How to Change Tumblr Main Blog ~ Make Secondary Blog Primary Easily

I know you are searching for help to change the primary blog (or secondary blog) on Tumblr.

Using a relevant Tumblr username for the primary blog can be helpful, particularly in SEO for Tumblr.

Don’t worry! I have got you fully covered. 🙂

You will find out how to change your Tumblr main blog. (also known as Primary blog on Tumblr

In this new Tumblr tutorial updated for 2023, you are going to learn the following;

  • Differences between Tumblr Primary and Tumblr Secondary blogs
  • How to change username on Tumblr
  • How to turn a secondary blog into the primary (main) blog on Tumblr
  • How to turn the primary blog into a secondary blog on Tumblr
  • How to backup your Tumblr (so you do not lose any content in case you wrongly followed a particular step)
  • How to redirect your traffic to blogs
  • How to delete Tumblr blog(s)
  • Moreover, much more tips…!

Recommended Readings…​​​​​

Okay, I think now you are confident that this is the ONLY guide you need to follow to learn how to change usernames on Tumblr.

You must follow three necessary steps for changing primary and secondary blog types or redirect traffic between Tumblr blogs.

The 3-step process to change Tumblr’s main blog…​​​​


#1. Bookmark this page!

Pretty straightforward, aha?

Yup. You need to bookmark this page because some steps you will follow later on in this tutorial will make you have to open other tabs or windows (depending on your device and desire), and also, you might want to reread this article.

So, the very first step is bookmarking this page. 

You can do that by,

  • Pressing Command + D on your Mac computer
  • Pressing Ctrl + D on your Windows computer
  • Tap the bookmark button on your mobile web browser.

That is it. Once you bookmark this page, proceed to the next step.

#2. Backup Tumblr

This is a must-followed step because incorrectly following any method of changing Tumblr blog types will cause losing all the content you have posted to Tumblr so far.

Once you back up your Tumblr (or export Tumblr content), you can follow our methods to switch Tumblr blogs.

Here are the instructions to back up your Tumblr.

Step #2.1: Sign up below using one of your social services. It takes less than 10 seconds to proceed. We will send details (video tutorial on backing up Tumblr, plus more tutorials on exporting Tumblr theme) to the email address associated with your social account. (And I will personally help with any concern regarding Tumblr once you sign up below)


Step #2.2: That’s it! After signing up, we’ll send the links for video tutorials to the email address.

Video Tutorials for Backing Up Your Tumblr

That is all! Now you can proceed to our tutorial on changing Tumblr blog types. Usually, it will not take more than 10 minutes to migrate the primary blog to the secondary and vice versa.

However, I recommend you be patient and read all the methods and instructions under each technique before implementing them.

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How to Change Tumblr Blog URL ~ Switch Tumblr Blog Types

Here’s quick navigation to each step. Please follow each step accordingly from start to end.

What Are The Differences Between a Primary and Secondary Blog on Tumblr?

Please check out the below table to know the differences between each Tumblr blog type.

Password ProtectionNoYes
Multiple UsersNoYes
Initiate Social Features (Follow other blogs, like posts, send asks and messages, and submit posts)YesNo
Receive Social Features (Be followed, get asks and messages, and accept submissions)YesYes
Mega EditorYesYes

How to Change Primary Blog on Tumblr

There are two methods we cover in full in this tutorial. Please click on the topic name to jump into each section respectively.

  1. Redirect Traffic to New Tumblr Blog
  2. Change Tumblr Usernames (Recommended)

Don’t forget

Please let us know in the comment form below if you have any questions about changing Tumblr blog types. I reply to every comment! 🙂

FeatureMeta Refresh MethodChange Tumblr Username Method
Preserve ContentYesYes
Accessibility to ContentOnly Landing Page contentBoth available
Revert Benefits of Primary blog typeNoYes
Revert Benefits of Secondary blog typeNoYes

Method #1: Redirecting secondary blog traffic to the primary blog (Switching from Secondary Blog to Primary blog)

This method is an old-school method to change blogs on Tumblr. In fact, what we are going to do with this method is move traffic from one Tumblr site to another.

