Tumblr Tips To Help Grow Your Blog and Social Mentions

Tumblr Tips For You And Your Blog

Have you dabbled yet with Tumblr? I’ve seen many fellow bloggers using Tumblr as another social media site to spread their blogs reach. It’s a cross between Twitter and a blogging platform. You can do more with unlimited characters than the 140 character limit via Twitter. You can view a lot of selfies on Tumblr as well as a lot of technical posts. There is quite a wide range of subjects and types of posts on Tumblr today. I’m been dabbling with Tumblr for about 2 years now. So what can you do to increase your visits to your blog via Tumblr?

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6 Basic Tumblr Tips for You

Share It – People always love when you share their posts or social shares. Why not share them via Tumblr too? You can share right on Tumblr or on your favorite social network.

Love It – The little heart ♥ can go a long way on Tumblr. Spread the love around.

ReBlog It – This is the king of Tumblr tips. If you really love something you’ve read or seen, and it’s related to your niche, why not reblog it? 

Comment/Notes – Just like any other social media site or blog, commenting and leaving notes is a way to network with other folks over on Tumblr.

tumblr que


Schedule Your Posts – This is one of the Tumblr tips I just learned and loved – you can easily schedule your posts right on Tumblr. You can write in your own day and time. You know how important it is to schedule posts and not share all at once and annoy your followers, right?

I choose the schedule option here but you can also choose the que. The que can be set to post once or more per day at a certain time of day every day. No need for Hootsuite or Buffer with this nice feature by Tumblr.

Use Hashtags – Another Great Tumblr Tip:  Hashtags are big on Tumblr! This is how your posts can be found, be sure to use several hashtags on your posts. Be sure they are good hashtags, don’t use a hashtag just for the sake of using one.


Some Facts about Tumblr

Tumblr was launched back in 2007 founded by David Karp. Within 2 weeks Tumblr gained over 75,000 users. Tumblr now hosts over 170.2 million blogs!  Yahoo recently bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion dollars in June 2013. Imagine cashing in on that sale? Since then Tumblr’s traffic has stagnated according to comScore. But comScore does not fully include mobile or app traffic. That could be the explanation!

Tumblr Themes and More Tumblr Tips

You can choose from hundreds of themes, either FREE or premium to use on Tumblr. Opening a Tumblr account itself is FREE. You can add share buttons and comments. Disquis is the comment system of choice for Tumblr. The mobile app for Tumblr is great too. You know how much I love using mobile on the go.

Tumblr Tips from Bren at My Girly Parts Blog

“What is so great about Tumblr you might ask? Let me tell you my Tumblr tips: I tried Tumblr once and didn’t put enough time and effort into blogging, reblogging, liking, following new blogs, and networking with the thousands of awesome people on Tumblr. Whatever you blog niche is, it’s out there. From tech to blogging to relationships to breaking news to awesome quotes! You name it and it’s there. Tumblr is easy to use, there are tons of free themes, and easy to auto share to Facebook and Twitter. Tumblr tips from Bren

I’ve been submitting my blog posts to Tumblr as well and since doing so, I’ve noticed some traffic coming from Tumblr to my blog. Now they make not be commenting, but they are sure interested in the “blip” posted on Tumblr enough to click the link and hop on over to my blog! What better way to find new blog readers?

Now it doesn’t happen overnight. The biggest thing is to follow some blogs and reblog their posts that interest you. From that, you will gain some followers. Liking posts on Tumblr is another great way to bring traffic to your Tumblr blog. I’ve notice some people don’t post too often, but me? I’m a reblogging and posting person! I find so many interesting things out there that I have to share with my friends and readers.

So can Tumblr be beneficial to initiating traffic to your blog or other social networks? Absolutely! Try out Tumblr, be ACTIVE (this is a must), and see if you don’t generate a bit of traffic to your blog and networks! While you’re out there, be sure to look me up at All Things Bren and give me a Follow!”


