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Quick & Easy Tumblr Posting

Updated on June 10, 2015
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Promote your writing on Tumblr in seconds

Oh well, maybe a minute. But it's true, you can promote your articles on Tumblr whilst you're waiting for the kettle to boil to make your morning cup of tea. Here's how:

What's important - your link and an image

Because we're promoting our articles, the goal is to get people clicking through. It's so easy to add your link, an image and a precis of your article.

The image

Why the image? Because it's the image that draws people in. A captivating image - as the cliché tells us - is worth a thousand words.

Fast and furious

Experts say that you should blog every day. (And how many of us have more than one blog to cope with?) So we're always short of time. Use this method and you can blog before you've had your morning cup of tea and edit your post at your leisure.

Step-by-step instructions

Instructions:

1. If you're signed into Tumblr, but you're not at your desktop, look at the top right hand side of the page. Here you'll see what you want - a link to your dashboard. See the image below.

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2. Here we are at the dashboard. We have several options to start a post but for the sake of this quick down & dirty method, we'll be using the link symbol - the green 'chain' icon you can see in the image below.

3. This box now pops up. Copy the URL of the article you want to promote. Paste it into the box and look at the image on the right to see what's happened.The first paragraph of your article, plus the title, have been automatically added. Edit it (or delete it - I usually do) and click the little camera icon you can see below.

4. Now you're given the opportunity of adding an image. Copy the URL of the image you want to appear and paste it in.You can also add a descriptive ALT tag if you wish. But there's no need if the kettle has boiled. It's purely optional or you can add it later.Click 'insert' and then 'post'.

5. Optionally, you can date the post or add a custom URL.You get to this box by clicking the little cog-like icon at the top of the edit screen.

6. Now click 'post' and your link and image are live on the internet, plus the precis of your article if you've chosen to leave it.You now have two options.You can leave your post exactly like that forever, knowing that it will show in the feed of the people who are following you, or you can edit it and add copy later.

7. Now that you're back at your dashboard, with your posting done for the day, if you want to see it live on your blog, look over to the right.Click the link you see there.

8. So here's the one I just did, live on the internet. Because I deleted the copy (I'm paranoid about duplicate content) it's simply a link and a photograph.But I can edit it and add copy at any time.

9. Tumblr isn't always a huge priority to me every day - I have other sites to concentrate on - but if I really wanted to make the most of it, I'd edit and add copy.

See the image on the right.

To edit, click on the 'posts' link.

10. And here is my post, ready to be edited (or deleted - see the dropdown). You can now add as much - or as little - copy as you want to. Or NOW the kettle has boiled so you can go and have your cup of tea.I'm no expert on Tumblr by any means but by using this method, I can post daily with the option of editing and enhancing the post whenever it suits me.


Although I'm no expert, YOU could be. See the book below.

© 2014 Jackie Jackson

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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DreyaB: How infuriating - but I'm glad you got it sorted. I almost exclusively use Chrome these days.

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      DreyaB 

      4 years ago from France

      @BritFlorida: Thanks! You know what, I did figure it out in the end. It's one of those mad 'it works on this browser but not on that one' moments. I went away to have another go before I saw your reply and I found that it works on Chrome, but not on Internet Explorer! So starting my Tumblr adventure with a bit more hope now... :0) Thanks.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DreyaB: Numbers 3 & 4 are the important ones for the image. Click the camera icon, copy the URL of the image you want, then add it to the box that pops up from the camera icon.I hope that helps - let me know if not and I'll troubleshoot :)

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      DreyaB 

      4 years ago from France

      Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Have followed your instructions above, but not getting the same results unfortunately. Getting a title in the Subject and a block of text in the text box, but no picture or title in the green box at the top. I thought this would be easy, but not quite right yet. Any suggestions? Thanks. :0)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @BarbRad: It certainly can (Pinterest can absorb me for hours if I'm not careful).

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @esmonaco: You're very welcome!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      You've encouraged me to get more active on my Tumblr blogs again. It may not take much time, but, like Pinterest, it can become addictive and lure you into spending more time than you intended there.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Thanks so much for this because I was really confused as to how to use this platform. Once again Thanks so much :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: You're very welcome!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Thanks for doing this one too, Britflorida! Need all the lessons I can get. This is the newest!

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      Donna Cook 

      4 years ago

      Big thanks! Tumblr makes me crazy(ier).

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DeborahDian: You're VERY welcome :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Linda BookLady: I used to use it more often too - 'properly'. But because this way takes only seconds, I'm back :)

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Thanks soooo much!

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I need to use Tumblr more than I do. Thanks for showing me how you use it!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TJHousel: One minute a day is all you need :) Thanks for visiting!

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      Tawnya 

      4 years ago from NE Ohio

      Thanks, Jackie. I'm just getting ready to create a Tumblr account and I feel much more confident about the endeavor now.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Ruthi: So much to do and so little time!

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Jerzimom: Thank you Cheryl! I'm certainly not an expert at Tumblr - it's just that I never have enough time so I like quick ways of doing things :)

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      Ruthi 

      4 years ago

      Yes, this I have pretty much figured out, being a day into Tumblr. I hope to learn a whole lot more as time moves forward.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Good tutorial. It helps!

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