How to Become Famous on Tumblr

5 tips to get more followers, likes, and reblogs

Tumblr is a unique social media platform that combines blogging, photos, videos, and more tools to express yourself. Follow topics that interest you and "reblog" content to your Tumblr. Start conversations and engage with people in millions of vibrant communities.

Users who amass tens of thousands of followers, with others reblogging their content regularly, are considered "Tumblr famous." Some Tumblr-famous people monetize their online presence through affiliate ads and product promotions, but many just love connecting with as many people as possible.

If you're on Tumblr and want to make the most out of the platform, here are five tips for becoming Tumblr famous.

Tumblr was founded in 2007 and now supports more than 500 million blogs in 18 languages.

Woman with laptop smiling because she's becoming Tumblr famous
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Pick a Theme for Your Tumblr Blog

A Tumblr theme is a preset graphics package that sets the look and feel of your blog. Tumblr offers hundreds of free themes that span topics such as photography, fashion, food, dogs, humor, art, and many more. Premium themes cost money but may better suit your purposes. If you're feeling creative, design your own custom Tumblr theme to really set your blog apart.

Having a catchy theme will resonate with others and boost your chances of acquiring followers, but your theme isn't just about the way your blog looks. Know your blog's focus, and let its graphics theme correspond to the overall feel you're trying to create. Having a niche and focusing your content on that subject is the best way to become Tumblr famous.

If you create your own graphics theme, you can make it available for others to use.

Post Content Regularly

Tumblr-famous blogs feature steady, engaging content. One new post a week isn't likely to generate much interest.

If you don't have time to post every day or during the peak Tumblr hours when most people are active, use Tumblr's Queue feature to have your posts lined up and published at specific intervals at times of day that you specify.

Make sure your Tumblr username is catchy and memorable, preferable referring to your blog's topic.

Post Original, Image-Rich Content

While some bloggers have been able to achieve a degree of Tumblr fame by reblogging other people's posts, creating your own compelling content is key. Thoughtful, engaging posts that express your opinions will generate more comments and interaction. Even if people disagree with you, respectful back-and-forth communication bolsters engagement.

Your posts aren't just about text and writing. Images tend to receive the most action on Tumblr, so if you've got any photography, graphic design, or Photoshop skills, be sure to put them to work when trying to grow your blog. Learn to use and even make your own GIFs, and post original artwork whenever possible.

Your followers are more likely to reblog your content if your posts are visually striking and well-written. The more people reblog your posts, the more followers you'll get.

Always Tag Your Posts

If you want traffic and new followers, put some effort into tagging your posts with relevant keywords. People are constantly searching through tags to discover new content, so if they stumble on your posts, they may like them, follow you, and reblog your content.

Check out Tumblr's Explore page to find popular tags. Use tags liberally as long as they're relevant to your content. No one wants to see a recipe with a #fashion tag.

Many Tumblr users follow certain tags, so thoughtful tagging is a great way to attract like-minded followers.

When you tag other users in your posts, it's called a "mention." Using mentions is another great way to boost engagement.

Dedicate Yourself to Promotion and Networking

Becoming Tumblr famous takes time. Be patient and put in the work of creating quality content, posting frequently, and engaging with your followers.

To give your blog's fame a nudge, be sure to tell your friends about it, share your posts on Facebook and Twitter, and follow other relevant blogs on your topic. Stay active and interact with the Tumblr community as much as possible.

Pay attention to other people's posts that seem to garner lots of likes. Find out what makes them so engaging, and see if you can match the quality level on your posts. Explore the other blogs your followers follow to get a feel for what's popular. When one of your posts gains a significant amount of likes and reblogs, think about what made the material so popular.

If Tumblr fame is in your future, stay focused and engaged, and make sure to enjoy creating your content.