Anybody use Tumblr to drive traffic?

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I don't see Tumblr get many 'shout outs' here. However I run a Tumblr blog in my niche which has around 2,000 followers. With each post I can get about 500 hits on my blog. Manage to convert some to sales as well. Takes about 20 minutes on Tumblr a day finding things to blog (generally images) and then sending a post out. Some of these images are getting shared around 3-4,000 times which is a lot of exposure. I was just wondering if anybody else uses tumblr in this way? and more importantly, if you don't, why not?
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  • Profile picture of the author anwar001
    Originally Posted by RyanGillam View Post

    I don't see Tumblr get many 'shout outs' here. However I run a Tumblr blog in my niche which has around 2,000 followers. With each post I can get about 500 hits on my blog. Manage to convert some to sales as well. Takes about 20 minutes on Tumblr a day finding things to blog (generally images) and then sending a post out. Some of these images are getting shared around 3-4,000 times which is a lot of exposure. I was just wondering if anybody else uses tumblr in this way? and more importantly, if you don't, why not?
    Good to know you are getting traffic from Tumblr and getting sales as well. There is not much awareness among people regarding Tumblr. Maybe it depends on your niche. Some niches might do well and some won't do well on Tumblr. Which niche are you in exactly?
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    • Profile picture of the author RyanGillam
      Originally Posted by anwar001 View Post

      Good to know you are getting traffic from Tumblr and getting sales as well. There is not much awareness among people regarding Tumblr. Maybe it depends on your niche. Some niches might do well and some won't do well on Tumblr. Which niche are you in exactly?
      Travel Niche

      Although I have had some experience selling merchandise there through blogging reviews. There are a lot of 'fandoms' there who will suck up almost anything. Although I do not do that any more
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      • Profile picture of the author anwar001
        Originally Posted by RyanGillam View Post

        Travel Niche

        Although I have had some experience selling merchandise there through blogging reviews. There are a lot of 'fandoms' there who will suck up almost anything. Although I do not do that any more
        When you posted reviews of products, did you promote your tumblr posts in any way or did it just happen automatically without you having to do anything?
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  • Profile picture of the author trafficmasters
    Yeah tumblr can be a great resource, well done on getting sales - a lot of people go with funny images or nude images and find it hard to convert the visits
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Not really sure how to get traffic from Tumblr. It's popular because of the social networking aspect of it, apart from that am not so sure how you can make use of that traffic. Perhaps you can point them to your main website or blog and have them optin there so you can build your list out of Tumblr traffic.
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    • Profile picture of the author RyanGillam
      Originally Posted by YasirYar View Post

      Not really sure how to get traffic from Tumblr. It's popular because of the social networking aspect of it, apart from that am not so sure how you can make use of that traffic. Perhaps you can point them to your main website or blog and have them optin there so you can build your list out of Tumblr traffic.
      I done the following.

      1. Identified my niche (important on tumblr as you really need to drill down on it, in this case it was about a VERY specific place)
      2. Started to find blogs on tumblr which blogged about the same thing and followed them. This got me a few followers and I knew they were interested in what I had to blog about.
      3. Find some pictures online that I could share (Flickr is a good place as you can share directly to tumblr from there)
      4. Chose specific tags for the image.
      5. Sit back and it could get anywhere from 100-1000's of reblogs.
      6. Followers went up to around 1,000
      7. Started blogging every so often to give them the view I was a real person (people on tumblr love this)
      8. Once a week minimum put my link out there and a short advertising piece before it. Trick is to not do it often or you lose followers.

      That is a very simplified version of the plan, but it is easy to get traffic on tumblr. Weight loss works well as a niche here too (lots of weight loss blogs and its a close knit community for that). Dating, IM and financial stuff WOULD NOT work.
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      • Profile picture of the author Gengis
        Originally Posted by RyanGillam View Post

        I done the following.

