How to Add an Author Photo To Google Search
If you want to have an unfair advantage in Google’s search results, I’ll walk you through how to add your photo to Google’s search. This is not only a great way to stand out in the search results, but also, having a photo in Google search has increased click through rates by up to 300 percent.
You can watch the step by step video or go through the text below.
Step # 1: You first must have a Google Plus account. If you have one great, if not, you can set one up quickly and easily by going to Google Plus.
Step #2: Make sure when you enter your email address (inside Google+ account) you use an email address connected to your blogs URL. (My blog URL is… http://glen-andrews.com and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org). This helps Google verify your website.
Step #3: Inside your Google plus account, click on your profile (see video). Then click on the “edit profile” button. First, look directly under your photos. You’ll see 5 buttons that say… (Posts, About, Photos, Video and +1) Click the +1 button and make sure to check the box.
Second, make sure that your email address has been verified (check mark to the right of your email address).
Third, scroll down to… “contributor to” and enter the title of your blog, and most importantly, your blog URL. You can add any other blogs or websites that you contribute to as well.
Step #4: Make sure your Google+ profile is filled out completely.
Step #5: When you’re finished editing your profile, click the “done editing” button (top).
Then, take a look at the URL in your web browser (this is your Google+ profile URL). We need to highlight and copy the URL (see video). The URL looks like this… https://plus.google.com/113908993991191076811/about. We’ll use this URL in the next steps.
Step #6: Once you’ve set up your Google Plus account, the next thing we need to do, to make this process real simple, is to add a plugin to your wordpress blog. If you have a website you can follow Google’s instructions here. For those of us using wordpress, the name of the plugin we want to add to our blog is “AuthorSure” By Russell Jamieson. (See video for full details).
This plugin will add an author box to the bottom of our posts/pages automatically. (See Video)
Step #7: If you don’t have a gravatar you can get one here. If you don’t know what a gravatar is, it’s an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums.
Step #8: You’ll want to add a Google+ badge to your widget section of your blog. Looks like this… (While you’re here go ahead and add me to your circle by clicking the graphic below)
Here’s the code you can use. Just make sure you replace your Google+ ID with mine (Google ID are the numbers after google.com/). I’ve highlighted the numbers to be replaced in red. Everything else is the same. When you click on the badge it should take you to your Google+ page.
Highlight and copy the code below…
NOTE: If for any reason the code below doesn’t work, you can create your own badge here… https://developers.google.com/+/plugins/badge/
<div data-height=”69″ data-href=”//plus.google.com/113908993991191076811” data-rel=”author”></div>
<!– Place this tag after the last badge tag. –>
po.src = ‘https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js’;
var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’); s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s);
Step #9: Go to your wordpress dashboard. Then click on “users.” Then, click on “Your Profile” (see video). Fill out your author bio, and then add the code below to the bottom of your profile. Again, make sure to replace your Google+ ID and website URL with yours. I’ve highlighted them in red.
Go to <a href=”http://www.glen-andrews.com“>Glen-Andrews.com </a>and learn how to <em><strong>Get Traffic and Make More Money with YOUR Blog!</strong></em> or Connect with me on <a href=”https://plus.google.com/113908993991191076811?rel=author”>Google+</a>
Step #10: You can check with Google to see if you have connected your Google+ profile with your blog correctly by going to Google webmaster tools, and entering your URL. It normally takes a few days to a few weeks for your photo to be added to Google search.
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