How to Make Money on Tumblr: 25 Proven Tips

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When it comes to making money online, Tumblr is one network to consider. It’s blogging meets Facebook in a sense, because you can create blog posts that can be liked and shared by other Tumblr users. The catch with making money on Tumblr (or using Tumblr in general) is abiding by their rules. Specifically, they do not tolerate spam, and they consider spam the use of “deceptive means to generate revenue or traffic, or create blogs with the primary purpose of affiliate marketing.” With that in mind, here are a variety of ways you can make money on Tumblr, along with some great resources, too. (By the way, you may also be interested in our guides to making money on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, iPhone/Android, and with display ad networks; you can subscribe to our newsletter to receive new monetization guides as we publish them.) Making money on tumblr

Ways to Make Money on Tumblr

Reblogging is an important Tumblr feature to keep in mind when trying to make money on their network. Reblogging is essentially the option other Tumblr users have to repost posts from your Tumblr blog to theirs. Another important feature to keep in mind is tagging: tag your posts with a few good keywords so that your posts show up when someone is growing a tag. Now, without further ado, here are ways to make money on Tumblr.

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  1. Monetize with ads from Google AdSense or popular AdSense alternatives such as or Infolinks.
  2. If you are an author who wants to sell more books, create images with quotes from your book and post those images to your Tumblr blog along with a link to your book.
  3. If you enjoy reading books, write quick book reviews with a link to the book on Amazon using a Amazon Associate’s link. Include other posts on your Tumblr blog too so that it doesn’t look like it is fully focused on affiliate marketing.
  4. Speaking of Amazon, they sell just about anything. So no matter what your Tumblr blog is about, you can likely mention the occasional products in your posts and link to them on Amazon using an Amazon Associates link. Just don’t link to an affiliate product in every single post.
  5. Got a popular Tumblr blog? Sell ad space on it just like you would any other blogging platform. The only difference is that you will have to code the ad into your Tumblr theme.
  6. Infographics usually perform well on Tumblr. Use them to promote a course or e-book you are selling by posting the infographic along with a link to your course or e-book to learn more.
  7. Do you have customers on Tumblr who say nice things about your business? Do a search on Tumblr to find out, then reblog all of the compliments you receive on your own Tumblr blog, turning it into a testimonials page.
  8. Speaking of testimonials, post highlights of your best reviews for anything you sell (product, service, book, etc.) on your Tumblr with a link back to the applicable product, service, book, or other item.
  9. If you’re a designer, post your best work on Tumblr along with a link to the relevant services page.
  10. Speaking of design, if you can design templates, create some themes for Tumblr, and sell them in the Tumblr Theme Garden or on sites like Themeforest. You can also offer a service to design custom Tumblr themes (a keyword phrases that gets 3,600 monthly searches).
  11. Get visitors to your Tumblr blog on your mailing list by including links to your squeeze page in the sidebar and a posts on your blog that highlight your lead magnet. Make sure your mailing list is fine tuned with an autoresponder series to help sell your products or services, or affiliate products you are promoting.
  12. If you sell products on sites like Etsy, eBay, etc., take awesome photos of those products and share them on Tumblr with a link to your product.
  13. If you really know your way around Tumblr, you can offer your services to others who need help setting up their Tumblr pages. There are over 800 gigs on Fiverr devoted to Tumblr.
  14. Share your artwork or photography on Tumblr along with a link to your gallery / purchasing page for each piece.
  15. Looking for a job in social media? Try moving away from the stuffy LinkedIn profile and create a resume using your Tumblr blog. You can include the basic details in your sidebar and make the posts a portfolio.
  16. If you make money using Google AdSense on YouTube, share your YouTube videos on your Tumblr blog. The more views / shares you get from their network, the more clicks on your ads.
  17. Find popular Tumblr blogs whose audiences would buy your product or service and see if they would be interested in reviewing it for their audience.

You can also try this Udemy course on Tumblr Marketing: How to Make Money Blogging on Tumblr

Further Reading: Making Money on Tumblr

Don’t just take our word for it. here are more guides and resources for making money through Tumblr.

  1. MadAdsMedia: Services that helps you earn revenue by placing ads on your Tumblr blog.
  2. How to Make Money on Tumblr: Inc. shares how to grow and keep your customer base using Tumblr.
  3. Tumblr Marketing: This is a step-by-step action plan to get started marketing your business through Tumblr.
  4. Tumblr for Business: This Kindle book shows you how to showcase your brand, create social buzz, and take your business to the next level.
  5. 6 Surefire Ways to Earn Money Using Tumblr: A few more tips on Tumblr blogging for profit.
  6. TumblrMoney: A small Tumblr blog with tips on making money, plus a free e-book.
  7. Make Money on Tumblr: An short guide on how one marketer earns money through niche Tumblr blogs.
  8. Make Money with Tumblr: A Squidoo page that covers a few ad networks that you can use to make money on Tumblr.

Are you a Tumblr blogger? How have you monetized your presence? Please share in the comments below!


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  • Alia says:

    Wow…now i know why they are all connected to each other… i am a new blogger, and it seems like they are discriminating me to go or pull out my account. However, its just so amazing!

  • Md Alfaaz says:

    Wow! Great tips. You have explained everything very well. These tips are really cool. Thank you.

  • Fam Fanoz says:

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  • Matt says:

    Really great post. I have been looking into Tumblr now for about a couple of days. Tumblr seems like a easy way to make money. It seems that it is a lot easier to grow your account than say Instagram. Thanks

  • Mark says:

    I am in Direct Sales and offer discounted services, does Tumblr allow for people like us who often get maligned due to lack of understanding or a few bad eggs?

  • armando says:

    Hi. I at some point had google adsense on my tumblr blog, but removed it because I saw that google did not like your domain to have copyrighted content. I usually reblog other people’s stuff. Is reblogging things an issue with google adsense

  • Joshie says:

    I’m trying to sign up for an amazon affiliate account and it’s asking for the my websites that I’ll be using to promote. My question is, can I list my more popular .tumblr blog as one of my sites? Why I’m asking is that my other websites are relatively new and don’t have much content. And I from what I understand Amazon won’t approve sites that don’t have much content.

    Thank you in advance!

  • Tonya says:

    I have affiliate links…how do I add them to my Tumblr blog? I see WordPress lets you but I don’t want to have to switch now…please advise. Thx

  • MonetizePros says:

    Thanks Glen!

  • Glen Sickemore says:

    Nice! Thank you for putting this out there. I have already been using some of these tactics, but now you’ve added some more to the old nogin.

  • grams says:

    hi, i have never tried anything like this. i dont know where to start. do you have any simple methods?

  • Abby says:

    Hi! I opened a Tumblr account just recently. I was wondering if you have any tips for new bloggers like me? My blogs will be just a little bit of everything around a 15 year old girl (Me) Thanks in advance x

  • MonetizePros says:

    Hi Angie,

    You’ll have to clarify your question?

  • Angie says:

    Hey, I am a book blogger on tumblr. How do I get Amazon’s “attention” ?

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