        1. Identified my niche (important on tumblr as you really need to drill down on it, in this case it was about a VERY specific place)
        2. Started to find blogs on tumblr which blogged about the same thing and followed them. This got me a few followers and I knew they were interested in what I had to blog about.
        3. Find some pictures online that I could share (Flickr is a good place as you can share directly to tumblr from there)
        4. Chose specific tags for the image.
        5. Sit back and it could get anywhere from 100-1000's of reblogs.
        6. Followers went up to around 1,000
        7. Started blogging every so often to give them the view I was a real person (people on tumblr love this)
        8. Once a week minimum put my link out there and a short advertising piece before it. Trick is to not do it often or you lose followers.

        That is a very simplified version of the plan, but it is easy to get traffic on tumblr. Weight loss works well as a niche here too (lots of weight loss blogs and its a close knit community for that). Dating, IM and financial stuff WOULD NOT work.
        Ryan you can make this into a 10-15 page report broken down in very laymen terms and make a WSO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicole K
    Tumblr is a very good source of traffic and works well with Adsense. If you have high paying keywords you could be earning well for yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author RyanGillam
      Originally Posted by Nicole K View Post

      Tumblr is a very good source of traffic and works well with Adsense. If you have high paying keywords you could be earning well for yourself.
      I found it didn't work with Adsense. Very few people actually clicked through to my main page and most of the stuff they saw of mine was on the Dashboard
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      • Profile picture of the author madstan
        Originally Posted by RyanGillam View Post

        I found it didn't work with Adsense. Very few people actually clicked through to my main page and most of the stuff they saw of mine was on the Dashboard
        Stan no like adsense...adsense was mean to stan.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimmy Sun
    Hi Ryan, you said that with each post you can drive traffic to your blog. Do you set the click-through link of each image to your main site? Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author RyanGillam
      Originally Posted by Jimmy Sun View Post

      Hi Ryan, you said that with each post you can drive traffic to your blog. Do you set the click-through link of each image to your main site? Thanks.
      Not every post contains a link. The ones that do have text underneath them. For example:

      Visit my website to find out more (well not exactly that, but it is pretty much saying that!)

      Most of the links come from random posts that don't include images.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        The only traffic you can drive to your site from Tumblr is traffic that's originally gone to Tumblr instead of directly to your own site, and a proportion of it eventually arrives at your own site anyway. Traffic isn't manufactured at Tumblr. It's easy to imagine that you're gaining something when you're actually making a net loss compared with what you could have done instead, to attract all that traffic directly to your own site in the first place, rather than losing a proportion of it at Tumblr. It's just another fallacy of misattributed causation, really.
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        • Profile picture of the author Subseven
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          The only traffic you can drive to your site from Tumblr is traffic that's originally gone to Tumblr instead of directly to your own site, and a proportion of it eventually arrives at your own site anyway. Traffic isn't manufactured at Tumblr. It's easy to imagine that you're gaining something when you're actually making a net loss compared with what you could have done instead, to attract all that traffic directly to your own site in the first place, rather than losing a proportion of it at Tumblr. It's just another fallacy of misattributed causation, really.
          Hmm, can you elaborate? Because to me it seems like it's another way for people to get to your site. They find your posts through tags, end up at your Tumblr posts which redirects them to your site. There's a huge audience on Tumblr that you can try to attract to your site, and I don't really see how doing this could result in a net loss.
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by Subseven View Post

            I don't really see how doing this could result in a net loss.
            Can't you? It depends what you compare it with.

            If you want to build up a Tumbr site, provide content on it, promote it, get it ranking, and so on, then unquestionably it will send you traffic ... but that isn't Tumblr helping you to get traffic: it's you helping Tumblr get traffic with the knowledge that some of it will eventually arrive at your own site.

            If you honestly like that strategy, then go for it.

            In my opinion, in the long run my "time/effort spent" will work out both better paid and more secure than yours, though: I prefer promoting my own sites, and having all my pages on sites that I myself own and control, so that ALL that traffic arrives at my own site, rather than just some of it.

            Originally Posted by Subseven View Post

            to me it seems like it's another way for people to get to your site.
            My perspective is very different: to me it's another way to generate additional traffic and lose a proportion of it, rather than generating additional traffic and not losing a proportion of it. I know which I prefer.