Have you been using Tumblr? What is your favorite Tumblr tip to gain traffic to your main blog?


Thanks to Bren for her additional tips on this post!

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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  • Wow such a fantastic article on Tumblr. Never knew Tumblr was such an effective tool for social media. I’m just going to follow all these for myself 🙂
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  • Lisa, I Dont know if I would be able to be on tumblr. Not because it isn’t an awesome platform but because there is just little we can do in a day. And adding one more social media platform in my view is just kind of scary since there are only 24 hours in day. However, I do appreciate your taking the time to share this post thanks a lot.
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    • I hear you Peter, I signed up for Reddit and haven’t gotten back there yet. I like Tumblr cause it’s quick, easy and can be integrated with other social platforms easily. Thanks for your input once again 🙂

  • Hey lisa,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing these tips with us. Yes, social media sites are always useful for driving traffic to our blog and I am very active in Facebook and Google+ but truly speaking I never used tumblr but after reading this post it really seems interesting and I will surely gonna try it.
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  • Hello Lisa,

    The truth about me and tumblr is, i have not received traffic from the source despite all my tactics 🙂 . Well, i still drop my links there and try to engage more over there, but all my struggle is showing few percent.
    Scoop.it is doing great for me and i must confess that i am loving the site…

    Thanks for this great tips, do have a wonderful week ahead…

  • Lisa,
    What frustrated me was that I had my email address, my password and the date that I joined (9/10/11). I suspect that (since my account was inactive for over 2 years) that Tumblr had performed some sort of database scrubbing where the email addresses of inactive accounts were dropped but usernames weren’t (to protect them).

    Anyways, I’m all set. Tumblr’s support was excellent and in less than an hour of submitting my request for help, I was back in business. Now what do I do with it? 🙂

  • Lisa,
    I don’t use Tumblr at all but I just checked my records and I did create an account there back in September of 2011. (I think it was one of those deals where I was trying to reserve my user ID but I really had no intentions of being active on the site.)

    So, (because I value your advice and wanted to take your lead on this), I just tried logging in. There’s no record of my having an account under the email address that I registered. Yet, I cannot create a new account because my username has already been registered. (Yes. That would be by me.)

    It looks like my plan to reserve my username on as many social media sites as I could may have backfired on this one. Hopefully, Tumblr will straighten this out for me. (I contacted them via their email support form.)

    Anyways, it’s always something! Wish me luck. You have piqued my interest on this one.

    • Isn’t that funny Sherryl how we can’t remember stuff like that? I’ve done that with other accounts too. If they don’t respond via email maybe try to give them a tweet. Sometimes that is quicker. Surprise no option to reset your password? Thanks for coming by and for your input. I hope you get an answer soon, keep me posted.
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  • I have not much used Tumblr but yes being an SEO I have used them at my office for promotion and making mini blogs to support business site in terms of sending traffic and link juices. Your tips surely help me to get the most out of it. Thanks for write the post.

  • Hey Lisa,

    To be honest, i joined Tumblr 1 year ago and still i haven’t generated a single visit from there because i haven’t made any powerful efforts but now it seems that i should make some efforts to increase my blog reach as you are generating traffic from there. I would ask you again before making efforts, Is it worth considering Tumblr as a traffic source?


  • I would certainly love to test out Tumblr. I have added it to my list, especially since you and Brenda insisted on it 😀 I certainly can’t add anything else to my current list – I am busy as it is…so, it’s better not to get committed to another tool.

    Anyways, I have always thought of Tumblr as another blogging platform (like blogger). If we reblog it, wouldn’t it be just like republishing our content on another blog? (Would that be duplicate content?). How does this work?

