Don’t Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here’s How to Get a Gravatar For Free!

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Don’t Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here’s How to Get a Gravatar For Free!

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You may have noticed the small photos next to someone’s comment on Million Mile Secrets.  And wondered what they were and how they got there!

Don't Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here's How to Get a Gravatar For Free!
The Photo Next To A Comment Is A Gravatar

Gravatar

Link:  Gravatar

Those small photos are called Gravatars or globally recognized avatars.  They can be images of you, cartoon characters, a logo or any image which represents you or your quirky personality!

I love the sense of community when I read blog comments with Gravatar images!  And associating a comment author to his or her Gravatar image.

If you’ve signed up for a Gravatar, your Gravatar image will appear every time you comment on a Gravatar-enabled blog (any blog).  You only need to set-up your Gravatar account ONCE!

How To Sign Up For A Gravatar

You can sign up for your own gravatar so that your image appears when you comment on a Gravatar enabled blog such as Million Mile Secrets.

Step 1 –  Sign In to Your WordPress Account

Sign into your WordPress.com account in the upper right corner off the Gravatar home page.  It is free to create a WordPress account.

Don't Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here's How to Get a Gravatar For Free!
Step 1 – Sign Into Your WordPress Account

Step 2 – Sign Up For A WordPress.com Account

If you don’t have a WordPress.com account, you can sign up for one by clicking the “Need an account” link.

Don't Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here's How to Get a Gravatar For Free!
Step 2 – Click “Need An Account” To Create A WordPress.com Account

Step 3 – Enter Your Details

Create a WordPress.com account by entering your email and selecting a user name and password.

Don't Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here's How to Get a Gravatar For Free!
Step 3 – Enter Your Email, User Name And Password To Create A WordPress.com Account

Step 4 – Confirm Your Email Address

You’ll get an email from WordPress.com asking to confirm your email address.  Click the “Activate Account” button to confirm your email address.

Don't Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here's How to Get a Gravatar For Free!
Step 4 – Click “Activate Account” To Confirm Your Email Address

Step 5 – Sign In To Gravatar

You’ll be redirected back to WordPress.com, thanking you for confirming your email, and asking if you want to go to Gravatar.

Click the “Sign in to Gravatar” to sign in to Gravatar.

Don't Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here's How to Get a Gravatar For Free!
Step 5 – Sign In To Gravatar

Adding an Image

Now that you’ve created a Gravatar account, you can add your photo or image and customize your profile.

Step 1 – Click On “Add Image” And Choose Where Your Image Is Located.

You can choose a photo or image from your hard drive, an image or photo from the internet, or a previously uploaded image (if this is a new account, you probably won’t have a previously uploaded image).

Don't Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here's How to Get a Gravatar For Free!
Step 1 – Find Your Image

Step 2 –  Select Your Image

I chose a photo from my hard drive.

Don't Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here's How to Get a Gravatar For Free!
Step 2 – Select Your Image

 Step 3 – Crop Your Photo

You’ll then be asked to crop your photo.  Then click “Crop and Finish.”

Don't Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here's How to Get a Gravatar For Free!
Step 3 – Crop Your Photo

Step 4 – Choose A Rating For Your Gravatar

Choose a rating from “G” to “X” for your Gravatar.  Note that some blogs block “X” rated Avatars from displaying.

Don't Have an Image Next to Your Blog Comments? Here's How to Get a Gravatar For Free!
Step 4 – Choose A Rating For Your Gravatar

Your Gravatar will be assigned to your email address.

The next time you  comment on Million Mile Secrets or any Gravatar-enabled blog with the same email address, your selected image will appear next to your comment!

Bottom Line

You can create a free Gravatar in a few simple steps.  Setting up a Gravatar is a great way to build community and exhibit your quirky personality when you comment on a blog!

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One more thing I learned from your site! Thanks!

I love this idea Darius! I like putting a face to a name when I read their comments!

Check out my new Gravatar. Thanks.

Always wondered how to get a photo next to my posts. Thanks!

Trying this out. I hope I did it correctly.

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