            Originally Posted by Subseven View Post

            They find your posts through tags, end up at your Tumblr posts which redirects them to your site.
            Come off it, Sub7, how can you seriously imagine that that's better than having them arriving directly at your own site and bypassing the stage at which a proportion is lost?! It doesn't stand up to examination even for a moment, does it? That's exactly the same fallacy as imagining that it helps you to have your potential customers finding an article you've written in an article directory (instead of finding the copy on your own site), and the "article marketers" who believe that one are the ones not making a living.
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        • Profile picture of the author anwar001
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          The only traffic you can drive to your site from Tumblr is traffic that's originally gone to Tumblr instead of directly to your own site, and a proportion of it eventually arrives at your own site anyway. Traffic isn't manufactured at Tumblr. It's easy to imagine that you're gaining something when you're actually making a net loss compared with what you could have done instead, to attract all that traffic directly to your own site in the first place, rather than losing a proportion of it at Tumblr. It's just another fallacy of misattributed causation, really.
          Someone who wants to get everything will probably end up getting nothing (or not much at least). How do you know if you spent the time and effort for creating content on your own site, you would have got the traffic that you got through the content you created on Tumblr? The same piece of content could have different effects in Google rankings on different sites.
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          • Profile picture of the author abs007
            Originally Posted by anwar001 View Post

            Someone who wants to get everything will probably end up getting nothing (or not much at least). How do you know if you spent the time and effort for creating content on your own site, you would have got the traffic that you got through the content you created on Tumblr? The same piece of content could have different effects in Google rankings on different sites.
            Totally agree

            We use social sites for many reasons and I guess the reason we use them is due to the massive communities that they have attracted.

            By tapping into these Social sites then we are able to Tap into huge communities that we would not have been able to do otherwise.

            The other benefits are the authority and trust which can be leveraged to our own sites.

            So no matter which way you look at it - using Social media sites like tumblr are always going to help your business. Either by getting your brand seen, by benefiting from direct traffic or at the very least a do-follow backlink from a site like tumblr that is a PR 6 or more

            Theres a great Social media section in this forum. Take a look at the following thread giving tips to using Tumblr for your business.

            http://www.warriorforum.com/social-m...w-you-how.html
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by anwar001 View Post

            How do you know if you spent the time and effort for creating content on your own site, you would have got the traffic that you got through the content you created on Tumblr?
            You don't need to be Einstein to know that your click-through rate from Tumblr is going to be less than 100%. That means you're losing traffic.

            The irrefutable and readily verifiable logic of this situation is basically the same as that described and exemplified in this post (a different example, admittedly, because that relates to article directories rather than to Web 2.0 sites, but the underlying principle is exactly the same, and for exactly the same reason).
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            • Profile picture of the author abs007
              Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

              You don't need to be Einstein to know that your click-through rate from Tumblr is going to be less than 100%. That means you're losing traffic.
              This shouldn't stop you from syndicating your own content on their. After you publish to your own blog then why not share it on tumblr and attract some of the Tumblr users?

              When I use Tumblr then I have various reasons to use it. even though the click through rate is far from 100% it still gives me the ability to tap into a community that I wouldn't of tapped into otherwise.

              Tumblr has Millions of visitors and the traffic you are able to drive from a newly created tumblr blog despite the CTR being low is huge. This allows us to start funneling and pointing the traffic to places we choose in order to kick start our own sites or even use the traffic to pocket cash.

              And as your tumblr blog grows then so does your traffic.

              I do however agree that if it took lots of effort and time then you would need to think about organizing your time a little more however the way Tumblr works is key here.

              It really doesn't require much effort at all and Tumblr has designed it this way - yes we might be helping tumblr but lets not forget the easy gains we can make.
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              • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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                Originally Posted by abs007 View Post

                After you publish to your own blog then why not share it on tumblr and attract some of the Tumblr users?
                That's an entirely different question, and not what anyone's so far discussed in this thread.

