You might have seen people’s faces appearing on Google search results. Specifically when the content of those links belong to a particular author. Have you have ever wondered how they do that? There are basically two ways of doing this. In this post we will look at both the ways.
Our objective is to get similar Google search results
Linking web page content to Google+ profile is called as Google Authorship.
Remember that Google Authorship is applied to web pages. So a website can have multiple authors linking to their Google+ profiles.
Lets see the different ways of doing this:
You can make the author’s picture to be displayed on Google search result by simply adding the below code snippet to your web page and then linking to your website from your Google+ profile.
Here you need to remember two things. First replace the
[-author-profile-id-] with the real id of the author. Second don’t forget to insert the query string
?rel=author. You can put this code snippet anywhere in your web page.
To get your Google+ Profile Id, you need to visit your Google+ profile page and then on the Web Address bar you will be able to see a large random number like “104311688576740431059” in the URL. That’s your Profile Id
Now you need to visit your Google+ profile page and add your website URL as a contributor link. To do this click here and now click on “Add custom link” to add your website url. Now you are done.
You can also submit necessary information to Google so that Google will display your picture in search result.
You need to have the following things setup before going for this method:
1. Make sure that you have a Google+ profile photo with a recognisable headshot.
2. Make sure that a byline containing your name appears on each page of your content (for example, “By Narayan Prusty”).
3. Make sure that you have a email address in the same domain as your content. (ex: email@example.com)
Once you have the following things are setup you can visit this link to submit your information to Google.
For multiple authors you have to do this steps multiple times.
Now you are done with Google authorship. You can check whether it worked or not by visiting this link. Note that this link is to check if Google Authorship is working or not. Google will only display picture in search result when they feel its useful for users.
For most common issues refer this link
Watch this video on youtube for Google’s official explanation.