to find the drop down and change it
If Someone Else Discovered Your Post With Wrong Category
Fortunately for me, my mis-categorized post was by a helpful and kind person who I already had some contact with via Twitter, yay for me. I simply worked with him to get it changed and it is all resolved nicely.
You can see who “discovered” your post by clicking the speech bubble button on your SU toolbar and taking a look at the top of the page that appears. In this example “ecahoon” discovered my blog in “Weblogs”.
Clicking the persons name will take you to their StumbleUpon profile where you can send them a message and ask them to tweak the category. The ideal scenario will be they are online now and respond positively right away. That’s obviously not going to happen in all cases.
Sometimes the person just hasn’t logged in for a while. Many times people start using StumbleUpon then give up on it, and you might discover your mis-categorized post only after a random friend warns you or you do a Google search with the SU toolbar switched to add Stumble info. In that case, see if they have a website listed in their profile, you might be able to contact them through that.
Have You Been Mis-Categorized?
To see if you have been put in the wrong StumbleUpon category, do a search in Google using site:yourdomain.com and with search results switched on in the toolbar (tools, toolbar options, configuration).
You will see the category for each page that has been stumbled and see if they are appropriate.
As I say above, this doesn’t happen all the time and when it does it is usually a mistake. Officially you should notify StumbleUpon to get one of their volunteers to fix the category, but from what I read this can take a while. Better to contact the reviewer, or at least attempt to, yourself.
The best way to avoid this happening in the first place, especially on very important articles, is to get a trusted contact with a good StumbleUpon account to discover it for you. Some would suggest this is “gaming” StumbleUpon and that you should allow people to randomly stumble if they like your stuff. I wouldn’t say this is gaming if you only ask on your best stuff and if the contact agrees because they like it, not just out of friendship.
If you have anything to add or any tips, please share in the comments …