Alternatives to posting your own photo on your blog

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Hello everyone,

I'm working with a person who wants to keep her face and identity private on her blog.

However, I like to see a person's face on a site like hers (it's very reliant upon trusting her) - what can I use instead of her actual photo? I don't think a stock photo will work, because people may recognize it.

Thanks for your help!
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  • Profile picture of the author ParkerArrow
    How about a fiverr caricature?
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  • Profile picture of the author george b
    As Parker said try fiver, or check out the warriors for hire section there are some really neat designers who do caricatures and mascots. Slightly more expensive than the graphics you would get on fiver but in my opinion the quality is a lot better.
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  • Profile picture of the author wesawu
    There are gender specific animated facial images on google. Some look very real. I use one of those on my own blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author spujap
    Having real human photo instead of caricature helps in your identity displayed along your blog in Google Search (Authorship) and this is a + for SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author TestTinkerer
    Why not stock photos, there are millions of wonderful face stocks, I don't think her entire audience will recognize it "from somewhere else".
    I've gotten by just using free stock too, so you can definitely get away with paid stock.
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  • Profile picture of the author daleshorse
    "I'm working with a person who wants to keep her face and identity private on her blog."

    Why is she building a blog then? She would be much better writing to herself in notepad, really the idea of a blog is to put forth your ideas or agenda, for anyone to take her blog seriously, she needs to come out of the closet. I suggest you explain that to her, but if you really need the money, just take it and let her languish in autonomy.

    I don't even become friends with faceless people on Facebook, no icons dog pics caricatures, there is a reason they call it Facebook, more and more sharing is done on blogs with such social media, sooner or later that lady needs to come out of that closet... unless of course she is a scammer, spammer, or ashamed of her content,plans, or desires
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    • Profile picture of the author JayZeey
      Originally Posted by daleshorse View Post

      I don't even become friends with faceless people on Facebook, no icons dog pics caricatures, there is a reason they call it Facebook, more and more sharing is done on blogs with such social media, sooner or later that lady needs to come out of that closet... unless of course she is a scammer, spammer, or ashamed of her content,plans, or desires
      OMG, this is so funny coming from someone who has a DRAWING as his avatar.

      Why not "come out the closet" yurself?

      (BTW, the site you link to from your Twitter account is non-operational. You might want to have a site up and running before you link it from your social media accounts. Just a bit of free advice there for ya, Dale.)
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      • Profile picture of the author daleshorse
        Originally Posted by JayZeey View Post

        OMG, this is so funny coming from someone who has a DRAWING as his avatar.

        Why not "come out the closet" yurself?

        (BTW, the site you link to from your Twitter account is non-operational. You might want to have a site up and running before you link it from your social media accounts. Just a bit of free advice there for ya, Dale.)
        I thought your original post was about a blog, not a forum, yes I have a drawing here in the forum, however my blogs do have my picture on them, your comment about my twitter account link is noted and changed thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Teravel
    I'm working with a person who wants to keep her face and identity private on her blog.
    So don't put her photo up.

    Why is she building a blog then? She would be much better writing to herself in notepad, really the idea of a blog is to put forth your ideas or agenda, for anyone to take her blog seriously, she needs to come out of the closet.
    Not only is this complete garbage, but you have a caricature for your WF avatar. Were you a court jester in your passed life? I ask because you just made a fool of yourself.

    Having real human photo instead of caricature helps in your identity displayed along your blog in Google Search (Authorship) and this is a + for SEO.
    Having a real human photo doesn't do anything but fill in space on your blog. Do you really think your readers give a shit about what you look like? They are reading your blog to learn.

    Also... How can a personal photo add to SEO? Wait... Why would you care about SEO! Search Engines wont join your list, buy your products, or click your links. It's PEOPLE that you need to focus on, not Search Engines.

    The truth is, if she doesn't want her photo on the blog, DON'T PUT IT ON THE BLOG.

