Do You Really Need to Show Your FACE on your blog?

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Got a question (that's never been asked before and so never replied) My question is "Is it MANDATORY to show up your face (on your blog or sales page or ebook or social media)"? Does it anyhow affects in your success?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Ocasio
    I don't think it's mandatory, but it does help to build trust and credibility with your readers, followers, etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      It's not mandatory, of course, but I also think a photo builds some credibility/personalization.

      I think even a photo of a drawing or a cartoon or a silhouette, which "shows you", but not in a way that you're essentially recognizable from it, can do that, if it's an issue for you (it is for me, because I use different pen-names in different niches).

      If you're selling Louboutin shoes, a photo of your ankles might be ok, too, of course.
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    • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
      Originally Posted by Kevin Ocasio View Post

      I don't think it's mandatory, but it does help to build trust and credibility with your readers, followers, etc.
      thanks! Now, that's a sigh of relief. Can you mention any popular Blogger or Marketer or Warrior (other than Alexa) who don't show up their face?
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin Ocasio
        Originally Posted by MakeMoneyKid View Post

        thanks! Now, that's a sigh of relief. Can you mention any popular Blogger or Marketer or Warrior (other than Alexa) who don't show up their face?
        Off the top of my head, can't think of a popular or successful blogger or marketer that doesn't use a picture, no.
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  • Profile picture of the author Griffin Smith
    When I started out, I didn't put my pic on anything and after studying this forum and getting advice (WSO's Coaching...etc)

    I started putting pics (and videos) of myself on my sales pages blogs etc...

    Dramatic jump in clicks and conversions...

    I highly recommend putting your "Mug" out there...

    ~Griffin
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    • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
      Originally Posted by Griffin Smith View Post

      When I started out, I didn't put my pic on anything and after studying this forum and getting advice (WSO's Coaching...etc)

      I started putting pics (and videos) of myself on my sales pages blogs etc...

      Dramatic jump in clicks and conversions...

      I highly recommend putting your "Mug" out there...

      ~Griffin
      Well, you're quite handsome to go. But, now your advice has again changed my mindset. I 'll better wait for what others have to say before taking a decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewStark
    If it's a personal blog / brand you are trying to build then yes.

    Now if you want to build an authority blog for the niche then actually branding it personally would be a bad thing, how can you sell the blog to another person when your face is all over it?
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    • Profile picture of the author CatherineMay
      I'm about to sign-up for a twitter account for the first time.

      Should I expect to have a photo of myself in my profile? Can I just use an image of something that's related to my niche as Alexa suggested above? (I don't know if she was kidding or not!)

      I expect eventually to be involved in different niches on Twitter, so I really can't see using my real photo.
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      • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
        Originally Posted by CatherineMay View Post

        I'm about to sign-up for a twitter account for the first time.

        Should I expect to have a photo of myself in my profile? Can I just use an image of something that's related to my niche as Alexa suggested above? (I don't know if she was kidding or not!)

        I expect eventually to be involved in different niches on Twitter, so I really can't see using my real photo.
        On Twitter, it doesn't matter. I've a glowing dollar sign as my profile pic. And, I've also seen a lot of highly followed users with only logos or toon avatars.
        However, you can harness the opportunity, if you are too gorgeous to show up. Men slip seeing beauties, you know
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        • Profile picture of the author aprilm
          Like others have said, it's not mandatory.....but in my opinion it sure is helpful. The Internet is so big and impersonal as it is, your blog or sales page will pack more of a punch if you show your mug. You will build trust with your readers much quicker.
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          • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
            Originally Posted by aprilm View Post

            Like others have said, it's not mandatory.....but in my opinion it sure is helpful. The Internet is so big and impersonal as it is, your blog or sales page will pack more of a punch if you show your mug. You will build trust with your readers much quicker.
            So that is equal to MORE Conversion rate?
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            • Profile picture of the author aprilm
              Originally Posted by MakeMoneyKid View Post

              So that is equal to MORE Conversion rate?
              In my experience, yes.
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              • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
                Originally Posted by aprilm View Post

                In my experience, yes.
                Now, that's a very CONFIDENT reply. I can't ignore Alexa's experience, at the same time. I 'll... STILL try to take the RISK!
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    • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
      Originally Posted by AndrewStark View Post

      If it's a personal blog / brand you are trying to build then yes.

