How Can One Simple Image of You, Give You Valuable Recognition?

When you have an online presence, especially for Bloggers and Business Owners, it’s great to be able to recognize the Face with the Name all across the World Wide Web. Gravatar can help us do just that!

Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog.

How Can One Simple Image of You, Give You Valuable Recognition?

It’s This Easy!

Gravatar is a FREE service that is very beneficial to bloggers and/or anyone who has an online presence. Did you know there are applications on the web that prevent a person from commenting on a blog IF they don’t have a Gravatar? It’s true!

Why would someone want to block you from not having a Gravatar though? Simply put, SECURITY! Protecting our blogs from malicious spammers is of the utmost importance and many bloggers will do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of their sites!

How do I get one?

It’s fairly easy!

1.  Sign up for a WordPress.com account. THIS IS MANDATORY!

2.  Go to the Gravatar Homepage and Sign In.

3.  Once in Sign In, you will be asked to Sign Into Gravatar using your recently created WordPress.com account.

4.  After you Sign Into Gravatar with your WordPress.com account, you will receive a Welcome confirmation!

5.  Click Activate Account and you will receive one more confirmation! Now you’re all set!

6. Now Sign Into Gravatar and upload an image of yourself, customize your profile, and you’re ready to go!

How do I upload a picture?

There are many ways to upload an image of yourself.

Gravatar Upload an Image

  1. From your computer’s hard drive
  2. An image on the Internet using an URL
  3. A previously uploaded image if this isn’t your first time at Gravatar
  4. New – Using a Webcam

Then what?

  1. Upload your image
  2. Crop it
  3. Choose a Rating (G, PG, R, and X)

Create your profile

Next, we want to add information to your Gravatar account. This is the information that people will see when they click on your Gravatar. Note: There is an option to set your Profile to private if you’d like.

Gravatar Update Your ProfileGravatar Create Your Profile

Your Gravatar Profile will include whatever you choose to share with the public. CAUTION: Be very selective in what you share on your profile as this is a representation of yourself.

  • Name
  • Bio
  • Website
  • Verified Services
  • Other Social Media accounts that you can connect

Your Gravatar Profile may also appear on a hovercard (a mini-profile that appears when one hovers over your Gravatar).

Word of Caution:  The profile/bio you sent up for yourself will be used for all emails and images.

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Can I use more than one Email?

Absolutely! That’s the beauty of Gravatar! If you’re a multi-blogger, like me and so many others, you can represent yourself in many different ways on the Internet! You can add multiple emails and images to a single Gravatar account! Isn’t that awesome? It sure comes in handy for me!

Why is it good to use a Gravatar?

Your Gravatar represents YOU across the web. You can Sign Into any site with your email address and if they have Gravatar enabled, your profile image and bio are automatically there! No more uploading additional pictures or bio information, it’s simply right at your fingertips by entering your email address that is associated with your Gravatar account.

What are you waiting for?

It takes less than ten (10) minutes to set up your Gravatar account and start representing yourself Globally across the web! Don’t delay and get one today!

17 thoughts on “How Can One Simple Image of You, Give You Valuable Recognition?

  1. Absolutely great and extremely practical advice Bren!

    Isn’t amazing, some something so uncomplicated, really
    simple to do, and takes all of ten minutes or less, can
    and definitely will, have such a long range, important
    impact to our online presence.

    And it’s easy to overlook. Thanks for reminding us of
    the importance of paying very close attention to the
    critically important minor details!

  2. Hey Bren,

    I must admit that, the post title made me curious about the topic 🙂

    Many newbies do not take it seriously to have a Gravatar profile. And if they do, some of them, do not prefer to use their personal image in the profile.

    But as you said, it is indeed very important to have one to make sure they create a positive impact with a real face.

    I didn’t know that, we can use multiple emails in a single Gravatar account. Thanks for sharing a detailed tutorial on the topic.

    Take care and have a great day 🙂

    1. Hi Manidipa and Welcome!

      You’re very wise with your words, my friend. Yes, an image can have a deep impact, especially for business owners and entrepreneurs. When I first started blogging, I used cartoon characters. I think it was alright back then. I was just hobby blogging. But as I changed and began my business, being recognized became important. I want them to know the face, the name, and my business.
      Oh indeed, multiple emails for sure. I only wish we could create a different bio for each one.
      Thanks for sharing with us!

