Ever wonder how to get your photo into the Google search results for articles you’ve written? Google Authorship is the answer!
For those of you without blogs, this might not be that interesting, but if you write stories for the internet at all, you’ll want to implement this quick and dirty tip.
Why Google Authorship?
If you’ve gone through the trouble of creating killer content that brings value to your users, then you’ll want that content to be easy to find.
Google Authorship helps your article stand out in the search results. It gives your link a little extra credibility because to Google and to the users, it looks like content was written by a legitimate, real person.
(Note that I said it looks that way. Not everyone using Google Authorship is totally legit, but odds are most run-of-the-mill spammers aren’t putting this extra effort in to promote their link.)
How to set up Google Authorship
Setup is pretty easy, especially if you’re using WordPress.
To use this, you’ll need a Google+ account with a real picture of you in the profile.
You’ll also need to put a link in your Google+ profile to your author page of your website and list yourself as a “Contributor of” your blog. Here’s my author page on this site. I added the Google+ link through the Users->Your Profile menu of the WordPress Dashboard.
And lastly, you’ll need to ensure your Google+ profile link is in your author bio on your website with ?rel=author appended to the end of the link. You can do this in the HTML of the anchor tag, or if you don’t know what that is, you might have a slot already for a link to your Google+ account in your author bio setup page on your blog.
In fact, rather than re-create the entire process on this blog, here’s the link to Google’s setup instructions.
If you need help with Google Authorship…
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