Tumblr for your business - Let me show you how

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Hi Guys

Tumblr is an awesome site that can be used to benefit our businesses in many ways.

I've worked with Tumblr for a little while now and have good experience working with the site. I have actually wrote a guide about working with Tumblr that I give away with one of my WSO's.

I have copied and Pasted my guide below and have removed any promotional material - hoping to provide only value.

I hope you find the details useful

Update - Free theme added on following post
http://www.warriorforum.com/social-m...ml#post7624856

A Guide To Working With Tumblr

Some Important Notes


We can benefit from Tumblr in many ways, some I make notes on further in this guide, but first it's important to understand that Tumblr like any website will not appreciate Blogs that blatantly look to be built for the sole purpose of self promotion.

By nurturing our Tumblr accounts, we not only build trust with Tumblr and its user base, but we gain some Huge SEO benefits which I will be making notes of further down.

So it's important that we try our best to provide value when we can. In this guide, I will be noting a number of methods in which Tumblr can be used including a few best practices and some tips.

Unlike other websites that do not allow community members to monetize there blogs, Tumblr on the other hand actually allows us much flexibility to monetize our sites.

Tumblr is a page rank 8 and has about 118 million visitors a month.

Understanding what we want to get out of our Tumblr Blogs

It's very important that we understand what we want out of our Tumblr Blogs because Tumblr can be used for a number of reasons, each one having a slight twist in the technique that we will use.

Here are some of the methods we will cover in this guide:

1. Using Tumblr for HIgh page rank Do Follow backlinks (Excellent for SEO)
2. Using Tumblr for Targeted traffic
3. Using Tumblr to increase hits, views
4. Making Money with Tumblr

Method 1 -Using Tumblr for High page rank Do-Follow Backlinks

In this method we will be using Tumblr to gain high page rank do follow backlinks.

We all know how important Do-Follow backlinks are and with Tumblrs authority I will show you how we can increase the page rank of our own Tumblr blogs.

I stumbled across this method while I was working on Tumblr and testing the site. I managed to get 7 of my newly built Tumblr blogs page rank in under 1 month.

Three of my blogs got a PR1 another three got a PR2 and one of them got a PR3.

Method explained

If you make a post on your Tumblr blog pointing to your website then this link will be Do-Follow and do-follow links not only help in the SERPS but also pass the authority to your sites.

In this method, we will be building the page rank of our own Tumblr blogs and then pushing it to our own urls.

This method is by far my favorite and is also an awesome way to start all your Tumblr blogs to gain good authority and trust.

Re-blogs

The Tumblr community loves to share posts made by other users. Tumblr actually makes it very easy for a user to share another users post by placing a re-blog link next to every published post made.

When another Tumblr user re-blogs your post then a link back to your blog will be created. This Link back will be Do-follow.

The idea with this method is to gain as many Re-blogs for your own posts as possible.

We will also look at an easy method in which we can gain do-follow backlinks to our Tumblr blogs by using Tags.

I have created a Video taking you through the method on the following url. (I removed Video )

If you would like a list of High PR Tags then please let me know and I will get a download link added.

Making a few customizations to your Tumblr Theme can help loads.

I've created a video on this topic but it have removed the link as it has promotional material. The video basically covers choosing an optimized Tumblr theme that uses headings - disabling the showing of posts you liked and users you follow on your page.

The Process The process is simple.

Step 1.
Collect images so that you can upload them to your Tumblr Queue.

Tips

1. Funny images work best
2. Animated GIFS get shared loads on Tumblr (Max file size for animated gif is 512kb) - I believe this has now changed to 1mb

Step 2
Compile a nice List of Tags.

Tips
1. Post image specific Tags to get targeted traffic. Targeted traffic will increase Followers.
2. Include some High Page rank Tags to get the odd Boost in do-follow Page rank links.

Step 3
Use nice Descriptions - Adding descriptions is not a must but can add value. Many of the Tumblr Themes will use the first lines of your description for the meta data, so it's good for SEO.

Tips
1. Quotes seem to do well with all sorts of images. Try to get quotes based on your Niche.
2. Short descriptions such as "Follow me I will follow back" also help build your followers.

Step 4
Upload Images to the Tumblr Queue. It's important to login to our Tumblr blog and setup our queue. The Tumblr Queue will allow us to upload many posts all at once and have Tumblr drip publish them (like a schedule) each day.

When making a post (Photo Post) then it’s important to add Tags and for the source and click through links we will be using our own Tumblr blog url.