                Originally Posted by abs007 View Post

                Tumblr has Millions of visitors and the traffic you are able to drive from a newly created tumblr blog despite the CTR being low is huge.
                That particularly fallacy of misattributed causation is already explained and answered in posts #20 and #23, above (and in many other threads about Squidoo, as well as Tumblr, actually).

                Originally Posted by abs007 View Post

                yes we might be helping tumblr but lets not forget the easy gains we can make.
                As explained in post #20 and #23 above, and in the thread linked to from post #23, it's easy to imagine that they're "gains". Compared with going out for dinner and having your hair cut, they're gains. I accept that it's apparently not the easiest point for everyone to grasp, but compared with how you could do this instead, they're actually net losses.
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                • Profile picture of the author abs007
                  Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

                  That's an entirely different question, and not what anyone's so far discussed in this thread.
                  Thanks

                  Just thought I would make the note as it doesn't take much effort at all to syndicate your own content on tumblr and doesn't require anyone to go out of their way to create content specifically for it.

                  Have a Blog / Site and every time you post to it then have it shared on other social sites.

                  I guess I read your previous notes about building a tumblr site and spending time to provide content for it and all the other Goodies to get it ranked.

                  There are a number of uses for Tumblr so I guess it depends on which angle you are looking at it from.

                  Not everyone is aiming to get their tumblr blogs ranked in the SERPS - Many are looking to tap into the huge tumblr community which doesn't require much effort at all.

                  Here are just a few uses that I know tumblr is being used for

                  For example,

                  Traffic generation - Many use Tumblr for driving traffic, Traffic can have many uses.

                  Obtaining Backlinks - Tumblr has great authority and many use it for backlinks

                  Brand awareness - Brands such as coca cola have Tumblelogs, getting your post out to the masses and using methods such as watermarking, logo stamping on every post gets your brand seen and known.

                  Building new followers and fans - Many tap into the community to build their own followers and fans

                  Making money - Yup people use tumblr to make money, Take a look at this tumblr blog Tumblr Themes, Twitter Backgrounds, Facebook Covers, Facebook Layouts, MySpace Layouts - they are using a custom domain with tumblr

                  Increasing hits, youtube views etc - Many use it to increase youtube views, hits and clicks

                  There are a number of other reasons that Tumblr is used for and when it comes to driving traffic then it can be awesome.

                  And depending on which angle you look at it then you will find it to be worth your while or not.

                  However, as noted things such as CTR wont be great and the quality of traffic really depends on how you work your Tumblr accounts,

                  So its wise to spend a little time to actually assess the quality of traffic if that is what you are trying to gain.

                  But as we are on the topic of driving traffic then yes - You can drive loads of traffic with Tumblr and its all down to the technique you use.

                  Thanks
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                • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
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                  That particularly fallacy of misattributed causation is already explained and answered in posts #20 and #23, above (and in many other threads about Squidoo, as well as Tumblr, actually)./QUOTE]

                  "fallacy of misattributed causation"- :rolleyes: imho, good writers use words that are simple and yet effective - that is how to captivate an audience rather than intimidate it.

                  To everyone else and the OP: in my opinion and it's been my personal experience, putting your stuff (whether it's articles, images, templates, videos) out there in as many places and on as many sites as possible brings you traffic forever and many times that traffic can actually convert. It's a lot of work - it doesn't happen overnight unless you have a ton of money to throw into the mix to speed up the process -

                  So yes, Tumblr is as good as any other social media site -
                  Social media is powerful - it's word of mouth gone viral - it can make you or break you -

                  Bottom line, I would definitely look into Tumblr if I was involved in the niches that seem the most popular there. And I would seriously question anyone who would try to discourage that.
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                  • Profile picture of the author seregap
                    Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

                    Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


                    That particularly fallacy of misattributed causation is already explained and answered in posts #20 and #23, above (and in many other threads about Squidoo, as well as Tumblr, actually).
                    "fallacy of misattributed causation"- :rolleyes: imho, good writers use words that are simple and yet effective - that is how to captivate an audience rather than intimidate it.
                    very well said. some people sometimes go too far in their attempts to hide their incompetence behind a wall of fancy nonsense lol
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              • Originally Posted by abs007 View Post

                This shouldn't stop you from syndicating your own content on their. After you publish to your own blog then why not share it on tumblr and attract some of the Tumblr users?

