Update: Google stopped showing Author Picture in SERP. However, you can still show star rating in Google Search.
You might have noticed that some of the results in google search display author’s profile picture with Google Plus ID. If you are interested to show your picture in Google search then this post is for you. In this post I am going to tell you the easiest way to add your profile photo in Google search results.
Having profile pic in search results can make your results more reliable. For example, if you are following someone on Google plus and do a search for which that they have written an article , their article can be seen higher within the search results for you. You can get more clicks from search engine. Now follow the simple steps to add your pic in google search. This tutorial is only for single author blog.
How to Display Profile Picture in Google Search Results
Few days ago I have connected my google plus account with my blog. Now i get my picture in search results. check it out.
Now your turn to add your pic on search results. Let’s start.
Step 1: Create a Google Plus Account
If you don’t have a Google Plus account , create a Google Plus account.
Step 2: Add rel-“author” on your Blog
Add the following code Blog widget. Replace xxxxxxx with your Google+ profile number. You will get the number on your profile URL link.
>Join me on Google+</
Step 3: Link to your site from Google Plus Contributor Section.
Now go to your Google Plus account and click on ‘Edit Profile’. Add your site link on ‘Contributor to’ .
Now time to check how your article appear in search results. Go to Rich snippets tool and check any URL of your blog. If it shows your pic then you are done. It may take 2-3 weeks to display your picture in search results.
Solution of Why Google Doesn’t show Your Profile Pic on Search Results?
There are several reason that Google may not show your pic in search results which are given below with solution:
1. First reason is that your Google plus profile picture’s size is rectangular. It is difficult for Google bot to make thumbnail of a rectangular size pic. So make it square size. Recommended size is 252 x 252 pixels and format is JPG.
2. Sometimes it requires Google Plus profile link on ‘About Me’ page. So add your profile link on the first line of your ‘About Me’ page. Use code from Step 2 and replace ‘Join me on Google+’ with your Google plus name.
3. Add your site ‘About Me’ page link in both Contributor to and Links section.
I hope now Google will display your profile pic in search results. Let me know if you find any difficulties via comment.