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  • Profile picture of the author CollegeEducated
    Possibly.

    They say that a picture uploaded of an individual smiling or having fun increases your potential during PPC campaigns on Facebook. I read it during one of my split testing and researching phases. So, I imagine it must also follow through to other areas. I plan to upload an avatar of myself whenever I get around to taking a picture.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    For me, it does increase trust a great deal. I know for others, it may not but someone who is willing to put a face to their name on this forum always appears more trustworthy to me.

    I noticed I don't take people with no picture or some goofy avatar as seriously, unless they've already built up a solid reputation.

    Maybe I'm a little "old school" as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mahara Adhe
    I think so.

    But don't forget to add in the baby. No one ever suspects the person with the baby. [jk]

    :rolleyes:
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    • Profile picture of the author Waxdk
      Originally Posted by LegacyLewis View Post

      I think so.

      But don't forget to add in the baby. No one ever suspects the person with the baby. [jk]

      :rolleyes:
      lol ..cute baby
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    • Profile picture of the author FreeMeal
      there's definitely something psychological going on there. We're evolutionarily programmed to respond to the shape a face makes.

      I suspect it could work against you also though. If you don't look convincing for whatever reason your opinion might be dismissed.

      Thinking about it, i usually do give the avatar a quick glance after I've read a persons comment on a forum. It's like a first impression in a way.

      Originally Posted by LegacyLewis View Post

      I think so.

      But don't forget to add in the baby. No one ever suspects the person with the baby. [jk]

      :rolleyes:
      There's probably an element of truth to that. That's why politicians are always kissing babies!
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Barboza
      Originally Posted by LegacyLewis View Post

      I think so.

      But don't forget to add in the baby. No one ever suspects the person with the baby. [jk]

      :rolleyes:
      c'mon who told you my secret? :p
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    • Profile picture of the author BabyMama
      Originally Posted by LegacyLewis View Post

      I think so.

      But don't forget to add in the baby. No one ever suspects the person with the baby. [jk]

      :rolleyes:
      Hahah! Mine has a sonogram of my baby!
      Planning to change it to a bump picture when the bump gets a bit bigger
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
        Love this thread. It's interesting to see the varied viewpoints.

        People Buy From People.

        Personally I think that by adding in a real photo (better with a baby) of yourself, personalises your business relationship.

        Believe it or not, this really is a photo of me! Not some stud glamour model, not retouched or airbrushed either - can you believe it? Not everyone, I know, is blessed as I am.

        On the other hand, your photo can certainly LOSE you business. I live in a very rural area, where most people pick their tradesmen out of the local free weekly paper.

        There is one guy, who's an electrician, apparently, who has his photo in his ad for his services. His friends ought to tell him . . . Bad choice of photo.
        There's a picture of a mid 20 something guy; cropped hair, single earring, and a threatening scowl on his face. Looks like a prison mug shot. My wife and I, and some of our friends have discussed his ads. Without exception, all the women said they'd be scared to let him in the house, and most of the men said they'd lock up their valuables (and daughters) if he was working there.

        They say there's no such thing as bad publicity - wrong!

        It doesn't matter if you're not as beautiful as me, as long as it's the real you. Do try to put a smile on though. THAT makes an enormous difference! A photo really can make that trustworthy connection.

        If you don't, what are you going to do with a video?

        As for Alexa - well ... As we all know, her valuable contributions to the Forum are worth their weight in gold. She's totally knowledgable and professional, for which we all respect and admire her.

        .... and her photos make an old man very happy (or should that be, Makes a happy man very old).

        Finally. Isn't using your own photo part of running an honest business? After all, you're not hiding behind some random avatar, so perhaps you have nothing to hide from - period.

        Cheers
        Alan

        PS, Never trust a man with a beard.
        Must go and see if I can borrow a baby (or kitten?).

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    • Profile picture of the author abubakar89
      Originally Posted by LegacyLewis View Post

      I think so.

      But don't forget to add in the baby. No one ever suspects the person with the baby. [jk]

      :rolleyes:
      What can I do. I do not have a baby, I am not even married so no where near to having a baby.
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    • Profile picture of the author JDArchitecture
      Originally Posted by LegacyLewis View Post

      I think so.

      But don't forget to add in the baby. No one ever suspects the person with the baby. [jk]

      :rolleyes:
      That baby's hiding something. I just know it!
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewNeer
    Seeing a real person is always a better signal of trust, especially if the picture is REALLY them, lol.

    I like seeing avatars on blog comments too, helps me know whos spammin and whos slammin. Ya digg?!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    I think if you're new, maybe.

    But it's easy to use a fake avatar. Many of the Warrior ladies here have demanded that I start using a fake one - or none at all. I don't know if it's giving them nightmares or making their husbands jealous.

    Then you have folks like Paul Myers, Allen Says and plenty of others with no avatar.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
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      • Profile picture of the author sal64
        Originally Posted by myob View Post

        Trust not too much to appearances.

        - Virgil
        Dang! And here's me thinking that you really are a little yellow man shaped like a star.

        In answer to the OP... yeas I do. I must admit that when I don't see photos or real locations then it makes me suspicious... especially new arrivals.

        With more senior members, I am not too fussed.
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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          Originally Posted by sal64 View Post

          ... I must admit that when I don't see photos or real locations then it makes me suspicious...
          I have "real pictures" and trusted pseudonyms for nearly a hundred different niches.
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          • Profile picture of the author art72
            Originally Posted by myob View Post

            I have "real pictures" and trusted pseudonyms for nearly a hundred different niches.
            Thank you for confirming that "in the eyes of the public", my evil plan has promise. (*OK, maybe not evil... but befitting of the territory)

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  • Profile picture of the author XYZcontent
    I myself prefer seeing the image of the person i buy something of, especially if its a WSO. In my opinion it does increase your trust.

    Just my 2 cents
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Yeah I think it does make a difference. However even Allen doesn't have a real picture so ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
    Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

    What do you think:

    Will using a real picture as your avatar increase the trust that you get on this forum?

    I realized that there seems to be a trend especially in the WSO forum where new members just step in, blast out a WSO and then disappear.

    Very often these types of warriors don't use their real identity but some kind of funny picture or a logo of some kind.

    I am a little more old school and like to see people's faces.