                Eksakto, if you either want to save time and resources by leveraging your existing content and testing it out if it can give you the results you want, or if you want to test out the results you can get from what the content syndication article marketer "experts" here have been repeatedly posting all over the place in a mind-numbing way. And:


                Any serious person in business would most likely start out with a traffic generation campaign, via offsite content marketing, by carefully reading, absorbing and clarifying with the appropriate personnel the terms of service and posting guidelines of a third party site that they want to include in their list of third party sites where they will implement their offsite content marketing ventures. So:


                By doing this, it'd be quick and easy to determine that Tumblr accepts content already published elsewhere, provided you own full exclusive rights to that content, or have the right to use that content in that manner.


                The same principles, according to the content syndication article marketer "experts" here have been saying again and again, are at play when you do this on Tumblr, because these "experts" have been saying that it's "best" to use your existing content and syndicate it in online places (or in offline publications) where your target traffic is already spending time in, and Tumbler is one of those places (especially for some niches). Plus:


                Tumblr's terms of service and posting guidelines state that they have the right to distribute your content to their selected third parties for republication, including your byline or links, so that'd most likely be similar to what these content syndication article marketer "experts" here have been saying about EZA and other article directories -- Submitting your content there to have it picked up by other content publishers for syndication. However:


                The most important thing to consider is the result you're getting from any of these methods. For instance, test out the following to pinpoint which can give you the best RoI:


                1. Post your already published site/blog content on Tumblr. Study the traffic and conversions you get from those Tumblr posts; and


                2. Develop unique content and post it on Tumblr, with links to relevant pages in your site that offer even more mind-blowing content. Study the traffic and conversion ysou get from thos Tumblr posts.


                Compare the results you get from the two methods above. If you break even with the traffic and conversions you get against your overheads for implementing number 1, then you still get repeat business if your conversions include additional buyer or ready-buyer subscribers. If you earn a significant volume of traffic and conversions worth three times than your overheads, then you can focus more on this method over the other one. Again, for emphasis:


                It's way better to do your own tests than to listen to me, to anyone in this thread, to anyone inside and outside the Internet and to any content syndication article marketer "expert". That's why a lot of people who buy "How I Got 1K of Traffic and $2K of Sales in XX Days -- You Can, Too!"-type WSOs fail to make the things in those WSOs work for their businesses. This is especially true with people who lambast a method even when they haven't tried it out for themselves, especially those who make all kinds of claims like certain things have never happened before without any significant proof to substantiate those claims, instead of just advising others to try it out for themselves, because, as seen in this thread, making sense and believing a claim from one person out of many different perspectives from different people with different business models and different RoI projections and different net profit targets won't most likely be better than just testing the method out for yourself, so you can determine if it could give you good ROI.
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                  Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

                  that'd most likely be the same thing as what these content syndication article marketer "experts" here have been saying about EZA and other article directories -- Submitting your content there to have it picked up by other content publishers for syndication.
                  Alas, it isn't: other content publishers looking for content for syndication would be breaching both Tumblr's terms of use and the authors' copyrights, if they did that. It's in no way comparable to an article directory, on that front.
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                  • Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

                    Alas, it isn't: other content publishers looking for content for syndication would be breaching both Tumblr's terms of use and the authors' copyrights, if they did that. It's in no way comparable to an article directory, on that front.
                    Alas, I said "same" instead of "similar", hence your misinterpretation, so I edited my post. Tumblr states in its terms of service and guidelines that it has the right to distribute your content to their selected third party channels (read content publishers looking for content to publish on their own networks), including your byline or links. Clear now?
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by Marx Vergel Melencio View Post

            Tumblr states in its terms of service and guidelines that it has the right to distribute your content to their selected third party channels (read content publishers looking for content to publish on their own networks), including your byline or links. Clear now?
            Yes, I'm well aware of that, thanks. This isn't something that ever actually happens, though. Probably, when they first started, their lawyer felt it advisable to reserve the right to do that. In any case, it doesnt begin to signify that Tumblr is in any sense similar to an article directory in the way in which you originally stated before editing your post after I'd replied to it. Clearer, now?

