Make Money With Tumblr


How to make money with Tumblr?.  The answer is easy, place ads, using one or more of the online advertising companies that allow advertisers to put ads in your Tumblelog.  Luckily, Tumblr allows its users to make their blog profitable.  But first things first, before you can start placing ads and making money with your blog, pay attention to the following tips;

Before You Start Making Money with Tumblr.


  • Make sure you have enough visitors in a daily basis in your blog.  I can’t give you an exact number, as that depends on the quality of your readership.  Your followers are a sign of your importance, but that doesn’t mean they are all visiting your tumblelog.  You need to track your visitors to have an exact number.
  • If you started yesterday, just don’t do it;  What I mean is that you will probably get rejected by all the ad networks and you should focus in increasing your readers first.
  • Get a nice Tumblr Theme:  Yes, the better the design the more money you will make with Tumblr, it happens with everything in life.  Besides a professional looking site is more likely to get approved than an ugly one.
  • No Porn:  If you are one of those that likes to mix nude posts with product review posts, ads are not for you, you will get a ban instantly.  And in case you are a 100% porn post publisher, there are also ad networks exclusively dedicated to the adult audience.
  • Don’t Bother Your Users With Ads: If you are planning to flood every single inch of your Tumblr with Ads, you are heading in the wrong direction, this only upsets your readers and random visitors.

Tumblr Ad Networks to Begin With.



These are just the first Ad Networks that you can begin with to start making money since their approval process is easy and they are the ones with the broadest advertiser customers out there:

  • Google Adsense: This is everyone’s favorite.  Google Ad Network for publishers will be the first and not so easy to replace Ads.
  • Adbrite: In case you get rejected by Google (follow the tips above so you can avoid this) Adbrite will always welcome your site here.  It’s highly likely you will need 4 times the amount of visitors to make the same amount of money that with Adsense.
  • Amazon:  If you do products or stuff review, this network is for you.  Since you can place affiliate links in your posts, you can get a chunk of the purchase if there’s a succesful item sold after the click.
  • Friend Finder:  I guess that according to the user type in Tumblr, Friend Finder could be a huge money maker.

These are the Ad Companies to begin with.  Of course there are many affiliate programs outthere that you might find suitable for your Tumblr. Bu all in all this is more than enough if you just start to make money with Tumblr.

NOTE: This Tumblr Tip is not intended to show you how to actually embed the ads code into your Tumblr HTML, or the best place to insert it.  It is meant to be an introductory post to learn how to make money with Tumblr using the various online advertising agencies available to any person that owns a Tumblelog with enough visitors, in quantity or quality, to make at least a few dollars per day.


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  1. David

    September 5, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Thanks for the great article. There’s also Kontera. Also if you use Adsense dont even link to anything nefarious. So dont follow xxx Tumbl blogs.

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  2. alain

    January 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks! I was looking for ways to make money with tumblr… your website came up FIRST on google. Good job man! I wanted to know… if you sign up with adsense or something for tumblr… do you have to share revenues with tumblr or is all the money you make yours to keep?

    Thanks. please send me an e-mail with the answer to that question if you can… id really appreciate it!

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    Mr. Tumblr Reply:

    No, You don’t have to share revenues with Tumblr if you use Adsense, the platforms are completely independent and the code that you must embed in order to display Adsense ads work just like any other widget you might want to insert.

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  3. AJay

    February 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Great article!!! Do you just paste the adwords code in the theme to get it to display?

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    Mr. Tumblr Reply:

    Exactly, Go to Customize Appereance >> Edit HTML and then paste the Adbrite code in the spot you consider the most convenient.

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  4. Personia

    December 7, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Thanks for the list. The only ad networks I have heard of in this list are Google Adsense, Amazon and Adbrite. Our site is growing and we thought we might place a few ads to keep us going as we continue to florish. I’d like to point out that the hint you placed about Adbrite, about it being a low payer, is appreciated; it’s a the bottom of my list now!

    May I also suggest BuySellAds? I am considering this for the team and a lot of big sites I go on use it. Not sure much on their payment thought. We considered them for our marketing, they aren’t to pricey.

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  5. felisha

    March 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    how do you get the money? & are there any ads for kony?
    thx :)

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  6. ken

    March 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Are there any sites in which you do not have to be a minimum of 18 years old to have an account and make revenue?

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  7. Lucy

    March 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    how old do you have to be? i’m 15 and i know other 14/15 year olds who make money out of their tumblr blog but also some other people have said they got banned by google for being paid when they are under 18.

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    Mr. Tumblr Reply:

    Open the account under your one of your Parents.

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  8. lizet

    April 4, 2012 at 2:23 am

    how do i get the ads on my tumblr blog ?

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  9. Mike

    April 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Does someone have to actually CLICK on the ads to make money. Or does Adsense work a different way?

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  10. Shianne

    June 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Do you have to have a bank account? I only have a savings account. Does it work with that?

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  11. Miss007

    June 13, 2012 at 4:56 am

    can you blog about different things or does it have to be a specific niche and thats the only thing you can blog about?