    What do you think?
    I think it is a factor, but not sure how much. I know one thing that is a turn off, and that's all these user names, that seem like they were chosen randomly out of a grab bag..

    It's a proven fact that people relate better face to face, even though its an avatar it has to help.

    But what you post, and what you sell will make a much bigger difference. Overall I believe, and how you handle your customer service.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Johns
    I think your picture does a lot to build trust - it shows you are a real person. I know you can get stock photo's but a photo really does help build trust. People like to see who they are doing business with and if your avatar here is the same as the photo on your website then they know you are genuine.

    I must admit i don't like to do business with someone who hasn't got a real photo - it always strikes me that they have something to hide.

    All the best

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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by Jason Johns View Post

      I must admit i don't like to do business with someone who hasn't got a real photo - it always strikes me that they have something to hide.
      Paul Myers doesn't have a real photo however I don't think he has anything to hide.

      Mostly it's all about content and providing value to the forum. (Which builds respect, trust, etc.) You can have the greatest real picture in the World however if you're not contributing people will probably ignore you anyway.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        I'm not so much hung up on the photo as I am the profile and username.

        If your username sounds like you dropped your lunch on the keyboard...

        And your profile looks like you're in witness protection...

        And your avatar is some copyright violation cartoon character...

        I'm going to have a hard time trusting you.

        On the other hand, if you use a real name or company name or even a screen name that makes some kind of sense...

        And you offer at least few details on your profile...

        And your avatar is your photo, a company logo, or even none at all...

        It's much easier to start the trust process.

        It's even easier if you have a record of solid contribution, with or without an avatar.
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        • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
          Despite having a face that has been known to frighten children and kill small farm animals I have nonetheless chosen to post it in my profile. And while I do think that it factors into increasing trust I also don't necessarily distrust those who choose not to post an accurate avatar.

          However deliberately deceptive avatars (i.e. posting someone elses picture) make me wonder if the user might have something to hide. I've actually used a Google picture search on a couple of avatars just to see if they were legitimate - maybe I just have too much spare time on my hands.

          Originally Posted by Steve Wells View Post

          I think it is a factor, but not sure how much. I know one thing that is a turn off, and that's all these user names, that seem like they were chosen randomly out of a grab bag..
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          I'm not so much hung up on the photo as I am the profile and username.
          This is more along the lines of the way I feel. Well I can understand not wanting to divulge private information some profiles have no name, location or contact information. At the very least it makes it hard to interact with them within a post - "Hi xvr334jy, thanks for the great post".

          But I don't pay a great deal of emphasis on this, in the long run it's a Warriors reputation that means the most, especially if I'm about to do business with them.

          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          My avatar photos here (which have all, always, been photos of myself, albeit sometimes with a colored filter, a frame, or whatever, in other words they're a bit "arty") get me a mixture of entertaining comments, interest, suspicion, even very occasionally hostility, and so on.
          Can't imagine why they would inspire hostility, I guess it takes all kinds. Personally I admire your creativity, my avatar is a rare photo of me (most cameras won't withstand such punishment) that was taken at the Hoover Dam in 2007 and should really be updated. Perhaps after my next haircut when I look a little less like the unibomber I'll sit in front of the webcam and give it a try.


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          • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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            Originally Posted by mywebwork View Post

            ... my avatar is a rare photo of me (most cameras won't withstand such punishment) that was taken at the Hoover Dam in 2007 and should really be updated. Perhaps after my next haircut when I look a little less like the unibomber I'll sit in front of the webcam and give it a try.

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            I think you're cute.
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            • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
              Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

              I think you're cute.
              The feeling is mutual. But I've always had a weakness for cigar-smoking women in aviator gear.



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              • Profile picture of the author Thaddaeus T. Hogg
                Yessir, I shore DO thank you should be usin yore real picture as yore avatar! I know that it has made people trust me a whole lot more. The only problem that I been havin by usin my real picture is that all the women folk here in the Warrior Forum keep hittin on me. Sometimes I just be wishin that they would see me for myself and not just some sexual object but I've purty much got used to it by now!
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  • Profile picture of the author LindaYzq
    I like to see who I talking to, so I say YES!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

    Will using a real picture as your avatar increase the trust that you get on this forum?
    It depends who you are, what you look like, and what sort of avatar photos of yourself you choose to use.

    In your case, yes, it will increase the trust that you get on this (or any other) forum. Because your avatar is "normal", "professional", "perfectly pleasant", "has no possible downside", and all the rest of it.

    It's different for me.

    My avatar photos here (which have all, always, been photos of myself, albeit sometimes with a colored filter, a frame, or whatever, in other words they're a bit "arty") get me a mixture of entertaining comments, interest, suspicion, even very occasionally hostility, and so on. I don't mind that, obviously, because I'm not "doing business here" anyway - I'm not saying to anyone "Buy from me because I'm Alexa" or "Buy from me because I'm professional" or anything like that. (And when I first came here in 2008 and I was 18, that was just as well.) I recognise and respect that some people are effectively doing and saying that, though, and I think that for them, avatars matter, and a "simple, straightforward photo" is likely to be a plus for them.

    Just my perspective.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      I'm not "doing business here" anyway
      I'm confused I think? If your not here to do business then why are you here?

      Unless you do not think that networking is part of your business plan...?

      No offence meant for sure........
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Steve Wells View Post

        I'm confused I think? If your not here to do business then why are you here?
        Like many people here, I'm here to interact, chat, learn, discuss, and so on. Ok, it's true I have one item in my sig-file (removed from this post) from which I do earn some money, but I'd been here for over 2 years before I added that, so nobody can suggest it's my "reason for being here".

        Your question makes me curious, though: what proportion of the forum's members do you think are here to do business? Your question kind of implies that you think it's 100% or close to 100%? I don't have a specific figure in mind, myself, but I would have thought it's way lower than that.

        Originally Posted by Steve Wells View Post

        Unless you do not think that networking is part of your business plan...?
        I think I benefit from it, and my ability to do business elsewhere is certainly enhanced by my presence here, but that's clearly not "doing business here", is it?

        Originally Posted by Steve Wells View Post

        No offence meant for sure........
        Noooo, of course - none taken ... and likewise.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kacy Carlsen
        We would have to agree with most everyone, that having a face to company makes a world of difference.

