How To Become Tumblr Famous - Get Famous


2014 UPDATE!

Tumblr is now the 9th most visited website on the internet, you DO NOT want to miss out on this marketing opportunity!

1. Come Up With A Niche

Your Tumblr should have a niche, or subject, to talk about. You can't just post all willy-nilly random information, unless you call your Tumblr "Random Information". You want your Tumblr to be named something appropriate to your niche. The bigger your niche, the bigger your audience.

The Top 10 Most Popular Tumblrs:

  1. (26,420 views/day)
  2. (24,590 views/day)
  3. (21,623 views/day)
  4. (Over NINE THOUSAAAAAND views/day)
  5. (16,083 views/day)
  6. (15,542 views/day)
  7. (9,956 views/day)
  8. (9,914 views/day)
  9. (9,907 views/day)
  10. (8,776 views/day)

The only way to get around this is to be female and post pictures of your boobs and you smoking marijuana. For some reason, Tumblr loves that and you will have tons of followers quickly. I don't advise this though.


Don't ask for followers, don't ask for reblogs, don't ask for anything.

That's a big no-no, and it won't make you Tumblr Famous. How many people do you see doing that every day? How many of them are Tumblr Famous? NONE.

2. Post Regularly

At least 3 posts a day, and spread them out. You can use the queue function to do this. My research shows that 2pm-10pm EST are the most popular times for people to be on Tumblr, so I would spread them out in there.

I really stress using the queue, especially if you post a lot every day. It's really annoying to log in and have 20 posts from the same blog in a row, or all with in one hour. I promise you that you will gain and KEEP more followers by spreading them out. Little doses is the key.

3. Tag Your Posts Appropriately

That's how people find you, and in turn, help you get more follows.

Use as many tags as you can think of, but ONLY use relevant tags. Try to think of things you would search for if you were looking for a post like the one you just wrote.

Books That Can Help You

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Paperback edition of this book. Teaches you everything about running a great Tumblr.

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Kindle edition of this book. Also teaches you everything about running a great Tumblr.

How to Make Money Marketing Your Business with Tumblr (FT Press Delivers Marketing Shorts)
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Kindle edition of this book. If you're a business owner, this is how you make money using Tumblr for your business.

Blogging For Dummies, 3rd Edition
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Even though it says "For Dummies" these books are great for people of every intelligence level. I highly recommend this book.


4. Follow Relevant Tumblrs

You want to follow the Tumblrs of people also talking about your niche. Not only will that help you by giving you ideas for things to write about, but it will give you things to reblog, and it may get you more followers. You not only want to follow these other Tumblr blogs, but become friends with them. Yes, technically they are competition, but you know what they say: "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."

Protip: Reblog their stuff every once in a while. 90% of your Tumblr posts should be original by you, but it's okay to reblog every once in a while, and you want to reblog these people because then they will start to recognize your name. And name recognition is basically the definition of Fame.

5. Build Social Media Profiles

You need to have an ACTIVE account with the same name as your blog with AT LEAST these:

The cool thing is, you can pretty much connect all of them to auto-post whenever you post to Tumblr. If you plan to make videos for your Tumblr (recommended, people love videos), I suggest posting them on YouTube and then posting the YT video on your Tumblr, instead of uploading straight to Tumblr.

If there's any other social-networking sites you know about, I would sign up for those and use them as well.

6. Get Active In The Online Community

Remember those social media profiles we set up in the last step? Yeah, lets use them.

Post to niche relevant forums, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, etc. That means, find the forums, tweeters, FaceBook pages, MySpace pages, and YouTube accounts that are talking about the same things as you, and post comments. This helps get your name and your Tumblr out there. Again, it's all about name recognition.

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tamron 5 years ago

I like Tumblr not sure how reblog benefits you though I am glad I read this article about Tumblr I forgot about having an account with them. Hope to see ya on Tumblr!

