Lets talk about Gravatars. (click the word for WordPress.org how to)
What is a Gravatar?
According to WordPress a Gravatar is;
When browsing different web sites, you may notice that many users have a picture next to their name. These pictures are called “avatars.” WordPress, however, uses a specific type of avatar called “Gravatars“–short for “Globally Recognized Avatar.” Unlike standard avatars, Gravatars follow you around the web and automatically appear when you post a comment on a WordPress site.
A Gravatar is something that actually is important for your blog. It is easy to set-up and it helps people to find and follow your post. If you’re not wanting anyone to read the blog you spend time writing, ignore this post.
It is really easy to include your WordPress site as a part of the Gravatar.
You can even add your Facebook link, Twitter, About, Pinterest or any other web enabled content you choose. You also can include a phone number, mailing address and write something about yourself, your interest or promote someone else.
When you like or write a comment on a friends blog, your Gravatar shows up as the picture you chose as your Gravatar photo. It is not hard to complete the process. It should be something a writer would want to have.
This is not my first rodeo talking about bloggers Gravatar. In fact I have read some really fine post by other bloggers with precise detailed instruction telling us how to perform this simple task. It can be quite frustrating trying to track down someone’s blog. The last thing any writer wants to do is frustrate the reader. Just today I read Tony’s post on just this subject.
Anything you do not want to share publically you do not have to include. That is beautiful! You have complete control over what you share. How nice is that?
So what do you say? I hope you are saying; “I am going to activate my Gravatar right now so people can follow my blog too!”
Here is mine. Wade Lancaster’s Gravatar and Hovercard
Imagine how much more traffic you can direct to your WordPress Blog, Website, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Path, Digg, Pinterest, Flickr, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vine, Snapchat, Reddit and About.Me sites if you include these in your Gravatar.