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How To Gain or Get More Followers on Tumblr - The Ultimate Guide

Updated on December 11, 2012

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Have you been into Tumblr for a while now and still couldn’t figure out why you’re still having followers amounting only enough to fill a classroom?

I guess it will always be difficult building up followers especially in the initial stages.

Tumblr isn’t like any other social networking sites where you can gain considerable amount of followers instantly just by informing your friends that you’ve signed up. It will make you feel somehow lost, and leaves you clueless on how and where to start. Without thorough research, it will be a painstaking work figuring out how to find those prospect followers. You really have to grind it up to get the numbers you desire. You might have been like me when I just started up, and must have asked, “Where is everyone?”

What’s exciting about this is once you’ve got at least almost a hundred followers; if you know and do the right things, and does it repeatedly, you’d be pleased how your follower counter hikes great heights in rapid progression.

The methods written in here can be used in both personal and niche-focused blog types, but some may benefit more than the other. Separating these methods particularly for one type and some to the other will be a complicated thing to do, for many of these methods apply for both. So, instead, I’ve made a general approach on the matter, and left the decision to you which of these methods would benefit you most.

I hope that through the use of this article, I could help new Tumblrers in this one-stop instruction on how to acquire many followers on their blog.

So, How Do I Get More Followers?


Sometimes, just the photo itself can make someone be persuaded to follow you.

1. Choose Your Best Photo – A Good Presentation of Yourself or a Nice Logo

Before people even see your blog, or even its content, the thing they would see first is your photo.

A high quality captured photo that presents yourself well would be an attention-catching one to the audience. And this would be the beginning of your contact with them.

It is very easy for a curious individual to click on a well-presented photo of yourself. It makes anyone assume that your blog must be worth having a glimpse on. So, be sure to put your most beautiful, eye-catching photo.


People will immediately see what to expect from your blog from the name you’ve given. Remember, your name of choice explicitly evaluates your personality. People often get either encouraged or discouraged of following you just by knowing your name of choice.

2. Wisely Select A Name

The next thing people would recognize after seeing your photo is your blog’s name. Your blog’s name suddenly appears when someone hovers over your photo, so be careful of choosing your blog’s name.

The name could really be anything, as long as it is not offending or provokes annoyance to your audience. Be creative.

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3. Install a Neat-Looking Profile Theme

Now, you’ve got them viewing your blog. The moment they get there, they’ll have two instincts dictating their next action; it’s either they will immediately close your blog and goes on looking for another, or stay and further scan the content and structure of your blog which can persuade that person to follow.

Of course, you’d prefer the latter. There are many neat-looking themes that you can choose from in the Theme Garden and many other sites.

Join The Ride!



Most followers that you’ll get here are expecting a follow back. Within 1-2 days, if no follow backs received, they’ll unfollow you.

4. Tumblr Train

Perhaps the mostly used train site for follower-seeking Tumblrers is “tumbletrain”. But, what is a Tumblr train? It simply is an imaginative or supposed train where the passengers are actually Tumblrers who are looking for followers.

The common practice here is - visit the site, see who’s on the train, follow a passenger, and most probably, you’ll get a follow back. Most of these passengers do follow back.

The advantage, however, of being in the train is that you’ll get exposure from fellow passengers and people visiting the site. If you wish, you can just sit back and wait for a follow, and that is some kind of a relief, isn’t it?

Your Tumblelog will likely only have 2-3 hours of stay in the train because people are constantly riding in. Be sure to regularly check if you’re still in; if not, ride again. It’s just a cycling process. You can also try looking for other Tumblr trains. The more the better.

Tip - Getting rid of the pop-up script:

When you visit this site, a pop-up will prompt you to fill up a form before being able to join the ride. You can get rid of this by following this particular sequence of action. Press the "Tools" of your browser, look for the "Web Developer Tools", look for the "Disable" option, look for "Disable the Javascript", and finally, disable the "Script Warnings". That's it. You can now enjoy the ride with the others.

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You can actually sync your Tumblr to Twitter and Facebook. By doing so, you have eliminated the time wasted for reposting a post you’ve posted on your Tumblr.

5. Use the Power of Social Networking Medias

Twitter. If you know how to use Twitter properly, it will be of big help in your Tumblelog’s exposure. You can put your Tumblelog's link in your Twitter profile. You can tweet a post from your blog and vice versa. Be sure to use appropriate hash tags.

Facebook. I found facebook pages and groups the most effective. I’ve really enjoyed the benefits of using them to expose my Tumblelog. Try visiting one, and you’ll see hundreds of Tumblrers’ posts asking to be followed, and they also guarantee a follow back. Do the same, and certainly, you’d see some good numbers being added up to your current followers.