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Lisa 🙂 I still have a lot of questions about Tumblr….I do want to ask you, but I think I will just experiment and find out – I do love making those mistakes – helps to notice the signals in the future..so, I can prevent those mistakes from happening again.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Oh, Tumblr post is live already 🙂 I thought you gonna have it published on weekend or so. May be I was late when I share your status on Facebook, but I lack of Tumblr users in my friend list too 😯

    Although I have a Tumblr account, I haven’t been active on it dear. Just keep liking and commenting on posts I come across over there and keeping track of interesting stuff. I find it quite similar to a social platform rather than a blogging platform though. Actually, I didn’t know about scheduling and hashtags at all 💡 That’s awesome.

    You’re right! When it comes to traffic stats, I think we can’t rely on numbers without mobile traffic 🙂 Even Facebook claims most of their traffic are from mobile users. Imagine if no mobile traffic being tracked.

    It’s really nice to hear from Brenda about her Tumblr experience and those who gonna try Tumblr will love this post for sure 🙂 BTW you and Brenda are all over my Tumblr feed 😳 May be I should follow more there.

    Now, enjoy the rest of your week Lisa 🙂 Hope the birthday spirit is still on!


    • Hi Mayura, it’s never too late to share 🙂 You can use it like Twitter Mayura and post some things like you would tweet if you didn’t want to use it like a blog per say. Yes, I wonder what the numbers would be without the mobile for Facebook – great point Mayura. Yes, Brenda is all over Tumblr, she must LOVE it, huh? Thanks for coming by Mayura and I hope you have a great weekend there. This birthday week flew by for me 🙂
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  • Hello Lisa,

    Tumblr is a very great place to be as a blogger. While I have not started ‘Tumbling’ yet, I discovered its amazing potential when almost all the keywords I entered to search for some topic ideas returned results that were Tumblr related. On closer investigation, I usually discovered that my keywords matched the #tags featured on some posts there.

    For me therefore, If anyone is to play with some features of Tumblr, it should not be the #tags. I sincerly think I need to stop being lazy and sign up today!


  • Hello Ms. Lisa
    I hope you are well?

    Is it still snowing there? It has stopped here in North Carolina and we are having 6-70 degree weather.

    Well this is terrific. I have an account with Tumblr, but due to how complicated it is and not the time to figure things out, I just laid it to the side; but now I have started it back up and I am following you and Bren.

    I still have much to learn, but I know I will.

    Thank you for inspiring many of us to try it out.


    • Hi Gladys, it has stopped snowing for now but saw next week may bring more…Thanks for following us and I will have to do tha same. It is not the easiest site to understand unless you spend a little time playing around and testing things here and there. Let me know if you have any questions too. Have a great day ahead there and enjoy the warm weather!
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  • I am not really into Tumblr. I’ve heard many feedback about it and I guess I might try this one this year. Thanks for these wonderful tips you got here.

  • Knowledge is power and I think many are not utilizing the “power” of Tumblr in online success because of ignorance.

    To say the fact, I have learn some a few new things on how to utilize Tumblr as platform from this post. I would sure like to recommend and share the tips learned.

    I see it as an added platform that can help in leveraging free traffic.

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  • Tumblr is a great blogging platform but i mostly use Tumblr to promote my blog posts. I usually share my blog posts on Tumblr and link back to my blog, that way i can attract visitors to my blog.

    Tumblr as a full blogging platform may have some limitations when it comes to the type of flexibility WordPress enjoys. But just as you have shared in this post, engaging with Tumblr the way you explained in this article can greatly help you grow your blog.

  • I wish I had time for blogging 😀 I am far from ideas, but other projects have been driving me lately. Tumblr is great.Content can go very viral due to re-blogging. Glad to see you trying it out.

  • Hi Lisa!

    Thanks for these tips. I’ve stayed away from Tumblr because I didn’t understand it and now that I do, I think I’m going to join in March. I’m making some changes to my blog and that would be a great time to debut it 🙂

    Plus the way Bren goes on about it makes me that much more interested in trying it out!

