My Tumblr Experience (Update Sep 26, 2016)



Refer to Milestone Marker: YATB (yet another Tumblr blog) for the explanation of the strike through.

This post is in response to question asked by Kyla Matton Osborne in the Daily Accountability Thread – Week of April 18th.

The question was about my “experience with Tumblr”.  Started typing up the answer and what was intended to be a KISS answer (KISS = Keep It Short and Simple) resulted in this full blown post.  🙂

(Ahem.) My Tumblr Experience:

Once upon a time, there was a lower case letter “t” that lived in a dark blue square … just kidding.  🙂

Tumblr-logo-ex

The design of the Tumblr platform is to make sharing easy. It does just that. Via the dashboard you can write text, share a photo, a quote, a link or a video.  (There are also chat and audio features which I’ve never used.)  Additionally, I use a web browser extension, Add This, that makes it even easier to share via Tumblr.

If you don’t have Tumblr followers, it’s hard to derive monetary benefits; and it takes a lot of persistence to drive traffic to the blog. That’s the way it is for me.  This is “my experience”.

I started out with one Tumblr blog. Now I have five; 3 are aimed at niches (food, entertainment, shopping) and one is just my randomness. My main blog – Express Yourself! – is personal and business – published posts are my thoughts, opinions and links on a wide of range of topics that interest me, along with tips and advice for work at home professionals, home business and online entrepreneurs.

Part of MY problem has been MY own learning curve.

Agree with Kyla that the Tumblr platform is somewhat “foreign”. The knowledge accumulated on how to use it has been self-taught. There are ways to monetize which I did not know in the beginning. My first archived post dates back to 2012. It’s 2016. After several years I’m just finding out about them and how to use them  (such as  Infolinks; VigLink; Limk; Content.Ad). 

Additionally, I think if I understood Google Analytics more, and some of the other Google Webmaster Tools, I could probably tweak my blogs and get more out of them. This too is filed under “HUGE Learning curve”.

Tumblr is perfect for blogging, micro-blogging and social sharing. It gives me a place on the web to share my work found elsewhere on the web, with an audience that might not be elsewhere on the web. 🙂

For example: Tumblr can be connected to various other platforms like WordPress, Scoop.it, etc.

– My blog here at BlogJob (which utilizes the WordPress application) is connected to one of my Tumblr blogs so that whenever I generate a post, it is automatically shared via Tumblr. Why do that? Because I can’t get my Tumblr audience to come over here. So I have to take my stuff over there to them.  🙂

Scoop.it is a blogging and content curation tool that I was invited to try years ago. ( See Blogging Tips and Tricks From an Amateur.)  My Scoop.it account is connected to another one of my Tumblr, so a blog entry (a link share or a “scoop”) posted there can be shared simultaneously or shared later to Tumblr.

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Summary:

Being able to link Tumblr to various other platforms facilitates content sharing and provides the possibility of reaching a larger audience.  The worldwide web is a gigantic ocean and your blog post can sink to the bottom as soon as you hit the publish button, no matter how good you think the entry is, UNLESS you make diligent efforts to circulate content and try to push it to the surface for people to find and view.  Tumblr can be used for that purpose.

1st published on: Apr 21, 2016
 



12 Comments

  1. Kevin Ashton

    The problem with social media, is too much of it is hyperbole telling you how wonderful and necessary it is.
    And in truth much of it is snake-oil with a steep learning curve.

    I share my new blog posts in many places, but the effort in the short term is great whilst the return is usually small. In the end it’s a question of balance, because we can spend so much time improving our visitors numbers, it is easy to not spend enough time creating quality content.
    My main blog get about 3,500 views a day (about 2,000 visitors) but I’ve been blogging a long time to get that.

    As for the weird and not so wonderful Tumblr I found it very difficult to drive traffic back to my WordPress blog, but strangely enough it has improved my ranking on Baidu ( the Chinese alternative to Google).

    Answering a question you asked me last time I commented about Tumblr, I did follow a lot of food blogs and very few of them bothered to follow me back. I think if you start a blog on Tumblr you might get better results but if you try to use Tumblr to promote a blog that is elsewhere say on WordPress then it’s a lot more difficult. Someone recently told that to be successful on Tumblr you need to reblog your posts every couple of days (which I might try when I have time). In truth none of us have enough time to focus both on blog content, hold down a job, and spending enough time on social media promoting our labour of love, so we end up like the circus juggler, spinning lots and lots of plates then try our best to keep them all spinning.

