You have probably seen photos of blog authors showing in the search engine result for their blogs on Google. This is not a big deal and in fact, it is very easy to accomplish. Just follow the steps I will show you in this post and your photo can start showing in your search results too.
I got a mail from a guy that’s relatively new to blogging and he asked how that can be achieved even though he doesn’t have much search engine presence. I showed him how to do this and a couple of days afterwards, his photo started showing up in search results. Learn how to do this for your blog too.
How To Show Author Information & Photo In Search Results
There are 2 known ways to achieve this but whichever methods you use, you still need a Google+ profile to get started. You must have a clear photo of your face on your profile which will be used in the search results. After setting these in place, you have to verify authorship of your content by associating it with your Google+ profile using any of these two methods:
1. The first method requires that you have an email address on the domain with the content you wan to claim it’s authorship. For example, this domain is cynamix.net, therefore I must have an email address that looks like firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. It must be @cynamix.net no matter the name you use.
You should also make sure that each article or post you publish on that domain has a clear byline identifying you as the author. For example: Author: Ogundimu Ahmed or anyhow you want to create it but your name must show as the author in the byline.
Now visit the Authorship page and submit your email address to Google. Your email will appear in the “Contributor to” section of your Google+ profile.
2. The second method to get your photo and other information to show up in search results is to set up authorship by linking your content to your Google+ profile.
This requires two basic steps which you have to complete to start showing your photo on Google search results:
i. Create a link to your Google+ profile from your webpage in this format:
Replace [profile_url] with the your Google+ profile URL, like this:
Note that it is important that the link must contain the ?rel=author parameter. Google makes it clear that if it’s missing, Google won’t be able to associate your content with your Google+ profile.
ii. Now add you should a reciprocal link back from your profile to the site(s) you just updated.
Do this by going to your Google+ profile and edit the Contributor To section. In the dialog that will appear, click Add custom link, and then enter the website URL. Save it.
Now you can test and see how it will show up in search results by making use of the rich snippets testing tool.
This might take some days or even weeks for your information to start showing up in search results.
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