Why you should create a globally recognized Avatar

If you don’t already have one you should create on right away.!

What is a Gravatar

A gravatar is a profile picture or at least a graphical representation also called an avatar, that follow you around, when you are leaving blog comments on others blog. If you don’t have a gravatar you will see one of these gray no name figures next to your blog comments. When I leave a comment on a blog somewhere, I always get my own little picture next to the comment. That makes it easier and more interesting for others to read my comments. It also gives me a much bigger change not to get my comment marked as spam. Most spammers does not have a gravatar 😉 Personally, I prefer my visitors to have a gravatar when leaving a comment here on this blog. It makes it a lot more interesting to read and it is a lot easier for me to remember loyal readers when they come back later. There is a lot bigger chance for you to get your comment approved on this blog, if there is a picture of you next to your comment.

Why you need a gravatar when you blog

I know it can be a bit scary to put a picture of yourself on the internet next to a personally comment on someone’s blog, but you really should do it anyway. If you don’t feel like putting a picture of yourself out there, at least make some other picture, maybe a cartoon figure or something like that to make yourself stand out from all the no names and spammers out there, just fishing for a fast backlink to their own blog.

How does a Gravatar works?

Here is a little video to make it all crystal clear how it all works and how easy and fast it is to create:

How to create your own Gravatar

All you have to do is to go to the website: Gravatar.com and sign up with the e-mail you want to use and upload the picture you want. When that is done, all you need to do, is to enter the e-mail assigned to your new Gravatar, when you leave comments on others blog. The e-mail is the key to your avatar and the blog will automatic check to see if a picture is associated with the e-mail. Don’t worry, your e-mail will not be shown each time you leave a comment, it is also the owner of the blog that is able to see that information. By the way, gravatar.com is owned by WordPress.com. [poll id=”10″]

What do you think about Gravatars?

Please drop me a comment and tell me what you think about Gravatar? Do you have one and what concerns did you have about putting your picture out there on the big internet? I know it can be a bit scary and I had some concerns about it myself in the beginning.

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I am an IT Professional that has this blog as a hobby project in my spare time. I have been in the IT business since 1996 and want to share some of the thing I have picked up over the years, with people who visit this blog.

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35 Responses to Why you should create a globally recognized Avatar

  1. Brian ( says:

    Having a global gravatar is very important. To be honest, I don’t really like bloggers who doesn’t have a gravatar. Spammers who leave spam comments don’t generally use avatars. Having an avatar shows that you are a real person.

  2. Hi Thomas, Great points. Your gravatar is your opportunity to show your face to the world. But so many people either don’t take the time to create a gravatar or use a logo or cartoon instead of their face. Seeming human on the Internet is a struggle. Using a gravatar is a very easy way to overcome that challenge.

  3. Jesse says:

    I think that many people shy away from placing a face to a name because they want to remain anonymous (per say), however I would more quickly approve a comment that has a human face than a cartoon or the blank space.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Jesse
      I think you got a good point there. People are not to keen to put there name and face out there, but it does for sure make a big change in order to get a comment approved.

  4. Hi Thomas,

    Glad to be here. 🙂
    Gravatar is important. Most bloggers will not approve comments that do not have a Gravatar. They want to build a good relationship with everyone who commented on their blogs and without Gravatar, it’s just like you do not have a clear identity.

    I have my own Gravatar. I was reminded by my friend some time ago. And I’m glad I did.

    Thanks for sharing, Thomas.
    Enjoy your week and see you around!


    • Thomas says:

      Hi Nanda
      Building relationship and identifying bloggers is so much easier when users leaving comments has a Gravatar that we can relate to from time to time. Thanks for dropping by my blog 🙂

  5. Alize Camp says:

    Use Gravatar is the way to help you getting more attraction when left comments or post a new post else where.

    It’s also good way to build relationship and let other people know who you are. More friendly.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Alize
      It is for sure a great way to build relationship with other people. A face is so much easier to remember than a name or a website.

