Simple 4 Steps to Set up Google Authorship - make your photo appear in Google Search

What is Google Authorship

Try clicking any of the Google Search page below:

Have you wondered why some of the search items have pictures in front of them? The picture really makes the search result stand out, isn't it?

This is the power of Google Authorship - allowing your pictures to appear in the Google Search Result. It's all FREE! All you need to do is some setup as outlined below.

Setting up Google Authorship

Setting up Google Authorship is surprisingly easy and straightforward.

  1. Sign up for a Google+ account if you don't have one yet: Google+
  2. Set Up your Google+ Profile
    1. Upload a photo to your profile. This photo is the one that will appear in the Google search result.
    2. On the top menu, view profile as "Yourself", then click the About tab.
    3. google+ - About

    4. In the "Links" Panel, click "Edit"
    5. google+ - Link - Edit

    6. In the popup window, under "Contributor To", click "Add custom link" and enter your website address e.g.
    7. google+ - Contributor To - Add custom link

    8. Click "Save". You should see your website address appearing in the "Contributor to" section as shown below:
    9. google+ - Contributor To

  3. For each of your webpage, add the following to the <HEAD> section of your page:
  4. <link rel=”author” href="/[google+ profile URL]" />

    For example, for this webpage, the code is:

    <link rel="author" href="" />

    You can do a view source of this page to take a look.

  5. Use this Google tool to check if everything is set up correctly: Structured Data Testing Tool

That's it! You have successfully set up the Google Authorship!

Note: It will take several days for this to take effect. So please be patient...

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