      Now if you want to build an authority blog for the niche then actually branding it personally would be a bad thing, how can you sell the blog to another person when your face is all over it?
      ya! You got a point. Again, I'm back to my SAY NO TO SHOW UP decision. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author whland
    Yeah it's not mandatory. lol But like others have said it would give you credibility.

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  • Profile picture of the author Vadimarket
    I always show my face. I mean, i have a very pretty one. I want everyone to see it
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    • Profile picture of the author captainron4
      Originally Posted by Vadimarket View Post

      I always show my face. I mean, i have a very pretty one. I want everyone to see it
      "Pretty"? You should put your real photo on here.

      Sorry, but if you're gonna pitch it in slow like that I gotta swing.
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      • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
        Originally Posted by captainron4 View Post

        "Pretty"? You should put your real photo on here.

        Sorry, but if you're gonna pitch it in slow like that I gotta swing.
        But He's CUTE!
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      • Profile picture of the author Vadimarket
        Originally Posted by captainron4 View Post

        "Pretty"? You should put your real photo on here.

        Sorry, but if you're gonna pitch it in slow like that I gotta swing.
        Slow pitch? Real photo? How dare you?

        You're just jealous of my sexiness :p
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  • Profile picture of the author goguy
    It's not necessary. Only do it when you feel it will help you build and strengthen trust and credibility.
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  • Profile picture of the author erwin78
    Hi everyone,
    I think it is important to have an image on your blog or sale page.

    With sites like pintres who are now more and more popular images it is a future.
    I'm using my photos on my blogs and I will do it again and again.

    Pictures are better than words so I hope I've answered your question.

    All the best E.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      The more personal (to an extent!) you establish yourself the greater connection you'll make with your prospects and customers. There's no two ways about it.

      A photo of you has great potential to help.

      Articles in which you talk about yourself will help further.

      Audio will push things even further still.

      A video of you telling people about yourself has potential to help tenfold.


      Non are mandatory, just more often than not, beneficial.
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  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    Originally Posted by MakeMoneyKid View Post

    Got a question (that's never been asked before and so never replied) My question is "Is it MANDATORY to show up your face (on your blog or sales page or ebook or social media)"? Does it anyhow affects in your success?
    Mandatory NO
    Can it help build credibility LIKELY
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  • Profile picture of the author IulianP
    I think is a good thing.
    Even if it's not your face, you need to have something through which people will recognize you even before they read your name.
    Warrior forum is a good example- many times I see the avatar while scrooling trough the topic and I stop to see what does that person say about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author mootonandy
      Its good for building trust IMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    It helps building relationship, no doubt.

    But if you're a 4 eyed geek with a huge beard, (like me) I could understand why you wouldn't want to.

    But remember, if you're unique looking, this can have MAJOR benefits. Shy or not, people like rarities lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author gpwilson
    I believe it does. Now we are living in the world of publicity. Your own image prove that this is genuine.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnbruce
    I don't think so but instead of showing your real picture you can have your cartoon character on the wall as it is happening all over
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    • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
      Originally Posted by johnbruce View Post

      I don't think so but instead of showing your real picture you can have your cartoon character on the wall as it is happening all over
      So where do I get my cartoon character?
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      • Profile picture of the author apkkadam
        Originally Posted by MakeMoneyKid View Post

        So where do I get my cartoon character?
        There are heaps of websites out there which will let you create cartoon characters. Just google it. mywebface is just one of the many out there.
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        • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
          Originally Posted by apkkadam View Post

          There are heaps of websites out there which will let you create cartoon characters. Just google it. mywebface is just one of the many out there.
          Thanks Google didn't list that site
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  • Profile picture of the author SamuelCarter
    People like to gain trust. People like to have a face of the individual they are purchasing from. You already know how important trust can be. People buy from people they trust.
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  • Profile picture of the author samjaynz
    It might help build trust and credibility, but I don't usually bother with it. I like to maintain a small air of mystery.
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  • Frankly speaking it is not necessary. But the BIG question is "what are you hiding from?". If you and your product/services are legit then show your real face - yes real not others.

