Many adult webmasters use Tumblr to drive traffic to their websites. That’s because Tumblr allows adult content and has a large amount of horny users searching for adult Tumblr blogs. But how can you gain followers on Tumblr and make money?
What you will learn
- How to set up your adult Tumblr blogs correctly
- How to gain followers by socializing
- Grow your blogs automatically
- How to avoid bans
- How to make money through Tumblr blogs
and much more.
If you don’t have a Tumblr blog yet or you don’t know what you can do with Tumblr, please read my guide on how to drive traffic to your adult website on autopilot. This guide also contains valuable advice for registering new accounts, e.g. that you shouldn’t use keywords in your username.
Set up your Tumblr blogs correctly
The process of growing your adult tumblr blogs starts with choosing the correct settings. It doesn’t matter if you already have a Tumblr blog or not, as you can change these settings easily.
Go to the settings of your Tumblr blog and activate the following:
– Allow replies from people you follow
– Let people ask questions
– Allow this blog to appear in search results
– Flag this blog as adult-oriented
The first two settings help you to get more reach and more trust on Tumblr, as you make yourself available to read people’s opinions and answer their questions.
The third setting ensures that your blog appears in search engines like Google.
The fourth setting helps Tumblr to know that you are publishing adult content; thereby, helping them to making sure people too young or too sensitive won’t be exposed to adult content. Always activate the adult-oriented setting when you plan to post adult content, or your account will be banned soon.
I’m not seeing any adult content on Tumblr!
Don’t worry. To be able to see adult content, you have to type in a term into the search box and then click on the lock symbol to literally “unlock” adult content.
Now you’re ready to see all the good stuff!
How to get rid of the restrictions for new Tumblr accounts
Tumblr “hides” new accounts, meaning the tags don’t have much impact and it’s hard to find the account. For example, let’s say your account is brand new and you post a picture with the tag “big ass milf”, then, surprisingly, people searching for “big ass milf” won’t see your content!
I think Tumblr uses this limit to get rid of spammers. They will often be too active too soon, as they are so impatient. Such a limit is a great idea from Tumblr’s perspective, as the spammers won’t have impact on other users (they can’t see the spam) and until it would have any impact, they are already identified as spammers and banned.
For us these limitations are annoying though.
To remove the limits, you have to email-verify your account, edit the appearance of your blog, follow 10 blogs, like 10 images, post 3 images yourself, reblog 5-7 images of others. The limitations should be gone soon. If not, just repeat those steps (without verification and change of appearance).
To check if it worked, you can register a second account and search for a tag the other account has used.
Please note that I do not really know the exact numbers that are necessary to remove the limits. These values are just what I have found to be working. Tumblr themselves only gives out this vague information:
Why aren’t my posts appearing on tag pages?
If your blog is brand new, your tagged posts won’t appear on tag pages. First, make sure you’ve verified your account via the email we sent when you joined Tumblr. Then, after you’ve used your account for a while to follow other blogs, like posts, and customize your blog’s appearance, your posts will start appearing on tag pages.
The main lesson to learn here is that you should start things slowly after registering your account, or your Tumblr account will be gone before you even got any traffic.
Gain followers by being a social person
Let me first describe the general principle behind this method:
You want people to like your content and your blog. They first need to find your content, enjoy it and then decide to follow your blog, so they’ll get updates and you can advertise to them on a regular basis.
Starting to annoy people with spamming comments like “FOLLOW ME PLS” is very ineffective. I found the best way is to portray yourself as a real human being, who enjoys the niche of the blog. This also means that I don’t just want to receive and give nothing in return.
Instead, I am making the first step and engage with the content of other people first. I leave them a nice comment, follow their blog, like the image they posted and in return they’ll often come to visit my blog and do the same there. The best thing is that their followers will also see my blog and might decide to check it out too and then their audience is going to do the same and so on. The more social interactions your blog gets, the better.
Now, it’s time to show you how to apply this theory to your blog.
Grow your Tumblr blogs on autopilot
If you already know AdultWebmasterBlog.com, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of automation. Of course it is also possible to automate the process of growing Tumblr blogs.
To automate everything I do on Tumblr, I am using the software TumblingJazz. TumblingJazz allows you to follow, like, reblog, post, create accounts and much more automatically. At the time of writing, the software only costs $77 (one-time payment).
There are other Tumblr bots out there with similar functions, but they cost around $50 per month!
Also, the developer is a nice guy who really cares about his product and his customers. A great feature that I will explain to you soon, has been implemented only a few days after I suggested it.
The only issue with the bot is that it looks ugly, but who cares if it’s helping to make money!
Don’t worry if you don’t have $77 to spend. Everything I write in this section can also be done without the bot, but it will take way more time and energy. I would be too lazy for that 😀
To grow your adult Tumblr blogs, you need to do four things: like, follow, post and reblog.
The like feature on Tumblr is used to show that you enjoy the post of someone else. It will help you to get seen by the person who posted the content, as well as by everyone also liking the content. You should mostly like content related to your niche, as the people seeing your profile are then more likely to check out your blog.
You can like up to 1,000 posts per day.
In the adult niche most posts will be pictures. TumblingJazz has an option to only like the most popular pictures, which will expose you to a big audience.
Here are my TumblingJazz settings for liking on Tumblr:
These settings are for the first days after registering a new account, later the number of likes is gradually increased.
Gaining a lot of followers should be your ultimate goal. Those are the people who enjoy your content and want more of it. They will engage with your content regularly, e.g. by liking your new posts and, thereby, helping you to get even more followers.
How to get followers? The best answer is: by following others! Many people will follow you back, however, only if they are interested in your niche.
The way most people and most bots follow is that they simply follow other people who publish content. For example, you type in „milf“ into the Tumblr search and then follow all milf blogs.