How Traffic Redirect Works ~ The middle Page is your Tumblr blog you want to redirect its traffic (ex: secondary blog traffic to primary blog)


This is not a recommended way to change Tumblr traffic. I suggest combining this method with Method #2 or Method #3. (More about it later in this guide)


This is not a recommended way to change Tumblr traffic. I suggest combining this method with Method #2 or Method #3. (More about it later in this guide)

How to Redirect Traffic from One Blog to Another with Meta Refresh

Follow the below steps to redirect traffic from one blog to another using an HTML meta refresh tag.

Step 1: Redirecting a blog’s traffic to another is an effortless task. Go to the blog and customize the page by replacing “ThePitiya” with your real blog name.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Edit HTML’ link near the Theme section of your blog.

Step 3: Now paste below HTML code, just above of </head> code. Don’t forget to replace the real blog URL that you want to send blog traffic with

<script>window.location.href = "";</script>

Step 4: Now click on the “Update Preview” and the “Save” buttons.

Step 5: View your blog on your browser, and you can see that the page is redirected to the URL you specified.

Method #2: Changing Tumblr URL Structure (Or Change Tumblr Username)

This method is by far the most reliable method of changing primary and secondary blog types.

First, you should clearly understand what your Tumblr blogs’ primary and secondary blog usernames are.

Here’s how to find Tumblr Primary and secondary blogs easily.


Here I show you how to find a computer’s Tumblr secondary and primary blog usernames. If you are reading this article on a smartphone, please check the screenshot under #2 below.

1. Log in to your Tumblr account.

2. Click the “Tumblr Account” button and the “Settings” option.


3. Look for the “Blogs” section in your account settings. There, you can see all Tumblr blogs. The one with a star is your primary blog or default blog. All others are secondary blogs or side blogs.

Tumblr Blog List

The bolded names are the “Tumblr usernames.” For example, “ThePitiya” is the username for the Pitiya Tumblr blog, a secondary blog. Also, “gmchamal” is my personal Tumblr blog which is the main Tumblr blog.

Note down Tumblr blog usernames you want to change later. Explicitly, you may write down the primary blog and secondary blog usernames on a piece of paper.

According to standards, the likes on each post accumulate on the personal blog, not the Pitiya Tumblr blog. If I wanted to like others’ posts on behalf of the Pitiya brand, I had to change the secondary blog to the primary blog on Tumblr.

Here’s how to change the Tumblr URL structure and move Tumblr blogs.


I assume I want to change my secondary blog to the Primary in this example. Ex: Make the primary Tumblr blog. If you change the primary blog on Tumblr to a secondary blog, the steps are very similar, but the words differ.

Step #1: Go to the secondary blog setting page using this link: Replace thepitiya with your secondary blog name.

Tumblr Blog Settings

Step #2: Now click on the pencil icon under ‘Tumblr URL options in settings. See the screenshot below.

Edit Tumblr URL

Edit Your Tumblr URL

Step #3: Change the secondary blog URL (or secondary blog username) to an alternative one. For example, thepitiya2, thepityaSecondary, etc. I think you get the idea.

Change Tumblr URL

Once you change the secondary blog username, you will get a message from Tumblr.

We will hold the old username for you for 24 hours, just in case you change your mind or want to use it on a different blog.

That is very good! In fact, that is what we want to happen. Don’t let anyone steal your Tumblr username! 🙂

Step #4: Now, Save your new secondary blog domain.

Here’s the Tumblr settings page for my secondary blog after I changed my Tumblr username.


Now you are halfway done! Next, you are going to change the primary blog on Tumblr. Hang on. Let’s do this!

Step #5: Click on the current Primary blog name on the right sidebar. In my case, my current Tumblr default blog name is gmchamal.