    It will definitely builds trust.
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  • Profile picture of the author denysapu
    I think, it's not MANDATORY. If you relate to the success of a sales page, it might happen. In some cases, prospective buyers a bit more confidence to buy when they see the face of the seller. - just own thought
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    • Profile picture of the author webcashuk
      Great question.Whilst i think and would agree its mandatory , i dont think anyone can say anything is MANDATORY hey its your blog after all , i do believe that it inspires trust.Although as a reader there is no absolute guarantee that the picture is even you i does think it inspires confidence and trust.Provided you are trying to close sales and get repeat visitors then i think it is important to use every tool in your arsenal to increase your confidence rating and for that reason i think it is worth doing and it certainly cant hurt


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  • Profile picture of the author flx89
    It does help you gain trust.... Connecting your blog with your g+ it's also important
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    • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
      Originally Posted by flx89 View Post

      It does help you gain trust.... Connecting your blog with your g+ it's also important
      Hmm.. connecting with G+ sounds something new. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Greene
    I think it is good to show face because it creates a positive impression among the reader of the blog. I have never came across such statement that this is mandatory but I think it is good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    It's not mandatory. But it gives your readers a way to "get" your personality, and engage with a real person - not just a body behind a computer screen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Challendge
    You know when you go on Kijiji or Ebay or any similar site how it is always mentioned that adding a picture will dramatically increase your chance of a sale...same thing!

    good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author hatcheck
    I agree that as a rule-of-thumb it's better for building trust, etc. to include your photo on your blog. However, what it really comes down to is this: what are you (and your blog) trying to achieve?

    If you're trying to sell something, then the only way to know for sure is to test the most important pages. I'm talking about basic A/B split testing where you show your photo to have the visitors to page X and don't show it to the other half. If you want to test in multiple locations, that's fine. It just takes longer before you get enough results to know whether it has made a difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author kstavert
    I'm far more apt to read a post if there's a person's
    image in it...

    I just kind of checked my thoughts as I scrolled down
    this page to post...

    for the posts that have no image, my thoughts go from
    "are they new?" "Maybe they don't have a camera"
    to...."why are they hiding?"

    I'm not attracted to images of animals or cartoons... those
    bring up other thoughts... and end with "why are they
    hiding"

    so, I'd say.... get your photo on your blogs and fb, etc.

    My brother has a great outline image of himself... so, play
    around with image editing or get someone on fiverr to
    do one for you... there are lots of artistic/creative ways
    to show yourself.

    Just my two cents worth
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    • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
      Originally Posted by kstavert View Post

      My brother has a great outline image of himself... so, play
      around with image editing or get someone on fiverr to
      do one for you... there are lots of artistic/creative ways
      to show yourself.

      Just my two cents worth
      If you don't mind,can I have a look at that outlined image?
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      • Profile picture of the author kstavert
        Originally Posted by MakeMoneyKid View Post

        If you don't mind,can I have a look at that outlined image?
        sorry... I tried capturing the image... it's
        really tiny

        his wife took a photo of his face from the
        side and then, used image editing software
        to just show a black and white outline..

        looks really cool... I might see if I can do one
        of myself

        There are free image editing software..

        one cool one that is online is Pixlr.com
        and another is Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing

        the second is really amazing and free and
        there are loads of tutorials on youtube...

        best
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  • Profile picture of the author jerytohn
    You don't need to show your face. But by showing, it does help in providing credibility, trust and personalization.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ncosti
    I would say absolutely, it shows that people are dealing with a real person. It's the same reason a phone call works so much better in most cases when closing a sale, if not meeting someone in person. I also agree with the credibility remarks. The legitimacy of a business is probably the biggest factor in a consumer deciding who they will work with.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Woolard
    Look at Pat Flynns website to see how he does it...Its not that big a deal I dont think.

    Im just starting a site in the weight loss niche so I actually plan on losing about 5 more lbs before up even just a face pic.
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  • Profile picture of the author goindeep
    Not at all. I do because I'm fairly good looking... errr, so my mum tells me.

    Look I think so long as you are not being fraudulent it is perfectly fine.

    There is a huge difference between a pen name and pretending to be someone else -always remember that.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dustin Lyle
      A most have said, its not mandatory... HOWEVER.

