[Note: I am revising this previously posted post – this is still very valid and relevant – it is good advice to follow!]
One of the biggest mistakes that I see that Website Owners make is hurting their online credibility. Correcting this issue is easy enough and can be done quickly. Why do people make this mistake? I think it is just because they are not aware that it is a problem!
You might be asking yourself, “What is he talking about?” I am talking about having a Gravatar.
What is a Gravatar?
Every blogger needs to have an Avatar! An avatar is an image that gets placed whenever you leave a comment on someone else’s website and is also visible when you reply back to a comment left on your website. Simply put, it is your picture that gets plastered all over the web when you interact with others.
Why is this important? You want to be visible. If nothing else, you want to create a brand for yourself. You want people to start to identify with who you are whenever they see your picture. Your avatar should be an important part of your online presence.
As an example, when I left a comment over on Ellen Brit’s Marketing Qi site, my comment appears like this:
You can see my smiling face appear when I comment. When someone leaves a comment and does NOT have an avatar set up, a default one is assigned:
Sorry, Alexandra, I don’t mean to pick on you for not having an avatar! To make it up to you, I will be happy to get you set up with one – I’ll do the work for you!
So back to the question, “what is a gravatar?” That little image that magically appears… THAT is a gravatar!
To have your avatar get displayed when you comment all you have you do is create a free account over at Gravatar.com. Here is the Big Secret to remember… When you add your email account, that is the email that you will have to use when you comment on someone’s blog. When you make a comment on someone’s blog, you need to include your Name, your Email Address, and your Website. Make sure the Email Address you enter is the one that is associated with your Gravatar account.
The next time you are at a party, ask the person you are next to if they have a gravatar! When they ask you, “What is a gravatar?” you can now answer!
If you have a Gravatar already, please leave a comment so we can see your wonderful picture! If you don’t have one yet, leave a comment letting us know when you will be getting one (or, why you think you should not have one!)