Get Your Author Image In Search Engine Results In 4 Steps
- Open a Google Plus account
- Add a link to your domain in the ‘contributor to’ section of your account
- Add the following link to your content:
<a href=”[Gplus Account Url]?rel=author” >Google+</a>
- Test using Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool
That’s really all you need to do, but you can read the explanation below for more in depth info
In More Detail – Getting Author Images In The SERPs
It’s now easier than ever to get your author image into ther SERPs. Previously Google required you to create an author page, linking to that from your articles using the rel=”author” markup, which you would then have to link to your G+ account. Then linking from your G+ account to your author page. Not difficult but a little time consuming.
Whilst this method still works and may be useful for sites with multiple authors, you can now use the much simpler “two way handshake” method. This involves linking from page content to your G+ profile using the rel=”author” attribute. So your link would look like this
<a href=”MyGooglePlusAccountUrl” rel=”author”>Written By Me</a>
Next, go to your G+ account. On the about page you’ll need to find the ‘Contributor to’ section.
Next you link back to the domain on which you have contributed to.
And thats it. You’re done. You can test the results on the Google Rich Snippets Testing Tool
How long will it take my author image to appear in the SERPs
It used to be the case that you would have to be white listed before the image would appear in results. It seems now that author ship will start to work as soon as Google has crawled the page. How long that is depends on your site.