        For our hosting business, we found it really does help create that trust factor. Our clients are trusting their entire business to us, so it makes sense that they want to see who is behind the scenes and who they can yell at of course if anything goes wrong, lol

        Our vote is YES, it will increase your business when people feel they can trust you!
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  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    I believe so. If I see a post by a newbie with no picture, I usually ignore it until I see them make some more posts.

    With all the use of fake avatars, a real picture is a great way to stand out.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I read somewhere that profiles without a profile pic receive 800% less traffic than profiles that do have them!

      And well, having an avatar with your real picture will lead to a good first impression and the thing about first impressions are that they are just that...first impressions, something you can never change.

      Anyway, yes, I believe that using a real pic increases trust.

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      • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
        One reason to use your own pic (especially in discussions like this) is that you get to (secretly) think you're better than us "Avatars" /Kidding.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rocket Media
    Yes especially for the old timers. I've got a pic of myself in my photos section on my WF profile
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    • Profile picture of the author Jacob Hargreave
      I think they can, but in my experience (over) delivering on your promise or proposed offer builds trust much faster.
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    • Profile picture of the author rrm
      Originally Posted by Regal Content View Post

      This question gets asked a lot. Either way I decided to go the route of a nice middle-ground, i.e. cartoon versioned me!

      I hadn't thought of that one. I just use my initials. Right now, I just try to be helpful, whatever little that might be. If I ever do try to sell anything, I guess I'll probably go the way I am now... no avatar, trust or no trust. Believe me, with this ugly mug (little kids in the grocery store call me a pirate) it would not help my sales. The idea is to garner trust, not freak people out. I will only go so far to make a sale!

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        Originally Posted by rrm View Post

        I hadn't thought of that one. I just use my initials. Right now, I just try to be helpful, whatever little that might be. If I ever do try to sell anything, I guess I'll probably go the way I am now... no avatar, trust or no trust. Believe me, with this ugly mug (little kids in the grocery store call me a pirate) it would not help my sales. The idea is to garner trust, not freak people out. I will only go so far to make a sale!

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        but what if the product u were selling is a pirate patch??
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        • Profile picture of the author rrm
          Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

          but what if the product u were selling is a pirate patch??

          Touche! Just when I thought I had the whole thing figured out...
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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    it increase trust for sure..

    For those who are on the opposite line of debate and gives example of Allen, Paul etc, well those guys have proven that they are legit and real for years and years!

    Heck, you can ask the dinosours about Paul, and even they will vouch for him... Well, if you can find one though :-p

    If you are new, registered abt 1 month ago, and have a post count of 10, dont expect the same first impression. :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by Suthan M View Post

      For those who are on the opposite line of debate and gives example of Allen, Paul etc, well those guys have proven that they are legit and real for years and years!
      That's exactly what I'm saying. : ) It's not so much whether a person does or doesn't have a real picture: It's how they contribute and converse on the forum. All things being equal I think a real pic definitely helps build trust. (At least to begin with.)
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  • Profile picture of the author CCGAL
    This is purely my subjective opinion and all routine disclaimers should be applied.

    No matter what your avatar is, no matter what name you choose, remember that it's all part of branding yourself, and it helps with your footprint if you have some sort of consistency across platforms. That said, if I could go back I'd have just used my real name, but CCGAL is short for Crescent City Gal, and that had roots in a project that I'm still involved with.

    The biggest issue with a name choice anywhere is that no matter how unique you think it is, chances are good that you're going to find somebody else already has it sewed up somewhere. I couldn't get CCGAL on Facebook, and there's a CCGAL that writes reviews for Amazon that people sometimes think is me, but it's not.

    My name, on the other hand is incredibly unique, albeit difficult for people to pronounce or spell correctly, so CCGAL works in that it's short, easy to remember, and takes up very few letters on Twitter.

    I, myself, think the writing is far more important than the avatar. I look for complete sentences, coherent thought processes, accuracy, and kindness. Kindness can create genuine relationships, and I believe that's where trust belongs.

    Woe to the person who deliberately deceives in order to inspire trust that isn't actually due, in order to take advantage of another human being. I know it happens, but I don't have to like it and I don't have to do it myself.

    If that makes me old school ... well ... I'm old and I went to school.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    A picture can increase trust but it could also have the opposite
    effect as well. It's the same way that talking on the phone can
    raise other issues that are not raised in print.

    99% of the times when I talk to clients on the phone they ask
    about my accent. Why should my accent affect my ability
    to write copy? But I know that they are making an assessment
    of my capability.

    The same way in which I've read several post on the forum
    where posters make disparaging remarks about "third world
    countries". I have to smile because I'm from one of those
    third world countries as well and it's no indication of your
    talent. Place of birth has nothing to do with ability.

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  • Profile picture of the author Vimal Gobin
    Do I look trustworthy?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
      Originally Posted by Vimal Gobin View Post

      Do I look trustworthy?
      No.
      ...

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      • Profile picture of the author Vimal Gobin
        Originally Posted by Vimal Gobin View Post

        Do I look trustworthy?
        Originally Posted by Jonathan 2.0 View Post

        No.
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        Awwwwhhh! Damn! I swear I thought I looked trustworthy! It's because of the serious face, right?
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  • Profile picture of the author kikolani
    I think that real people photos that don't look like stockphoto ripoffs definitely go a long way in any online community or network.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    For me it definitely increases trust.

    However I've spotted a few folks floating around that look just a little too good looking, and suspiciously like stock photos I've used on ecovers. You see that and the trust rating goes waaaay down.

    But also, here at the Warrior Forum the thing that balances and sometimes trumps whether or not a person uses their name and image is their post count and their thanks count.

    If I want to make a call on how legit someone is a big factor is how active they are around here, and how many times their contributions have prompted someone to thank them.

    If I see a big thanks count, that sits very well with me as it's something that can't be faked.
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    • Profile picture of the author sal64
      How can anyone not trust that cute lil' mug of yours, Kezz?

      Originally Posted by Kezz View Post

      For me it definitely increases trust.

      However I've spotted a few folks floating around that look just a little too good looking, and suspiciously like stock photos I've used on ecovers. You see that and the trust rating goes waaaay down.

      But also, here at the Warrior Forum the thing that balances and sometimes trumps whether or not a person uses their name and image is their post count and their thanks count.

