A discussion started by David Jackson over on the V7N (Internet Marketing: Should You Use Your Picture?) got me to thinking about how often I see comments on blog posts that to not include a picture.
For me, it seems to take some credibility away from the comment.
More importantly, it can cause people to lose out on a good chance to interact with others in a positive way. Often when people see a good comment on a blog post, they are known to click through to the site of the person commenting. Those with a picture just seem to stand out more.
Knowing that, I am curious what keeps people from using an avatar that helps readers recognize and associate comments with them or their business throughout their industry? Unless you are leaving the type of comments you don’t want associated with you (in which case I am assuming you didn’t include a link to your site) why not take a moment to take the steps necessary to quickly and easily add a picture to every comment you make?
Have you been wondering how you get your picture to show up?
For the benefit of those of you who don’t know how to add an image to be used with your blog comments, the most common way I have seen is to set up a free account with gravatar.com. How much will it help?
I don’t have a clue, but I do know that you have nothing to lose beyond a few minutes of time and it might make a difference for you.
J. Cricket Walker of CricketWalker.com