This Article shows the 33 Tumblrs you need to follow.

These guys gets reblogged a lot. If you're one of their rebloggers, your name will be shown on their post's reblogger's list which is viewed by their thousands of followers, and thus again, more exposure for you.

6. Follow the Big Boys

Follow someone that already has a massive amount of followers, but, don’t expect a follow back from this guy; he needs not do so. Some still do follow back though.

When his followers visit his blog, they will see who’s following the blog, and if your blog is catchy enough, you might get noticed and obtain a follower.

7. Put Your Tumblelog's URL in Your Website

This is, of course, exclusively for someone who has a website. Normally, what you would see on a website is its Social Networking Sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Now, why don’t you also add your Tumblr’s URL in your website? Definitely, it would help promote your blog and giving it even more exposure.

8. Submit on Promotion Blogs

Go to Google, and search for “Tumblr promos” or “promotion blogs on tumblr”. Submit your Tumblelog, but unless you follow them, the submission process won’t work.

9. Follow for Follow

You can also find fellow Tumblrers who are looking for more followers in Tumblr itself. Type in the words "follow for follow" in the search bar and you will see many Tumblrers like you who'd be willing to follow back if you follow them. Play with the word "follow" in the search bar like "i follow back" or "follow me" to get more results.

Apply these keywords in your tag section every time you submit a post so that you'd be included in the list of users who also seeks more followers. More on tags later.

Now, you know the places where to find fellow Tumblrers and know where you can get enough exposure. You should always remember that there is a very small chance that people will follow you if you don’t tell them that you do follow back. So, follow the common practice in Tumblr; when someone follows you, follow back.

10. Promo for Promo

This one is also a good practice in Tumblr. Ask your followers to promote your blog in theirs, and if they did, you’ll promote them in return. Imagine how many followers you could get if many of your followers promoted you. By the way, you can also do this to a non-follower.

You can find people who would be interested in promo for promo in Tumblr itself. Type in the words "promo for promo" in the search bar and you'll see thousands of Tumblrers who would promote you if you promote them to both your respective followers.

To be included in this particular search results list, read the Tag tutorial below.


The number of notes on the upper-right corner of a post can be very attractive. It can lure curious people to check your blog out.

11. Publish Quality Posts

This is pretty basic and easily understood. A good post can do many things for you; it might get reblogged, liked, and shared in other platforms. This could be your original post, and this could also be a post you just reblogged.

Do this consistently, and people will see that your blog indeed is neat, non-spam, and worth following.

A post that is reblogged will be seen by your follower’s followers, and their followers, and so on and so forth. Can you see how it branches out? So, don’t underestimate its importance.

Remember, you want to get the maximum exposure here.

12. Reblog and Like Others’ Posts

Reblogging and Liking other’s posts can make that person get curious who reblogged and liked it, and you might just as well get reblogged and liked. Not only that, that particular post itself will display all the people who liked and reblogged it, exposing you more to the people where that post is visible.

If this post again is reblogged, since your name is already listed, you will again get another exposure to another separate hundreds if not thousands of people.

Tags you are tracking is shown on your dashboard.
Tags you are tracking is shown on your dashboard.
You can sort the search result like Featured, Popular, and All.
You can sort the search result like Featured, Popular, and All.
Putting tags in a post.
Putting tags in a post.

13. Tag Tag Tag

How do people search in Google? By typing keywords, right? This is the same, of course, in Tumblr. This is where tags is very well appreciated. This is very important and crucial to your Tumblr success. You can get famous just by knowing what appropriate words to tag.

If you look into your dashboard, on the right side is your tag section. You can set which tags you’d like to watch, but we are not discussing about that, so will skip that for now.

Type a keyword on the search bar and all the posts that tags that particular keyword on their post will appear in a sorted manner you set. You can choose from the Featured, Popular, and All.

I am a graphite pencil artist, so whenever I post, I always use the tags related to my post such as “pencil, graphite, drawing, sketch, art, artist, awesome, cool, nice, black and white, and so on and so forth…” There are just so many I could think of. There was one time in the “graphite” tag, my post was among the first five, and it was the time I got most of my followers interested in my work.

Aside from these tags related to my work; I also use tags not related to it. It depends on what my purpose in that particular time is. When I was just starting and is eager looking for followers, I always used the tags like “follow for follow, promo for promo, I follow back, will follow back, get more followers, follow me, and the list just goes on."

Any person searching for people especially the ones who are looking for more followers will see my post among the many posts that used the same tags.

Be creative. Be a master tagger.

There are actually more methods of how to build up your followers, but these ones are what I found most effective. I have also written an Introduction to Tumblr; so, if in case you still don't know what are the benefits of using this platform, visit the article.