            Originally Posted by Jack Albright View Post

            I love reading your posts Alexa, you are one smart cookie. So... what are you saying, is Tumblr worth the effort?
            I'll reply to you by private message later today, Jack, if you'll excuse me, for the moment: I simply have no taste at all for extended forum discussions involving parties who edit what they've previously said after it's been replied to. Even my "forum posting time" - albeit purely a leisure activity - is worth more than having to participate in that kind of conversation. Apologies.
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            • I again added some of my opinions to my post,and I'll just let others decide if it'd be significant for them to consider, in terms of testing Tumblr out to know for themselves what sort of RoI it'd give them, or drop it entirely because of opinions in this thread that claim it wouldn't be worthwhile for their businesses if they do so.
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              • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
                Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

                The only traffic you can drive to your site from Tumblr is traffic that's originally gone to Tumblr instead of directly to your own site, and a proportion of it eventually arrives at your own site anyway. Traffic isn't manufactured at Tumblr. It's easy to imagine that you're gaining something when you're actually making a net loss compared with what you could have done instead, to attract all that traffic directly to your own site in the first place, rather than losing a proportion of it at Tumblr. It's just another fallacy of misattributed causation, really.
                Alexa, I've been looking at Tumblr for a short while, and I think it has possibilities. Not necessarily in 'manufacturing' traffic, but in members' urge to share. Another 'ripples in the pond' effect. I'm looking at social sites like Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. much like I would blog commenting or guest posting. It's a chance to apply the classic 'sticks and balls, you get five, who get five, who get five...' logic of the MLM recruiters.

                In other words, it's just another lure in the tackle box.
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                • Profile picture of the author Kurt
                  Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

                  Alexa, I've been looking at Tumblr for a short while, and I think it has possibilities. Not necessarily in 'manufacturing' traffic, but in members' urge to share. Another 'ripples in the pond' effect. I'm looking at social sites like Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. much like I would blog commenting or guest posting. It's a chance to apply the classic 'sticks and balls, you get five, who get five, who get five...' logic of the MLM recruiters.

                  In other words, it's just another lure in the tackle box.
                  Go for it John, Tumblr has many benefits other 2.0 sites don't have. For example, it combines blogging and social.

                  You can upload your own templates with your Adsense encoded, as well as things like email optin forms (I think), so you don't have to divert traffic to your own sites to get 100% efficiency for these.

                  You can also use your own domain names, which has multiple benefits.

                  Tumblr also has the ability to import and export RSS, which can be very beneficial for those that know how to use RSS.

                  Because of the sharing nature of Tumblr, you can get your content on other blogs virally, which not only results in more exposure, it also builds links back to your own Tumblr blogs. And, Tumblr links are dofollow, both internal and external.

                  And because your content can be "reblogged" on Tumblr, it can be a great way to get your Youtube videos some legit views, which not only increases exposure, but adds to Youtube Adsense revenue as well as YT and Google search engine rankings.

                  ...not to mention there are a variety of linking and SEO advantages Tumblr gives.

                  I really need to spend more time on Tumblr, as it is a great resource IMO.
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        • Profile picture of the author seregap
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          The only traffic you can drive to your site from Tumblr is traffic that's originally gone to Tumblr instead of directly to your own site, and a proportion of it eventually arrives at your own site anyway. Traffic isn't manufactured at Tumblr. It's easy to imagine that you're gaining something when you're actually making a net loss compared with what you could have done instead, to attract all that traffic directly to your own site in the first place, rather than losing a proportion of it at Tumblr. It's just another fallacy of misattributed causation, really.
          what a load of...rubbish.
          dont you realise that social hubs like tumblr, reddit, 4chan (lol) and (oh dear) facebook, etc have their OWN community? community that will go directly to that social network for whatever they are looking for, be it funny pics, latest news, one night stands or WHATEVER. they will not go to google, some article graveyard or even you favourite syndication target to source that, but to their favourite social community, as long as it keeps providing. so how you can say that tapping into existing community is at a loss is beyond common sense really.