    You come here asking what alternatives you can do, but the reality is that you should stop worrying about details that don't help your readers. Does her image help her readers? Does it teach them how to solve their problems? Will it make them come back to learn more? If you said no to any of those, then you should have your answer.
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    • Profile picture of the author JayZeey
      Originally Posted by Teravel View Post

      Does her image help her readers? Does it teach them how to solve their problems? Will it make them come back to learn more? If you said no to any of those, then you should have your answer.
      Yes, it does help her readers. In this particular niche, trust is everything, and a photo helps build trust.
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      • Profile picture of the author Teravel
        Originally Posted by JayZeey View Post

        Yes, it does help her readers. In this particular niche, trust is everything, and a photo helps build trust.
        If you walked into a local shop and saw the cashier behind the counter, does it build trust? You see the manager, does it build trust?

        Trust comes from helping people, not from a silly photo.

        If you didn't know who this person was, would you trust her just by her looks?


        Trust isn't about what you look like, it's about the HELP YOU PROVIDE PEOPLE. Thinking otherwise is just silly.
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  • Profile picture of the author katherineolga
    Guys, that isn't a caricature - it's a likeness and it is probably fairly accurate! A caricature is defined as such:

    (from Webster's Dictionary)

    Definition of CARICATURE

    1
    : exaggeration by means of often ludicrous distortion of parts or characteristics

    2
    : a representation especially in literature or art that has the qualities of caricature

    3
    : a distortion so gross as to seem like caricature

    There is nothing distorted about his image.

    To bring my post back to the point, I think a caricature in the (defined properly) is an excellent idea for your client. So is using stock images. I have gone the stock face image route in the past.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    katherine, good move on the likeness. That's how I go about adding a personal touch to my stuff. That's also the type of picture I use for my Fiverr profile.
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  • Profile picture of the author greg80221
    I use my logo as my avatar or I turn off avatars. its just something to show that a different person is speaking and it identifies them so any unique picture works, so I use a logo
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  • Profile picture of the author SarahEmpower
    Have her face cartoon then maybe distort, also if no one knows its her - then no one knows what she looks like...
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      I can't think of anything beyond a cartoon version of her.

      I would try and convince thought!

      Definately avoid stock photo's which would be plain deception.
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      • Profile picture of the author JayZeey
        Originally Posted by Daniel Evans View Post

        I can't think of anything beyond a cartoon version of her.

        I would try and convince thought!

        Definately avoid stock photo's which would be plain deception.

        Daniel,

        Thanks for your help. I think I agree with you on stock photos, but am curious as to why a stock photo would be deceptive, while a cartoon would not be?

        What are your thoughts on this?

        Thanks!
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        • Profile picture of the author Steve B
          I don't get it.

          If you're not going to have an image of the actual person, then what is an avatar, a caricature or a stock photo going to accomplish?

          If the argument is to create credibility for the blog, that makes no sense -- you don't create credibility with a false (possibly deceptive) image that isn't the actual blog author.

          Or could it be that you're trying to suggest a real person wrote the blog? As say, compared to a walnut, a cockroach, or a toothbrush.

          I know I'm an old guy and don't understand but the issue seems to me to be a simple choice of putting up a real image or not using one. You make the call . . .

          Good luck,

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  • Profile picture of the author ParkerArrow
    I believe stock photos of other people have legal repercussions, and could be construed as fraud.

    You could also try obscuring a photo. Go to fotoflexer and play with the filters. Or reveal only a part of the face. I used Photoshop for mine:



    You can get some authenticity but you don't have to sell your soul to Zuckerberg.
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  • Profile picture of the author HumbleGuy
    Trust is a feeling, you earn it by helping the people or otherwise to be the best in your field and other recognizes you, by getting in touch with you or word of mouth. So yes, picture does matter but that's not the only thing. It's more about the quality content you provide then the picture comes at a very later stage. When everyone is anxious to know more about you. Don't worry, keep providing quality content and you'll do great.
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  • Profile picture of the author ForeclosureGuide
    I would go with the cartoon/caricature. I have seen marketing data suggesting it substantially increases your response rate. Also see Dan Kennedy - he has a great cartoon of him on a bull that he uses frequently.

    Alternatively the walk on the beach silhouette type thing also could work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emma215
    Logo or nothing.
    She can use (well-made) logo for all her sites and/or products.
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