      Bren

  3. Hi Bren,

    This is a wake-up call for all bloggers. Having a Gravatar is necessary as it will have a lasting impression on the site owner where you made some comments. Not only will he remember you, you’ll effective be establishing a relationship. You cannot create relationships with an invisible person.

    I receive many comments from invisible persons on my site regularly. I used to approve some of them, but with the insight you provided, I think I’m done accepting comments without an image.

    Thanks for sharing Bren 👍:-)

    1. Hi Moss.

      I love what you say here “You cannot create relationships with an invisible person.” How very true that is!

      As you may have read above, Rob McDonald does not accept any comments without a Gravatar. There are many more like that. I would love to do that on my site as well, but just looking, then I wouldn’t have received the awesome comment from Emily. I think it can be a double-edged sword. Maybe, we need to moderate comments instead? Unsure at this point but I think I’m going to investigate a bit further. 🙂

      Great to see you here. Thank you for taking the time!

      B

  4. Hi Bren,

    Totally agree with you that a Gravatar is so important nowadays. It still amazes me that so many bloggers want to stay anonymous behind their blog and use the Mystery Man Gravatar.

    I still get a lot of comments from bloggers who have not taken the time to set one up. The funny thing is that you only have to do it once and then it follows you around everywhere.

    Personally, I would be skeptical about doing business with someone who didn’t have one. I need to see the person’s face and know a little bit about them.

    Thanks for sharing and I’ll be sure to pass it along.

    Have a great day 🙂

    Susan

    1. Hi Susan!

      I’m glad we’re in agreement. I can see one being skeptical. I mean, if you have no Gravatar, no image on your website, or anywhere else, how do you know this person is legit? I mean, it doesn’t secure they are legit, but at least it’s giving you a person to acknowledge. I just don’t understand those who haven’t taken 3 minutes to set this up.

      I appreciate you taking the time to comment and share! Keep up the good work on your site! I’m always reading it!

      B

    1. Hi Emily,

      I’ve been wanting to dive into Squarespace and after our brief FB convo, I think I might do it. 😉 It would be great to compare the two applications and all the features and add-ons. Thanks bunches for the bump!

      B

  5. Hey Bren, this is such an important topic and I am glad you shared this with us.

    I agree with all the reasons you gave for having a Gravatar image. It is so important when others comment on our blogs to know that the person really exists, and is not just spamming us. The image adds so much personality to the comments and makes it real.

    Personally, I don’t allow comments on my blog without a Gravatar image, but I have seen others that do, and to me it just adds so much authenticity to the person’s comment.

    Thanks so much Bren for sharing this with us and I will be sure to share it with my readers as well.

    Bren, I hope you have a great week!

    –Rob

    1. Hey Rob! It’s great to see you here!

      I know many that don’t allow a comment without a Gravatar. I think I’m going to lean that way myself. Just an extra security measure, right?

      I appreciate you sharing my post. Hope all is well with you and your business is booming!

      B

  6. Hi Bren, this is a great reminder for bloggers. I often get comments from owners of tech sites too and they don’t have one! It is one of my pet peeves and I often do not let any comment go without one. Unless I really know who they are. Thanks for bringing this point up as many are not aware of it. We experienced bloggers take it for granted. I’ll be sharing around.
    Happy Wednesday Bren!

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thank you for saying so. Like you, it’s a pet peeve of mine as well. An image of the person will stay in my memory long before their name or their website or even business. Sometimes I think even us veterans need to remember the basics of blogging. We get so involved in other aspects that we tend to forget the nitty-gritty stuff. I just want all bloggers to know the benefits of having a Gravatar. I’ll never not have one myself.

      I appreciate your comment and you passing this along! 😉

      B

  7. Hey Bren,

    I’m so glad you reminded bloggers about this. I’m sure a new blogger has got other stuff on their minds when they’re just getting started but it is important that they get one otherwise no one will connect with them. 🙂

    Great post gf…sharing this one!

    Cori

    1. Hey Cori!

      I don’t know about you, but I continue to run into the “invisible man” avatar on some blogs and quite frankly, it irks me. I like to see a face next to the comment, you know? Plus, having a Gravatar is so useful across the web. Well, I don’t have to tell you. You’re a veteran so you know it. But there are more people beginning to blog nowadays and still don’t know the basics.

      Thanks for sharing it and the comment, girly! Muwah!

      B

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