Search and Discovery

Search


Tap the magnifying glass in the app, look for the search box at the top of your dashboard, or visit tumblr.com/search. Type things in and hit enter. Witness a rich mosaic of results. You have just performed a search.

Can I filter the search results?

Indeed. On the web:

  • You can view specific post types by clicking “All posts” at the top left of the post results.
  • You can toggle to see the most recent posts by clicking "Most popular" posts at the top left of the post results.
  • You can show or hide explicit content by unlocking or locking the padlock icon on the far right.
  • You can also toggle between two different views of the results—a compact grid and a traditional list—via the icons to the left of the padlock.

And in the app, after tapping the abacus-looking thing next to the search field:

  • You can view specific post types by selecting them from the list.
  • You can toggle between seeing the most recent and most popular posts by clicking “Recent results” or “Top results.”
  • You can show or hide explicit content by turning safe search off and on at the bottom of the list.

How do I search multiple tags or terms?

It’s easy, you just have to use the right syntax for your search. For example:

  • picnic lunch - returns posts with the terms “picnic” and “lunch” anywhere (e.g., #picnic basket, or #lunch break, or a post using the word picnic).
  • #picnic lunch - returns posts with the #picnic lunch tag.
  • #picnic #lunch - returns posts with both #picnic AND #lunch tags.

How do I search for posts within a specific blog?

You can do it from your dashboard. Click a blog’s name or avatar to open it up, then click the magnifying glass at the top of the blog. Now type. Type like you mean it. Get your results.

(And as we mentioned, you can filter and sort those results by clicking the abacus-looking thing next to the search field.)

You can also search a blog directly from the blog’s URL, as long as their theme includes a search field. But why take the risk? Just use your dash. 

What if I don't want to appear in search results?

You can always remove your blog from all search engine results (including our own) by turning off the "Allow search engines to index your blog" option in your Blog Settings.

 

Using Tags


What are tags?

Tags make it easier for readers to find posts about a specific topic on your blog. For instance, you could tag your landscape photographs with #landscape or posts about your butler with #butler.

How do I tag my posts?

It’s as easy as you’d expect. When you create a post, enter the tags in the field at the bottom of the post form.

Tips:

  • You don't need to put a tag in quotes or start with a hash symbol (#).
  • Hit enter to separate each tag.
  • Only the first 20 tags on a post will show up in searches. After that, you’re just tagging for show.

Will the tags I use be displayed on my blog?

If your theme supports them, yes. You can find themes that display tags with each post at tumblr.com/themes. Even if a theme doesn’t show post tags, they will still appear in the Dashboard and be searchable across Tumblr.

How do tags work on password-protected blogs?

You can add tags to keep your posts organized, but they won't be searchable on Tumblr.

What are Tumblr tag pages?

A tag page is a dashboard-style view of all the posts that are tagged with a given tag. They’re a fine way to keep up with specific topics on Tumblr. Most of them are in simple reverse-chronological order, but a few of the high-volume tag pages are curated by select users, which makes their contents a little more flavorful. Have a look at the #gif, #lol, or #fashion tags to see what we’re talking about.

How do I get to tumblr tag pages?

It’s as simple as clicking the tag on your dashboard or adding the tag name to the end of tumblr.com/tagged. So if you want to check out the #boba tag, you’d go to tumblr.com/tagged/boba. If you’re more of a #bubble tea person, visit tumblr.com/tagged/bubble-tea.

Just add /tagged/tag to your blog’s URL. For example:

These links will only show the 200 most recent posts with that tag in reverse chronological order (latest posts on top).

To display posts in chronological order (older posts on top), add /chrono to the end of the tag URL (i.e. http://staff.tumblr.com/tagged/features/chrono).

How do I create a page that redirects to my posts with a specific tag?

Learn how to do that here.

What are followed searches?

They’re a way to follow searches, just like you’d follow blogs. Periodically, some of the best new posts from those searches will appear on your dashboard.

How do I follow a search?

Search for something, then click or tap “Follow” in the search box.

How do I see a list of my followed searches?

Tap or click the search box, or (on the web) hit the tab key from anywhere on the dashboard.

How do I stop following a search?

  • Click or tap the search box.
  • Click the search term you’re looking for.
  • Click “Unfollow” in the search box.

Tip: Clicking or tapping the X in the upper right corner of a followed search post in the app will give you some choices: dismiss that particular post, unfollow the search, or flag the post as inappropriate.

What happened to tracked tags?

Any tags you were previously tracking now show up as followed searches. But you can still get to tag pages by visiting the URLs directly (i.e., http://tumblr.com/tagged/pizza).

How do I embed a post on another site?

Embedding a post on some other site is just another way of sharing it, right? So just click on the three dots at the bottom of a post (where all the other share options are), click “Embed,” and copy the code to your clipboard. Then just take that code on over to the other website, and paste it wherever in the HTML that embeds are supposed to go.

This is what the embedded post should look like: 

 

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For more details on how embedded posts work, go here

Post Flagging


I found a post that violates Tumblr’s Community Guidelines. What can I do about it?

You can alert our team to this kind of thing by flagging the post for us. We’ll be notified about it, we’ll handle it appropriately from there.

If you need a refresher on what does and doesn’t belong on Tumblr, have a look at our Community Guidelines themselves.

How do I flag an offensive post?

No matter where you see it-- on your dashboard, tag pages, or in search results-- just click the ellipsis (those three dots) and choose "Flag this post." That'll open the flagging form and you can tell us what you're reporting from there.

Depending on the violation you're reporting, we might need to ask you a few extra questions to help us respond quicker.

You'll know you've successfully flagged a post when you see the confirmation note. And perhaps more importantly: you'll never see it again.

How do I flag something I saw at a blog URL (e.g., username.tumblr.com)?

Right now we don't have the flagging feature built for the blog network, so just submit an abuse report. Please, please, please include the post permalink or we won't know where to look and we won't be able to help.

What kind of content violates the Community Guidelines?

Great question. Most of the violations are covered in the flagging form itself. Namely:

  • Spam
  • Malicious Speech
  • Harm to Minors
  • Promotion or Glorification of Self-Harm
  • Gore, Mutilation, Bestiality, or Necrophilia
  • Misattribution or Non-Attribution
  • Confusion or Impersonation
  • Harassment

Note that not everything in our Community Guidelines is covered in the list. For copyright complaints, please use our DMCA form, and for anything else you can submit an abuse report.

I’m hiding adult-oriented content from my search results, but some sexy stuff is still getting through. What can I do about it?

You should flag the post to let us know that it should be filtered. We’ll remove it from your search results, and from the search results of anyone else who is hiding adult-oriented content.

 

Troubleshooting


Why aren’t my posts appearing on Tumblr Tag pages?

Long story short, we need to make sure you’re not a robot or a spammer. If your blog is brand new, make sure you’ve verified your account via the email we sent when you joined Tumblr. Once you’ve used your account for a while (and done normal, human things with it like follow other blogs and like or reblog posts), your posts will start appearing on Tag pages.

If you are a robot or a spammer, you should visit our account deletion page.