Discover how easy it is to create your very own globally recognized avatar!

A colleague question has inspired this week’s tip:

Mystery ManHow does a client select an avatar on WordPress, and get rid of that Mystery Man default?

Have you noticed some people have images associated with their blog and site comments? Not only are their comments more likely to be considered real and less likely to be spam, they’re more likely to be read and responded to, as well.

Here’s a little secret – they don’t need to be signed in to any particular website to take advantage of and use their own image.

You, too can have an image associated with your comments on any site – across the world.

The secret is to create a “globally recognized avatar” (or “gravatar” for short).

To set up a gravatar for yourself, go to this website: gravatar.com

Set up will take less than 5 minutes. Create an account using an email you’re likely to use when sharing comments on the internet. Upload a photo and voila you have your very own gravatar! When you type your email address in a website comment form that recognizes gravatars, your image will automatically be served from the gravatar.com website.

Pro-Tips:

  1. You may wish to use a different email address than the one you use for personal or business use. Unless my comment is specific to my trade, I tend to use a “spam catcher” email address, associated with Yahoo or Gmail when leaving comments on websites.
  2. You can add more than one email addresses to your gravatar account and associate different – or the same – image with each email address. My “spam catcher” address shows a different image of me than my business and personal email address.

Enjoy! I look forward to seeing your new gravatar!

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