Gravatar Account – Build Trust & Credibility Among Audience!

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I was going to publish out a post concerning on how to stop self-pings from an own domain. However, due to some of the latest comments on one of my post forced me, to make people aware of the importance of having a Gravatar account!


Whenever you stop by a post or an article to comment..

..you might have noticed images of other people who have commented as well as a default Mystery Man picture too!

Brita Gravatar profile picture


Jacqueline profile image

Now, which of these pictures do you prefer to show up next to your comment?

I bet you might have chosen to be yours!

Whether you are a newbie to WordPress or an expert who has not yet set or removed a Gravatar image!

I am sure at the end of this post many of you would end up setting your images in Gravatar account. 🙂

Well, to start with I am going to cover all the questions which are coming across your mind right now

  • What is Gravatar?
  • How to set up a Gravatar account?
  • How can you set a Gravatar image in WordPress?
  • 6 Reasons on why should you start using it Right Away?

Let’s get this done –

What is Avatar and Gravatar?

You all might be aware of the term Avatar which is a picture, icon or image used to represent a person or a business.

Now, Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar (G+R+Avatar) which is bound to an email address.

Used by –

WordPress and frameworks like Genesis which uses User Profile Widget to pull out your image from Gravatar account.

  • Ultimately, a gravatar follows you site by site wherever..

..you comment or post an article or use an email address associated with gravatar account.

  • It helps you to get recognized by millions of people..

..which in return help you to build trust and creditability among them.

What next?

Of course, it’s time to settle up a Gravatar Account now –

How to set up a Gravatar account?

If you want to show your image beside your comments on blogs then..

..it’s time to change the default Mystery Person avatar with your Shining Avatar! 😉

Step 1 – Get your Gravatar Email Registered in WordPress

Head on to official Gravatar website here

  • If you don’t have a WordPress.com account then create one by selecting “Create Your Own Gravatar” button..

..you only need an email address and a password!

Click on Create Your Own Gravatar Image Account

Step 2 – Sign in and Upload Your Gravatar Image

Once you have confirmed your account, Sign in to start the process of creating Gravatar.

Sign in to your Gravtar account

  • A message will be displayed saying – “Whoops, looks like you don’t have any images yet! Add one by clicking here!

Click the link! In the new message window, where you will be prompted to choose your image.

Click to add an image

  • Select the option of your choice and hit Next.

Find Your Image

Step 3 – Crop and Make Gravatar Image fit to Display

 Crop the photo to look best in your Gravatar. 😉

Once you are satisfied click “Crop and Finish” button to move on to next step.

Step 4 – Choose a Rating for your Gravatar

 Now choose a Rating for your Gravatar image..

..You have 4 options to choose from.

Choose a rating for your Gravtar profile picture

I prefer you to always select which is suitable for all the websites and any type of audience.

Step 5 – Confirmation Page

 This is the final step! Where a message says that your Gravatar with an associated email address is set.

One thing that I like most about the system is –

  • You can add multiple email addresses..

..that mean separate images can be attached to each email. You can manage this under Manage Gravatars section!

Manage Gravatars Email Addresses


You Are All Set To Rock The Internet Now!  

My Tip To Get Your Profile More Rocking –

Once you are done with setting up a Gravatar profile. It’s time to tell people more about you!

You heard me right..

  • Move on to My Profile tab and fill in the details as needed. You will be prompted 7 fields to fill in.

I will prefer that you fill these fields for sure – Name and Details, Websites, Background, Contact Information.

Ankita Arya Gravatar Profile Tab

I know you may feel lazy to fill in each detail and probably would skip this!

But trust me, I am going to share a picture which will motivate you to get your Profile done!

This is how my profile looks

Gravatar Ankita Arya CEO The Maverick Spirit Account

This is the page which will displayed to anyone once they fall on your Gravatar profile.

You can really have power to make that person your follower or who knows a customer in some time. 😉

Benefits To Set Up Complete Gravatar Profile –

 Many users who use Hovercards in their WordPress site displays a short bio when they hover over the profile picture.

Refer the image below,

  • To see the difference between having a well-settled profile and one with just the image.

Hovercard Well Settled Gravatar Profile Example

Hovercard Incomplete Gravatar Profile Example

Chances are –

  • If users liked your bio they will locate your Gravatar account..

..and ultimately will get to know about all your networks or business profiles at one place!

You could get some Great Offers and Contacts too! 😉

6 Reasons You Should Have A Gravatar Account Set Right Now –

 If you are reading this I know you might have understood the power of having a Gravatar account by now!

But,

Before wrapping up, I would like to summarize the benefits and importance real quick

  • Adds –

Professionalism and Branding to your website.

  • Gives a great chance to build your name..

..in front of millions of people and to get your profile featured on various websites.

  • If you are a frequent and a genuine commentator..

..people will follow your comments, profile, and your work.

  • You gain Trust and Credibility among the audience..

..As people would know that you are a genuine person who is sharing his/her thoughts!

  • You can easily update your profile images..

..which will get updated everywhere you have commented or your profile exists! It’s so Convenient to get things done real quickly. 🙂

  • Use profile widgets – as used by Genesis and JetPack..

..display a Gravatar image along with a short bio beside your name.

Wrapping Up – 

Comment below so that I can see your lovely images are working fine!

  • But, if you already have a Gravatar account set in WordPress..

..Comment it out to show others as an example to have one for themselves right now. 🙂

13 comments on “Gravatar Account – Build Trust & Credibility Among Audience!

  1. I wish I had seen this when I started it definitely would have saved me time. I don’t think many people understand the importance and Gravatar is so amazing because it isn’t just about WordPress, it is effectively how you are seen across the Internet

  2. This drives me insane when people don’t link their gravatar. I appreciate the readership but it’s kind of hard for me to go check someones site out if they don’t connect it.

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