Discover the benefits having a Gravatar makes to your marketing efforts
A few days ago, I was having a conversation with a friend about Blog comments and I mentioned Gravatars. His reply: “What the heck is a Gravatar!”
Well I’m glad he asked, because it reminded me that a few months ago I didn’t know what one was either. I mean like what a strange word for a start. When you break it down, it actually does make sense though.
Ok so now we’re done with the jargon, lets talk about how it can benefit your efforts online.
Why Do You Need A Gravatar?
By having an Avatar (that’s the nice photo of you that shows up next to your name on blog posts) that is globally recognized, you’ll essentially be increasing your visibility every time you post a comment.
As many blogs will allow you to include your website URL when you post, you will vastly increase your chances of someone clicking on your name if you have an Avatar with a real photo.
Many Word Press blogs have native support for Gravatars so that when you post a comment, you are required to enter your email address. The software then checks your email address to see if you have a Gravatar associated with it.
If you do, your comment will automatically include your photo. If you don’t, you’ll need to go through the cumbersome chore of creating one every time you post.
Posting as a guest on someone’s Blog without a Gravatar is equivalent to turning up at a party with a pair of dark sunglasses on!
Whilst this might create curiosity if you’re the coolest looking dude at a party, online it’s a whole different ball game.
As many blogs allow you to include your website URL when you post, you will vastly increase your chances of someone clicking on your name if you have a real photo there. Oh and a genuine, authentic comment goes without saying :)
How Do I Create A Gravatar?
It’s soo incredibly simple. Watch the video below and then click here to get your gravatar for free right now!
As with any Social Networking site, use a great photo and make sure it’s actually YOU! I love my 4 legged friends too but those pics are best saved for Facebook :)
Anyone else been showing up on the Social Networks with an ‘auto generated’ Disney Avatar like I was?
I would love to hear your comments and if you have friends that don’t yet have one, do them a favor and share this post with them.