What’s the Point of ‘Liking’ WordPress Posts?

The obvious answer is because you like what you are reading, or looking at, but you can’t think of anything to comment about. You just want the blog owner to know you were there. Gives you a nice, warm fluffy feeling and it gives him or her a nice, warm fluffy feeling. Ah, bless, warm fluffy feelings all round.

Of course for the more focused, intense, driven blogger, there is another reason. You want the recipient, or any other visitors to the post you ‘liked’, to click on your ‘Gravatar’; your little picture or emblem that identifies you in the blogosphere (dreadful word, should have been taken out and shot).

But what happens when you click on a Gravatar? You get something like this:

Gravatar

Excuse the ropey photo. Or don’t. But what I’ve noticed is that a lot of people don’t have any personal links on their Gravatar. A lot of people do, but a lot of people don’t. If it’s the latter, all you get to see is a bigger (often blurrier) version of the neat little pic you see when they ‘like’ your post, and nothing else – no way of visiting their site.

Now I’m not in to teaching people to suck eggs like their Grandma did  (no, I have no idea what that means) and, as I’ve written above, many people do have ‘Personal Links’ on their Gravatars.

But for those who don’t, here’s a quick and easy way to add personal links to your Gravatar (and therefore increase the number of people who visit your site):

1. Go to your Dashboard and click on ‘Users’ in the left-hand bar

2. Click on ‘My Profile’

3. Click on the link ‘ at gravatar.com‘ right at the top:

Capture

4. Now click on ‘My Links’ on the left and you will see this:

public profile

5. All you do now is click on the ‘Link URL’ box at the bottom and paste in the website address you want – your WordPress site, Facebook, Pinterest etc. Actually come to think of it I’ve only put my WordPress site on there…

I could be missing something of course – maybe there are other ways of linking to your sites but this seems to be the most obvious reason for using a Gravatar??

60 thoughts on “What’s the Point of ‘Liking’ WordPress Posts?

  1. You know it’s so strange, when I first joined WordPress two years ago I’m pretty sure I added a link to my Gravatar but your post made me go and check and luckily I did!
    It must not have saved or something or web gremlins. I’m kicking myself now because I must have lost a lot of potential followers without realizing it, thank you for this. I owe you a bottle of wine or something… 😀

  2. You definitely earned your comment! I always wondered why I would go to some people’s Gravatars and find…nothing. Never knew that I was one of those nothings. Thanks for straightening me out. Another reason for liking blogs: I use the Posts I Like widget from WordPress on my sidebar. Posts I like automatically show up on my blog, linking my readers to blogs I’ve appreciated. Of course, I have to be careful when combining the “Penile Humor” crowd and the “Kid Craft” crowd–I’ve got both kinds of readers, it seems. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ll try to post more recipes and be more funny, just for you!

  3. Thank you for posting this! (And yes, I did click “like” … ) It annoys me to click on someone’s gravatar and be taken to a white square devoid of links. And now that I’ve read your gracious non-rant, I’m on my way to make sure my Gravatar Profile measures up …..

  4. Ok, now I did a bunch of stuff that you said but I have no idea what I did. But say, thanks, I like learning something new & maybe I actually did something good. Of course I’m a little numb from sitting here all day trying to figure out what happened when I upgraded my IPad – technology is not always a good thing you know.

      • Maybe the IPad’s better but I think it would take someone who knows what they’re doing on it (and that isn’t me). My husband bought me this plan where I can go get one on one training for a year, every day if I want. The only problem is you need to make an appointment & getting an appointment at the Apple store is like winning the lottery.

  5. I “like” usually because it’s a recipe or something that I’d like to find again, so by filtering my reader by my “likes” it’s easier to find 🙂
    Not sure how good my public profile is, but at least have a pic!

    • I didn’t realise you could do that but now you;ve pointed it out that;s a good method – if its the only thing I learn today my day won’t have been a total waste of time

  6. WordPress should pay you a fee to enlighten the users! I added a link to my WordPress site through the Gravatar, didn’t even know I could or should or wanted to. So hard when you are green at this sort of stuff and just starting out. Much wiser now, thanks 😉

    • There is so much you can do with the blog I’m still figuring it out – I kind of like it when they change things and then again I don’t – but they do change things, almost constantly!

  7. I “liked” your post for the warm fuzziness of it, and I applied the information you provided, adding my website to my gravatar. Thank you! I set so much of this up back when I had no clue what I was doing that it’s good to go back and review things now to see what can be improved. Thanks for the excellent (and motivational) post!

    • Haha my plan worked – no really I’m really into the stats on the blog so i’m always looking at ways of getting traffic to the site. Actually Facebook is a problem its really hard to use properly on wordpress.

  8. I was tempted just to “Like” this, but thought better of it! It gave me a prompt to check my Gravatar profile. I deleted a link to a writer’s site I don’t really use any more. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Well I thought about adding a star rating widget – but then I thought that would be unfair – I mean you’d get confused – pressing the ‘Like’ button but then thinking ‘I’m reading this and it’s crap’ so then you’d give it one star.

  9. I ‘like’ to acknowledge to owners that I’ve visited and enjoyed the read. Some posts I read and don’t ‘like’. I mostly like yours because the food is what I’d want to eat 🙂

    Gee I hope my gravatar has stuff on it lol

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