      If I want to make a call on how legit someone is a big factor is how active they are around here, and how many times their contributions have prompted someone to thank them.

      If I see a big thanks count, that sits very well with me as it's something that can't be faked.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Connell
      Originally Posted by Kezz View Post

      For me it definitely increases trust.

      However I've spotted a few folks floating around that look just a little too good looking...
      I'm never going to be accused of that...

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  • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
    I could put up a picture of my cousin twice removed, how would you know?

    But you do bring up a point...I'm not paying the gas, electrical or water this month.

    Because they didn't send a picture of themselves...obviously not to be trusted.
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    • Profile picture of the author M Thompson
      Proper name, image and a history in the forum is a long way towards trust but you need to earn it and keep it after that!

      I've seen some shocking WSO's recently from people who had all 3.
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      • Profile picture of the author PLRExpress
        I actually don't mind if people show themselves or just use a generic avatar. I'm more interested in what they have to say and the contribution that they make.

        Not everyone is comfortable with putting their photo online and that's up to them I suppose. I respect the fact that they don't want to show themselves and as long as they make reasonable contributions and don't spam the forum it doesn't bother me.

        Some of the best contributors to this forum don't use their photo as their avatar. On a similar note, I have purchased a couple of WSO lately where I'm surprised that the creators even wanted their name associated with it, let alone their face.
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  • Profile picture of the author stevenjacobs
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    this helps lot it provides a new level of trust for the person you're trying to sell to. Because they can see who their directly buying from is harder to make a sale to people that do not recognize your face or know you personally. it is another level of social proof that can make your product look more professional and better quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author G Abbas
    It always helps? Or Somtimes.............
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  • Profile picture of the author Cool Hand Luke
    I get what everyone is saying, but it also definitely matters what kind of picture of you it is.

    For example, I don't know if this pic of me from last night would necessarily increase my "trust" rating in any business sense...

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    • Profile picture of the author Jun Balona
      Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke View Post


      For example, I don't know if this pic of me from last night would necessarily increase my "trust" rating in any business sense...

      Uhmm..I think your trust rating would be just fine. Even if you're smiling to that weird guy sticking out his tongue.
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke View Post

      I get what everyone is saying, but it also definitely matters what kind of picture of you it is.

      For example, I don't know if this pic of me from last night would necessarily increase my "trust" rating in any business sense...

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Absolutely. Must have a real pic as your avatar.

    I wouldn't trust Paul Myers or Allen, the forum owner as far as I could throw them or me for that matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    A bit yes but the quality of your posts and your contribution comes before a simple avatar.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    Ok then.. since my last post in here was deleted without reason.. lets try this again.

    I dont know if it will increase trust or not, but I'm always up for an experiment.

    So I changed my avatar to a real photo, I uploaded some pics from our recent trip to the beach, and we'll see how it affects my sales. LOL

    It should be interesting to see the results from this. I think it probably will help people trust you more though, as long as its a REAL photo and not a ripoff from a website or some stock photo or something.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheCG
      I don't see how it really can.

      Just because there is a nice picture of some happy, smiling person on your profile is no guarantee that is even you.

      Look at this last episode with "Evie" for example. Did you get a load of the actual person that was behind the keyboard?
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      • Profile picture of the author J Bold
        Originally Posted by TheCG View Post

        I don't see how it really can.

        Just because there is a nice picture of some happy, smiling person on your profile is no guarantee that is even you.

        Look at this last episode with "Evie" for example. Did you get a load of the actual person that was behind the keyboard?
        To me, that "Evie" was fairly obviously a fake photo, but that was just me. Of course you can never be 100% sure.

        I think people who've been online a while and no forums can generally tell when someone's using a stock photo or photo that isn't them.

        There's one guy I see on here all the time and I don't think he's using a real photo and he has nearly 1000 posts, but I'm not gonna say who it is, because like I said you can't be 100% sure.

        edit: Also, it doesn't even necessarily matter, as some people on the internet want to be anonymous. There are things that can go wrong when people are truly claiming to be one person and they are not, of course.
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    • Profile picture of the author MelodyChristie
      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      Ok then.. since my last post in here was deleted without reason.. lets try this again.

      I dont know if it will increase trust or not, but I'm always up for an experiment.

      So I changed my avatar to a real photo, I uploaded some pics from our recent trip to the beach, and we'll see how it affects my sales. LOL

      It should be interesting to see the results from this. I think it probably will help people trust you more though, as long as its a REAL photo and not a ripoff from a website or some stock photo or something.
      Looking forward to learning the results of this experiment!
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    • Profile picture of the author art72
      While I personally am not a big fan of the camera myself, I believe the way you conduct yourself and your business can indeed say a lot about who you are as a person, with or without an avatart.

      In many cases, people place 'waaaaayyy' too much value (even reliance) on looks, and that can often be deceiving in, and of itself.

      For example, you're standing in line at the bank, and there's that 6'4" pale white dude sporting enough facial tackle (piercings) to take down a sailfish on a sunny day. Heck, throw in a purple Mohawk and few tattoos just for kicks and giggles.

      Not exactly the kind of guy you want closing the deal on your dream home mortgage, right?

      Yet, take the typical 'yuppy' sporting the plaid golf shorts, brazen smile, and pair RayBan's and imagine who'd be left standing in the mosh pit when a fight breaks out.

      Truth is, some of the most brilliant minds I have ever encountered didn't exactly look 'professional' at all. Yet, they were unique, free spirited, and intellectually gifted, in business, and in remaining true in preserving a broader sense of intelligence.

      Whilst, guys like Jim Jones, former 'Presidents', even CEO's of major Insurance firms for example, make Ozzy Osbourne look like a saint!

      Be it better, be it best; we all reserve our superficial judgements, because at the end of the day, that 'yuppy' could be the next Jeffrey Dahmer, whilst the "long haired freaky people" like the Mohawk sporting Marilyn Manson 'types' ... may just one day save your @$$!

      I think it's already been said, there's seems to be several reasons one would not use their real pic here. For me, I have nothing to hide, I just don't believe what I look like externally, should (or ever can) represent who I am on the inside or spiritually, in a world bent on 'blind judgement'.