    • cmoneyspinner

      The Baidu ranking is odd. (O.o) But then … Chinese people do know about good food. 🙂

      I found a WordPress blog because it’s content showed up in search results on Tumblr. It was actually what started me on my Tumblr adventure. The blogger was somebody I knew from social media in a blogger group. So I guess the familiarity with the person made me want to try it out. I am no expert but I’ve read that if your content or links are in different places it’s more likely people will find your blog. Hence, all the hype about social media sharing.

      Here’s the thing. I’m trying to monetize my blogs. So I use whichever platform will allow me to do that. Tumblr is one of those free platforms that will let you use affiliate ads. Their rules are not as strict as other platforms I’ve tried. With Tumblr it can be a detailed blog or microblog which gives me a lot more freedom with what I can write, publish and/or share.

      I get help using automated posting for social media. There have tools like dlvr.it, Zapier, etc. Perhaps it is all snake-oil. The Ad blockers sure haven’t helped with income generation. Nevertheless, if I can earn a few real pennies that can contribute to our real household income and buy groceries, etc., then I’ve accomplished my real goal. So for me, it’s just a matter of my persistence paying off. 🙂

      Thanks for taking time to leave your response. Try not to work too hard. 🙂

  2. Kevin Ashton

    Dear Treathyl,
    I have had a Tumblr account for several years but so far it has been very frustrating.
    http://wannabetvchef.tumblr.com/
    Very few of my 126 blog posts can be seen in Tumblr searches. I tag each post the recommended 5-6 #tags
    but I still can’t see them in the Tumblr search results, so no one notes my posts and therefore no one clicks on a post to follow it back to my WordPress blog. I have followed the recommendations from Tumblr support but they have not solved the problem. The last person I spoke to, a David S, from Tumblr Platform Support, said, “Search results or your placement in them is not guaranteed.”

    If I can’t get my recipes and articles seen in Tumblr search, then what is the point of using Tumblr?
    And Tumblr needs to improve their unhelpful and unfriendly support. As far I can tell neither support person actually looked at my account, they just quoted various links I should try for further information.

    • cmoneyspinner

      Thank you for sharing your experience with me. Find it hard to believe your food posts don’t show up! Folks on Tumblr love food! My experience for all the years I was at Tumblr was never unpleasant. Whenever I contacted Tumblr Support they were very nice to me.

      As for my main blog … it was actually starting to be noticed by search engines. That was great because if at least one of them could be seen and bring traffic, maybe once the visitors got there they would be curious enough to visit my other blogs.

      At any rate, Tumblr is “water under the bridge” for me. Regardless of how many times it has changed hands, I really liked the platform. It was easy to use and the Tumblr blogs were pretty neat!!

      Just curious. (1) The interface between WordPress and Tumblr is convenient. But did you follow other food bloggers on Tumblr and reblog or like their posts? That kind of activity sort of gets you noticed.

      (2) Also, did you connect your blog to Google Analytics? I did both. But I’ll confess to not knowing how to make the most out of analyzing my “analytics”. About all I can say is that the blog was getting traffic.

      Really appreciate you stopping by and letting me know you were here. So good to see you!

      Also, thanks for sharing the link to your blog. 🙂

  3. Andria Perry

    I used to use tumblr all the time but I backed off after bubble went down, I went over a month or so ago but I have yet to learn how to share my posts from here but I want to 🙂 thank you for reminding me 🙂

  4. Anne Farmer

    These are great tips for users who don;t know a thing about how tumblr works, like me. Thanks

  5. Pinay Blogger

    I have a tumblr account but it’s not as mobile-friendly as wordpress 😩

    • cmoneyspinner

      Go into the Settings in your dashboard. I think there’s a button you can click to make it mobile-friendly.

  6. Kyla Matton Osborne

    Hmmmm…. I’m still not sure I get it. But like you, I’m dealing with what is sometimes a rather steep learning curve! Thanks for taking the time to answer, Treathyl 🙂

    • cmoneyspinner

      LOL. Your brain has to be screwed in backwards like mine, in order for you to get it. 🙂 Seriously though, if you commit to using it I can share with you what I know. You can use the messaging system at Tumblr to contact me and ask me questions there. That’s a new feature they installed maybe a year ago. I know it works. People I don’t even know send me messages. 🙂

  7. TAlberts

    I have heard about Thumblr but I have not check it yet although it´s on my checking list. Thanks for sharing.

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