This post is a result of analysing traffic to my site with statcounter (Something you should do. To see how to install statcounter to your blog, read post How do I track visitors to my blog. For those using Blogger Beta, look at Adding advertisenent, hit counter, etc to Blogger Beta blog). I saw people searching for terms like "adding photo to profile" being directed to wrong pages, so I though it will be a good idea to publish a post specially for that. Should be helpful for those who do not know how to do it.
In Blogger, to add a photo to your profile, first you have to host your photo somewhere. The photo must be less than 50k. It can be with an external photo hosting site like Photobucket, or with Blogger itself. However, with Blogger, you can't upload the photo the way you do it with posts. See this post on the way to do it: Getting Blogger to host your Profile photo, etc. (this post was prepared before New Blogger (formerly Blogger Beta) was introduced. Now you will have to refer to Getting New Blogger to host photos for your profile, sidebar, Header, etc.). Then you must get the URL of the photo.
To have the photo in your profile, sign into Dashboard, click EDIT PROFILE in the top right-hand corner of the page, then towards the middle of the page, look for this:
Click SAVE PROFILE and republish whole index.
Note: Some have complained that Blogger wouldn't accept their photo URL because it is too long when they use Blogger to host their profile photo. I have suggested using tinyurl to convert their long URL to a short one, but they have reported back that it doesn't work. The alternative then is to try to use a very short title when you save the photo into your computer and see if that helps. Alternative is to use external photo host like photobucket. Update: This post was written before New Blogger was introduced. Now with New Blogger, you can have photo URL of up to a maximum of 256 characters. See Testing uploading of photo to the profile for the New Blogger.
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