Lately, Tumblr statistics have ignited quite a lot of controversy and debate over the future of the social networking platform.
Some argue that Tumblr is gradually dying, while others believe that it’s still the king of microblogging. So, which is it?
Well, as a man of math, I say that numbers don’t lie. And so, to find out the real truth about the current status of the platform, I’ve compiled more than 40 Tumblr statistics from a wide range of reputable sources.
This article features all the relevant facts you might want to know about Tumblr’s blogs, posts, users, traffic, usage trends, market share, and revenue in 2021. You can think of it as the ultimate compilation of the latest Tumblr statistics and demographics.
Before we dive into the details, though, let’s get all the facts right. What exactly is Tumblr? And what does it do in the first place?
What is Tumblr?
Tumblr, for starters, is a social networking platform that specializes in microblogging. Since it was founded in 2007, it has offered millions of users simple multimedia tools for posting and sharing short-form blogs.
And to be more specific, Tumblr operates almost like a blend of Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress. You get to create and share text, videos, images, audio, plus links with your followers. Then once you post something, Tumblr automatically publishes it in your followers’ feeds.
This basic model has seen Tumblr grow tremendously over the years, to a point of attracting even A-list celebrities.
Yes, that’s right- the platform currently hosts musicians, actors, fashion models, sports personalities, you name it.
Sadly, however, Tumblr has also experienced its fair share of downturns and controversies. Read along to find out all about the major ones, plus their subsequent consequences and fallout.
2021 Tumblr By The Numbers: 40+ Statistics and Facts
Tumblr Blog Numbers
1. By the end of 2020, Tumblr was hosting a total of 6 million blogs.
2. That marks a growth of almost half a billion since May 2011, when Tumblr only had 17.5 million blogs.
3. It passed the 100 million mark in 2013 when the number of blogs grew from 6 million in January 2013 to 101.8 million by April the same year.
4. Then between July and October 2014, Tumblr managed to surpass 200 million, after the number of blogs increased from 195.1 million to 207.3 million. In fact, during this time, Tumblr even overtook Instagram as the fastest growing social platform.
5. In 2015, however, Tumblr’s blog volume expanded at a slightly slower rate. So much so that by January 2016, Tumblr had only accumulated a total of 9 million blogs.
6. It was only until July 2016 that the platform finally crossed the margin again and into the 300 million range. The precise bog count at this time was 9 million.
7. Between 2016 and 2019, Tumblr maintained a steady growth curve despite its 2018 ban on porn content. It had 409 million blogs as of April 2018, which subsequently increased to 456.1 million by January 2019.
8. The new controversial policy changes ultimately caught up with Tumblr in January 2019, and its growth rate slumped quite drastically. By April 2020, its blog network had only
9. According to Tumblr, users are now publishing about 14.2 million posts every day.
10. Internet Live Stats, on the other hand, has computed the numbers and established that Tumblr is publishing about 1,814 posts per second. That places it ahead of Instagram, which uploads 1,040 photos per second, but way behind Twitter, which sees 9,282 tweets per second.
11. Cumulatively, Tumblr has now published more than 200 billion posts since it was launched. In just ten years, the numbers have grown from 5 billion (in May 2011) to 5 billion by April 2019.
12. 2014 was the year Tumblr impressively surpassed the 100 billion mark. It jumped from 93.7 billion posts in October 2014 to 2 billion posts by January 2015.
Tumblr Traffic Volume
13. At its peak, Tumblr was hosting more than half a billion visitors per month. In December 2018, for instance, the platform attracted about 521 million unique visitors.
14. But, as it turns out, that’s the same month that Tumblr proceeded to ban porn from its networks. This move sparked a quite lot of outrage, and the subsequent fallout began almost immediately. Tumblr’s monthly traffic volume consequently dropped to 370 million in just two months.
15. But, the fallout didn’t stop there. Although Tumblr seemingly showed signs of recovery in July 2019 with 380 million monthly visitors, it eventually plummeted into the 200 million range. By September 2020, the platform could only manage 292 million visitors per month.
16. 2019 was a mixed year for Tumblr in terms of Traffic. It began strongly and proceeded to hit 364.5 million by May, 372.5 million by June, followed by 379 million in July of the same year. But then things went south after that- as it dropped to 348 million in August, followed by 336 million in September.
17. The year 2020, on the other hand, began with 347.5 million unique monthly visitors in January. But then, it subsequently dropped to 317 million by August, before ultimately hitting a low of 292.5 million.