          Traffic isn't manufactured at Tumblr. It's easy to imagine that you're gaining something when you're actually making a net loss compared with what you could have done instead, to attract all that traffic directly to your own site in the first place..
          yeah, you could have instead started your own site before tumblr and hijacked all that traffic in the first place. but you havent (why btw?), and that traffic ended up there and stuck there.

          so how come getting a bit of that traffic which you wouldnt normally have unless you were flickr or something is making "a net loss"?

          you probably also dont realise that there are websites and niches that get millions pageviews and thousands of sales simply by getting in the face of that social traffic via media campaigns, which they would never get "directly to your own site" organically, because these keywords or niches dont get searched in google.
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  • Profile picture of the author fixie
    I can see how it would attract certain type of traffic. I haven't used it in that sense but I'm giving it a thought
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymakerway
    I'm not using tumblr yet and I'm glad to see
    that someone has success with it. I will definitely
    consider using tumblr in the near future and together
    with pinterest it can really be good source of traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    I personally didn't have success, but i used to work with a writer who had a great success with it, she drove a lot of traffic to my website with it. I guess it depends on how long have you been there, and how your follow feel about your work
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  • Profile picture of the author tac88
    Tumblr is great for backlinks and if you set it upright every time you follow someone or like there tumblr page you get a anchor text back link.

    Here is a great video that I found on how to set it up
    This is not me promoting this I just found it very helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author CharlieFor
    Tumblr is excellent at driving traffic with a two pronged approach. While I resyndicate my content there automatically by using a recipe created with IFTTT (If Wordpress Blog Publishes an article, Then publish extract with link in Tumblr), I also reblog other Tumblr posts, follow, and do a fair bit of fresh content there as well that is in bite-sized tidbits that I would not normally publish on my money site. This takes me a few minutes a day to queue items up in a process that is predominantly automated and it is irrefutable that there is no net loss of traffic in this manner.

    In a similar manner, I can re-syndicate to Facebook, Twitter, and several other platforms via IFTTT, all automatically. Hardly any loss of time to you except for a half hour or an hour for initial setup of recipes and a few minutes a day to reblog and follow.

    For spending ten minutes a day to further my Brand and use a highly active venue for what amounts to free advertising, it is a tactic that can only help. DO NOT be put off by naysayers. Try it for yourself before you make a decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    There was recently a well reviewed WSO that was about how to drive traffic and make money with Tumblr. I didn't order it so I can't comment on it, but maybe someone who did buy it or even the creator can shed some light on this.

    I would think that you could gain a certain amount of unique traffic from Tumblr just as you can from sites like Facebook, Digg, Reddit, etc. All of these sites have lots of members who spend a lot of their online time checking out each others sites. Many of these people are more likely to visit another site within the same network than an external site.

    Getting followers/friends can therefore be profitable if you have a way to monetize the traffic. Since Tumblr sites, unlike FB pages for example, can be monetized, there's no reason why they can't be profitable.

    Focusing on Tumblr or traffic from a social site is not better or worse than driving traffic to your own site; it's simply a different approach. You could, of course, do both, but that would be more work unless you outsource it.
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  • Profile picture of the author reneesbertrand
    i use tumblr for traffic as well i post nice images on it and post them on pinterest that way i can easily get traffic to my tumblr and from their to my blog..!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author riksworld
    I am only use tumblr to make blog .it is nice site make blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    But surely you can do both and there is no harm in it.
    The more places you have your content - whether it is on Tumblr, your own blog etc...the better.
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanGillam
    Just to throw this out there.

    I posted a post on Tumblr in my niche yesterday. This included a link to a mailing list to promote an ebook I shall be launching soon. I had 20 sign ups in about an hour

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  • Profile picture of the author Silent Voices
    I have a friend that is using it to get traffic. I do not, however, and don't plan to any time soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author seregap
    and what if i told you, Alexa, that say christian dating search term gets 60k views in google in the US per month (on the first page of google only btw), and targeting "christian" in the US on social dating platform Plenty of Fish gets you 60k views per day, which is what? 30x? how would you go about attracting "all that traffic directly to your own site in the first place"?
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanGillam
    Originally Posted by Jean Michel Mailhot View Post

    I do get some traffic from tumblr and its 100% automated. I just linked it to my instagram account and when i share a picture, i get loads of traffic...

