Ducks 'n a Row: Want Your Picture To Show On Google Searches?

22 April 2013

Want Your Picture To Show On Google Searches?

By Sinea Pies

When I saw bloggers being recognized on Google with their photos displayed alongside their posts, I was thrilled and  a little bit envious. Photos on a Google search speak of quality and expertise. I then wondered, "why them and not me?" It took a bit of research to discover that this privilege was open to all bloggers, they just have to set it up. 

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Now, I am not an expert in html but I am learning. Definitely learning. And I knew if they could set this up, I could, too!

"Necessity is the Mother of Invention" 
Yes, every bit of html I have learned came from necessity.
  1. When links were taking my readers off my page, I learned how to get them to open in a new window. Readers - How To Keep Them On Your Page
  2. When others were adding their clickable link to comments on blogs, I had been writing out the URL. I hated that. I learned how to set the code so my blog name, Ducks 'n a Row, became clickable. Wow! I was on a roll. How To Add A Clickable Link to Your Blog Comment
  3. Then I heard about "Google authorship". The bloggers who were getting special recognition on Google searches weren't accidental or part of a secret society --- they were smart. They figured out HOW to do it.

There is a certain clout that a listing on Google has when the author's picture accompanies it. It implies excellence--authority. But how, how, how do you rate such a privilege? Happily, this is not just reserved for an elite few. It is simply a little html plus Google+. That's it. So, let's do it for YOU!

Now, I am going to give you the link to the post that really walked me through it but I want to break it down for you, first, to get you started.

First, you must have a Google+ account with a completed profile. Even if Google+ won't be your primary social media outlet, do it.  

Use a photo of yourself that you will want to have show up on all Google searches. Be sure to do that. It isn't necessary to use the same photo on your About Me page on your blog, but you may want to for consistency. (When I'm 90, there I'll be looking like I do today! LOL)

Now, you will do some linking with html in three different places:
  1. A post from your blog will need to be linked to your ABOUT ME page using rel="author". (That's html.)
  2. Another link has to be set up from your ABOUT ME page to your  GOOGLE PROFILE page using rel=”me”.
  3. And then you will be linking your GOOGLE profile back to your ABOUT ME with, again, rel=”me”.
Confused? I found that the best way to do this is one step at a time. If I can do it, you can do it.

Here is the link to the specific instructions, by AJ Kohn on Blind Five Year Old:

Another really cool gizmo that you will want to use to test this out is Google's Rich Snippet Tool. This tool will allow you to plug in the URL of a blog post and see if it is set up to show your author picture with the search results.

This is what my preview in the Rich Snippet Tool looked like:

It will take a week or two before your photo will actually show on Google searches but, at least, you will have the pleasure of seeing what it will soon like as you test it out with the snippet tool. Is this cool or what?

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