What 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 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!
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[GSE has now become outdated and un-updated in several years.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:
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 ~
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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