Gravatars: A Powerful Free Way To Brand Your Comments!

gravatar logoWhat is a Gravatar?

Gravatar may sound like a funny word, but its one of the hottest tools to increase your branding value while blogging… for free!

Have you ever wondered how come some people’s comments on blogs get a sharp looking image next to their comment, while yours gets a boring generic image?


Gravatar stands for “Graphical Avatar” and essentially means picture that represents you. In the world of self branding, that’s your picture! It’s your face! It also is the answer to the riddle!

By setting up a profile (login) containing your picture at (now owned by you can become instantly recognizable on every blog you visit! The setup is quick and painless and once set up requires absolutely no special effort to “use” when commenting. The images simply appear on any blog that supports them when you submit your post.

This awesome little video explains some of the advantages and shows you how fast and simple it is to sign up!

Click here to get your free Gravatar account. 

A WordPress Set Up Walk-Through

My colleague, Jim Landers, from Jupiter Jim’s Marketing Team, has a great introduction and walk through to take you by the hand and show you how to get set up.

Tired of Generic People Commenting On Your Blog?

If you have a blog and are interested in your commenters being prompted to get their OWN unique gravatar (without annoying those that already do), a quick wordpress plugin is in order!

Gravatar Signup Encouragement is a simple plugin that encourages users without an avatar on Gravatar to make one!  It creates a prompt (and link to the website) for any user who’s email was not found on file at Gravatar.

[GSE has now become outdated and un-updated in several years. I recommend upgrading to Commentluv Premium which includes an actively supported version of this feature.]

Assuming you are signed in and have your own avatar, you will not notice any changes to your blog. Log out of your blog and then try to leave a comment with a random nonsensical email address, to see the prompt.

User’s that do not have an email on record will see something similar to this screenshot:

Comment Box Screenshot with Gravatar Encouragement Plugin In Use

That’s all folks!

Got any cool gravatar stories or suggestions? I’d love to hear them! Here’s to better blogging! Like this tip? Tweet It, Digg It, Facebook Share It and Leave a comment!

~ Kim ~
Simple Tech Tips For Marketing

PS: If your gravatar does not appear to be working for YOUR own administrator account for your blog, click here.


Originally Published January 1st, 2010 and most recently updated October 21st, 2014

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105 Comments on "Gravatars: A Powerful Free Way To Brand Your Comments!"

5 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the info on the gravatar. Checking out to see what happenns!
.-= Julianna Brower´s last blog ..What Kind of Plugins Should You Have On Your Blog? =-.

4 years 1 month ago

Test :)

5 years 3 months ago

Now lets see, Thanks for the tips!
.-= Julianna Brower´s last blog ..What Kind of Plugins Should You Have On Your Blog? =-.

5 years 3 months ago

Thanks for another great insert into building a better blog Kimberly! I wish everyone would take the time to Brand themselves better!

Live Full Out & On Purpose,

.-= Susan Davis´s last blog ..Social Media Etiquette 101 =-.

5 years 3 months ago

Thanks for the information! I just signed up.
.-= Khaleef Crumbley @ KNS Financial´s last blog ..Should I File a Tax Return? – Why filing a tax return may be beneficial even if you aren’t required to do so. =-.

5 years 3 months ago

Hey Kim – great post! Gravatars are essential when building a business online – social proof, and it lets people know you aren’t a spammer! I never accept friends that don’t have a picture of themselves on facebook, twitter etc… and it seems like your gravatar picture follows you everywhere so you aren’t constantly uploading pictures (like the Ning groups etc..) Thanks for sharing this Kim.
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