  6. Agus says:

    Thank You For Information, For I Leave Comment Never Using Gravatar, After reading your article I’m So Very Understand Important Using Gravatar, For the future, I will use Gravatar

  7. Having a worldwide gravatar is critical. In all honesty, I don’t generally like bloggers who doesn’t have a gravatar. Spammers who leave spam remarks don’t by and large utilize symbols. Having a symbol demonstrates that you are a genuine individual.

  8. Anwar says:

    You have written really very well with great information. Today I will create my own gravatar which will give me a new identity. Thanks dude!

  9. Rahul Gupta says:

    Frankly speaking if you are a blogger then it is must to have an gravatar. It will simply show that you are not a spammer and doing authentic and genuine comment on any blog. It helps you to recognize people your identity if you will comment on authority blogs. Also this builds up a relationship with your fellow bloggers. Thanks for sharing such a useful guide.

  10. rahul says:

    Having a worldwide gravatar is essential. Frankly, I don’t generally like bloggers who doesn’t have a gravatar. Spammers who leave spam remarks don’t for the most part utilize symbols. Having a symbol demonstrates that you are a genuine individual.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Rahul
      I have seen spammers with a gravatar, but that is not something that happens everyday. A gravatar is a great way to show that you are a real human being.

  11. Worli says:

    Absolutely! Gravatar is a great way to build your online presence by having a photo of yourself visible every time you interact on other sites. It looks more professional too.

    However, it took me long to have one, as i was not aware how to create it 🙂

  12. I’m a big fan of Gravatar and always recommend everyone I know to get one, it just looks so much better than the awful looking black image that people tend to have and let’s face it it doesn’t cost anything to get one, so why wouldn’t people do it!

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Karen
      It does for sure looks better. I think there is two major reasons why people don’t have a gravatar. The first reason is that they don’t know how to get one, the second is that they don’t like to put there own image out there on the big scary Internet.

  13. Nitin says:

    Yes even i think Gravatar is important as it gives a face to the website and it is important in building relation with readers.

  14. Sharad Gupta says:

    Gravatar is an identity symbol of yours on the internet…

    Bloggers must have their Gravatar well as readers and fellow bloggers can identify them among the herd..

    If you use a fresh and attractive Gravatar then you surely have a cool engagement on the internet with readers and fellow bloggers …

    Have you ever seen Harleena Singh or Adrienne smith but all assume that they have a dynamic and charming personalty why ? See their Gravatar and you get the answer ….

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Sharad
      Yep, I know both Harleena Singh and Adrienne Smith and they are both great samples of how much a good Gravatar can do for a blogger.

    • Adrienne says:

      Why thank you Sharad for the mention here and I’m glad that my smiling face puts off that air of charming personality! Very flattered.


      • Thomas says:

        You do have a great Gravatar Adrienne. It is very easy to recognize and I see it a lot on many other blogs I visit. You Gravatar is the perfect prove why every blog should have one 🙂

  15. Bibble Studio says:

    There are some great points here. I have only just created mine today due to this blog actually! I guess it’s a good way to prove that you’re a real person- like others have said! It’s made me glad I made one now!

  16. I also have a Gravtar associated with my email ID. Thanks for the really informative article.

  17. Jason Benway says:

    Gravatars a great and lots of people don’t put their face, they use it for branding. I really don’t like the anonymous thing, I sometimes spend some time on reddit and all the people hiding behind their username bugs me. I liked Google’s rule when G+ first came out that you had to use your real name.

  18. Imran says:

    can you guid me how can i use gravatar in my new website http://apkbiz.com because i am newbie here

    • Thomas says:

      I just left a comment on your blog and it seems like it is already working. I do see my picture there next to my comment.

  19. Ravi Sah says:

    Agreed, Gravatars give a face for your comments and don’t look spammy. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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