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tnvrstar 5 years ago from doha, qatar

I don't use Tumblr but your hub inspired to join the site. I will look forward to it

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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

I'll Tumblr for ya....

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Garrett Mickley 5 years ago from Jupiter, Florida Author

Tumblr? I hardly knowr!

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American_Choices 5 years ago from USA

Excellent advise. I am signing up today! Thank you!

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AllieRambles 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Great post on Tumblr.

I actually started a Tumblr blog simply to create backlinks for my main blog. But recently it has started to turn into a quasi dumping ground for my personal rants or shares.

I still don't get Tumblr much so reading this will help.



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brandasaur 4 years ago from Planet X

I love Tumblr! :) Though im not an active member, i find Tumblr peeps passionate and very creative.

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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

Tweeted this! I'll have to put more work into tumblr. Mine's kind of mixed bag right now. :S

Are there any ways to monetize tumblr?

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Garrett Mickley 4 years ago from Jupiter, Florida Author

@melbel You can ad Adsense HTML code into your theme. I don't, but the option is there for you if you like.

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Nicky Page 4 years ago from Indiana

Hi Garrett, I recently joined Tumblr and found this article very helpful. My niche is photography with the occasional poetry posts. I follow relevant Tumblr members and tag my posts appropiately. However, I only use Blogger and Flickr for auto-posts, which works well for me, but I've never built any backlinks, reblogged, or spaced out any of my daily posts... so thanks for the tips.

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brianwhitskey24 4 years ago from Chicago

Am not a tumbler user but recently i was planning to start tumbler account, which led me to read your hub, which has definitely helped me. you have shared some nice tips about using tumbler blogging, publishing blog by reblog and social media and to get name recognition, will follow your tips.

April M. 4 years ago

Also, if you're into graphics, make GIFs and tumblr themes for people. It's another way to get your name out there.

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Garrett Mickley 4 years ago from Jupiter, Florida Author

That's a good tip April!

aidan 4 years ago

pahaha, this advice is bullshit, if you only post 3 times a day you're not gonna get 'tumblr famous', a blog that only does this is nothing but boring and will lose you followers, also problem with having a blog with a niche is that you will only get people that like this thing where are a general blog will get you more followers. no one should listen to the advice on here if they planon being tumblr famous :L

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Garrett Mickley 4 years ago from Jupiter, Florida Author

@aidan I run multiple "tumblr famouse blogs" because of this and make a lot of money putting ads on them. You don't have to follow the advice but my rent being paid by my Tumblrs shows that everything I said here works.

Emilyy 4 years ago

I've been on tumblr for over a year and only have 28 followers. My blog is pretty stellar, a lot of fun and pretty pictures. Plus I'm in a military LDR and looking for others to talk to. Oh yea, and I follow back. :]

Kat 4 years ago

i found this very helpful. i'm always looking for more people to follow and share their interests with me. i think i post good quotes, facts, intriguing pics, guys, girls and more!

check it out:

sweety 4 years ago

Oh this is very helpful, thanks a lot :)I'm new on tumblr and I have lot to learn but I think I'll be good at this :) I post nice pictures, posts about my favorite books,food,make up, and songs, or pretty much everything that girls like :)

I think people should start following me but I don't know how to get out there for them to notice me. here's a link, if someone likes it, than follow me :) I'll follow back. 4 years ago

these are some reaaly cool new ideas u put up here!you all should all check out my blog aswell, I have a summer surfing;pro surfer tribute blog. its been up and runnning for three months now. my blog is really eelatabnle when you've got winter blues and really colorful and happy! check it out ,i do follow for followand promo for promo!

perdybirdy 4 years ago

Don't change your URL too often too. That's another one(:

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Garrett Mickley 4 years ago from Jupiter, Florida Author

Good point, Perdybirdy!

ideaman123 4 years ago

hey i have an idea lets all follow each other then once a day we click eachothers links to all make money. If your in message me at

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Garrett Mickley 4 years ago from Jupiter, Florida Author

That's called fraud and it's illegal. And it's easy to track thanks to IP addresses.

asdfghjkl. 4 years ago

I started using tumblr a couple of months ago.

