How To Create A Gravatar And Establish Your Brand Identity

I was inspired to create this tutorial after looking through my blog comments and noticing how many people didn’t have Gravatars. Not having a Gravatar attached to your comments is like having a drivers license with no picture.  Everyone should have a Gravatar to create their brand identity online.

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So Then What Is A Gravatar ?

A Gravatar is basically a short abbreviation which means “ globally recognized avatar”.  An avatar can be a picture of yourself (preferred) or a logo that represents you or your business brand. If you don’t have neither you can always do a Google image search to find something appropriate that you feel represents you.

The Gravatar will appear right along side your name with every comment you leave behind on all Gravatar enabled websites. Leaving behind an avatar image on every blog comment  will create brand awareness with the blog owner and other readers that come to that blog post.  This is a powerful way to create your brand Identity online with people in your niche industry. It is also a relationship builder.  Most people can connect more with an image of a face or a logo than the default image place holder.  It is much harder for people to connect with a default image because it lacks personalization.

If you are really active in leaving blog comments in some niche communities you will get notice a lot by others in that community.  It can give you in some instance a celebrity like status. If people see your comments  everywhere it is like “ Wow this dude or dudette is everywhere!”

It becomes real powerful when people recognize you offline at an event, conference or meetup and connect the Gravatar to the real human being. People feel even more connected to you now that they see you live in person. This could be very beneficial to your brand and your business in general.

 

So How Does This Gravatar Thingy Work Dude?

You upload your image to the Gravatar website where it is stored on their computers. The Gravatar is attached to an email address that you specify during setup. Anytime you leave a comment on a blog and enter your email address you specified during the setup process, your Gravatar image appears next to your blog comment.

 

How do I Setup My Own Gravatar?

I have created some screenshots below which will take you step by step on creating your own Gravatar.  Just follow the steps below and you will be on your way to building your own brand image online.

 

1. Visit the Gravatar website and sign up at the top left-hand corner.

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2. Signup to create your own Gravatar.

 

 

3. Select “add an email” in the my account menu. This email address will be connected to the image you select later on.

 

 

4. After you confirm your email account you want to select your Gravatar image. Go to my account menu and select add image. Choose where you’d like to get the image from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Most of your images will already be on your computer. So select a file from your computer to get your image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Crop your image and select finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Choose a rating for your Gravatar image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Confirm your image.


9. Select an email address to connect with your Gravatar image you just uploaded.


10. Congratulations! Your email address is now married to your Gravatar image.

 

 

 

 

 

That’s pretty much it. You can now go out into your blog communities and start branding your new Gravatar image. Show off your Gravatar image to me by leaving your comment below. Also if you don’t mind spreading this post around so that others can learn how to create Gravatars of their own. That would be really cool!  Re-tweets, Facebook , and social bookmarks are always appreciated.


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27 Responses to “How To Create A Gravatar And Establish Your Brand Identity”

  • Doug on March 15, 2010

    If I had known it was this easy, I would have done this a long time ago. LOL!

    Thanks for breaking it down and making me look foolish for not doing this before. ;-P

  • Great article – have been wondering how to do that Gravatar thing for a while.

    Many thanks!

  • Samuel on March 15, 2010

    @Doug Now problem dude!

    @Lara Jane Happy to see your Gravatar. That’s what taking action is all about.

  • Randy on June 17, 2010

    Hey Sam,

    Read your info on gravatars, went over and started an account. That’s really cool, thanks Sam.

    God bless.

  • aditia on June 17, 2010

    hey thanks for sharing, this is first time i knew, it’s very easy and first time i knew too that gravatar and wordpress.com is using one single account

  • Julia on June 19, 2010

    Thanks heaps for this you make it so easy. Have a great weekend.

  • Matthew Loop on August 15, 2010

    Excellent post and very simple to follow. Just re-tweeted it 😉

  • Cardsharing server on September 21, 2010

    thanks really good article great job admin !!

  • albert on September 28, 2010

    Thanks for the important points which you have mention excellent post from your side

  • Sommer on September 30, 2010

    testing my gravatar

  • kyle on October 14, 2010

    testing my gravatar too, thanks for the quick “how to”

  • Mstasci on November 4, 2010

    Have a nice sharing, thank you.

  • Jonnet Solomon on November 20, 2010

    testing my gravatar………

  • gary roberts on December 2, 2010

    Have a nice sharing, testing my gravatar

  • Dayna Asplund on February 12, 2011

    Hm, Now i’m ok with this nevertheless not entirely confident, hence i am gonna research a bit more.

  • OurSharedEarth on March 12, 2011

    Tried for days to get an image connected with my profile, and was thinking it was OpenID. Then I remembered the “king” – who taught me this trick to begin with. Traffic-is-King to the rescue again! Thanks buddy – you saved me a lot of aggravation. (Should have come to you in the first place! LOL!)

  • chiropractor on March 29, 2011

    It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this fantastic blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  • Darkness on April 15, 2011

    Thank you very much indeed been a useful sharing.

  • Jenn on April 19, 2011

    Thanks! Made this super easy. Feel like a dork for not having done it before!

  • Samuel on April 19, 2011

    No Problem Jenn. Glad it worked out for you. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Joshua Monesson on August 5, 2011

    great points altogether, you simply won emblem reader. What may you suggest about your submit that you just made a few days ago? Any certain?

  • Moziko wind on August 9, 2011

    thanks mate for making it 2 simple…testing my gr-avatar now……

  • Watpads on August 17, 2011

    I agree that having an image instead of the mystery man show up is important. Otherwise it looks like you have something to hide.

    Also, It is a good idea to use your real name when creating forum profiles as well. Your image and name are your brand so why hide them.

  • LA Director of Photography on August 24, 2011

    thanks for the share mate….testing the gravatar

  • alamance county martial arts on September 10, 2011

    Testing it straight away

  • Craig on December 8, 2011

    Thanks for the review. Just as I suspected but it is nice to confirm things are working.

  • Grant Bennett on December 24, 2011

    Very helpful post!

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