Why Every Blogger Should Ensure They’ve Attached Their Blog To Their Gravatar

How many times have you clicked on the Gravatar image of somebody who has left a comment on a blog post and not been able to find their blog details? Frustrating, isn’t it?

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Why every blogger should ensure they’ve attached their blog to their Gravatar

The image that appears next to a comment is known as a Gravatar.

Here’s an example.

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Gravatar

If I hover my mouse over Debbie’s image on her Gravatar, the following happens.

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Gravatar of Debbie from Deb’s World

A little more information about Debbie appears. If I wanted to find Debbie’s blog, I need to click on the ‘View Complete Profile‘ button.

When I do that, I’m taken to her full Gravatar page.

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Debbie’s Gravatar page

Debbie’s websites, including her blog, are listed towards the bottom of the page. I’ve marked them in the above image. All I have to do is click on the ‘Deb’s World‘ blog image (under ‘Websites’) and, hey presto, I’m taken straight to her blog.

But how do I add my blog and social media accounts to my Gravatar profile?

  • Using a search engine, search for Gravatar.
  • Sign into Gravatar by using your WordPress sign in details or by clicking on the ‘sign in’ button (top right of the page).
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Gravatar sign in buttons
  • You’ll be taken to your Gravatar page.
  • Click on ‘My Profile.’
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Where to find My Profile
  • If necessary, add or update your profile details on your profile page before clicking on the ‘Websites’ button located in the righthand menu. Remember to save any changes.
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Updating or adding information to a Gravatar profile
  • On the next screen, click on the ‘Add WordPress.Com Site’ button to add your WordPress blog.
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Add WordPress.Com Site button
  • Select the WordPress blogs you want to add and click on ‘Add Checked.’
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Add your WordPress blogs
  • Your WordPress blog has now been added to your Gravatar.
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Success!
  • To add other websites such as your Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, click on the ‘Add Website’ button and complete the details under ‘Add a Website.However, you must ensure you’ve connected them to your WordPress blog first, otherwise, it won’t work.
  • To remove a website, click on the ‘X’ next to the account you want to delete.

Why is it necessary to add my blogs, social media accounts and other websites to my Gravatar?

So that people can find you easily. Most people won’t bother looking for your blog or social media accounts if they’re not easy to find. Help yourself. Help your readers.

Let’s wrap it up.

  • Anyone who leaves a comment on a blog post will have a Gravatar.
  • Your Gravatar gives you the chance to advertise your blogs, websites and social media accounts for free, so make sure you’ve added them.
  • Adding links to a Gravatar is easy to do and helps people find your blogs, websites and social media accounts.
  • Just like the ‘about me‘ page on your blog, don’t forget to keep your Gravatar updated and check regally to fix any broken links, add new links or to remove links to accounts you no longer use.

Is your blog attached to your Gravatar? Are you sure? Check now and let me know if you had to add it. If you have any questions about Gravatars, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

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  1. Hello. Our JULIE has chosen your helpful post to be featured in the next Blogger’s Pit Stop.
    Kathleen

    1. I’m glad this post has helped, Jean. I think many bloggers forget that their Gravatar is a place where they can advertise their blog. And given it follows us around the web, it’s a great place to advertise your blog for free.

  2. Thank you, Hugh. I opened my dashboard and started hovering over the comments of fellow bloggers. Yup, Gravatar appeared. Then I held my breath as I hovered over mine, but no worries, Gravatar was there. Yahoo!

    1. The Gravatar of anyone who leaves a comment will always appear next to a comment, Jennie. It’s whether or not they’ve added their blog details to their Gravatar that is the questions. Unfortunately, many bloggers don’t add it.

        1. I think in most cases, it’s because they don’t know they have to. However, whenever I see a great comment on a post, I always check out the Gravatar profile of who has left the comment. Unfortunately, in most cases, it’s blank.

  3. I found your blog through Debbie – who, by the way, is such a great example. I, however, am usually not such a great example so running off to check that mine is doing what it needs to be doing.

  4. Hi Hugh,

    I did check after we spoke and I do have three social media accounts attached to my blog, but worth it as a great reminder. I might put more on!

    Thanks,

    Paul

    Paul

  5. Brilliant, Hugh, I found your blog through Deb’s blog, which you featured. I had no idea I needed to add my websites to my Gravatar, so thanks for the pointer. I have now done it!
    Just a question about adding my facebook page. I added the web address copied out of the top, but I’m not sure if it was the address for my editing page. How do I add the FB? Can I just add the @WorldWideWalkies. Sorry if it’s a daft question but I am a bit of a Luddite!

    1. Thank you. I had a quick check of your Gravatar but could only see your blog listed on it. Regarding the editing page of your Facebook account, copy the URL of it and add it to your Gravatar. Then, whenever anyone clicks on it, they’ll be taken straight to that page. And don’t forget to add any other social media accounts you have as well. I hope that helps?

      And thank you for coming over from Debbie’s blog. I really appreciate it.