Tips
1. Post about 1 week + worth of images to keep your blog constantly updated.
2. Add about 7 Tags for each post. Add some of the high PR Tags from the list provided. The software will rotate through the list of Tags you provide on every post.
3. Max Number of Images in the Tumblr queue at any given time is 301

Step5
After we have added images, we need to follow other Tumblr users and like posts made by other Tumblrs. This will start to drive traffic to our Tumblr Blogs. As long as we have picked related Tags and Images then you will start to see other Tumblr users Re-blog your work. After a week or two you can start to Re-blog posts made by other Tumblrs. Just add your own unique Tags.

When others re-blog your posts then your post will show up on the blog that re-blogged it. As we set the click through link and source as your Tumblr blog then this will be a do-follow link back to your Tumblr blog.

Uploading your own content works better then re-blogging but when you're stuck for content then this works a treat.

Tips
1. Follow and like posts that are in your niche. This will increase targeted traffic and the number of re-blog's.
2. Max followers/unfollowers combined for any one Tumblr blog in a 24 hour period is 200~
3. Re-use the images with most Re-blogs each week.
4. Run the follow and like scripts about 3 times a week. The more you use it the better the results.

Tumblr gives Do-Follow links from the following pages:
1. On Tumblr blogs
2. On Tag pages
3. On Tumblr Theme where the Theme shows Likes and Following list.

It's important to keep our queue updated so that new posts are being published each day. Uploading posts to your Tumblr queue can be done once every one or two weeks but we should upload enough posts till you get time to post more.

Re-cap
1. We will be uploading images that will get found by other Tumblr users.
2. Other Tumblr users will re-blog our uploads and give a link back to our Tumblr blog.
3. Our posts will get found on Tumblr Tag urls which will also give us a link back.
4. If a Tumblr user is following us or has liked our post then we will get a link back from this as well (Theme needs to be enabled to show Following and Likes).

All The links above will be do-follow. Before you know it then you will soon have a nice follower base and high page rank links pointing back to your Tumblr blog. On the next page rank update you will see the true page rank of your blog reflected.

Having High page rank Tumblr Blogs allows you to add your own links to them. You can add your own links to your Tumblr blogs whenever you like. The links will be Do-follow links.

I prefer to place my own links in the Description section which can be changed from the Customize Theme > Description section. I have added a piece of html code further below in this guide in the Extras section. Just follow the guide and add your own links to your own blogs. Don't under-estimate Tumblr Links. Follow the method above, add good image uploads and choose a nice niche.

A slight twist to the above method

The method above is the quickest way to build page rank for your Tumblr blogs, however it is always possible to add any link of your choice as the source and click through link. Every time a user re-blogs the post then it will link back to the url you entered. You will find many of the Re-blogs will be from high page rank Tumblr urls. All the links will be Do-follow. This will allow you to gain Do-follow links for any url or your choice.

Tip
Like posts and Follow users as often as you can. It will help build your followers. When a Tumblr user follows you then every time you make a new post it will show in the Tumblr users Dashboard when they login. This will gain you more exposure, more traffic and more Reblogs.

Tumblr users love images. If they see a funny image then they are not shy to hit the Re-blog button and Re-blogs are backlinks.

Method 2 -Using Tumblr for Targeted traffic

In this method we will be using Tumblr to get targeted traffic.

Gaining targeted traffic is very easy and your results will continue to improve as you continue to work on your Tumblr accounts. Results for every niche will vary.

In this method it's very important that we keep our focus on our Niche. We will...

1. Use Niche Specific Tags.
2. Use Niche Specific Images
3. Follow Users based on Niche
4. Like Posts based on Niche
5. Re-blog Posts based on Niche

The more Tumblr accounts you can manage in a niche then the more exposure you will have.

The Process

Step 1
Collect Images, Tags, and Descriptions for our posts

Tips
1. Try to use images related to your Niche
2. Use Only Tags targeted to your Niche
3. Use quotes based on your Niche
4. Think of Images as link bait. Post a good image and you will get many re-blogs. Getting a Re-blog means your Click through links will be on other blogs and seen by all their followers. This will drive much more traffic.

Step 2
Upload Images to your Tumblr Queue. Add your tags and the urls that you wish to send traffic to as the click through links but keep the source as your own Tumblr blog.

Tips
1. Post about 1 week + worth of images to keep your blog constantly updated.
2. Add about 7 Tags for each post.
3. Adding links to external pages away from Tumblr works better for traffic generation after you have built a good list of followers.
4. Use links that provide stats such as the bit.ly feature

Step 3
It's important to Follow and Like as much as possible. The more you Like posts and Follow users then the more exposure your Blog will get. Liking Niche specific Posts will ensure you gain Niche specific traffic. Liking posts and following users will also get you more followers. When your posts get re-bloged then the links you are promoting will also be noted on other Tumblr Blogs.