      I question the person who is looking for an excuse to stay incognito. To me, it makes the products you sell, and the services you provide, less than credible.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonP
    I did it with a cartoon on my blog back in the day. People like to associate a face with an online persona.
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  • Profile picture of the author prolink83
    Having your picture definitely boost trust for the visitors. I would recommend build up your linkedin acct or any professional social media acts with decent connections and link the profile directly on your blogs which would be more trustworthy than anything else.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aira Bongco
    Depends on the type of your blog. I see a lot of successful technology blogs that don't have faces. But if you want to build a following like in a beauty or IM blog, then having a face adds to credibility. But it is not mandatory.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
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    if you are a popular guy with a renowned face then you can show it in your blog. But its not mandatory and I don't think its important.
    thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author bosshoggseo
    I personally don't but some people think it makes you appear more trust worthy
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  • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
    So all in all you all mean It's NOT Mandatory. Great!
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  • Profile picture of the author sniperdomi
    I think that is not necessary though it can build trust.
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  • Like so many others have already said - it's definitely not mandatory. As long as your blog has great content and is easy enough on the eyes, you've still got a decent chance at making money.

    I have my face everywhere just out of pure ego. That's all, really. Just to show off how much of a badass I am lol.

    But realistically, yes it does build a bit of trust and credibility. But good content and value out-converts even the sexiest of the sexy faces (unless of course, your face IS the content) on any blog.

    It's not even necessary to have your face in the sales letter, or any of your copy at all.

    In fact, you can make money and add value to your market without anyone knowing your name, hearing your voice, seeing your face, or even knowing you exist.
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  • Profile picture of the author gcbmark20
    Hi makemoneykid,

    Yeah I have to say that if you are trying to create a name for yourself and hoping to brand yourself as a trustworthy and helpful marketer, you need to allow people to see that there is a face behind the business.

    If you create a very good first impression with your visitors and give them what they are looking for and provide outsatnding value; they will remember you by that and by your name and picture you displayed at your blog, squeeze page etc.

    When you make contact with them again further down the line; they will instantly remember you as the person who gave them outstanding valueable information, service etc and will more than likely listen to what it is you have to say the next time round.

    Of course you have to create a good first impression though for this to work.

    If you give a poor service or give away some poorly written ebook for example when they join your email list; then adding your face and name to it will only make them remember you for being an average Joe.

    Hope this helps and all the best with your future efforts!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author InternetViking
    Great thread! I just wonder were I should put my mug shot. Most logical place would be about me/us page, but I am afraid most visitor don't bother checking it out and then it won't have much effect. :/

    Would the best place to have your picture be in the side bar or in the footer with a short description of yourself so it can be seen on all pages/posts?

    Do you use a picture of yourself on amazon affiliate review sites as well? Gaining thrust is vital for good conversion rates.

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    • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
      Originally Posted by InternetViking View Post

      Great thread! I just wonder were I should put my mug shot. Most logical place would be about me/us page, but I am afraid most visitor don't bother checking it out and then it won't have much effect. :/

      Would the best place to have your picture be in the side bar or in the footer with a short description of yourself so it can be seen on all pages/posts?

      Do you use a picture of yourself on amazon affiliate review sites as well? Gaining thrust is vital for good conversion rates.

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Gray
    Hi,

    Personalization, trust and showing people that you are a real human being is vital in todays climate of mistrust.

    Human beings are primed to look at faces so use this to your advantage

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  • Profile picture of the author taranisman
    It really does help people feel that you are a real person, and not just a bot or a scam.
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  • Profile picture of the author joshuamason
    When creating an online presence your face pic not only gives credibility but also puts a face to the content you are giving...it allows your visitors to see who is talking and builds trust. Very important. Otherwise, you're just words on a screen.
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  • Profile picture of the author TomClarke
    Safelist is a waste of time. I try so many. Unless you go for the paid option
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    • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
      Originally Posted by TomClarke View Post

      Safelist is a waste of time. I try so many. Unless you go for the paid option
      Safelist??? :confused: What's this Safelist doing in this thread? I guess you 've posted in the wrong thread :rolleyes: by mistake!
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  • Profile picture of the author Paid2Learn
    I think it will be good to include the photo as it will build credibility. But if the blog owner post good content consistently, the reader will naturally keep coming back to consume more content. I personally think good content is still the main key to building trust.
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    • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
      Originally Posted by Paid2Learn View Post

      I think it will be good to include the photo as it will build credibility. But if the blog owner post good content consistently, the reader will naturally keep coming back to consume more content. I personally think good content is still the main key to building trust.
      But you do know now there are a whole of lot of bloggers where every other blogger blogs about blogging or internet marketing. So, going photo-less won't be a great move.
      By the way, thanks for the comment Paid2Learn
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  • Profile picture of the author SUPER Louie
    It depends on you if you're comfortable showing your face. If you are, then it has its advantages.

