Displaying author profile photo in Google search results

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In the last few days, I’ve managed to get my little profile image next to the result for this blog in search results from Google. Here’s how I did it…

Google authorship

Google authorship allows you to associate your Google+ account with your website, and include your profile image next to the pages within your site whenever they show up in Google search results. As far as I am aware, there are a few different methods to do this, but here is mine.

How it is displayed:

This is what appears when a page from my blog appears in a Google search result; note my little profile picture to the left of the result and the declaration of me as the author of the page:

Google search results showing author image

How I did it:

  1. I joined up to Google+ with my email address linked to my domain name, filled out my profile and uploaded a recognisable profile image;
  2. Within Google+, I went on to add my email address under the ‘Work‘ category and made sure it it publicly viewable (the little earth symbol shows next to it), verified the email address so Google knows that it definitely belongs to me, and added the URL of my site to the ‘Contributor to‘ section of my profile;
  3. Created a page about myself on this blog and linked it from the sidebar which is shown on every page, and added rel="author" to the link so it looks like this:
    <a rel="author" href="http://blog.michelledinan.com/biography/">Bio</a>
  4. From the bio page, I added a link to my Google+ profile, which looks like this:
    <a href="https://profiles.google.com/myID?rel=author">Google+</a>

    Where myID is, I put my 21 digit code, which is in the URL bar I’m logged into Google+ in my browser;

  5. Added a link to my bio page from the ‘Other profiles‘ section of my Google+ profile.

Literally just a few short days later, my image was showing up in Google search results; I didn’t actually think it would show up so fast, then recently I got an email through from Google confirming the fact that I had added authorship to my website 🙂

Update: Google now has a page which allows you to enter your email address, and it will automatically add that entered email address to the ‘Work‘ section of your Google+ profile and also add the URL of the domain which is associated with the email address to the ‘Contributor to‘ section.