Insert Author image and information in search results

Author information in search results
Link your website to your Google+ profile using rel=”author”
Author image on google search

Google is piloting the display of author information in search results to help users discover great content.You can see author information in Google Web Search and Google News. If you want to control the display of authorship for your Google+ profile, The easiest and most reliable way to enable authorship information in Google search results is to provide a verified email address on the same domain as your content. If you don’t have an email address on the same domain, however, you can associate your content with your Google+ profile by following the steps on this page.

Google support forum already contains article about how to link your website to your google+ profile, here i manipulated those articles for easy understanding.

If you want your authorship information to appear in search results for the content you create, you’ll need a Google+ Profile with a good, recognizable headshot as your profile photo. Then, verify authorship of your content by associating it with your profile using either of the methods below. Google doesn’t guarantee to show author information in Google Web Search or Google News results.

Method 1 : Link your content to google+ profile using a verified email  address (this method works if you have email address on the domain of your website).

  1. Check that you have a email addsres  on the same domain as your content (example@msworldsite.com).
  2. Make sure that each article or post you publish on that domain has a clear identifying you as the author (example “by Mrigendra Patel” or “Author : Mrigendra Patel”).
  3. Visit the Authorship page and submit your email address to Google. No matter how many articles or posts you publish on this domain, you only need to do this process once. Your email will appear in the Contributor to section of your Google+ profile (about section). If you want to keep your email private, change the visibility of your link in your profile
  4. For multiple authors repeat the above process for each author.
  5. To see what author data Google can extract from your page, use the structured data testing tool.
    Author image on google search 2

Method 2 : If you don’t have an email address on the same domain, follow these instruction :

1. Create a link to your Google+ profile from your webpage, like this:
  1.   <a href="[profile_url]?rel=author">Google</a>

    Replace  [profile_url]  mentioned above with the your Google+ profile URL, like this:

      <a href="https://plus.google.com/109412257237874861202?
       rel=author">Google</a>

    Your link must contain the ?rel=author parameter. If it’s missing, Google won’t be able to associate your content with your Google+ profile.

  2. Add a reciprocal link back from your profile to the site(s) you just updated.
    1. Edit the Contributor To section.
    2. In the dialog that appears, click Add custom link, and then enter the website URL.
    3. If you want, click the drop-down list to specify who can see the link.
    4. Click Save.
  3. To see what author data Google can extract from your page, use the structured data testing tool.
    Author image on google search 2

If you don’t want your authorship information to appear in search results, edit your profile (using http://plus.google.com/me/about/edit), and make sure the Profile discovery option Help others discover my profile in search results is unchecked.

About Mrigendra Patel

Mrigendra Patel is the Administrator of this blog. He is an Engineering Student having keen interest in Music and Computer Science. He shares his knowledge to the world by posting Guitar Tabs and other Computer related topics.

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