    I barely interact on my tumblr account xd
    What a fantastic idea! Did not realise you could do that!
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    There is a new forum dedicated to Social Media Marketing here: Social Media Marketing Forum
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  • Profile picture of the author abs007
    Originally Posted by Jean Michel Mailhot View Post

    I do get some traffic from tumblr and its 100% automated. I just linked it to my instagram account and when i share a picture, i get loads of traffic...

    I barely interact on my tumblr account xd
    Sounds great.

    Do tags get added to your pictures when they are sent to Tumblr?

    I need to give this a try :-)

    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author rsmllc
    It may not so easy to get traffic from Tumblr using other niches like 'work from home'. Did anybody tried with such niche yet?
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  • Profile picture of the author Cyber Star
    I do use Tumblr. Product Reviews linking to an affiliate product. I've already got a girl-gaming themed blog with 700 followers in 30 days (i dont follow anyone), about 1,000 page-views a day. I also have some more niche on my sleeve. I use some special software that my friend had design it for me. It works like magic, I might launch it someday, maybe.
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    Tumblr is an absolute gem. I have been using it for nearly 6 months and the results are excellent.

    I use killer strategies and software to automate it all. I'm launching a mentoring product soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author marco005
    Hy,

    @CyberStar:"I do use Tumblr. Product Reviews linking to an affiliate product. I've already got a girl-gaming themed blog with 700 followers in 30 days (i dont follow anyone), about 1,000 page-views a day. I also have some more niche on my sleeve. I use some special software that my friend had design it for me. It works like magic, I might launch it someday, maybe".

    How convert your product reviews on tumblr (without a list)??? 1%? 2%, more....????

    Which are the best product/affiliate niches who works on tumblr traffic?
    Or does tumblr traffic only convert with build a list?

    marco005
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  • Profile picture of the author RosanneS
    I've alwaysa really likes Tumblr, and have got really good results from it. The stuff I post to it always seems to rank really high. If I upload a Wordpress blog post or whatever, I always reupload it to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Tumblr rocks!
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  • Profile picture of the author timwal
    Originally Posted by RyanGillam View Post

    I don't see Tumblr get many 'shout outs' here. However I run a Tumblr blog in my niche which has around 2,000 followers. With each post I can get about 500 hits on my blog. Manage to convert some to sales as well. Takes about 20 minutes on Tumblr a day finding things to blog (generally images) and then sending a post out. Some of these images are getting shared around 3-4,000 times which is a lot of exposure. I was just wondering if anybody else uses tumblr in this way? and more importantly, if you don't, why not?


    If it works for you, stick with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author trip3980
    Originally Posted by RyanGillam View Post

    I don't see Tumblr get many 'shout outs' here. However I run a Tumblr blog in my niche which has around 2,000 followers. With each post I can get about 500 hits on my blog. Manage to convert some to sales as well. Takes about 20 minutes on Tumblr a day finding things to blog (generally images) and then sending a post out. Some of these images are getting shared around 3-4,000 times which is a lot of exposure. I was just wondering if anybody else uses tumblr in this way? and more importantly, if you don't, why not?

    I think Tumblr works the same way as twitter its mostly used for celebrities or self promotion but I don't see how you can get good direct sales from it. But if it ain't broke don't fix it. My only question to you is is the the time to manage your media accounts is that enough to justify your sales objective. if not I'd encourage you to look at other outlets.

    I'll give you an example, this guy I know sells bbq sauce and hes obsessed with facebook marketing. I asked him how many sales do you get in a month from facebook and he said 2. So ask your self does your marketing method produce the results you need to maintain your current business sales objectives?

    also if you like Tumblr I think you will get fabulous results with pintrist depending on your target market and branding objectives.
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