    Thanks for explaining Tumblr to us. I know more about it now :). Hope to see y’all there soon 🙂

  • Hi Lisa,

    The best thing I like about tumblr is the reblog option, as it helps you to share relevant content on with audience and build strong relationship with like minded people. Though I wasn’t aware of hashtag feature in tumblr, would use it now.

  • Hi Lisa,

    I tried Tumblr a long time ago but didn’t quite understand it. Now you have sparked my interest! Especially with Bren’s testimony of it.

    I’ve heard only good things about it and now that you have introduced it so well, it’s on my to do list! We can never have too many people seeing our posts can we? Plus it sounds like quite a bit of fun!


    • Hi Donna, it is a fun site to check out too. It is not the easiest to understand which is why I decided to post on it anad noticed how active Brenda has been with it. And I learned the schedule feature as I was researching for the post 🙂 There is always something new to learn along the way Donna. Thanks for coming by and for your input too. Have a wonderful day ahead.
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  • Hey Lisa and Bren,

    Great post, I have to say I’m still working on cracking the Tumblr code! I haven’t quite figured out how to make it work for leads, traffic, etc – but just like twitter before it I know there is a way, just have to start learning and doing!

    Great post,


  • Hey Lisa,

    I set up Tumblr last year and posted frequently to it for a good while. Did everything everyone said to do. I was told I would start getting some traffic from there as well. Nothing, never saw one thing coming from there so I just stopped posting.

    You know how it is when you try something new and give it plenty of time but when you see no results or not much then you realize that it’s an area you probably don’t need to be wasting your time on? Well that was Tumblr for me but I gave it a good run.

    I guess there are always some areas I need to focus more on but my goodness it’s hard enough to keep up with what I’m doing now! LOL!!!

    Great share though Lisa and one more area to look at.

    Hey, stay warm my friend and have a good week.


  • It’s funny that you should write about this. I’ve been trying to figure out Tumblr for weeks now. My 24 year old son uses it a lot! That’s how I ended up at the site. I haven’t grasped the nuances of it yet. Now, thanks to your post, I have a better understanding of it. My problem is that I’ve suffering from “too much information” overload lately. I think I should try learning one social media site per week so my head doesn’t explode.

    Thanks for the great tips!

    • Hi Lauren, didn’t you know I can read your mind? 🙂 Yes, the younger set does use it a lot. I hope you will find this one helpful and spend a few minutes every other day with it. I know how that goes too. Some weeks I feel like that as well. Have a great day and stay warm today with more snow headed our way. What’s a few inches at this point right?
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  • Hi Lisa and thank you for asking me for some input!

    I LOVE Tumblr for so many reasons. I can blab all I want, share all I want, and no one can tell me to stop! There are so many great Tumblr blogs out there too. I follow a wide range of topics and love sharing them to my other networks. I won’t say I’ve generated a huge amount of traffic to my blog, being I only blog once or twice a week, but I do see the visits coming from Tumblr.

    I love using the Queue. Instead of scheduling, which I have done, I’ll reblog and add to Queue. I think mine is set to 12 or 15 posts a day for my Queue. But it gives me a handsoff ability but it shows I’m still active on Tumblr. Then when I have time, I’ll go back and reshare those posts to other networks. 🙂

    The one thing I don’t like about Tumblr is the ability to answer someone’s question via a Note. If you are using Disqus for your comments, one must click over to your blog to answer it. Most people won’t via the Tumblr dashboard and will just leave a note. So to answer, you send a regular message to them or your reblog with the answer.

    Overall, I love Tumblr and wish more of my blogging friends would use it. I see Harleena followed me and I reciprocated so that’s more of my girlies out there!

    Fab post Lisa! I look forward to you expanding on this one in the future!

    P.S. I too am having a CommentLuv issue 🙁

  • I’ll be honest with you Lisa, I have JetPack set up to automatically share my blog post to Tumblr but that’s as far as my experience goes.

