May be you want to display your google profile image next to the search result for your blogs in Google search. If you google something, you can see some small images next to the search results. These are nothing but the google profile images of the blog authors. When you see that photo show up in your search results, it means Google are verifying that the blog post was written by that person. If you click on the name in the search results, it takes you to that blog author’s Google+ Profile. You can join me on Google+ here!
Thankfully its very easy to configure your site to be compatible with the new author photo snippets that show up on Google Search. However not guaranteed that your photo, or a photo of one of your authors, will appear in Google Search immediately. It is rumored that Google has enabled that feature only for selected blogs and sites based on some criterias.
How to do it ?
- Create an author page or “About Me” page on your blog site(same domain).
- Add link to this author page from your blogs.
<a href="http://subharanjan.com/about-subharanjan/" rel="author">Subharanjan</a>
- Add a link to your Google profile in the Author page.
<a href="https://plus.google.com/108945321501041514315/" rel="me">Google Profile</a>
- Linking Back from Google Profile to your Author page/About Page.Here we need to link back from the Google profile to the about page on the website. Open your Google Profile, click the Profile icon at the top and then the Edit Profile button at the top. Locate links on the right side and select the Add custom link option.
The idea is actually extremely simple. You link from your blog to your Google Profile – Then, from your Google Profile to your blog. This reciprocal linking verifies that the owner of that Google Profile is also the (or an) author on that blog. If you own a multi authored blog it works too. You just need your bloggers to link from their Google Profile, to their author page on your blog.
I’d like you to read the instructions from Google,Google: Adding author information in search results which I followed to add the profile image.
Option 1. Add your name and email to your content (recommended for sites with content by multiple authors)
Option 2. Link your content to your Google Profile, and vice versa
Testing with google’s Rich Snippets Tool:
Once you have followed the instructions, check that you have done it correctly using Google’s Rich Snippets Testing Tool. This tool will let you know if the code is working and show you what your blog will “look” like in Google’s search results, AFTER they have activated it. To use the Rich Snippets Testing Tool, simply paste the URL (address) of one of your blog posts into it and press the preview button .
Then, if everything looks OK and you see your photo in the preview, it’s a matter of waiting… I look forward to seeing your smiling faces when I’m next searching!