How To Create an html Signature in Gmail

Mar 29, 2010   //   by Gerald Weber   //   SEO Blog  //  21 Comments

When I first made the decision to consolidate all of my various and many email accounts over to gmail, I was initially very frustrated with the fact that Google’s gmail only allows you to create a plain text email signature. I was seriously like what the ****?! #GoogleFail!

This was a real issue for me because I have been using a nice flashy html signature for many years.

However this was only an issue until I stumbled upon a post Ann Smarty had written back in 2008 titled SEO Consultant’s Email Signature – What’s Your Tactic? One of the commentators in the post mentioned a cool firefox plugin for easily creating email signatures.

Wisetamp to the rescue! Fortunately Wisestamp is now also available as a Google chrome extension

Once you have the plugin installed, as you can see from the screenshot below, the WYSIWYG editor is very simple, straight forward and easy to use. You can easily switch between visual and html mode, as well as add your blog’s RSS feed, IM ID’s and all of your social networks along with their icons.

Other Key features

  • Easily switch between email signature (business & personal)
  • Easy to use WYSIWYG editor (switch between visual & html mode)
  • Ability to add your blog’s RSS feed
  • Automatically insert signature into webmail Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo mail, Hotmail etc
  • Easily include instant messaging ID’s & icons
  • Ability to link to all of your social profiles (48 different options)
  • Easily add an image or logo
  • Quick preview

For those of you that haven’t received an email from me yet, here is what my current email signature created with wisestamp looks like.

Wisestamp has a nice gallery of email signatures where you can see some additional examples for inspiration.

Bonus Tip

Add a nice RSS subscribe button to your signature using feedburner

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Feedburner has a very neat RSS email signature widget. Here are the simple steps. Login to your feedburner account, click on your feed, click on publicize, click on email signature.

Now you will have several options to customize the look and feel. Once you have it the way you like, select (just give me the code) from the drop down menu and you can just paste this into the html editor for wisestamp.

Do you have any cool email signature tips? Please let us know about them in the comments.

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  • Hesham
    Twitter:
    says:

    This is really helpful, I like this cool firefox plugin ;)

    I haven’t completely moved to Gmail yet, I am still on Hotmail because almost all my emails is forwarding there, but in my plans to move to Gmail soon, I had enough from MSN!
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..40 Famous Guest Bloggers you should Follow On Twitter #1 =-.

  • Hesham
    Twitter:
    says:

    This is really helpful, I like this cool firefox plugin ;)

    I haven't completely moved to Gmail yet, I am still on Hotmail because almost all my emails is forwarding there, but in my plans to move to Gmail soon, I had enough from MSN!
    .-= Hesham @ FamousBloggers´s last blog ..40 Famous Guest Bloggers you should Follow On Twitter #1 =-.

  • I just did this for my gmail signature! Very happy with it now, it was so boring before. :-) Thanks!
    .-= Diana Freedman´s last blog ..16 Ways to Improve Your Blog’s Bounce Rate =-.

    • Gerald Weber
      Twitter:
      says:

      Diana,

      I’m glad you found it useful. I know I was really in heaven when I first came across this. I was even happier when it was released for chrome because I have been test driving chrome lately. :-)

  • I just did this for my gmail signature! Very happy with it now, it was so boring before. :-) Thanks!
    .-= Diana Freedman´s last blog ..16 Ways to Improve Your Blog’s Bounce Rate =-.

    • Gerald Weber
      Twitter:
      says:

      Diana,

      I'm glad you found it useful. I know I was really in heaven when I first came across this. I was even happier when it was released for chrome because I have been test driving chrome lately. :-)

  • Josh says:

    Hi Gerald,
    Thanks so much for this cool review! we are so happy you use WiseStamp you made our day!
    Stay tuned for our coming nifty releases as new features are about to launch.
    Josh Avnery CEO @WiseStamp

  • Josh says:

    Hi Gerald,

    Thanks so much for this cool review! we are so happy you use WiseStamp you made our day!

    Stay tuned for our coming nifty releases as new features are about to launch.

    Josh Avnery CEO @WiseStamp

  • Thank you! I was looking for this :)
    WiseStamp solved my signature problems – in both Firefox and Chrome =D

  • Thank you! I was looking for this :)

    WiseStamp solved my signature problems – in both Firefox and Chrome =D

  • Erick "Shuma" says:

    Thank you soo much.
    U saved my life! lol
    hehee.. I love Gmail but i hate the simple signature.
    wtv,, thanks again for the tip.

    Erick.

  • scorpy says:

    now you can include html or rich text signature directly inside gmail, no need for hacks or third-party scripts. you can visit http://knol.google.com/k/sumit-roy/how-to-create-… for some customizations tips and tricks.

  • Info says:

    Wow. Really? You need all that crap at the bottom of every email you send… and you think people really wish to read it

  • Jenifer says:

    Did you know that the Basic HTML Color set is a combination of 216 color? You can find a tabulated view of the basic HTML color on the internet. It can be handy when you need to quickly choose a standard HTML color for your site or any other project.

  • Asif Anwar says:

    Nice post. I also like one punchline in the signature along with a QR code so that others can save your contact on their mobile phones. You can also get your QR code like below using various free generators out there and put it on your signature.