      1. So the FB URL won’t take people to my editing page on FB? Thanks for looking on my Gravatar. That’s dedication!

        Your is the best blog I have found about using WordPress. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. For Luddites like me, it is invaluable. I nearly held my head in my hands and cried when they went over to the Block editor, but I’m getting used to it now. 🙂

        1. It looks like Gravatar will only go to a certain page on some social media accounts. I tried adding my Amazon author page, and whilst it seemed to load okay, when I clicked on it, I was taken back to Amazon.co.uk and not my author page. So be it, but the main thing is that you have your blog details on it.

          I was exactly the same when I first started using the Block editor. However, I read and watched some tutorials and soon got the hang of it. The more you use it, the better it becomes (well, for me, anyway). Now I’d never go back to the Classic editor.

        2. Thanks for looking into that, Hugh. My blog is the most important contact detail for me, so I’m not overly worried about the FB.
          I’m with you on the Block Editor. Now that I have got used to it, it was worth the pain!
          Thank you so much for your help! xx

    1. I click on so many Gravatar profiles that have absolutely nothing attached to them. There are so many bloggers and writers out there who miss out on more visitors to their sites and maybe some book sales.

  6. Reblogged this on Deb's World and commented:
    Hugh is always generous in sharing his blogging tips and knowledge with us, and this post is no exception. He is clear in the steps involved and makes it easy to follow along.

    The fact that he has used my Gravatar in his example throughout the post, is just a bonus and I get a gold star for having set things up correctly 🙂

    Thanks again Hugh! Your advice is much appreciated.

    1. Thanks so much for the reblog, Debbie. It’s very kind of you to share this post with your audience.
      Well done on having a Gravatar that was 100% up to date and that included your blog and social media accounts.

      1. Thanks for this reminder that Debbie re-posted Hugh. Now I hope it has worked for me. I have always used Gravatar but not added more details. Have now. Cheers. Denyse

    2. I just tried to comment then on yours Deb…thanks Hugh too. I was already using gravatar but I don’t have a wordpress blog so it all still seems to work. Can you check when you see this comment please Deb…Thanks

      1. I’ve closed the comments on my post Denyse so that readers can comment over at Hugh’s original post. Glad it all seems to work for you despite not having a WordPress blog. You are all over it!

        1. Yes, this also works for those that do not use WordPress. If you leave comments on any blogs, you’ll have a Gravatar, so the advice in this post is for anyone who leaves comments.

  7. I always wondered how to link my blog to my gravatar. Now I know. Thanks, Hugh, for always providing such useful tips.

    1. You’re welcome, Debbie. I checked a few bloggers’ Gravatars, and yours was one of very few that had everything set up correctly. Some had no link to their blog, while others had no links to social media accounts.

        1. I tend to check my Gravatar once every six months, Debbie. Occasionally, links break (for whatever reason), but it also allows me to add and delete sites to my profile.

  8. I’ve had a Gravatar profile for a few years but never thought to check it was still accurate until I got the nudge from your post Hugh. Thanks so much for that because I found the email address was incorrect.

    Question for you – I have more than one blogsite. I can add them both to the Gravatar profile but can seem to have only one “about me’ section. Is there any way around this that you’ve found?

    1. Hi Karen, with regards to your question, do you want anyone clicking on your blog links on your Gravatar to be taken straight to the ‘about me’ pages on both blogs? If so, you would need to make the ‘about me’ pages on both blogs your home page.

      I had a quick look at your Gravatar, and you have a 404 error on one of the links (the one between your blogs), so it’s broken. When I clicked on your Twitter link, I was taken to my Twitter account, so I’d check that one too.

      1. Your advice is always detailed, Hugh, which is why I appreciate it so much. Even a technological nitwit like me can manage to follow your instructions and I’ve done a lot of the things you suggest as a result.

  9. Awesome post, Hugh! Your easy-to-follow steps are fantastic. Our Gravatars are a fabulous means of building our connections. I love seeing fellow bloggers optimizing this feature. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie. Over the last few days, I’ve been checking out the Gravatars of many bloggers. Let’s just say that quite a lot of them did not include links to their blogs and/or social media sites. I hope this post acts as a reminder to get blogs, websites and social media accounts onto them. After all, it’s free to do.

  10. Well free advertising for Debbie, lol! Great reminder to go back and make edits from time to time, Hugh. I remember when I started blogging and went through the blogging 101 course and we walked through setting up the gravatar in one of the first lessons. I’m sure many bloggers will appreciate your post!

    1. I think the Gravatar is something many of us forget to check, Terri. And I wonder how many bloggers don’t know they even have one.? I’m always shocked when I click on a Gravatar, and it does not contain any information or links to sites. And it’s definitely worth checking and updating everything on a Gravatar at least once every six months. Because it appears against every comment we leave, it’s on the same level of importance as the information we have on our ‘about me’ page.

      I hope this post gets many of those who read it checking out their Gravatar.

    2. Yes Terri, love free advertising!!! I remember those Blogging 101 courses and learnt so much from them when I first started blogging. Hugh always has great tips for us and is so generous!

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