Creating a Fake/Nonexistent Personality

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Hi,
I would like to create a professional looking fake personality for some of my affiliate sites.
Is there any website or any way in general that helps one to create such a personality.
The resource that I am looking for the most are pictures, that I can use for this personality. Names, birth dates, etc. can be found pretty easily, but pictures seem to be very rare.
Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Hi John,

    Like many other marketers, I use pen-names for each of my affiliate niche sites. It's easy enough to do.

    For the description part, I just mention various things about myself, all of which are true, though they're things not many people would know about me (e.g. where I went to school and college, what my hobbies are, etc.).

    For photos, I've had various different styles of pictures of myself - all based on my own photos - made up by graphic artists (mostly from Fiverr, so not expensive at all!), so I have a collection of cartoon-style, silhouette-style, drawing-style and other "photos" of myself to use on websites. They're all actually me, but I'm not very recognizable in any of them.

    This method provides some anonymity while at the same time avoiding misleading anyone or encountering any potential legal problems over the use of someone else's photos.

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    • Profile picture of the author JohnDiLaurie
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Hi John,

      Like many other marketers, I use pen-names for each of my affiliate niche sites. It's easy enough to do.

      For the description part, I just mention various things about myself, all of which are true, though they're things not many people would know about me (e.g. where I went to school and college, what my hobbies are, etc.).

      For photos, I've had various different styles of pictures of myself - all based on my own photos - made up by graphic artists (mostly from Fiverr, so not expensive at all!), so I have a collection of cartoon-style, silhouette-style, drawing-style and other "photos" of myself to use on websites. They're all actually me, but I'm not very recognizable in any of them.

      This method provides some anonymity while at the same time avoiding misleading anyone or encountering any potential legal problems over the use of someone else's photos.

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      Hi Alexa,

      Thank you for the informative reply.
      Using Fiverr to greatly alter pictures of your own is a good idea!
      But is there no real website that contains copyright-free pictures of people that can be used for the purpose of creating a fake personality?
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      • Profile picture of the author jakemo
        Great question ^^^
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by JohnDiLaurie View Post

        is there no real website that contains copyright-free pictures of people that can be used for the purpose of creating a fake personality?
        I think there are, but I don't know which, and it's something you have to be really careful with. There are sometimes relatively hidden terms of service that put restrictions on what photos of people can be used for, and this particular usage is often an excluded one, I think. Using a photo on a website that says, effectively, "I am this person", is a slightly different proposition from (for example) using it on a book cover (and even that isn't always allowed).
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        • Profile picture of the author JohnDiLaurie
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          I think there are, but I don't know which, and it's something you have to be really careful with. There are sometimes relatively hidden terms of service that put restrictions on what photos of people can be used for, and this particular usage is often an excluded one, I think. Using a photo on a website that says, effectively, "I am this person", is a slightly different proposition from (for example) using it on a book cover (and even that isn't always allowed).
          Alright, thank you and everyone who responded and tried to contribute.
          So, I will probably stick to my own phenotype.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuperKC
    Setup a SuperJohn.com site.. have your personality illustrated rather then use pictures..
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    copyright-free pictures of people
    I've created several "pen-personalities" and never found the need for an image. I guess it would depend on the niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoster
    Haha. Just remember, old saying: Women can fake orgasms, but men can fake whole relationships.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cyberdetective
    Hi

    I believe you will find what you require at the site below. Royalty free and very few restrictions.

    Free Photos - Free Images - Free Stock Photos - FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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    CD
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    You can check the public domain picture gallery for images, all of them can be used as you wish and are royalty free.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnDiLaurie
      Originally Posted by JensSteyaert View Post

      You can check the public domain picture gallery for images, all of them can be used as you wish and are royalty free.
      Are you talking about a website like this?
      If so, thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Entrecon
    You could do a hybrid where you grab a royalty free image and then have someone at Fiverr do a graphic representation of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnDiLaurie
      Originally Posted by Entrecon View Post

      You could do a hybrid where you grab a royalty free image and then have someone at Fiverr do a graphic representation of it.
      What exactly do you mean by "graphic representation"? Provide me with a decent example please.
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      • Profile picture of the author MNord
        Originally Posted by JohnDiLaurie View Post

        What exactly do you mean by "graphic representation"? Provide me with a decent example please.

        Maybe he's referring to his forum avatar (picture under his username)?
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  • Profile picture of the author Entrecon
    I am speaking of what Alexa mentioned above, but instead of using your picture as the starting point, you would use the picture you grabbed from a stock photo site.

    So, let's say you are trying to build a site in the dating for women site, go find a picture for the identity you want to create, but instead of using that actual picture, have someone at Fiverr do a Caricature or other drawing based on that picture. Depending on how deep you are going to develop the personality (Twitter/Facebook/etc.) You could have multiple Fiverr artists do variations and use different pictures for different sites or just rotate them like you would normally rotate your own image on profiles. I think my current avatar is the third or fourth version I have had on the forum here.
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