Tips
1. You can follow up to 200~ users a day - Use it as much as possible
2. Like as many posts as you can. (Not sure of Tumblrs restrictions)
3. Re-blog posts from other niche related Blogs

Note: Tumblrs tend to have a Facebook and Twitter account. Linking your Facebook and Twitter to your Tumblr account will increase traffic and followers from all social networks.


Method 3 -Using Tumblr for Increasing Hits and Views

In this method we will be using Tumblr to Increase Hits and Clicks. It really doesn't matter if the traffic is targeted here.

For this method then we will use Tumblr based on hot topics. This can be done in many ways. Tumblr has an Explore page which lists many popular Tags and blogs http://www.tumblr.com/explore

Or we can use something Like Google Trends http://www.google.com/trends

Once we have picked a Topic, it's important to find related images, tags, followers and posts to like even re-blog. We will then do exactly the same as the previous method.

The only real difference in this method is that we are targeting topics that we know are hot and that will have good traffic numbers associated with them.

Some niches on Tumblr are very popular, and if you find the right one then you can be sure to always have traffic at your disposal.

Method 4. Making Money with Tumblr

While doing my extensive research on Tumblr, I found a number of guides written by users that are making money from Tumblr using a number of Twists. I came across users making up to $35+ a day and others making even more.

I have removed all the links due to the terms of this forum. The links were topics discussing techniques using Google Adsense, Amazon affiliates, adfly and some other networks.

You would basically follow the same steps as above but instead setup the click through links as your affiliate links or monetize your tumblr blog to show adsense, CPA offers and then send the traffic to your tumblr blogs.

Extras

SEO Optimized Tumblr theme (As noted above)
http://www.tumblr[dot]com/theme/17403
Find the top Tumblr blogs
http://www.tumblr[dot]com/directory
Example of Site using Google Adsense - Offers great Tumblr Themes
http://totallylayouts[dot]com/
tp://www.tumblr.com/docs/en/custom_themes
How to Add Google Adsense to Your Tumblr Blog
http://autobacklinkbomb[dot]com/forum/index.php/topic,3930.0.html

Add links to your Tumblr Blogs.
You can add links to your Tumblr blogs so that they show on every page by editing the HTML of the theme or by adding details to your description box which can be found on the customize theme screen.


By entering the below code in your description box you are able to add 2 links on your Tumblr blog. The links will show up in your description section of your blog under the heading Sites I Like. Add your own urls and keywords. If you want to add more links then just repeat the code.


<br><br><b>Sites I Like</b><br>
<br> <a href=" http://www.YOURDOMAIN.com /"> YourKeyword </a> <br>
<a href=" http://www.YOURDOMAIN.com /">s YourKeyword </a>

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Thanks and hope this helps

Abbs

#social networks #business #show #tumblr
  • Profile picture of the author Dennisknows
    That's some good stuff. I think many overlook tumbler
  • Profile picture of the author Digitalz
    Thats actually a really nice guide. And I do agree that people do overlook tumblr and think that they can't make any dime from it but by using some great methods, it could just turn out into a goldmine.
  • Profile picture of the author aclerkin
    Fantastic, thank you, Tumblr is a must.
  • Profile picture of the author JCourter13
    I really like this guide. I have begun using tumblr lately to help gain traffic for my blog and I think your guide will help.
    • Profile picture of the author abs007
      Originally Posted by Dennisknows View Post

      That's some good stuff. I think many overlook tumbler
      Thanks

      Originally Posted by Digitalz View Post

      Thats actually a really nice guide. And I do agree that people do overlook tumblr and think that they can't make any dime from it but by using some great methods, it could just turn out into a goldmine.
      Tumblr is overlooked by many - You would actually be surprised by the amount of users pocketing $$ from tumblr - Like any site though some things work better then others but truth be told then its actually very easy to make money on tumblr.

      I personally prefer to use it for both traffic and seo benefits which works a treat.

