This short wibblette is intended for newcomers to WordPress; my aim is to show you how to set up Gravatar to help you build traffic to your site.
First of all: what is ‘Gravatar’?
An ‘avatar’ is an image that represents you online — a little picture that appears next to your name when you interact with websites.
A ‘Gravatar’ is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there. Gravatar is a free service which is automatically included in every WordPress.com account.
Why should I care?
When you visit a site and ‘like’ an article, or leave a comment, your Gravatar remains behind on the page. Other visitors can click on it to find out about you… and, if you’ve set Gravatar up correctly, they can visit your site from your Gravatar page.
If you haven’t set it up, they can’t get to your site from Gravatar.
So how do I set it up?
It’s really easy.
- First, go ‘like’ a page somewhere — this one here is really handy 😉 — which will plonk your Gravatar down.
- Then, click on your Gravatar: this will take you to your Gravatar page. You may need to sign in… if you’re already logged in to WordPress you just hit the ‘Approve’ button. (Don’t worry about doing this: Gravatar is part of WordPress.)
- Then, you click on ‘My Profile’ at the top,
- then ‘Websites’ on the right,
- then ‘Add WordPress.com Site’ on the left. This will present you with a list of all your WordPress sites, so you just click the box next to the one(s) you want to include on your Gravatar and press the ‘Add Checked’ button.
That’s all there is to it!
Go click on your Gravatar again, and you’ll see that your Gravatar page now includes a ‘Websites’ section with a handy link to your own site that visitors will see from here on. You can also use Gravatar to link to your accounts on other social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and so on.
If you’ve found this information useful, I’d appreciate it if you could spread the word by creating a link to this article — or even a reblog, if you’re feeling especially generous!