How to Set Up Your Author Information to Display in Google Search Results

Have you seen Google displaying people’s author information in your search engine results and want to have yours displayed as well?

Google Authorship Rich Snippet

So many people have been asking me about Google’s authorship and how they can get their blog content to link with an author profile found through the search engine results page. Although it is really a great feature, it doesn’t always work the way you would expect it seeing as Google doesn’t guarantee to show author information in Google Web Search or Google News results. However, I’m of the mind that, when Google offers you something for free that connects your content to their search engine algorithm, you don’t turn a blind eye.

Google gives you 2 options to set up linking from your online content, such as blog posts and articles, to your Google+ profile. They are:

  • Option 1: Link your Google+ profile to your content using a verified e-mail address.
  • Option 2: Link your content to your Google+ profile through authorship.

Seeing as copying and pasting their directions on my own blog would be unethical, you can follow the directions on Google’s website to set up author information in search results.

If Google decides to play nice and show your author information in their search engine results, your authorship would look similar to this one for Matt Cutts:

Matt Cutts Authorship SERP

Before you do implement this connection, you will want to verify that you have a good Google+ profile head-shot, which can be easily recognizable. This will help increase authority, branding and human engagement.

Best of luck and happy SEO linking!

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  • shree madhan

    Shannon how long does it take for you to appear in search results?

    • Shannon Steffen

      Shree – It can take anywhere from 3 months to 1 year – depending on your strategy, online engagement and competition. I’ve had clients that have appeared in the search engine results within 3 days but I cannot guarantee such rankings for any of my clients due to the 3 variables I mentioned.

  • Rajdeep Srivastav

    Can we Give Other social media profiles like FB, Twitter or Linkedin to make appear it on Google SERP.

  • Rajdeep Srivastav

    Can We give other than Google Plus profile like Facebook, Twitter or linked in To make it appear on Google SERP?

    • Shannon Steffen

      Your other social media profiles will also be indexed in the search engines but not to the same extent as Google Plus. The author information for other social media networks cannot be linked with authorship at this time.