Hey! Ever wondered why some people’s faces are showing in google search ? How do they do it? Well it’s very simple. Just follow the below steps to get Google to display your profile in their search results.
Why to do this?
First of all let me tell you why its important. Because you would be wondering why should you do this? How would you benefit from doing this? You will get the answer after reading the below 2 points. Just look at the search results below. Which one you feel like clicking?
- It makes your link highlighted from the rest who do not have it and so attracts more attention.
- It’s rumored that authorship is going to be a huge SEO signal in the near future so that may be another good reason to do this.
- According to a study if you add an image, your number of clicks will increase by around 150% which is really huge. So why miss out this opportunity to get this unfair advantage in search results. 🙂
So lets start how to do this!
Step 1) Create an “About me” page or “Author’s page”
This was a simple one for me as i already had a About me page on my blog which most of the bloggers do have for describing about their professional, personal backgrounds. In case you do not have it, you need to create one ad then proceed further.
On this About me page, I included a link to my Google+ account, which has a rel=”me” attribute on it. Here’s the code that I used for this link:
<a href="https://profiles.google.com/YOURID" rel="me">My Google+ Profile</a>
Note: You need to put your Google Id in place of “YOURID” . To get your id click profile on left menu on your google+ page. Now look at the url.
Replace this number to “YOURID” as this is your Google Id. This is how i added on my blog:
Step 2) Verify Authorship
Now add this link on your websites header, sidebar or footer in order to prove the authority of the content on website:
<a href="https://plus.google.com/YOURID" rel="author" target="blank">Join me on Google+</a>
Note: Don’t remove rel=”author” otherwise this method will not work and replace YOURID with Google ID.
You can change the text “Join me on Google+” to whatever you want.
Example of author tag on my blog:
Step 3) Set yourself Contributor
Now go to your Google+ profile page and click on “Edit profile”. There you will find a option of “Contributor To” as shown. Add your websites “home page” url and “author page” over here.
Step 4) Select to show
- Go to http://profiles.google.com/me/plusones.
- Click Edit Profile.
- Check the Show this tab on my profile checkbox.
Step 5) Preview it
Hey! That’s all you need to do. Now you can easily preview how it will show up in search results by this Google Rich Snippet Tool. It should show up your image if you have followed all the instructions properly.