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Monday, December 11, 2017

Getting started with theme development - theme development resources

Ready to make money on the internet? Well, hold your horses, it is not that easy, but developing themes is free to start, though time consuming to optimize, but once you have a product, you can deploy it on any platform. Here are some resources to get you started!

Free themes and giveaways can attract followers, ratings and get you started in the theme business

Shopify Theme and Shopify Partner Program

Shopify allows you to take a cut from retail store subscriptions and sell your themes. You can fetch up to $120 - $2000 dollars. 

Tumblr Custom Themes

Get inspired by Tumblr themes here https://www.tumblr.com/themes/
Get educated and get inspired. Tumblr themes go up to $49 dollars and more.
https://www.tumblr.com/docs/en/custom_themes

Know your artists

Animators and manga artists are thriving on Tumblr. If you were to monetize on tumblr, make sure you know your audience. Here's an example of an artist blog on Tumblr http://tzysk.tumblr.com/ Here''s another thousandskies.tumblr.com


What's a beginner friendly tutorial for getting started with theme development on Tumblr?

Apparently General Assembly Dash has a Tumblr Theme project. It guides you throw basic HTML and CSS and essentially that's what you need to get started. It will walk you through creating a basic bubble shaped profile picture and an input field to collect email addresses.

Amazon supports native ads on Tumblr

Technically Amazon supports banner displays and CPM ads on Tumblr but implementing it on the Tumblr side is a different issue all together. Pay attention Tumblr community guidelines and term of services is always the way to go.


Take Advantage of the Build-in Viral Factors

As someone who has done a lot of social media and content marketing, I think Tumblr has the most re-sharable form of blog posts. It's almost as instant as Favoriting a post. The newcomer with this prowess is Medium. Customize themes should not hinder this experience. In fact, it should highlight social shares and showcase them. 

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