Ohmygod, it's addicting.

My blog is pretty darn good though.

I follow back. {:

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kl2000 4 years ago

Great post! I've been commenting on tumblr and have already seen an increase in traffic. 4 years ago

Basically, you can be an adult and have a nice educated blog that other adults will read and enjoy and have an actual "tumblelog", but to actually be "tumblr famous" you must

1. Be really skinny

2. Frequently post your body in a bathing suit/bra&underwear

3. Be hipster or mainstream

4. Reblog pictures of other girls in bathing suits/bra&underwear

5. Be insanely gorgeous

6. Be female

Easy, right?

Hannah 4 years ago

Good points, but you also need to tag as much as possible! ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS (can't stress this enough) TAG your posts. Whether its a photo, video, text, chat, or audio, GIF, WHATEVER kind of post TAG. Usually tag it with something such as 'LOL' and such. You can search popular tags too and see what the most visited blogs post and look at their tags and follow what they do. I never got looked at until I started tagging! In the first 2 weeks, i got 12 followers. Good luck and happy blogging!

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Garrett Mickley 4 years ago from Jupiter, Florida Author

Thanks, Hannah!

Lee 4 years ago

Also left out that you need to stay on topic so people know what they will get, if you want a random tumblr then you can always make a second one. But your primary should be the main focus of something your into. Its like a restaurant that specializes in burgers if suddenly you walk and and theres fried chicken or just salad people get confused and you dont get a dedicated following.

Also get in the habit of stacking links i'm told. not sure if it works but if you click these links and add me please tell me, I wonder if this stuff really works. See below...

Josh 4 years ago

Those are by far no where near the top 10 blogs. My blog only has 14k followers, received 45k hits this month, and there are thousands of blogs more popular then me. The most I know has over 200k followers.

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Garrett Mickley 4 years ago from Jupiter, Florida Author

Sorry Josh, this was posted a long time ago and things have changed a lot. 4 years ago

thanks for the tips! found them really usefull :)

leislyx3 4 years ago

Well I just started & the blogs I follow are more personal but at the same time Hipster.. they are teens & have a boat load of followers.. what I'm saying is how did they do it? I'm not longing to be "tumblr Famous" I just want to know that there's people just like me & I wanna meet new people and be social.. nothing wrong with that right? Hehe but people tell me all the time that I have that ambitious personalty & I will succeed in anything but for now this is my goal starting small not being known for wanting to fit it but for being myself on tumblr . Good day :).

asianroulette 4 years ago

hey garett, this info was really helpful :) you should check out my blog, it's kind of a vintage/urban/photography niche.

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ShaamCA 4 years ago from India

I haven't tried much with Tumblr but this hub really motivates me to use this site . thanks for the share

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zulumuscle 4 years ago

This is some really useful information bro, I would not mind having 10K views a day. And I just start using the queue function, I can now have a months worth of posts ready to post without me being on tumblr much.

Emily 4 years ago

I never knew about the queue feature! I always saw people talking about it but never really grasped the concept. Thank so much for writing this! I feel extremely idiotic for avidly being on tumblr and not bothering to really grasp that, no worries though. Thanks again!

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NateB11 3 years ago from California, United States of America

I like the ideas of creating a Tumblr blog for niches and using tags to get exposure; which is what I didn't do in the past andwhy my first attempts at using tumblr failed and I just used it for fun. This Hub has made me re-think that, and want to go back to Tumblr, see it will be a successful resource. Thanks for the info.

Me 3 years ago

Thanks for the advice :). I'll add: tag the reblogs not only your own posts. Because of the spoilers and unwanted posts (a person follows you for a topic but you post different, you have not a blog for a niche), a lot of people use Tumblr savior which is useless without the tags. I unfollowed some blogs because of spoilers and others did the same.

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