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  12. Jennie

    June 30, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I know this is a fairly old post, so I don’t know whether I’ll receive an answer or not. But here goes; can I sign up to be an Amazon Afilliate just with my Tumblr? Or do I need my own website to sign up? It would be handy for me if I could just make another Tumblr page for products I’m promoting. If any of you can help me, please respond ASAP. Thanks. :)

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  13. Make Money

    July 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm

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  14. Laura

    July 30, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Besides Google Adsense, which one of these will pay you just by people clicking on the ad on your tumblr. I have the Amazon one and the only way I would make money is if people bought something from the link on my ad on my blog.

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  15. Mary

    July 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    I have my website on tumblr, it has over 11K Followers, and I get a lot of people that go on my blog daily, I do have porn and nude on my blog though. Which ads can I use for my kind of blog?

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  16. Hanna

    August 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Is there any risk in having an ad?
    Example: fees, virus’s, spam?
    Also, can I remove the ad whenever I want?

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  17. Chris

    September 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    What are the ad networks that one can use on xxx Tumblr sites?

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  18. Sarah

    September 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Since this comes up with a “Make money on tumblr” search, i thought i should comment and let people know that Adbrite no longer accepts Tumblr. It’s not a “top level domain”. This is a relatively new thing, and it sucks! No adbrite with free tumblr accounts.

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  19. Tupac

    October 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Which one will get me money just buy having people click on the ads , instead of buying something from the site ?

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  20. Scott

    December 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    well Im still learning but i think thats what our website (blog) on tumblr web address is..but my girl and I are only intrested in the ### end of the fun on tumblr so we would love some answers to the question how to make money on tumblr with ### ads..any help would be greatly appreciated..thanks scott and niki

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  21. Emily

    December 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    What do I say the primary website is? It wont let me say tumblr? or my own url?

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  22. Jaskeerat Singh

    January 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Great post. I liked it very much. Can I use ad networks other than the ones you mentioned.

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    Mr. Tumblr Reply:

    Of course you can, you can also use CPA offers, just google and find out the best ad networks outthere who offer the products related to your tumblr blog.

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  23. Candice

    February 5, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Hey, when I try to apply for AdSense, it says I can’t apply because my website is a subdomain through tumblr. Did anyone else have this problem because I’m not sure how you even got to the point where you were able to add it to your tumblr because it stops you in the sign up process?

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  24. Morgan

    February 14, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Uhm yea its sayign I cannot have it like (example.subaddress.com)
    so i cant use my tumblr?

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  25. Tiger

    February 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Hi,
    I was just wondering, if you could earn money if you are 14.
    And how do you get the money?
    Is it in check, paypal etc.
    Thanks for answering.

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  26. Scribe by Night

    February 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I started a pen on paper writing and sketch tumblr. My question is, while I’m not going to blog or reblog any xxx posts, does an artistic sketch of a naked person fall under the same restrictions as a normal photo of one? Répondez s’il vous plaît.

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  27. Erin

    February 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    It won’t let me put one on my tumblr, because it says it can’t have subdomains? But how else do you put one on your tumblr, if you can’t have “example.tumblr.com” on it?

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    February 26, 2013 at 7:40 am

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  29. roger vchon

    March 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Facebook ofter locked the ads account.without any reason. That is very very bad. But the Twitter do not allow credit cards from China country. How to do the ads then? Where?

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  30. Rebecca

    March 8, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Thanks a lot for the article. I am looking to start my own tumblr in regards to my personal weight loss journey. I know of a tumblr account that has done really well and I just want to have the same success. I have to admit, though, that your wording is very confusing since I am just an internet surfer and not a web designer. I am a complete amateur at this whole thing. I was wondering if you think hiring a web designer to help would benefit me since I know absolutely nothing. Or will it be a waste of money? The whole reason for me to do this is not only to share my experience but also make money doing so. Thanks again.

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  31. Lars Messing

    March 14, 2013 at 1:02 am

    You forgot to mention AdFly

    You don’t earn much but at least you get paid and the ads are not annoying.

    Adfly shortens links you post and adds a banner to them.

    So for example if you want to refer to an interesting article or something on your twitter account you use that link and people will see the adfly banner.

    Again don’t expect to earn thousands of dollars (unless you have a loooottttt of followers :P) but 10 dollars a week is realistic and adfly actually pays

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  32. Abbie

    March 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I want to use adsense but it won’t let me because it’s a subdomain (subdomain.example.com) has anyone else encountered this? What should I do?

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  33. Remedy Johnson

    March 28, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Do I need a PayPal account? How do I actually receive the cash? Check ?

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  34. megan

    April 5, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Once you have the ads on your blog, how do you get/collect the money you earn? and i saw in one of your previous answers to open under your parents if under 18 but what do you mean by that?

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  35. Martha Bird

    April 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Adsense won’t let me enter my tumblr URL because it says the URL musn’t have a path or subdomain? Does this mean no one on tumblr can use adsense?

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  36. Heran

    May 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Hi, I tried making the adsence account and when I put my “primary URL” in, it says its invaled because it ends with “.tumblr.com”, how did you bypass that ?

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  37. Olivia

    July 3, 2013 at 4:21 am

    When using AdSense how do you get paid? Do they send you a check? Is that why they need my address?

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  38. Luis Felix

    June 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Hey I qualify for adsens now how do you put adsens on Tumblr I really need help i am lost i been trying for two week

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