Step #6: Click on the little pencil icon under the “Username” field on the Tumblr settings page.

Change Tumblr Primary Blog Username
Change Tumblr Primary Blog Username​

Step #7: Now replace the current username with the new username. The new username should be the secondary blog name you changed just a moment ago. In my case, the secondary blog username is ThePitiya. So, I entered it.

Make Secondary Blog Primary Blog on Tumblr
Make Secondary Blog Primary Blog on Tumblr

That is all. Now, look at the sidebar. Surprise! 🙂

New Tumblr Primary Blog
New Tumblr Primary Blog

Wow… Now you have switched Tumblr blog types. Congratulations! In my case, I have successfully changed Tumblr’s secondary blog on Tumblr so that it is now my primary blog.

Remember this message?

We will hold the old username for you for 24 hours, just in case you change your mind or want to use it on a different blog.

You have 24 hours to revert all. In case your mind is changed.

Now you can change your Tumblr avatar, replace content, change your Tumblr theme, and do other things. However, if you want to delete the secondary blog on Tumblr, I recommend adding meta refresh tags so your followers will not miss new content.

Please follow Method #1 correctly to redirect existing Tumblr visitors to the new one. In my case, I would place the meta refresh tag on the secondary blog, which I changed a moment ago, in which the username is now thepitiya2.

How to Make Both Main Tumblr blog and Side Blog (primary and secondary) the Primary Blogs?

Well, this is an exciting topic. Because personally, I want to have two primary blogs for both my personal account and business account (ThePitiya). In fact, how to do it?

It is easy. Here’s my trick to having two primary blogs under one Google mail account! (yes, you heard it right. Have two or more Primary Tumblr blogs in one Gmail account!)

Step #1: You might have used when signing up for Tumblr. Well, you are right. Do you know that you can generate unlimited email addresses with one email address?

Yes, you can have not 1,2,5,100,1000 but infinite email addresses if you use Google as your email client.

You can learn how to get unlimited email addresses by using a simple Gmail address, then please follow the steps in this article.

Step #2: Once you are done reading this Gmail hack, open a new browser tab (It is good to open a new private tab) and sign up to Tumblr with the new Gmail address. (ex:

Step #3: Enter the previous Primary blog username into the new one.

Quick Reminder

You will have to wait a few hours to claim the existing Tumblr username under a new account.

That is all. Now you have two Primary Tumblr blogs on slightly two different email addresses. However, you will receive notifications and emails from Tumblr Primary blogs in the same email inbox.

How to Delete Tumblr

After switching Tumblr blogs, you might not want to have an extra blog on your Tumblr account. So, here’s how to delete your Tumblr blogs to have a few Tumblr blogs.


You will lose all the content and followers and delete your Tumblr blog. So, back up your Tumblr before doing anything. Follow essential step #2 at the top of this page to back up your Tumblr.

  1. Go to your Tumblr secondary blog settings page by copying and pasting this URL and replacing “pbtzone” with your secondary blog username:
  2. Scroll down the page.
  3. Click on the Delete button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Enter your Tumblr login email address and password on the next page to verify that you want to delete the Tumblr blog.
Delete Tumblr Blog
Delete Tumblr Blog

What’re the Next Steps?

As you successfully changed your Tumblr blog types, you will have to make changes to each blog. Apart from necessary setting changes such as changing your Tumblr avatar and Tumblr header image, some crucial steps are making your Tumblr famous and professional.

  • Add a Custom Domain Name to Tumblr: Make your Tumblr professional and stay out from the crowd by mapping on a new custom domain. In this tutorial, I have documented all the steps you need to add a custom domain name to Tumblr.
  • Optimize Tumblr for Search Engines: If you want to get more traffic from search engines, search engine optimization (SEO) is paramount. Read my ultimate guide to Tumblr SEO to make your SEO-friendly.
  • Promote Your Tumblr: If done right, your single post could go viral and make your Tumblr more popular. Here’re my exact tips and tricks to promote Tumblr.
  • Increase Tumblr Followers: Check out my guide to increasing Tumblr followers easily and without following complicated steps.
  • Automate Tumblr Posting: Tumblr is a very special blogging and social platform. If you do not know what posts are going viral and how to make your blog stand out from the competition, your Tumblr will not be as successful as you wanted. Content Studio is my recommended tool for managing your Tumblr blogs and share viral content to get more Tumblr likes, reblogs, and comments. Make specific automation campaigns for your Tumblr sites and sit and see comments, shares, and likes flowing in steadily. Learn more about ContentStudio.

