How to better connect while blog hopping

Commenting on a blog is a great way to make yourself part of a community, and to get noticed by that blog’s author and readers. And it is much easier to remember who you are when there’s the instant visual recognition of a photo AND it makes people feel like they know you better.

Have you ever read a blog (like this one [http://lkrsocialmedia.com/category/blog/] perhaps?) and seen those nifty photos next to the comments? Have you ever thought to yourself – how did those people get their picture to show up? Do you have to be part of some secret internet club? Do they have to smile pretty every time they leave a comment while some hidden camera snaps a photo?

Those nifty blog comment photos are called gravatars and it is super easy to get your own!

To create your own gravatar (it stands for Globally Recognized Avatar – clever huh?) simply go to http://en.gravatar.com/site/signup and enter your email address. The site will walk you through the rest. Remember you’ll need a photo of yourself on your computer to upload as your picture.

Here are some tips for a great gravatar:

  • Make it a head shot. Full body shots make it hard for people to see who you are.
  • Use the same photo that you use for other social media outlets, like Twitter or Facebook, this further builds your brand and people will start to recognize you.
  • Don’t stress about it, be yourself, let YOU shine through.
  • Don’t use your company logo, people want to connect with people.
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About Laura Roeder

Laura Roeder is a social media marketing expert who gives businesses of all sizes the tools they need to make their mark on the web. She is the creator of the social media scheduling software Edgar, as well as social media marketing web courses like Creating Fame and Social Brilliant.

Comments

  1. Good idea, never thought about using the same photo everywhere. Cheers for that.

  2. Laura, I love the insights. The first link doesn’t work, thought you’d want to know.

  3. I love it when people with gravatar photos comment at my blog. The comments look much more like a community of real people sharing ideas when there are pictures attached.

    It’s generally a smart idea to connect a photo of yourself to your words. One of my peeves is websites & blogs that don’t include a photo of the person running them. They feel anonymous to me.

    The same applies for blog comments — a name (a REAL name, not an Internet handle) adds a certain humanity, but there’s nothing like also being able to see a picture of the person.

    Kevin Delaney

  4. I got this tip in The Dash and implemented it right away. It really does make me feel part of a “secret internet club”!

  5. Laura,
    Great reminder for people new to blogging. I find it surprising how many people haven’t uplodaed their picture yet.

  6. Your tidbits are like little gems – thanks once again :-)

  7. I was typing too fast and couldn’t make my spelling change before I hit submit. I hate when that happens.

  8. Patricia Reiter says:

    Thank you from me and my brand new gravatar!

  9. Awesome. Done! And so easy, too.

    Thanks!

  10. Hi Laura! The B-School girls showed me this in the first week and I chose a pic from my i-phone. It’s made branding my new website, facebook page and twitter account SO easy, because I’ve simply used the same pic, like you say.

    Thanks for the great tips! Keep them coming girl!

  11. Having a pic looks so much more inviting and personable then having that anonymous “Mystery Man” image. It definitely adds an element of community to a blog. Thanks for this post!

  12. wooo hooo… now I have one too. :)