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Nov
15

A Super Alternative For Sharing Your Personal Blog Photo

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Having a blog photo of yourself on your site will help you to build a solid relationship with your readers.  It might not be quite enough to have a photo on just your “About Page” in order to build a strong bond with your followers.

However,  you may not want to have your wonderful face at the top… or even in the sidebar of your blog.

I have located a wonderful alternative.  It gives you an opportunity to introduce yourself as well as have a photo so folks can form a visual tie with you.  This is a “signature box” feature and it can be placed at the bottom of your posts.

I’ve seen signature boxes on the bottom of articles and also in forums.  Now there is a WordPress plug in that allows you to have a signature box on your own blog site.  It’s called “FT Signature Manager” and it’s freeeee.

Using this wp plugin will kill two birds with one stone.  Not only do your readers get to see what you look like, you have an opportunity to toot your own horn with a bio.


Internet Marketer, Mike Paetzold, shared this WordPress plug in information with me and I’m delighted to share it with you.  Mike has this feature on the bottom of several of his sites.

Go to Mike Paetzold’s site, scroll to the bottom and take a look.  You can see the “FT Signature Manager” wp plugin used in full context.

I think it works well on this particular site because the top of his blog is so full of valuable information that there’s not room for a photo of Mike to appear.

There you go… Now there’s no reason why you can’t have your smiling face somewhere on your blog where all your readers can get to know you better.

Til Later,

Kathryn Griffiths

P.S.   I have not taken advantage of this wp plugin because my blog photo is in the header.  However, when I change the look of my blog…it will be a real consideration.                   .

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Categories : Blogging

Comments

  1. Hi Kathryn, I have a bit of a funny story. A friend of mine made some changes to his blog and wanted to know what everyone thought. I commented that he should have his image “above the fold” and that I only pointed it out because I needed to add one to my blog too. He quickly added his image to his header and did a whole post thanking me for the suggestion and for introducing him to the term “above the fold” (which means before you scroll down the page).

    That was all good except for the fact that I still didn’t have my image up yet! Since I knew his post would send traffic to my blog I had to take a quick pic (versus going to a photographer which was my original plan) and get it up on the sidebar. LOL!

    Ok enough of my long story.

    I use a plugin called Better Author Bio which creates a bio box similar the FT signature plugin, this way all of my guest authors get to show off their avatars and bios too.

    Thanks letting me sound off on my first visit. Have a great week!

  2. Kathryn says:

    Thanks Ileane for the extra signature box tips. And, yes, I know what it’s like to post something you haven’t quite have up on your own blog. Sometimes we get excited about something and share it before we’re really ready. Eager Beavers we are!

  3. I installed this plugin on one of my niche sites. It is perfect for my bio and saves space on the side bar.

    You do have the option of putting this plugin above your posts or below them. So you can put it above the fold.

    It was easy to configure.

  4. No matter where you put it, a picture is essential for your blog. It’s the way people can connect the dots about who you are. I have to admit, it was one of the hardest things for me to do. Like many women, I just didn’t feel great about my looks. Once I realized my photo was just another way to promote what I was trying to SAY, I came to terms with it! LOL

  5. Another great tool you’ve shared, Kathy. I created a new blog yesterday and, of course, I did not know about this plug in. I got around the picture requirement by doing a post and included my photo which will stay at the top with the wp-sticky plug-in. Eventually I’ll want to move that post and it’s great to know I have an alternative that does not involve hiring a webmaster to add my photo.

    Thank you for sharing. Funny enough like Ileane I intended getting a professional photo two years ago and never got around to it. As Martha said, I feel what I have to say is more important that my photo, even though having a photo is another great way for our readers to connect with us.

    Yvonne

  6. That Mike is a real gem, isn’t he, Kathy? I’m grateful to him and to you for sharing this fantastic WP plugin. I’ve seen it used on lots of people’s sites but I didn’t have a clue exactly how they created it. Well, now I do. 🙂

    Every single time I stroll on over here there’s always something interesting and worthwhile to slip into my goodie bag. Thank You.

    You’re amazing!
    Melanie

  7. Kathryn says:

    Yes Sheila, I can see the advantage in putting it above the fold. It give the reader immediate access to both the photo and the bio.

  8. Kathryn says:

    I too had to come to terms with putting my photo on my blog. In fact… I cried all during the photo shoot because I was so upset about putting my photo on my blog. I worried about that fact I’m a little more “Mature” than many young folks in the net. (Know what I mean?)

    Got over that one real fast. I see very few “model” faces on the net… and it certainly doesn’t turn me a way.

  9. Kathryn says:

    Glad this was of help. I, like Sheila, will be adding this plug-in to a couple of my Niche sites. Good luck on your new blog. Let’s us all know where we can find it.

  10. Kathryn says:

    I too had see it on other sites. When I noticed it on Mike’s site I emailed him for the information.

    He was gracious enough to share the info with me. I love the net… so many nice people willing to help.

  11. Jeff Wise says:

    Thank you for this information Kathy! I will seriously consider using this plugin for my kids exercise/nutrition site.

    I will test it and see what happens.

    Thanks!

  12. Tristan says:

    Looks like a cool plugin, Kathy! Thanks for sharing. I already have a box below each post that has social media buttons and a short message from me in it, but I think I’ll try adding a photo of myself because you’re right, it does make it more personal. You feel more of a connection with the author, and it’s nice to know that there’s a real person on the other end!

    Thanks again!

  13. It seems to be useful plugin, Kathryn.

    Thanks for sharing with the blogger community.

  14. Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for asking. My new blog is at http://takecontrolofdiabetes.com. It was previously at blogger and I moved it to a wordpress blog and I’m just loving it. What a superior platform and so easy to use!

    Yvonne