In addition to the above tips and tricks to improve your Tumblr, I recommend checking out the tutorials below on Pitiya and other websites to make your Tumblr awesome.

Now you see the importance of bookmarking this page, right? 😉

Conclusion on How to Change Tumblr Primary Blog

Tumblr is excellent blogging and social networking platform to connect, collaborate and be famous.

However, you might not have used the username you wanted it to be when you signed up. Because of that, you cannot change primary and secondary blogs on Tumblr.

However, if you followed this tutorial from start to end correctly, you now know how to change the primary blog on Tumblr, switch blog types, and change usernames.

So, were you able to switch Tumblr blogs? Moreover, if so, how was your experience? If you were not, why? Where were you stuck? I am happy to help. Please, drop your comments below.

22 thoughts on “How to Change Tumblr Main Blog ~ Make Secondary Blog Primary Easily”

    • Glad you find this post informative. Yes, i will talk about Tumblr SEO very soon. Keep touch with Pro Blog Tricks.

  1. When I try changing the URL structure, it says that my username is in use when saving both pages at once. Is there a way around this?

    • You can't save both Tumblr usernames at once. First change the first blog (ex: A) to another name (ex: C) and secondly change second blog (ex:B) to previous blog name (ex: A). Then you can change first blog name (ex: C) to second blog (ex: B).

      It's looking like complicated. But, it's very easy to change from primary blog to secondary blog by this method.

      Hope this helps.

    • That still doesn't work…I did what you said…and my first account is still considered my primary blog, though I switched the usernames…

  2. all this does is change the name of the url for your blog, it doesn't move any of your content? So effectively…. this is just renaming your blog and nothing else

    • I updated the tutorial and added another method to change Tumblr blog types. Now you can switch between primary to secondary easily. And yes, you should do it with your caution.

  3. I tried the first method. It doesn’t work for me. Did the recent tumblr update affect it somehow?
    My problem really is that more followers know me by my secondary account. So when I interact with them and my other account shows up, they’re wondering who the “unknown” user is.

  4. This was very helpful I used the method #3. What is the most efficient way to export my secondary blog’s content to my new primary blog? Thank you.

  5. Hello
    thank you for your tutorial
    i have a question but for the 3rd method how do you
    Back up (or export) your secondary blog’s content and import them to NEW Tumblr primary blog

    all seems easy to do but i don’t know how to export my secondary blog.

    Thank you

  6. Hello
    thank you for your tutorial! I have a question for the 3rd method. How can i Back up (or export) my secondary blog’s content and import them to NEW Tumblr primary blog

    i couldn’t find a way to do that
    thank you

  7. BTW, keep in mind that if you copy and paste the code listed here, you must manually replace the quote marks after you’ve pasted it (ie. delete the “” and type them again). If it doesn’t work, that may be why. 🙂

  8. Hello, I am having trouble with switching my secondary blog to my primary blog. I have tried method 2 and it has not been working correctly. What could I possibly be doing wrong?

  9. Method 1 does not work. Perhaps you could be a little more explicit. Do I really just ADD the new code, and leave all the pre-existing code there, or do I REPLACE the pre-existing code?

    Method 2 would be less confusing if you consistently referrred to “Primary” and “Secondary” blog, rather than sometimes using those references, and other times using your own blog names.

  10. hey! i dont know how old this post is but i tried redirecting the traffic method and my primary account got terminated. any idea why?


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