      Originally Posted by aclerkin View Post

      Fantastic, thank you, Tumblr is a must.
      Originally Posted by JCourter13 View Post

      I really like this guide. I have begun using tumblr lately to help gain traffic for my blog and I think your guide will help.
      Thanks for the comments - I hope the small guide helps
  • Profile picture of the author JodyRossDeane
    Abbs you are awesome, was just looking for info like this. Tumbler here i come.
    JRD
  • Profile picture of the author darapmonsta
    Tumblr is really a very good stuff. You just don't need to do anything just click reblog whatever you like and you are getting famous.
  • Profile picture of the author Forexmonster
    Good stuff, thanks for posting this guide
    • Profile picture of the author leysanrich
      Originally Posted by Forexmonster View Post

      Good stuff, thanks for posting this guide
      Yes! I you are right, very important stuff.
  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Pretty interesting guide you have here, thank you for sharing the info for free when you can come up with an ebook and sell it as a WSO.
  • Profile picture of the author tsgeric
    thanks for sharing such great content!

    Curious, what are your thoughts on the positioning and value proposition of Tumblr now that Pinterest has entered the web2.0 environment with such force (also very image-based, stream of consciousness, based on re-pinning/re-posting)?
  • Profile picture of the author Michael_Le
    i sense that Tumblr is gona be the flavor of the month and everyone is gona be pushing WSO's on how Tumblr is the way to go.........
  • Profile picture of the author jramsburg
    Thanks. I didn't know about the click through url or the queue. I went back to the tumblr for one of my sites that I started and never did anything and put up a few pictures from my humor site. Very quickly I started getting reblogs and click throughs.

    I did some searching to see if I could find a quicker way to mass upload my pictures and found this Tumbloadr

    I tried two batches and it appears to work just fine. The only downsides I can see are all the pictures in the batch need to have the same tags and caption. So you will still need to do multiple uploads if you have that would require different tags. Hopefully it helps some of you.
    • Profile picture of the author itservicebiz
      Great information and tips. Thanks for sharing. Tumblr is a great social media network and community.
  • Profile picture of the author srodoks
    Thnks very much for sharing
    • Profile picture of the author articlecouture
      Thank you for sharing! I've had my tumblr account for about 2 years now but I haven't been really active like using tags nor reblog. Will try this!
  • Profile picture of the author John Ralph
    Good post, I've always found tumblr to be a useful source of traffic and backlinks
  • Profile picture of the author StevieAd
    CPA Links are allowed on Tumblr ? You are not getting banned ?
  • Profile picture of the author chikeade
    Hey Abs,

    I sent you (3) PMs, lol can you respond.

    And like StevieAd I'd like to know more about CPAs on tumblr also, do you have a strategy for this method as well?
  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    Thats some fantastic stuffs. Never tried Tumblr for business. But guess I have to think twice.
  • Profile picture of the author hbhanot
    This is great stuff. How about the images. Where to get them. There is too much copyright thing going on.
  • Profile picture of the author abs007
    Originally Posted by StevieAd View Post

    CPA Links are allowed on Tumblr ? You are not getting banned ?
    If you read the Opening Post I clearly make notes as to how your blog should not look to be built for promotion only.

    Tumblr allow you to monetize but they want you to add value too. The key would be to add the offers few and far between. But nothing will beat sending traffic to your own site and then monetizing there.

    Originally Posted by chikeade View Post

    Hey Abs,

    I sent you (3) PMs, lol can you respond.

    And like StevieAd I'd like to know more about CPAs on tumblr also, do you have a strategy for this method as well?
    Just replied to your messages(s)

    For CPA offers, amazon offers etc then I would highly suggest you send traffic to your own sites and monetize there - Add click through links to your images for your sites.

    Originally Posted by CyborgX View Post

    Thats some fantastic stuffs. Never tried Tumblr for business. But guess I have to think twice.
    You have some huge businesses using Tumblr on a daily bases. Im sure once you start using them you will not look back.

    Originally Posted by hbhanot View Post

    This is great stuff. How about the images. Where to get them. There is too much copyright thing going on.
    There are a number of things you can do - Firstly Tumblr themselves allow you to reblog - and as a tumblr user you can reblog whatever you find on tumblr.

    You can always do searches for creative common images.

    Try taking a Look at the Viral Image Wizard - its a wso in my signature that reads More traffic then google linkedin and youtube combined - The viral Image wizard will also allow you to create animated gifs from video and your own slideshows - Works great with tumblr and the image search features allow you to get the images with the author details in tact

    Originally Posted by blu3ros3 View Post

    Nice and helpfull post. Thank u very much
    Glad you liked it - Dont forget to hit that Thanks button

    Abbs
  • Profile picture of the author easycommerce
    Really tumblr very useful to me as a micro website for my business
  • Profile picture of the author MarkLee743
    Yes Tumblr really very useful.

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