Did you know you can get your face to show up in Google search results for content you’ve authored? It’s true! Google actually anounced this feature quite a while ago, but I’ve been dragging my feet. Turns out it’s incredibly easy to setup.

Now (actually within a few days, according to Google) when one of my blog posts comes up in Google search results, it’ll be accompanied by my G+ profile photo. Neat.

It’s simple to setup too, from Google’s webmaster tools site:

  • 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="https://plus.google.com/109412257237874861202?rel=author">Google</a> 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.

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

Side note about the profile URL: custom URLs only partially work. Even though google.com/+DavidLyons will take you to my profile, the authorship feature only works with plus.google.com/+DavidLyons.

You can check if it’s setup correctly, and see what it will look like, using the Structured Data Tool Google Authorship Preview

Just what the internet needs, more of my face.