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.
- From your computer’s hard drive
- An image on the Internet using an URL
- A previously uploaded image if this isn’t your first time at Gravatar
- New – Using a Webcam
- Upload your image
- Crop it
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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!