If you’ve ever wondered why you see a nice icon or mini headshot of someone in your email, on blog post comments, in that group course you’re taking, or other places you interact online, you’re in the right place, mon amie.

Those professionals have created a Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar). While some online services let you choose a profile photo (like social media and a few other types of accounts), some services are set up to use Gravatar, which is tied to an email address. This makes it nice and easy to look like a professional and provide some credibility to you and your business by creating an at-first-glance trust factor.

Here’s how to easily create yours

Step 1:

Go to the Gravatar website and click on the big, blue “Create your Gravatar” button.

Step 2:

Log into OR create a new account if you don’t already have one. You’ll be asked to confirm your email address if creating a new account. NOTE: This is not your website login or the login. (I know, confusing, huh?) TIP: You can set up and manage Gravatars for multiple email addresses within your one account, so there’s no need to create a new account for each email address.

Step 3:

Once logged in, you’ll click the “Add email address” link, then upload the image you want to use. TIP: This can be your headshot or logo and you’ll be given the opportunity to crop so it’s perfect. Choose the image rating and select which email address you want to use with that image (you are able to do this if you have multiple email addresses added).

Rinse and repeat for other email addresses you have too, such as your company’s general email address like hello@, info@, etc.

Step 4:

Lastly, specify which email address (if you have multiple) that you want to “Make primary”. You are able to do this by clicking the email address from the list shown, then selecting “Make primary email” from the dropdown that pops up.

Et voilà !

Now you’ll look professional (and legit) around the web when using any of the email addresses you set up in Gravatar.

Bonus: Ensure your website blog is set up to use Gravatar

WordPress "Mystery Person" iconWhen people leave a comment on your blog, do you see the “Mystery Person” icon, something else, nothing?

You can easily set it up so your comments display people’s Gravatar if you like (and if they have their own Gravatar set up). Simply, login into your actual WordPress website this time, go to Settings, then Discussion. Scroll down to the Avatar section, check the “Show Avatars” box and choose “Gravatar Logo” as the Default Avatar, then save!

Happy interneting!

À bientôt !


Janet Hoover | Create Launch Grow Website Design & Development

Hi, I'm Janet

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