What is a Gravatar?
Gravatar may sound like a funny word, but its one of the hottest tools to increase your branding value… 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 also is the answer to the riddle!
By setting up a profile (login) containing your picture at Gravatar.com (now owned by WordPress.com) 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!
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.
It’s available in the plugin search in your Dashboard. Install it, Activate it and check it’s Settings. Mine were okay by default but yours may need tweaked depending on your theme. 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:
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!