18. That means Tumblr has lost almost half of its traffic in just two years. All because of a simple policy change
Tumblr Traffic Sources
19. While Tumblr is used worldwide, the vast majority of its users are based in the U.S. Domestic visitors alone account for 42% of its overall traffic.
20. And if you considered just the desktop traffic, the U.S. happens to take up 59% of the traffic. That’s according to September 2020 Tumblr statistics.
21. The United Kingdom comes a distant second, bringing in only 73% of the monthly Tumblr traffic.
22. The third biggest source of Tumblr’s traffic is Canada, which accounts for 22% of the monthly traffic.
23. Australia and Germany rank third and fourth, with 36% and 2.84% monthly traffic volume respectively.
Tumblr Usage Trends
24. Tumblr is particularly popular among Millennials. They account for 69% of the users.
25. While the minimum age for U.S. users on the platform is 13 years, the Tumblr age policy requires users in other areas to be at least 16 years old.
26. As of February 2017, Tumblr was being used by 21% of 18-29-year-olds in the U.S.
27. Then by 2018, Tumblr’s reach had stretched to 43% of 18-24-year-olds in the U.S. 25-34-year-olds, on the other hand, had a reach of 34%, while 35-44-year-olds had 26%, followed by 16% for 45-54-year-olds.
28. Tumblr is least popular among 55+-year-olds, as only 14% of them had used it in the U.S. by 2018.
29. Tumblr is currently being used by 10% of 15-25-year-olds in the U.S, and 11% of 26-35-year-olds. The reach among 36-45-year-olds, on the other hand, is a paltry 6%, while 46-55-year-olds are using Tumblr at a rate of 5%.
30. Combined, the number of U.S. users on the platform adds up to 29.4 million. That’s about 1 million more than 2019’s 28.3 million users and a huge growth from 2014’s 18.2 million users.
31. In terms of gender, it turns out Tumblr is equally used by men and women. Only 7% of both men and women in the U.S. are currently leveraging the platform.
32. When it comes to income, however, it just so happens that Tumblr is particularly popular among six-figure earners. 2018 figures showed that 27% of households earning more than $100k in the US were using the platform, while 25% of earners in the $80k-$100k income bracket had a reach of 25%, followed by 24% among households earning $70k-$80k.
33. S. users are particularly fond of accessing Tumblr through their smartphone app. So much so that they’re spending, on average, 115.81 minutes on the Tumblr app each month.
34. In total, there are now more than 74 million monthly Tumblr app users in the U.S. alone.
35. It’s worth noting, though, that only 31% of the users in the U.S. admit to using Tumblr on a daily basis. 68% of them are doing it on a weekly basis, while 88% access Tumblr on a monthly basis.
36. On average, Tumblr app sessions in the U.S. take 04 minutes.
Tumblr Market Share and Revenue
37. Right when Tumblr was experiencing phenomenal growth in 2013, Yahoo acquired it for a whopping $1.1 billion. It was later taken over by Verizon in 2017 after the company acquired Yahoo.
38. At the height of the public backlash in 2019, Tumblr was again sold to Automattic- but for an astonishingly low figure of just $3 million.
39. While the actual revenue figures are unknown, Tumblr makes money from its theme sales, sponsored days, sponsored video posts, and sponsored posts.
40. Currently, Tumblr enjoys a social media market share of only 0.41%. Instagram takes up 2.01%, YouTube 4.22%, Twitter 11.68%, Pinterest 12.11%, while mighty Facebook boasts 68.72%.
I guess it’s evident that once upon a time, Tumblr did actually rule the social media airwaves. It was a billion-dollar platform that was hosting hundreds of millions of users per month. So, of course, the prospects were solid and the future looked bright for the platform.
But then, with time, disaster struck. And no, I’m not talking about the porn ban.
You see, Tumblr’s problems began way before that, thanks to Yahoo’s poor management policies. The executives at Yahoo just couldn’t figure out how to make everything work. Then, in the end, the major policy shift in 2018 proved to be the final nail in Tumblr’s coffin.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Tumblr is dead. Yahoo tried to derail it alright, but then came a superhero called Automattic.
Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, Automattic is the same company that owns WordPress. That means Tumblr is safe in the hands of the guys who run the biggest content management system on the web.
Already, Tumblr’s new owners are looking into the prospects of revamping the platform’s ecosystem without necessarily re-architecting its original functionalities. They might, for example, introduce e-commerce capabilities on Tumblr, as well as possibly migrate its infrastructure to WordPress. The possibilities are endless.
Whatever they choose to do, you can bet it’ll completely change Tumblr as we know it.
So, there goes your answer. Tumblr is not dead. Not by a long shot. On the contrary, it’s just about to be reinvigorated.
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