9 Ways to Make the Most Out of Tumblr

I like tumblr. It’s a fun site that works with chunks of interesting information that are quick to post and quicker to digest. It’s great for sharing short items that are related to your website and small business. Here’s a handy list of 9 ways to make the most of your time on tumblr.

People who use tumblr (let’s call them tumblrs) tend to post short updates on a wide range of topics. It’s not just limited to text – you can post images, video, audio and a few other formats too. It’s great for finding inspiration and uncovering interesting and useful articles. The tumblr framework encourages the rapid sharing of posts – it’s super-fast for commenting and liking and you can reblog other people’s posts too.

So here’s the list, not in any particular order:

1. Follow other tumblrs and you’ll see their updates on your dashboard page. Their avatars will appear on your profile page too (look under ‘Following’) and so this provides a nice and easy way for other readers to find and follow them too.

2. Vote for other tumblrs’ submissions using the ‘Like’ button. Your Like appears under the original submission and so provides a path back to your profile.

3. Reblog other people’s submissions. There’s always a simple button to do this in one click. The post will appear on your profile and dashboard and so this is a nice way to promote other people’s work.

4. Avoid twitter-like status updates. Tumblrs don’t really care about what you’re doing right now. What they do like is stuff to reblog.

5. Trick out your profile page with a custom layout and some static pages, such as About, Contact, etc. This gets you a unique-looking page that you can brand with your own style and logo, while also allowing you to talk a bit about you, your website and your business.

6. Check out your sidebar to see your own followers. The more you have, the more people will get your posts delivered straight to their dashboards.

7. Submit pretty much anything you think is inspiring or interesting – text, photos, quotes, links, audio or video. Tumblr works best when you are discovering exciting new content yourself and reblogging other people’s submissions.

8. Choose a custom URL for your profile page. This helps with branding and name recognition and uniqueness. On the other hand though, I think it can make it less clear that this is a tumblr-powered page.

9. Find interesting tags and follow them using the ‘track this tag’ button. Posts with this tag will now appear on your dashboard. To find an interesting tag just click on the tags listed under a post, or try typing this link into your browser for a pot luck guess (change the word ‘tag’ to whatever you’re looking for)

Why not give it a whirl? Like any social network, your success depends on (a) frequent, interesting updates and (b) interacting with others by voting and following.

Here’s another really handy list of Do’s and Don’ts for tumblr.

Image by EraPhernalia Vintage on flickr under CreativeCommons

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