Ever since Google+ came along, I noticed website authors were getting their picture displayed next to article’s they’ve written in Google searches. Not to be left out of this trend, I decided I would attempt to get my ugly-mug displayed next to all my authored content as well.
Having carried out almost all of Google’s requirements through minor HTML modifications and verifying my Google+ account is linked to this blog, it’s finally happened!
You may find that it can take some time for authorship information to appear in search results. I carried out all necessary steps back in January 2012. So it’s taken a good 3 months to get picked up. I am sure times will vary depending on the popularity of your site and the number of authored content it contains.
Here are the four basic things I did to get my mug-shot in Google’s search results:
Make sure your Google+ profile has a recognisable headshot photo of high quality.
Link your site to your Google+ account by adding a badge.
Verify your Google+ account with an email address containing your domain address.
Add a link to your site in the “Contributor” box in your Google+ profile.