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    • Profile picture of the author michaelgrisso
      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      Ok then.. since my last post in here was deleted without reason.. lets try this again.

      I dont know if it will increase trust or not, but I'm always up for an experiment.

      So I changed my avatar to a real photo, I uploaded some pics from our recent trip to the beach, and we'll see how it affects my sales. LOL

      It should be interesting to see the results from this. I think it probably will help people trust you more though, as long as its a REAL photo and not a ripoff from a website or some stock photo or something.
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      Hey great pic of the fam...

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      All you need to do is look at dating sites - which profiles do you think attract the most interest? Those with some type of profile pic of course. It's not to say your word has any less value without a profile pic next to it but I think it does make the experience a little more personal, if only a bit.

      I've come to recognize a lot of the popular avatars around the forum. I know that I will often scroll through a thread and it will be the avatar of someone I know/respect/trust that stops me in my tracks. It's kind of like walking down the street and recognizing someone you know. I've also found that when members who have been using the same avatar for a long time go and change their avatar, it can completely throw me off.

      So yes, I think they definitely help in branding yourself on a forum like this (whether it be a logo or a pic of yourself).
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      This response here is a clear example of why it depends on what you're doing. Of course you're going to see results on a dating site, because most people need to see who they want to date.

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      Answer: It really does depend on what you're doing and where you're adding a picture. A lot of affiliate marketers use pen names, so it's not like the picture has to be real either.

      Let's say you go to LinkedIn and you see three competitive profiles that could possibly help you get a loan for a new house. One of them does not offer a picture, the other is of a person with his hat backwards and a t-shirt on with a drink in hand, and the 3rd person is a woman in a business suit. Which one do you choose?

      Just remember that it never hurts to add a photo, but make sure it will attract your particular clientele.
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    • Profile picture of the author francivile
      This is an interesting discussion with a few contrary opinions! When I read about Paul Myers or Allen Says not showing a picture I immediately thought that with their long history on this forum they wouldn't need to worry about inspiring trust!

      Then somebody just said that she wouldn't trust either of them!

      That really surprised me! I read Paul Myers' newsletter and really enjoy the marketing experience and wisdom he shares, and I've heard a lot of good things about Allen, notably his generosity.

      I show a photo and my name!

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    • Profile picture of the author JennySweets
      Well dang.. that answers a question I've been chewing on. I suspected my AV was recognizable by now so I was hesitant to put up a real photo instead, but then again the name should do the trick :p

      so I will go find a photo that doesn't entirely suck and put it up Gonna have to have my baby in it *chuckle* because I don't do photos without my son hah


      EDIT : There I am! I am a real person! (I think, therefore I get headaches)
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Albright
    Hi, People will trust you more when you use your real name and a photo of yourself. What sounds better "Walter Chronkite" or "Country Boy 999"?
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  • Profile picture of the author Diego Hernando
    I don't know if my face increase the trust, that's why I include my daughter's face too :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author simonbuzz
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    Having or not having a gravator doesn't make a huge difference as long you are providing value to people you will gain their trust
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  • Profile picture of the author hdavies
    Yes, ive been using my real picture since before..
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  • Profile picture of the author tolxeaquarius
    I have my real picture, although I am here a little bit smaller in the picture. I think it is pretty cool.

    My 5 year old picture. But yeah this is me.

    And yes I am real
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  • Hi Hpgoodboy,

    Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

    Will using a real picture as your avatar increase the trust that you get on this forum?
    For some, I think it will. For a few, I believe it won't. For the rest, I think they won't mind. For me, if I could see it, I won't mind...

    1. For someone who believes it will: Then do it.
    2. For someone who's thinking it won't: It's up to you, especially if you don't want your face on the Internet for your own reasons, but:
    3. For someone who believes it won't or they won't mind: Would you want to lose that "some" who will, keep those who think it won't, and also keep those who won't mind?

    Just saying...
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Back in the day, I used to get mistaken for Jason Priestly. Now I just look like Jason Priestly if Jason Priestly had eaten himself. I appreciate my fellow Warriors enough to not put them through the eye-exploding pain caused by viewing my visage.

    I briefly considered getting all shredded up to take a shot at Alexa, but then I realized she's much to young for me. Well, that and I'm married. I figured that'd make things difficult, so I just made a sandwich instead. Hence, no personal pic.
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  • Profile picture of the author WiiLoveSuccess
    I think a real picture makes it more personable, but for me it doesn't do a thing for "trust" either way. I guess probably has to do with my elder age, but I would make my discernment about what I read based upon the facts presented and my experience supported by independent research. In this environment I would say the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words" has no meaning.

    But, I agree holding a baby in your picture sure makes me smile...
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  • Profile picture of the author SandyDuPlessis
    While I prefer to see a picture of the person with whom I am dealing and also prefer to know what his or her actual name is since the two together make me feel more secure, I am not adverse to connecting with someone who prefers to use an avater and an odd sounding nickname, provided I am able to find some background information on the person concerned. I would prefer a friendly looking avater though.

    Sometime ago, a WF member wanted to become a friend, but his avater was so horrible and his nickname directly related to his product that my brain went fright, flight and fight mode. When I couldn't find any information on him, I asked outright why he wanted to be a friend and referred to both his avater and nic. Needless to say he was furious and insulted.

    I am sure he is a very nice man with a quirky sense of humor, but his avater really put me off.

    We only have a second or two to make a good impression on others. Since our avaters or photographs and our names or nicknames are all we have in this IM world, particularly for newbies, it is important to carefully consider what is going to be used.
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    • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
      Originally Posted by SandyDuPlessis View Post

      We only have a second or two to make a good impression on others. Since our avaters or photographs and our names or nicknames are all we have in this IM world, particularly for newbies, it is important to carefully consider what is going to be used.
      Right on, Sandy. I agree 100%. First impressions are made in seconds online. I prefer to use my real picture and name as I stand behind my products.

      Buying stuff from anonymous people doesn't appeal to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author bamstk090
    of course but your contribution comes before a avatar.

    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author TravellingMissie
    I have received great advice and bought decent products from people with and without photos in their avatar so it really doesn't affect how trustworthy I feel they are. A lot of pictures can be fake so I generally take them with a pinch of salt!