I think that this way of following is actually really, really bad. The reason is that if you just follow everyone on the results page, you won’t get to your actual target audience. Most of those blogs have commercial interests themselves, as they are ran by other adult webmasters. They won’t follow you and they won’t click on your links or buy anything from you.
It’s like you being a bookseller and then going to another bookseller trying to sell him your books. Can work, will work sometimes, but selling to actual consumers will be way more successful.
The right way to do it, therefore, is to follow people that engage with content within your niche. Let’s take the MILF niche example again: I type MILF into the search box and check the results page.
Now, I sort the results by “most popular” and “photo”. This will only show the most popular pics (= pics with most social interactions).
Click on “Notes” to check who engaged with the content. Now, you will see a long list of people who engaged with this particular post. Follow them!
Another benefits of doing it this is way is that you will engage with people that are social on Tumblr, meaning they like and reblog other people’s content. They will use their influence to spread your content as well!
TumblingJazz has an option for doing the following this way, next to the normal way of following. This is because I suggested it to the developer. Should have charged him for that 😀
Anyways, The TumblingJazz settings for this are: Follow -> Blogs Popular Notes -> Photo.
The follow limits on Tumblr are 200 follows daily and 5k in total. This means you can follow 200 people each day for 25 days.
These are my settings for following with TumblingJazz:
By the way, with TumblingJazz you can also automatically unfollow people that didn’t follow you back.
Reblogging means that you share the content of someone else with your followers. To your followers it almost looks like you would have posted it. Reblog content from within your niche to feed your followers with even more great content. Also, the person you reblogged from might decides to reblog your content as well. Helping your blog thereby to get in front of their followers and so on.
When reblogging you can also write your own text, e.g. write something funny about the picture or write a short story about what you would do with that chick 😉 You can also come up with your own tags for the content.
Tumblr’s limit is 250 daily posts and reblogs, so the reblogs are counted the same way as original posts.
Here are my TumblingJazz settings for reblogging:
With “Assign Meta” you can give the images a description, e.g. you could add your own affiliate links.
I have to say that I prefer to reblog manually. The reason is that some people use wrong tags and then content not fitting to my niche will get reblogged to my audience. But I’m a perfectionist so that’s not really necessary – you can also do everything on autopilot.
Posting is the most important activity on Tumblr. No posts – no traffic – no money.
You should only post photos that are related to your niche.
In the description of the post you can then post a link, e.g. an affiliate link. Do not post the same URL over and over. Instead, you can use an URL shortener or buy an additional domain.
Tags are also very important, as they will determine with which search terms Tumblr users can find your post. Think about which tags could fit to your niche and to the image you are posting. Then type in the tags into the search and check how much likes the other pictures there have. If it seems too few, better search for another tag.
I always use 5-7 tags per post although some people claim that tags after the 5th tag are not considered anymore.
Like I wrote under “Reblog”, the daily limit for posts and reblogs in total is 250. However, there is also a limit regarding daily photo posts (150).
Here are my TumblingJazz settings for posting:
I queue all images and control the amount of images this way, but that’s just my personal preference. I do this because sometimes I decide that I don’t want a certain picture and then I just delete it from the queue. You can also post directly from TumblingJazz to your blog.
With “Assign Meta” you can automatically assign metadata to each image, e.g. a description and randomly picked tags. This makes your posts look more natural, as they will be having different tags in a different order.
How to avoid being banned by Tumblr
The truth is that you cannot always avoid a ban.
Every now and then the Tumblr staff removes a big bunch of adult blogs. I don’t really know the reason behind that, but I assume they don’t want Tumblr to be known as “the porn social network”. Therefore, they clean up from time to time.
Also, maybe even more importantly, Tumblr doesn’t like us making money from them. They don’t like affiliate links, ads and self-promotion. They don’t instantly ban you for trying to make money though. They seem to tolerate it to a certain extent.
All this means that putting all your effort into one blog is a very bad idea. You should spread the risk by having several accounts and creating one blog per account. Please note that for registering several accounts you have to use proxies + delete all cookies.
If your blog already gets banned after a few weeks, chances are high you did something wrong.
Here is what you should do to delay a Tumblr ban:
- Flag your blog as adult-oriented if you post adult content
- Start things slowly (start with low amounts of social interactions [e.g. follows] per day and then increase the amount slowly)
- Do not put ads on your blog, instead put links in the image description
- Do not post blank affiliate links, let a Namecheap domain redirect to the link instead
- Use the correct tags for your niche
- Change all texts you post from time to time (e.g. image descriptions, text when reblogging, tags)
- Don’t put an affiliate link in every image description, mix it up with normal text
- Make sure your content doesn’t hurt copyrights
- If you are using a bot, use the account manually from time to time
- Buy proxies for registering several accounts (check my guide on how to use proxies + delete cookies)
How to make money through Tumblr blogs
For making money with CrakRevenue, choose one of their CPA offers that fits to your niche and post the link in the image description. This shouldn’t be the blank link you got from CrakRevenue. Instead, get a domain from Namecheap and let it redirect to the link from CrakRevenue. This will look cleaner to your visitors and enables you to switch through the programs to find the best converting one. Otherwise you would have to change every single link on Tumblr manually which is just a waste of time.
You can make money through PimpRoll by creating a HostedTube and putting a link to your HostedTube in the image description. I’ve written a detailed guide on how to build a porn site with HostedTube.
You can also use this method to drive traffic to an adult autoblog.
You can even set up your own website in whatever niche you like. You only need a domain, adult web hosting, WordPress and some content. Then you can sell ads on your website through PlugRush or JuicyAds.
That’s it! Please tell me what you think about this guide in the comments.