There are numerous blogging platforms available in the internet world. It is quite difficult for a newbie blogger to decide which platform to choose for his or her blog. Tumblr is the best blogging platform among the list. Tumblr is a popular blogging platform and is liked by millions of people all over the world. The best part that distinguishes it from others is the power packed social networking feature which rivals do not provide as a built-in function. Tumble was launched in 2007 and since then, it has captured a major portion of the market swiftly. It got fame due to the fact that it lets you make small posts as a result, it is called micro blogging software. It has the great potential that can help you in sky rocket your content without many efforts.
Purpose of Tumblr
There is a great confusion among bloggers that whether it is a blogging platform or the social networking site. Let us clear the concept over you. If you want to use Tumble as a blogging platform, you can use it for blogging purposes. However, if you are looking to use it as social networking site, then you can use Tumblr in this way as well. But, the real strength and maximum benefits can be derived only when you mix both features in order to generate massive amount of traffic to your blog. As we all know SEO (search engine optimization) and SMM (social media marketing) are the backbone of the success. If you write unique, informative, lengthy researched content, then there is a high chance that your posts will top up the search engine. If your posts are engaging and valuable, then this will attract massive amount of social media marketing traffic.
How to Use Tumblr in 2018
In order to use this micro blogging platform and harness its power, you need to follow the following steps:
Create an account
Like any other services on the internet, in order to use Tumblr, you have to make an account. For this, you need to visit this page https://www.tumblr.com/. Once this page opens, click Get Started to create an account with Tumblr. You will need to enter your email id, preferred password and username. There are chances that your desired user name would already be taken by someone else. In this case, Tumblr will give suggestion for user name that you can use to make your own account. Now click Sign up button at the bottom of the page. On the next screen, you will have to enter your age. Enter your age and click “I have read, understand and agree to the Tumblr” and click next. Now tick I’m not a robot on the next screen and click the button almost done!
Now check your email address to verify the link sent by Tumblr. You also need to select at least 05 categories in which you have interests. This will display contents from these categories on your Tumblr page.
If you are using mobile device, then you have to download Tumblr mobile application. Their mobile app is available for both android and iPhone platforms. The process of how to use Tumblr on a mobile device is quite similar to the desktop version. Though, there are some little differences that you can easily identify when you will use mobile version.
Dashboard is the place where all the options are provided to make the entire blogging experience easy. In order to access the dashboard you need to click the house shaped home button. In other blogging platforms such as WordPress, this feature is similar. In order to access the homepage dashboard, blogger has to click the home shaped button. Once you are at the dashboard, you will be able to see your blog posts and the posts from other Tumblr blogs that you are following. Here, you have the option to share & like these posts or re-blog. Here comes the role of social networking comes into focus as you have the freedom to share, like and re-blog other blog’s posts, which is the most differentiating factor of Tumblr than any other blogging platform.
How to like a post
One of the important feature of social networking sites is the like factor. It works like a chain. When you like a post, your followers and friends will also take interest to like or share the posts as well. In order to like a post, click on the heart shape button just below the post. Doing so will include the like into your profile’s like page. This is the good option to review your old likes if you need any one in the future. You can later dislike a post for any reason to keep your list minimum.
Re-Blogging in Tumblr
This feature is not available in any other blogging platform. In fact, this is the feature that has been derived from the word re-tweet. Like the original word re-tweet, the word re-blogging has also got a lot of attention from bloggers all over the world. You can re-blog a post using the rectangular shaped icon. You can find it just below the post adjacent to the heart shape button. You can also schedule a post for re-blogging. For this, click a down arrow key next to Re-blog button. Apart from this you can add a comment to the re-blogging. You need to type in the text box below the post to make your comments.
Sending the Post
You can also send your post to some other user on the Tumblr by clicking the paper place icon just beneath the post. This is the great option in order to make your posts viral over the Tumblr network. You need to enter the user id of the person to whom you want to send your post. There is also an option to include your comments for the post. You can do so by typing in the text box just below the post. It is suggested to use the best quality comments so that others also take interest in your post and do share, like and re-blogging.
Following is an important feature in Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and is the cool feature that can build the reputation of your blog. Tumblr has brought this cool feature into the blogging arena. Now you can follow a particular user in the Tumblr network. This will display his or her posts in your dashboard that you can like, share and re-blog with others in your network. In order to follow a person, just click the profile picture of the poster and then choose Follow. Now, you will start to see posts all the post created by this person including all the activities of this person such as sharing, liking and re-blogging in your dashboard.
It is always good to save your important data with you on the go. Thanks to Tumblr that allows you to have these data available with you every moment. There may be circumstances where you have to see your old likes, shares and re-blogs. In order to see these, you have to click the person shaped profile link at the top right corner of the page. Once you will click this, a drop down menu will popup. You can click the Likes and Following links to see your old likes and the people/bloggers you are following. You can add or delete any likes or people you are following to maximize the better usage of this blogging platform.
If you want to see your old posts or want to edit any of them, you can do so by clicking your username from the drop down menu that we discussed in above lines. If you have just signup and have not created any post, then you will a blank page. Otherwise, a long list of your posts will display here.
Create a post
The creation of the new post is very easy in Tumblr. You need to click the pencil icon on the top right corner of the screen. Once you click the pencil icon, you will see different rounded icons in red, orange, purple, blue, white and gray etc that describe the nature of your post such as text, video, photo, quote and Link etc. Once you have done entering your data, click post button at the bottom to create your new post. You have also the option to save the post for later editing instead of publishing your post right away. In order to save the post as draft, click the down arrow symbol next to post button and choose save as draft. You can also schedule a post as well which means that you can let Tumblr to post the post on your behalf in case you are away and may not be able to post regular contents. In order to schedule a post, click a down arrow key next to the post button and choose the schedule link.