    When I first started working online years ago, I was really shy so didn't have an avatar but then I worked as a reviewer on a music website and got the shock of my life when I went to the website one day and there was my mug on my own page. Due to that I now just attach my photo without thinking, I have my photo on my own website now as I know there are some people that would prefer to see a picture of who they are working with. I'm not sure if it has helped though.
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    lol...

    Who's to say that the avatar image is the real person.

    Just take a look at all those sex chat ads. All sexy babes, yet most of them are probably old boilers sitting at home with hair curlers, cigarettes and a box of choccy's.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
      Originally Posted by sal64 View Post

      lol...

      Who's to say that the avatar image is the real person.

      Just take a look at all those sex chat ads. All sexy babes, yet most of them are probably old boilers sitting at home with hair curlers, cigarettes and a box of choccy's.
      So now we know what you do on the internet. Hmmm
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      • Profile picture of the author sal64
        Originally Posted by Alan Ashwood View Post

        So now we know what you do on the internet. Hmmm
        lol... I wish i had the time!
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  • Profile picture of the author braincandy7
    I think it prob does help a bit. Although i don't think sticking a picture of some really good looking girl in skimpies will help. Just make sure it's a real picture.

    (best go stick mine on here, keep forgetting)
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    Using a real picture certainly improves trust, but really it is what you say that makes it, especially if you are selling something, no doubt a picture will help, but more than often in this regard, content is indeed king
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
      Originally Posted by hdavies View Post

      Yes, ive been using my real picture since before..
      Originally Posted by Forgottenmemoire View Post

      Having a real for me makes you feel like you know that person.
      Originally Posted by dagaul101 View Post

      Using a real picture certainly improves trust,
      So - Where are yours then?
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  • Profile picture of the author marcusjefferson
    I think it helps, but is not essential. There are plenty of warriors and other IMs making cash using just a logo or some type of funny avatar.
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  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    For me a good photo goes a long way in building trust. An avatar with a smiling face is even better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Affiguy
    It's words that count.

    Simply you will gain some trust if you put the real picture but to obtain respect and reputation you need contribute to the WF community.
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  • Profile picture of the author IceMustang
    I don't. It's a combo of laziness, being a real goofy looking *******, and being a fairly private person. My services are good enough that I'd hope they speak for themselves, but one day I might just have to break down and do it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by Steve Wells View Post

      I'm confused I think? If your not here to do business then why are you here?

      Unless you do not think that networking is part of your business plan...?

      No offence meant for sure........
      I'm here for the free Ipad you get after making a million posts. Over 5k down - but I'm a bit worried as Alexa might beat me to it.

      So, someone commented recently after I put up this current pic. They mentioned my hands looked a bit big. I want to assure you all I'm not a man, and I just happen to have this very rare condition. Here is a video that explains it:

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  • Profile picture of the author obrain
    i don't think that if i use my real photo here then someone trust me.if you answer good then some people trust you.......you can use your photo at some social media site for trust reason.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    All you need to do is look at dating sites - which profiles do you think attract the most interest? Those with some type of profile pic of course. It's not to say your word has any less value without a profile pic next to it but I think it does make the experience a little more personal, if only a bit.

    I've come to recognize a lot of the popular avatars around the forum. I know that I will often scroll through a thread and it will be the avatar of someone I know/respect/trust that stops me in my tracks. It's kind of like walking down the street and recognizing someone you know. I've also found that when members who have been using the same avatar for a long time go and change their avatar, it can completely throw me off.

    So yes, I think they definitely help in branding yourself on a forum like this (whether it be a logo or a pic of yourself).
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Burns
    i dont think it can affect your site.
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    You people made me to think over it and upload my picture, finally.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnw18
    Real pictures mean a lot, if you feel comfortable with that.
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  • Profile picture of the author dechardia
    Well it all depends because some people don't mind you using a logo or a funny pic and then some do. I would rather a profile pic myself. i know i don't have one but im waiting for my camera to charge so i can get mines up. I hate using logo's.
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  • Profile picture of the author zype
    yes it will.. simly chose the right type of picture... of course it will.. makes it more personal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sonny1977
    Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

    What do you think:

    Will using a real picture as your avatar increase the trust that you get on this forum
    yes it will, but of course if you're like me and none of your income comes from IM thren it makes no difference..
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    Well so far I can honestly say that I haven't seen an increase in sales since changing my avatar to a real photo.

    BUT, I kinda like having my real pic on there. I think I'm gonna keep it like that. I might change it to a better-looking picture tho.. lol

    And Sonny... dude you are a war room member. Yet here you are, bashing IM'ers in your sig, saying how none of your money comes from IM.. I don't understand.

    Why did you give up?

    The way I see it, deep down you realize the potential of internet marketing. You know that it can and does make people very wealthy over time. Otherwise you wouldn't be logging on to WF.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      Of course it can't affect your site.
      Its a forum avatar silly. lol
      LOL. I never thought of that. Good job somebody's awake out there. :rolleyes:

      Originally Posted by dechardia View Post

      I would rather a profile pic myself. i know i don't have one but im waiting for my camera to charge so i can get mines up. I hate using logo's.
      Written In September.

      You need a new camera mate. It's October now, and still no pic. Guess that camera's never going to charge.

      Originally Posted by zype View Post

      yes it will.. simly chose the right type of picture... of course it will.. makes it more personal.
      Where's yours then, zype? It really annoys me when people post, "I'm going to - whatever, and then don't".

      Originally Posted by Sonny1977 View Post

      yes it will, but of course if you're like me and none of your income comes from IM thren it makes no difference..
      Would somebody tell him it's an IM Forum? Thank you.

      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      Well so far I can honestly say that I haven't seen an increase in sales since changing my avatar to a real photo.
      BUT, I kinda like having my real pic on there. I think I'm gonna keep it like that. I might change it to a better-looking picture tho.. lol
      If you're looking for a better lookung photo, you may use mine, or perhaps Alexa's - tough choice eh?

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  • Profile picture of the author abundantlife
    I'm old school. Real picture and a real name. I'm not hiding anything. I want you to know me and be my friend. It's not all business with me. I'm in it for the relationship too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
      Originally Posted by abundantlife View Post

      I'm old school. Real picture and a real name. I'm not hiding anything. I want you to know me and be my friend. It's not all business with me. I'm in it for the relationship too.
      In that case, I think you're parents were either pretty cruel, or had a wicked sense of humour.

