Often neglected is posting comments on blog sites you visit and I’m not talking about the lack of comments in online community sites but rather comments on blog sites you find on the web.  Part of increasing your online visibility and your digital footprint  is to post comments on blogs you read and find interesting.  A good place to start is to post comments on industry related blogs an also post comments on blog sites of people you know, e.g. members of your online community.  Also make sure that when you post a comment that you offer something of value, this makes you more credible to both the blogger and the audience who is reading the blog.  It is also ok to disagree and share your own opinon as long as you are not rude but rather sharing your view point.

The benefit of taking the time to post comments on blog sites are:

1.  It shows you care and that you are participating and making yourself a valued online citizen.
2.  Other bloggers will value and appreciate your support and reciprocate.
3.  You increase your online visibility.
4.  You get the opportunity to share your expertise and knowledge.

How do you get your avatar to display on comments you post.

It is simple really, go to www.gravatar.com and sign up, add your profile information and you are ready to go.  Everytime you post a comment on a blog site your avatar will appear alongside your comment.

How to add avatars from a blogging platform such as Word Press.

You can add the Gravatar plugin for Word Press and you can add a plugin called Add Local Avatar This plugin allows your visitor to add their avatar to your site, this is useful especially if they are not familiar with Gravatar.

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