So you got published on a popular website but your picture does not appear in Google? Perhaps the website you got published on does not code their website correctly. Perhaps they do not link to an author bio page using rel=author that allows you to link to your Google+ profile using rel=me. How do you get your headshot to appear in the search engines then? This video shows you.
The objective of this tutorial is to show you how to get your picture and associated author bio to show up in search engine results from a blog or article you’ve published on a website other than your own. You do this by creating custom links in your Google profile.
STEP 1. MAKE SURE AUTHOR BIO IS CODED CORRECTLY
For this process to work, you must first create an author bio on your website and ensure it is coded correctly on your Google+ account. This is what takes people to your website when they click on your author bio in an article.
You can find more detailed information on this process by reviewing the tutorial: How To Get Your Picture to Appear in Google.
STEP 2. CREATE A CUSTOM LINK IN YOUR GOOGLE+ PROFILE
You need to create a custom link in your Google profile to the article you’ve published on a specific site.
Here’s a quick review of how to do this from an article published on ProBlogger.com: How to Get Your Headshot to Appear in Google Results—Wherever Your Content is Published.
STEP 3. LINK THE ARTICLE BACK TO GOOGLE+
Click on your name in the author bio, which should take you back to your Google+ account if everything is coded correctly.
STEP 4. LINK GOOGLE+ BACK TO THE ARTICLE
Now you’ll link back from Google+ to the specific article so Google can verify that you are the author. Do this by clicking on the custom link you’ve set up in the “Contribute to” section of your profile.
STEP 5. CREATE A CUSTOM LINK TO THE WEBSITE URL
Instead of linking articles one-at-a-time back to Google+, there is a way to have all the articles you post on a site link back automatically.
This way you don’t have to go in and link each one separately. Do this by linking to the website URL in your Google profile, not the article URL.
In a few weeks, do a search on your articles to see if Google has accepted this and has linked everything you’ve written for that site back to your Google+ site. You’ll know it’s correct if all your articles now show up on Google’s search result pages.
TIP #1: CODE YOUR AUTHOR BIO CORRECTLY
Before you can link back and forth between an article and Google+, your author bio must be correctly coded. Review the tutorial How To Get Your Picture to Appear in Google to see how this is done.
TIP #2: CREATE CUSTOM LINKS IN GOOGLE+ FOR THE ARTICLE
The article How to Get Your Headshot to Appear in Google Results—Wherever Your Content is Published explains how this is done.
TIP #3: ALSO LINK TO THE WEBSITE URL
This is the basic site link, not the article page link. Linking to the general website will automatically link every article you post on a site back to your Google+ profile.
To successfully have your picture and author bio appear in Google for articles you post on other websites, follow these steps:
- Be sure you have the correct coding in your author bio.
- Create custom links for each article in the “Contribute to” section of your Google+ profile.
- Link the article you wrote back to Google+ through your author bio in the article.
- Link Google+ back to the article through the custom link in your Google+ profile.
- Add a site’s main URL as a custom link in Google+ so all published articles on that site will now link back automatically to your Google+ profile.
- Check Google’s search results often to be sure all the articles show up and include your author bio and picture.
In today’s world, it’s important to build links on other people’s websites to get exposure for you and your company. However, you not only want people talking about you; you also want to get credit for publishing those articles by showing up on search engine result pages, especially if you’ve been published on a high-profile website.
For this tutorial, you will need:
- A properly coded Author Bio created in Google
- Video: How To Get Your Picture To Appear In Google On Other Websites
- Article: How to Get Your Headshot to Appear in Google Results—Wherever Your Content is Published