      Being born with the name Life is OK, but I guess you're grateful they didn't baptise/christen you with the name After, Still or Good.

      It makes me dubious when a poster is totally contradicted by his own information. :confused:

      It's like someone who posts, "How do I get started to make money online", when the sig file has a link saying, "How I Made An Easy $1000 Per Monthin 6 Weeks from Zero".

      We do look at these things y'know.

      ... Is that really your photo, or is it a pic of your granddad?

      Hmmm

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    • Profile picture of the author debbiechamilton
      I found it interesting, the ones who were very definite about using a picture did not have one. I put more stock in what is said and how it is said. This says alot to me about the person. You can find out alot about them by their posts. Pictures are great, but as someone said it could be anyone's picture.
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  • Profile picture of the author mysterrio
    Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

    What do you think:

    Will using a real picture as your avatar increase the trust that you get on this forum?

    I realized that there seems to be a trend especially in the WSO forum where new members just step in, blast out a WSO and then disappear.

    Very often these types of warriors don't use their real identity but some kind of funny picture or a logo of some kind.

    I am a little more old school and like to see people's faces.

    What do you think?
    I think using a real photo does go along way. You know what they say: A Picture is worth 1000 words.
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  • Profile picture of the author swilliams09
    I actually had sales and responses go down when I put up my personal photo, so I feel it's in my best interest to just put my business which is what I am here to represent. People do judge you on your photo, I rather them judge me on the basis of my work and the quality of my posts than my appearance. I don't know who owns the Burger King down the street, all I know is that it's a tasty burger. I'll judge them on price and service and if I like what I get, I'll keep doing business with them. I wish people didn't judge on appearances but they do.
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  • Profile picture of the author vtotheyouknow
    Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

    What do you think:

    Will using a real picture as your avatar increase the trust that you get on this forum?

    I realized that there seems to be a trend especially in the WSO forum where new members just step in, blast out a WSO and then disappear.

    Very often these types of warriors don't use their real identity but some kind of funny picture or a logo of some kind.

    I am a little more old school and like to see people's faces.

    What do you think?

    It'd be interesting to see a study about this come out.

    My intuition says "YES" but data often tells a different story.

    I personally see no reason NOT to use your real pictures outside of a few legal situations.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clayton Rice
    I think it helps. Putting a face to the name that I'm talking with online helps build trust.

    ... maybe I should change mine, now that I'm thinking about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author blogworker
    in my opinion, it all depends, if you use a cute or special picture, maybe you can leave a deep impression on others, sometimes maybe it is more important. do you agree?

    besides,
    don't forget to add in the baby. No one ever suspects the person with the baby. [jk]
    the baby is very cute.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
    Yes, it does. But when the pic goes wrong, everything is messed!
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  • Profile picture of the author winseosoft
    A picture of a person makes you more "real".
    You can add any picture of any person and pretend it is you...
    So I guess doesn't make any difference but they could at least try.lol
    If you have a quality product , well presented and explained the picture doesn't matter at all...
    Thats only my oppinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author smadronia
    I don't put a lot of stock in photos. There's too many out there online, I could pick one at random, and be anyone. I've done it in the past, although not for Internet Marketing.

    I think for forums, an avatar is enough. I spent a lot of time on a large forum where people had often outlandish signatures (no build in avatar). I learned to recognize folks by those signatures. In a forum like this, where the signatures are less outlandish, and there's an avatar, I would recognize folks by their avatar. To me, it doesn't matter if it's a road dog, smiling kid, golf ball, rocket, smiling face, or a scowling pierced guy, that's how I recognize folks.

    On a website, a photo is nice, but if all I get is a photo, it's not enough.
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  • Profile picture of the author addison.agnote
    I believe that using your photo as avatar promotes trust to your website or page. Seeing a real person makes customers feel more secure about your product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roy Lee
    I guess it depends on how you want to brand yourself on the Warrior Forum. If you want to brand yourself as the expert in your field, you would probably use a real picture of yourself so that you can get people to establish an initial trust with you the moment they see your post or thread. However, that is just the initial trust. Further research through a warrior's profile by looking at his/her past posts/threads will determine if he/she is indeed credible and can be trusted.

    If you are trying to brand your company as the leader in your field, you would probably want to use your company logo/avatar instead, since that will be more appropriate than a personal branding.

    There are also some who do not want to reveal their real picture due to privacy reasons. so they use some random logo or picture that has some meaning to them and brand themselves as that instead.

    No matter what type of branding is used, people will begin to notice you, your WF name, and your WF avatar when they see more posts/threads coming from you that are intelligent. They will automatically associate you with your avatar as that is probably the easiest way to recognize any warrior.

    I see many well known warriors here who are successful product creators on the WSO section and they do not use their real picture. So I guess the trust factor lies not on a warrior's avatar but on the credibility and reputation that a warrior has garnered through time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riggs
    I don't know who this super handsome guy in mine is but he's perfect enough to make me want to rethink my sexual orientation and give him my bank details.
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Hatfield
    Not only a real pic but a real name would help.

    Having a real pic with the handle hpgoodbuy does not build trust for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kerryrus
    I think so definitely. Always good to see the face behind the profile.

    Kerry
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  • Profile picture of the author James Gould
    Yes definitely.

    As a matter of fact, I'm about to upload mine right now!
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  • Profile picture of the author goleza
    Originally Posted by hpgoodboy View Post

    What do you think:

    Will using a real picture as your avatar increase the trust that you get on this forum?

    I realized that there seems to be a trend especially in the WSO forum where new members just step in, blast out a WSO and then disappear.

    Very often these types of warriors don't use their real identity but some kind of funny picture or a logo of some kind.

    I am a little more old school and like to see people's faces.

    What do you think?
    Thank you hpgoodboy for this thread. It has always been my concern. I feel concerned to read good posts in the forum but whose writers are not showing their presence or they are hidding behind avatars of animals, paintings or other renown persons. I even wonder when they will learn to build there own credibility.

    I wrote an article on this subject entitled "How To Build Credibility With Your Online Business To Win Your Customers' Trust". If members can read it, I hope it can help those who have not yet known how important it is to brand themselves well.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeavery10
    I always like to use my own picture as avatar. I have used my real picture for all of account. Using another or fake picture is like to fraudulent. I don't like that. I will give here my recent picture very soon.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shannon Herod
      Shoot I wish I could use a girls name. It seems to help with the trust factor.