And also, I believe, after all these, I deserve a follow.

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    • profile image


      3 years ago

      I am the 0% of the " Do you have a Tumblr" poll

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      5 years ago

      An interesting dialogue is worth comment. I feel that you must write more on this topic, it won't be a taboo subject but typically people are not sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers dedbdedfgkdd

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      Richard Bivins 

      6 years ago from Charleston, SC

      You have presented a lot of great information here. I've had a Tumblr account for 3 years but rarely used it for anything more than a link. I think this platform is going to explode over the next year or so and it's about time I start getting on the train... Thank you for the hub.

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      6 years ago

      I started using a few days ago and i grew a lot more followers through that site.

      I'm kind of surprised that it actually worked, but i like it :-)

    • Craig Snedeker profile image

      Craig Snedeker 

      6 years ago from New York

      Over the last three years I've managed to gain 1,200 followers and have done nothing to promote myself. People just like what I post.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      hi lee556,

      glad you find it useful

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      never heard of that. but, thanks anyway.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      hi koala,

      no, i haven't thought of that yet.

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      just a tip 

      6 years ago

      nice. I have over 12k followers so i'm not sure if these methods will work for me anymore; anyway, I just wanted to point something out in regards to tagging: I've read somewhere that only the first 5 tags you put in shows up properly in the tagged sections, and any tag after that are just kept to yourself and your followers, apparently :).

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      This is definitely the best advice article I've read. Have you thought about writing a follow-up article about what to do with lots of followers? Or ways to monetize your blog?

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      6 years ago

      Things are moving forward for the better. amazing.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Hi buytumblrfollower,

      That's a great tip. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bryan Scott 

      6 years ago from Perú

      On Tumblr, the Ask box is your best tool if you want to get followers. You can use it to create relationships, ask bloggers to check out your blog and drive traffic to your blog. One word of caution—do not be insincere when you ask people to check out your blog. One of the most disappointing messages a blogger can receive is “Hey, I love your blog, do you mind checking mine out?” because it’s clear that the compliment is hollow. Bloggers understand that you want to gain followers, so be direct and ask them to check out your blog—they will understand what you are trying to do and they will look at your blog. Bloggers have feelings too!

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Thanks, Gamerelated. I'm sure it'll help you gain followers.

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      6 years ago from California

      Hello rLcasaLme, this is a really thorough and informative article. I am new to Tumblr and I don't have any followers yet. I have just been writing and focusing on content, but I am ready to go promote now. I am glad I found your Hub. Really good work on this one.

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Thank you Blanca for sharing such good news. I'm glad that this was useful to you.

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      6 years ago

      I love the Beauty spells that you casted for me. People were shocked and surprised a few weeks later and gave me many compliments. I'm now dating this new guy who hardly notice me. Thanks for what he has done for me..............Blanca

    • ShaamCA profile image


      6 years ago from India

      Awesome guide ....pretty cool tips , i am sure this will be useful to increase my followers in Tumblr

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Hello WannaBWriter, as for the "follow for follow," I still choose people to follow. I especially look for people who's socially active in the community and who's someone I can interact with. Usually, these porn-oriented tumblelogs are just spammers in the community and is waiting to be banned.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Great ideas. I do have a question, though. Someone followed me who seems to post a lot of porn -- in fact I haven't seen much else. I blocked her. Aren't we opening ourselves up to that sort of thing with follow for follow? I'd have no problem following most people, but because of the nature of my blogs, I wouldn't want to be on a follow list for someone who posts provocative nude shots. I'm not talking art. I checked this person out with the intent of following, but when I saw her posts I simply didn't want any association. How do you handle that? I'm already following you.

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      7 years ago

      i used all of this to get more followers lol

      i also found a tumblr directory you can submit your tumblr to at

    • TheMusiconomy profile image


      7 years ago from New York City

      Great hub! Thanks! I followed you on Tumblr. Now you know what to do! :-)

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Your welcome MomsTreasureChest. =)

    • MomsTreasureChest profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful information!

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Hey Tina,

      You can check it out on my profile page. I'll definitely follow back! =)

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      Tina Siuagan 

      7 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Oh... More techniques then... I'd better try one of these. Very innovative. And hey, in case you want a follow, just message me your tumblr page URL. :D

    • rLcasaLme profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates


      I'm glad you find it useful.

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      Pam Valentine 

      7 years ago from The Heartland, USA

      Just what I was looking for, thank you, well written and informative. I vote your get more followers on tumblr up and useful.

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      7 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Thanks nicregi. Glad it had been helpful. =)

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      Reginald Chan 

      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Nice! Thanks for sharing this :) Good job! Been wondering how to get more followers in Tumblr :)


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