    It builds credibility. It gives your visitors a reason to trust you.
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  • Profile picture of the author pbp1955
    Horses for courses - Showing your picture makes it more personal. No you do not have to but just look at advertising in general - the face of advertising is so often an image of a human being. You can identify with the image, or envy the image or be repulsed by it, You ask about your image fora Blog, ebook or social media - well there is no blanket answer, it depends on the subject matter. What's the problem use a different stock image if you are shy or have some other reason for not wanting your actual image to appear.
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  • Profile picture of the author nav123
    I would suggest you to show your face in your blog especially if you want to earn money from it. People usually trust the blog content if there's image an of the owner. It do creates an comfortable atmosphere.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemeth
    I would if it is personal blog but it is not mandatory, don't use fake photos imo.
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  • Profile picture of the author TerranceCharles
    IF you look at some of the biggest names in IM, they used this technique. Why? It builds personal branding QUICKLY. I've been doing this from since 1999 taught from Corey Rudl (RIP). Not only your picture, also me personally I use my name on just about everything I do, and I get 100's of searches a month for my name, so it does work
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  • Profile picture of the author MakeMoneyKid
    Thanks for all your time and suggestions. I am highly delighted :p

    Here is the blog post made out of your valuable suggestions:

    Do You Really NEED to SHOW Your Face On Your Blog? | Make Money Kid - The Ultimate Guide to Blogging + Marketing and Make Money Online
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  • Profile picture of the author tonyt3000
    Is not necesary but at the same time it is so what you sould do is do what i do take yourself a proffesional picture with a suit and turn it or use a service to cartoon yourself so you are going to have a picture of you but not showing your face face hope i helped
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  • Profile picture of the author snippnet
    Haha - Andrei Rotariu.

    I think it all just depends - for example, are we talking about Facebook account here or forums. Generally, it does help to build trust to put your picture up there - like you've got nothing to hide, but also logo's can work too. But, again it's not necessary and if you're dedicated to branding yourself (for business or personal reasons), you're picture isn't going to matter that much - it's about what you're saying, posting, and how often you're doing it.
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  • Profile picture of the author madison_avenue
    This is one of the best sites on the net, and he uses a cartoon of himself rather than photo. It brings a touch of humour and friendliness:

    click: Yoast
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  • Profile picture of the author nadal619
    Ya , I dont think it is a mandatory , but people will trust you more and can relate to you
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  • Profile picture of the author seoexperttools
    If my memories serve me right, there was an experiment about how conversion will be affected by showing up your real photo on blogs / landing pages.

    The result is rather surprising as those landing pages (the same content, same info) with the real photos have 50% more conversion than those that do not have the photos. Incredible, right?

    So, i would suggest that you put your photo on the blog. And try to make yourself look bright or handsome because the report also indicated that a good looking face also yield more conversion.
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  • Profile picture of the author neo087
    Originally Posted by MakeMoneyKid View Post

    Got a question (that's never been asked before and so never replied) My question is "Is it MANDATORY to show up your face (on your blog or sales page or ebook or social media)"? Does it anyhow affects in your success?
    Sorry, I don't think so that, it is mandatory to show up your face on your blog or in any site top be success.
    But if you show up your face on your blog or sales page or eBook or social media it will be fine but it is not MANDATORY.
    Your Industry, honesty, business policy can bring your success easily, I believe it.
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    I haven't done it yet, but I'll probably do it when I release my first product.

    Maybe I should just use my avatar. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author techbul
    It depends on the purpose of your blog. If you want to create a relationship with your audience, then it's probably recommended you use a picture. But if your blog relies heavily on organic traffic, it usually means your visitors won't care about you having a picture or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    It's not JUST credibility and trust as others have mentioned (although that's the #1 factor to me).

    But it's also just how I remember people. Online, there are a gazillion names coming at me, but I'll know a picture better. And not some shot of a flower or a puppy. A human face.

    Then I remember if I liked that person, thought they were a scumbag, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author lior199
    It's not MANDATORY but sometimes its can help and show seriousness on the blog.
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