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Authors: How to add your profile picture to blog comments

February 19, 2013 by Atilla Vekony, Vice President

branding tips for authorsOne of the easiest ways to build up your brand presence as an author is have your picture show up whenever you write a post or leave a comment on a blog.

It’s fairly simple to do. It will take you about five minutes and your profile image will show up automatically whenever you enter your email address when leaving a blog comment.

To get started go to Gravatar. Type in the email address that you want to be associated with your picture. An email will be sent to you to verify that your email address is correct and with a link to get started.

Type in your email address, username and a password.

You will need a unique username. Gravatar cautions you to choose wisely, as the name will be permanent with that email address.

Hit the signup button and you will be returned to the Gravatar home page. On the right, upper corner, click on the “My Account” button. You will be given a number of options to edit, change password, etc. Select “Add an image.” You can choose to bring in an image from your computer or anywhere on the web.

For author branding purposes, use a professional photo of yourself. This increases reader engagement significantly more than a cartoon or a digital imprint. You can use any picture, even one with other people in it, as you will be given the option to crop to just what you want to include as your avatar.

Once you are satisfied with your cropping, select crop, and the final step will be to include a rating for your avatar. If you choose any option besides G, your avatar may not show up on many sites.

Want to test it out? After you’ve created your Gravatar account, leave a comment below!

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