Social Media Marketing Tip #29- Build Your Online Trust Factor With A Gravatar

by golda on December 6, 2010

This may seem like a really simple and obvious tip but I am surprised to know how many people are still unaware of what a gravatar is and how powerful that little box with your image can be when it comes to social proof. As you will see in the video below, a gravatar is a quick way of letting people know who you are and that you are someone they may want to know. You see, every time you leave a comment on a blog your gravatar is right there. If you don’t have a gravatar then you have this box with some random generic image. In other words, it’s like showing up to an event wearing a mask…no one can see you and in this fast paced world of social media, image is everything. We want to see your gorgeous face, so stop hiding. If you don’t have a gravatar then watch this quick video that I found online and get it done today.

See how easy that was. Now click HERE to create your own! Have a fantastic day and please share your comments below. Until next time…



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Denise January 6, 2011 at 4:09 am

Hi Golda,

I couldn’t agree more, it makes a big difference to see a picture of those who leave comments on your blog. One thing they MUST do after getting themselves a gravatar is to ensure that they use the same email address [and spell it correctly] that they used when they first signed up with the service.

I use the same one every time but on the odd occasion, I have spelt it incorrectly and have, therefore, turned up to the ‘event’ wearing a mask…oops!



2 goddess
Twitter: only1golda
January 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Denise you make an excellent point about making sure you use the same email address that was used to sign up for the service. It took me forever to figure out why my photo was showing up in some places and not others. I forgot that I had other accounts, lol. Thank you for that reminder. For anyone reading this comment…if you don’t have a photo, your comment will NOT be posted 😉



3 seph from media marketing January 13, 2011 at 10:33 am

Another great post you have here Golda! As I watched your video it make me more understand about the topic, and another job well done! Your site is really popular and my friends know about it. I appreciate your hardwork as a single mom.

Anyway, just continue doing what’s right and wish you the very best!


4 golda
Twitter: only1golda
January 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

Hi Seph. Glad to hear that I have some fans. I love what I do so I hope that shows, my favorite job is being a mom 😉
I was just on your website, when will you have your blog up? Until next time….



5 Kim@hgh January 17, 2011 at 4:52 am

Several commentors are recognized by their name and that’s actually a name and fame. I am still skeptical if a Gravatar is going to build much trust. It can though create a positive impression when a new visitor land on your site and see many thoughtful comments on your blog with all of them gravatar enabled.


6 golda
Twitter: only1golda
January 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Hi Kim and thanks for your comment. Yes some people are recognized by their name but for me part of the enjoyment of social media is being able to see who I am communicating with. There are a few comments on my blog that aren’t accompanied by a photo and I only approved those because I’ve already built a relationship with that person. Thanks again for stopping by.


7 Navid January 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Hey Golda,
I totally agree, it’s amazing how many people are commenting without an image to attach to their online presence. A little tip to new Gravatar users, I checked and “R” rating without realizing it, spent days and days commenting with out understanding why my photo was not coming along for the ride. Make sure you check the appropriate box.
Thanks again, look forward to more new posts!


8 golda
Twitter: only1golda
January 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hi Navid. Thank you for that helpful tip, I’m sure that it will save someone from the frustrations you faced. Until next time….


9 Tami Gomez May 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Love this post. I just created my Gravatar using your suggestions! Thanks Golda!!


10 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
May 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Yeah! I started seeing so many comments with no photo so I thought I needed to share this again, glad that it helped you. Until next time…



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