How To See Your Picture Beside Articles You Write

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If you came to this site via this or any other article on the site from Google you may have noticed that there is a small picture of me beside the article. In fact you may have seen lots of pictures beside articles in Google. This is something you too can do if you regularly post articles to your own site or blog.

Anyone can do this BUT there is a caveat: You need to have a Google+ profile in order for the picture to show up in the results.

Now, I’m not going to go into the ethics or morals of why Google forces you to set up such a profile if you don’t already have one. Instead I’m going to show you how you too can have a picture show up beside your own articles.

The trick revolves around a relatively new HTML entity – the rel=author entity which notifies Google and other search engines that there is an author profile associated with this article.

How Do I Implement the rel=author Tag?

It’s actually quite easy to add this to your blog. First, of course, you need to set up a Google+ profile. Also be sure to pick a nice picture of yourself as your profile pic on Google+ because this is the picture Google is going to use beside your articles.

Then, verify authorship of your content by associating it with your profile using one of the two methods I am going to show you below (this information comes from this page):

Option 1: Link your content to your Google+ profile using a verified email address.

  1. Check that you have a email address (for example, moc.deriwnull@yvelon the same domain as your content (
  2. Make sure that each article or post you publish on that domain has a clear byline identifying you as the author (for example, “By Steven Levy” or “Author: Steven Levy”).
  3. Visit the Authorship page and submit your email address to Google. No matter how many articles or posts you publish on this domain, you only need to do this process once. Your email will appear in the Contributor to section of your Google+ profile. If you want to keep your email private, change the visibility of your link.
  4. To see what author data Google can extract from your page, use the rich snippets testing tool.

Don’t have an email address on the same domain as your content? Follow the instructions listed in Option 2 below.

Option 2: Set up authorship by linking your content to your Google+ profile

  1. Create a link to your Google+ profile from your webpage, like this:
      <a href="[profile_url]?rel=author">Google</a>

    Replace [profile_url] with the your Google+ profile URL, like this:

      <a href="

    Your link must contain the ?rel=author parameter. If it’s missing, Google won’t be able to associate your content with your Google+ profile.

  2. Add a reciprocal link back from your profile to the site(s) you just updated.
    1. Edit the Contributor To section.
    2. In the dialog that appears, click Add custom link, and then enter the website URL.
    3. If you want, click the drop-down list to specify who can see the link.
    4. Click Save.
  3. To see what author data Google can extract from your page, use the rich snippets testing tool.

As you can see, it’s not too difficult if you are willing to get your hands dirty.

And if your blog is hosted on a popular publishing platform such as WordPress there’s even plugins you can download and install to do this for you!

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