    I don’t go there very often but it sounds as though I’m missing a trick!

    I’ve been concentrating more and more on Twitter and Google+ but there’s room for improvement.

    I’m always looking for ways to get more traffic.

    It sounds as though you have to be really active on Tumblr though to see the benefits?

  • Hi Lisa,
    I’ve never seen or used Tumblr, but I must say, you did an awesome job explaining what it is, it’s background, and ways to use it. There are so many social media sharing tools out there now, it seems like a new one comes out every day.

    I will at least look at it. I think 170 million blogs can’t be wrong 😉

    Have an awesome week!

  • I have not used tumbler yet but after readign this post I am going to try it out. And the tumbler statistics are just awsome it blows away my mind 😆
    I think this should be the best way to earn more and more traffic

  • I love my tumblr it is so easy to use. I actually like it better than blogspot. I think the ease of it is nice. I use mines for photography purposes to join the project 365 and I use it for inspiration. Great tips ladies.

  • Hi Lisa and Bren,

    I’ve started using Tumblr about 2 years ago, but then I stopped due to lack of time to do it all. But the fact that I was just reminded by you, Bren, that Tumblr works for any niche made me thinks that it would be great for my France blog which is the one that needs to most support and traffic at this time.

    Thanks so much for the reminder and tips.

  • Hi Lisa, and Bren too,

    This is pretty interesting 🙂

    I say that because I’ve been using Tumblr too but just never got the real hang of it all. I go through my account from the ShareThis green button on my blog, which just opens to a page where I have to post the excerpt, and then it asked for an advanced option where one adds the tags, and its done. But I never see any images of my post, nor do I reblog etc – unless I visit my own account and do as you mentioned. Wonder if there’s anything amiss here or how does one add the HashTags and where? Or whether we should post manually by going to the main site itself and not the way I mentioned. Just wondering 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    BTW – I think some problem with the CommentLuv as its not working.

    • Hi Harleena, oh yes, me too in the beginning. The images of your post only show if you use photo option or click on the graphic that shows images. Reblogging is important, it’s like a retweet 🙂 Hashtags are at bottom right about the post option – it looks like a gray lock or notepaper. If you go manually you do have more options.
      (Comments – I had added backlink checker so everyone starts out in spam until I approve. I learned about it from Angela McCall’s post last week and I get a lot less spam. I think after I approve 3 of your comments it will no longer end up there. I keep checking every so often now until I get to that point.) THanks for coming by Harleena – have a great day and a great new week too!
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    • Hi Harleena/Lisa,

      I have had the same relationship with Tumblr. For a long time I syndicated to Tumblr using Jetpack plugin’s ‘publicize’ feature which I saw them taking away slowly and then I got rid of Jetpack altogether, so no more Tumblr automatic publicizing. Now, I do it Harleena’s way using sharing buttons which doesn’t take pictures into consideration.

      I really never got around getting any significant leverage on Tumblr so far just like Triberr. But then, I have been there, just hanging in there 🙂

      Hope to get around and spend sometime this year to learn more about it although not in any immediate future because of many other important projects lined up.

      Thank you for sharing both of you, and yes, Lisa – your CommentLuv seems to not pickup the latest posts.


      • Oh that’s because you weren’t interacting on Tumblr or reblogging others stuff. It would be like if you just tweeted your own posts and no intereaction on the Twitter feed. Tumblr is a lot like Twitter but with no character limit 🙂 Thanks or heads up on CommentLuv I changed from 10 to 5 comments for that to happen. Let’s see if works next time. Have a great new week Kumar.
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  • Hey Ladies
    Nice to hear some pro tips on Tumblr
    I must admit I have totally ignored it up until now. I saw it heavily mentioned in Gary’s latest book, and I have seen it here or there, but I just have not had the time to get over there. That along with Scoop.it Lisa, are two places you mention but I still have to head over to!
    Thanks again for the tips and one day, I might see you there

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