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.