One of the most important things about internet marketing is branding. But what many don't know is it is a lot more than having a picture on what you advertise.
Branding is more or less letting people know what type of marketer and person you are. When people see your picture, they automatically know who you are and what type of work that you do, once they have seen and interacted with you a number of times. They know what to expect from you when they see your smiling face on what you are promoting.
Another thing that many don't realize is, branding goes on whether you control it or not. Take IM Faceplate for example. Each time you post an article, respond to a discussion, write on someone's face, or even post a shout, you are branding yourself to let everyone know what type of marketer you are.
SO WHAT TYPE OF MARKETER ARE YOU TELLING PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE????
When many of your articles are just promotions for your opportunities, when you post links in your shout box, or even on other's faces, you are branding yourself negatively. You come off as a person that is desperate for a sign up; and by posting your links in many places that aren't truly wanted; you brand yourself as a spammer.
The more you brand yourself as a spammer and desperate, the harder it will be to get people to join you. A person must feel like the person they are signing up under can help them to succeed. They will tend to shy away from those who seem desperate, because they feel they will have no help in gaining their own success.
So be mindful of how you promote; not only here, but everywhere. Each time your name and picture appears, your online reputation and success hang in the balance.