I am out on the Internet for hours on end everyday and I am NOT seeing all of your bright shining faces! Some of you have gone to all the trouble of helping people, sharing great content and comments but don’t leave a face to fit your name. Why is that? Stop and think about this for a minute. When you are trying to build success on the Internet, people need to get to know and recognize you.
Leaving your picture every place you go online is essential for branding yourself and what you stand for. In the online social world, it’s not enough to just be out on all the social networking sites promoting and selling your products, you need to establish yourself as a brand name. I see people all the time out on these sites working their little hearts out, but then never leaving a picture of themselves that people can identify with. Leave your mark everywhere you go!
I have to admit, when I first started with online marketing, the thought of plastering my face all over the Internet simply made me want to cringe! I couldn’t bare the thought of having my face starring back at me every time I logged onto my social networking sites and favorite blogs. Well you know what? I had to get over myself and do it anyway! It still makes me kind of feel weird but it is necessary to creating your brand and building success.
So, if I can get passed those insecurities, so can you! People feel comfortable with people they know, so you want to get out there and let everyone get to know you and be able to recognize you out of the thousands of faces they see everyday. The more familiar you are, the more people will start interacting with you and want to find out what you are all about. This in turn will lead them to places like your blog to learn more information. Guess what, they might decide they like what they see and want to partner with you or find out about the products and services you have to offer. It is all one big chain of events that starts with that one picture.
Ok, ok – I think I have probably made my point. Let me tell you just how easy it can be to get your own smiling face out there in Cyber space. Try to pick out one picture of yourself that you will be using everywhere you go. Yes, you will get sick of looking at it day in and day out, so make sure it is something you can live with. Even though you get very tired of seeing that same old picture, you want other people to have seen it so much that they start to feel like they know you.
Once you have the picture chosen, simply go to Gravatar.com to create your very own avatar (picture) of yourself. Gravatar.com will take you through the simple step by step process as seen below. One crucial tip is to make sure you sign up with the email address that you use for everything online so your avatar will follow you wherever you go.
When you finish the easy Gravatar set up, you are then ready to comment away. Every time you leave a comment on a site, your picture will stay behind. – Very Cool!
Please feel free to share this with everyone you know that does not have their avatar set up yet and help them through the process.
Yours in Success,