      Oh crap, that's right.. My name is a girls name :-)

      Lucky for me...

      Shannon
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      • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
        Originally Posted by Shannon Herod View Post

        Shoot I wish I could use a girls name. It seems to help with the trust factor.
        You could always swap with my younger cousin - she's called Shannon too. Knows squat about IM, mind you, but if your target demographics include image-conscious 16-year-old girls, she'll have you 500,000 chatty, freebie-seeking subscribers before you can say "Yuz w0t3var". :p
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Ashwood
      Originally Posted by mikeavery10 View Post

      I always like to use my own picture as avatar. I have used my real picture for all of account. Using another or fake picture is like to fraudulent. I don't like that. I will give here my recent picture very soon.

      Oh come on!
      What's your REAL NAME? If it is Mike Avery, which is an English language name, you either need to stop lazy typing, or learn English.

      Deeply suspect :confused:
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by Riggs View Post

        I don't know who this super handsome guy in mine is but he's perfect enough to make me want to rethink my sexual orientation and give him my bank details.
        Riggs, when was the last time you had your eyes checked? :p

        (Hey, with a setup like that, someone had to take the swing. Just joking...)
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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.
          - Denzel Washington
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    I used to think so...until I came across too many people using fake photos to "get trust" that I laugh at most of them now. Especially the "good looking" or "professional" types. Flippa is a classic and I've come a cross a few on here as well. Don't blindly trust a photo of anyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheHotChick
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    Well, do you trust me?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    I'm sure there must be some chicks out there that run porn sites but, dude, no I don't.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheHotChick
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      Originally Posted by WSOHelp View Post

      I'm sure there must be some chicks out there that run porn sites but, dude, no I don't.
      hey, don't hate cause my avatar looks better than yours. haha
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      • Profile picture of the author goleza
        Originally Posted by TheHotChick View Post

        hey, don't hate cause my avatar looks better than yours. haha
        Kindly add your signature so that we can visit your website. It's to your benefit.
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        • Profile picture of the author TheHotChick
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          Originally Posted by goleza View Post

          Kindly add your signature so that we can visit your website. It's to your benefit.
          It would be to your benefit if I didn't block all African IPs from my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    Originally Posted by TheHotChick View Post

    hey, don't hate cause my avatar looks better than yours. haha
    No hate man, just saying. Porn link in your sig, hot chick username, sultry photo (which is much better than my lame non human logotar)... Not met many chicks like that. If you're a real chick then good for you...I suppose.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheHotChick
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      • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
        Originally Posted by TheHotChick View Post

        You can stop calling me man, man. haha. Come on, you know I didn't find that on google images. I took it with my lovely MacBook Pro in a lovely king size hotel bed. And it's not a "porn link"... it's a sex blog. I write about my sexploits & stuff. btw there are more pics of me on there, further proving that I'm a real person.. not that I feel the need to prove myself, I'm just sayin. TheHotChick cause I figured it was mostly a sausage fest on here.. and like you said, "not many chicks like that"... so yep, I'm that hot chick on WF I guess. It is good for me, cause I'm awesome.
        Yeah.. anybody who tries that hard to prove they are a "real girl" on the internet, probably isnt...

        Sorry but:

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        • Profile picture of the author TheHotChick
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          Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

          Yeah.. anybody who tries that hard to prove they are a "real girl" on the internet, probably isnt...

          Sorry but:

          Stating simple facts is trying hard? Lame. Good job not pissing off the chick in your avi though.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
        Originally Posted by TheHotChick View Post

        You can stop calling me man, man. haha. Come on, you know I didn't find that on google images. I took it with my lovely MacBook Pro in a lovely king size hotel bed. And it's not a "porn link"... it's a sex blog. I write about my sexploits & stuff. btw there are more pics of me on there, further proving that I'm a real person.. not that I feel the need to prove myself, I'm just sayin. TheHotChick cause I figured it was mostly a sausage fest on here.. and like you said, "not many chicks like that"... so yep, I'm that hot chick on WF I guess. It is good for me, cause I'm awesome.
        Ok, fair enough. I will stop calling you man and no, you don't have to prove yourself to anyone. It was just a comment in the context of this thread. We are all awesome. One day, I was so awesome, it was awesome.
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        • Profile picture of the author TheHotChick
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          Originally Posted by WSOHelp View Post

          Ok, fair enough. I will stop calling you man and no, you don't have to prove yourself to anyone. It was just a comment in the context of this thread. We are all awesome. One day, I was so awesome, it was awesome.
          Man, the same thing happened to me once! Cheers to being awesome.
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  • Profile picture of the author randimoore
    If the picture is professional. I have seen some really creepy looking people that make me leery. You can always ask others to help you pick out which picture or avatar looks best. Always ask someone else for their opinion before using so that you don't creep out others.
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  • Profile picture of the author pajsh
    I personally think it's better to put a face to the username than an actual cartoon or graphic avatar.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    lol.

    We can see your previous try-hard posts.. just so ya know.. (in hawaii, im so awesome, blah blah blah)

    all i'm saying is you seem like a troll/spam account to me.

    real or fake, troll or not.. good luck in your future. i really do wish u the best.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheHotChick
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      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      lol.

      We can see your previous try-hard posts.. just so ya know.. (in hawaii, im so awesome, blah blah blah)

      all i'm saying is you seem like a troll/spam account to me.

      real or fake, troll or not.. good luck in your future. i really do wish u the best.
      So, real people can't mention Hawaii? I'm from there. And, I'm still awesome. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author gully
    Interesting discussion. I originally didn't have a profile pic and was content with lurking and being anonymous. However I was convinced that it would be better for all to post my pic so I have done so now. I will let you know if it works out for me.

    I tried to use the same pic on my social media sites as well as on my own websites and forums. I considered using my real name as a brand but I didn't want to be type cast in a single niche. I also want to keep my professional and personal lives separate so I used a generic user name here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Manny Derek
    Definitely YES! It increases trust when you have avatar. But how will you know if he/she is using his/her real avatar? Nobody knows! I have no avatar here but still i get profile views from fellow warriors.
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