You may notice every once in a while that Google results have a picture of the author next to them. This is actually part of a pilot program by Google to tag authenticated information with the picture of the author who wrote it.
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 profile photo.
Create a Google+ Profile
If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create a Google+ profile. Once you have an account setup, you’ll need to edit your profile to add a link in the Contributor to section that points to your Author page.
Here’s a screenshot which shows the contributor to settings:
Now there are two ways to verify your authorship for a domain with Google, depending on whether you have an email account for the domain.
I Have An Email Account For The Domain
Create an Author Page
Almost every site now a days have an about page included. Most web designer includes there biographical information and things of interest.
On my author page, I have added a link to my Google+ account, which has a rel=”me” attribute on it. Here’s the code that I used for this link:
From the byline or author box at the end of your post, link to your Google+ profile, adding “rel=author” in the link. Check the image below to see what I mean
- If you have a bio page on your site, link to the bio with “rel=me” in the link. (as shown above). In my example I have added a link to my Bio Page, where I have the link to my Google Plus Profile.
- If you don’t have a bio page on your site, link directly to your Google+ profile with “rel=author” in the link.
Don’t Have An Email Account For The Domain
If don’t have an email with that domain, then you need to provide some more information to Google.
1. Add the URL for each website to the Contribute to section of your profile. When the dialog appears, enter the URL(s) and click Save. For example, if you are an author on tumblr, wordpress, Blogger, add it here. We will proceed with WordPress.
2. Now go back to your WordPress site, get the Google Author Link plugin. This plugin will help you to manage your Google Authorship Links. This Works for single author and multi-author WordPress sites. As an option you this plugin allow you to boost how the author link is displayed.
When a page is displayed, the plugin will insert a link with ?rel=author into the HTML <head> letting Google know who the author is.
Confirm You’ve Done it correctly
Either method you choose, it’s going to be important to make sure that you have done this correctly. Google has a structured data testing tool. where you can test what how it looks like. Check the image below to see how it looks like.
If you don’t wish your 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.