Gravatars are used to make your comment on optimized blogs stand out from all of the others. You will be able to see a picture that sets you apart from all the other people who leave comments on that blog.

Gravatars can be created and attached to a specific email address.  A gravatar is the abbreviation for Globally Recognized Avatar.

How to create a gravatar

Many people don’t know how to create a gravatar, but it is really easy and quick to do.  The first step is to go to http://en.gravatar.com/ and sign up for an account.  You will be prompted to enter the email that will be attached to a gravatar.  After that is completed a confirmation link will be sent to that email.

Once the email is received, follow the link and create a username and password.  Then choose an image to become your gravatar.  It is possible to get a picture from your hard drive or straight from the internet.

When choosing a gravatar there are a few things to remember.  First, is that you want the gravatar to stand out and be relevant to what you want to be known for, or if you are running a Search Engine Optimization campaign, what the company you are blog commenting for wants to be known for.

gravatars vs no gravar

It is important that you use a high quality image.   No one wants to see something that is pixelated.  Also, if you comment on white backgrounds often you might want something colorful that will stand out and vise versa.

That is all that you need to do to create a gravatar.  After you do this every time you input your email, your gravatar will automatically show up next to any comment that you make.

If you are commenting on the same blog, your gravatar makes it is easier for people to get to know you and the comments that you are making.

Also, when doing blog commenting, you may often come across similar blogs that you might have commented on, or a previous employee commented on.  With gravatars it is easy to quickly see if anyone from your company commented on that blog.

Gravatars are great and will help you stand out from others that comment on blogs.  It doesn’t take a lot of effort, and now that you know how to create gravatars you should use them to your advantage.

Rob Hughes
Rob Hughes is a Paid Search Analyst at Big Leap who enjoys the creative aspect of online paid advertising. In his free time, Rob is a 3x Intramural Champion, a 17x Intramural Loser, and an avid climber of local mountains.